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Jedward to represent Ireland at Eurovision

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Media captionJedward said their entry, Lipstick, is ''a great song''

They are the twins who lost out on X Factor glory - but Jedward have become Ireland's next Eurovision entrants with the song "Lipstick".

The duo beat four other acts on RTE's Late Late Show on Friday night and will now go through to the semi-finals of the contest in Dusseldorf in May.

It was a close race. After the jury votes Nikki Kavanagh, who performed "Falling", was in the lead.

But with the addition of the viewers' votes the brothers pulled it off.

After the results the brothers said they were "very excited".

"It's gonna be exciting, amazing, full on.

"From the moment we start people are going to have their lipstick on.

"We just wanna do well and bring the title back to Ireland."

The Grimes brothers controversially beat Don Mescall, The Vard Sisters, Nikki Kavanagh and Bling to perform in the semi-finals of the Eurovision song contest.

Despite, a last minute change in voting rules, the brothers from Lucan in Dublin, had been the bookies' favourite to represent their country.

Originally, the rules stated that regional juries and the public were to have an equal say on who should go through to the semi-finals.

However, the juries were given two-thirds of the vote after Jedward's song was leaked online, against competition rules.

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