It’s Jedward for Ireland!
As prayed for by many, feared by just as large an amount, and expected by most, RTÉ’s 2011 Eurovision hunt has resulted in a win by Jedward and their song “Lipstick”. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, or for those who are inexperienced in the world of the Grimes brothers, brace yourself.
I hate admitting this, but after a few listens to “Lipstick” (and particularly the studio version), it’s actually beginning to grow on me. John and Edward’s voices might not be the second coming of Johnny Logan, but they’re incredibly energetic and high-spirited, and they have cannonballed completely into Eurovision’s campy deep end. Love them or hate them, you know that they’ll put on a massive show in Germany, and the cameras will be following them around religiously at the Euroclub. Whether this means that they’ll turn into the next Silvia Night or the next Verka Serduchka, who knows? But, then again, Silvia and Verka were both considered joke entries, while Jedward (and their fans) aren’t. Granted, I don’t want to go so far as to call them “serious musicians”…”serious entertainers” might be the better choice of phrase, don’t you think? Will they win Eurovision? I doubt it (although they’ll probably get maximum points from the UK if they reach the Finals). At the very least, their enthusiasm is infectious.
The biggest drawback that I see here is that a hole in the ozone layer might open up right over Düsseldorf due to all of the hair products the boys use to construct their trademark coifs…please be careful, boys!