Just 200 Jedward fans turned up at Dublin Airport last night to welcome their heroes home from Azerbaijan — where they only managed to finish in 19th place in the Eurovision Song Contest.
But a visibly slowed-down John and Edward Grimes managed to put on a brave face, claiming that they had gained many new fans and brought attention to Eurovision.
Speaking at a small conference in the VIP area of Terminal One, the duo said: “We came in 19th, but so many people never even made it out of the semi-finals. But Sweden had a great song and after the contest they even wore Jedward hair.”
But the wacky pair admitted that after, two attempts in a row, they definitely won’t compete in Eurovision next year.
John said: “We’ll leave next year to someone else. Maybe Bono should go!
“Next year there will have to be an Irish contestant with a big following. Maybe we should host a TV show to find next year’s contestant. Ireland can definitely win it again. We just need something different.”
Before they boarded their plane home to Dublin yesterday with 13 pieces of luggage between them, they handed over their pet rabbits, Euro and Vision, to a new owner, their tour guide in Baku.
Edward said: “They were really cute, but we left them a year’s supply of food.” The pair were devastated to say goodbye to the animals, who had lived in their hotel room in Baku, but were confident local guide Fouad would take care of them. They have asked for updates on Twitter about the pets.
The first thing the twins wanted to do last night was to get some sleep, then order favourite food such as smoothies and chicken, which they hadn’t been able to get in Baku.
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