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Jedward become the first act to represent Ireland for Eurovision

Jedward become the first act to represent Ireland for Eurovision two years in a row: Sunday, 26 February 2012

Jedward were tonight (Friday February 24th 2012) selected to represent Ireland at the 57th Eurovision Song Contest in Baku in Azerbaijan. Singing "Waterline", they battled it out against four other finalists in the Late Late Show - Eurosong 2012, topping the vote which was a combination of 50% public tele-vote and 50% regional jury vote.
'"Waterline" was composed by Swedish songwriter Nick Jarl and Sharon Vaughan.
This year's Eurovision Song Contest will be held in May, with Ireland competing in the first semi-final on Tuesday May 22nd.
Speaking tonight Jedward said, "We are thrilled to have been chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest for the second year in a row. We love making Irish Eurovision history. We'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for the song tonight - we have the best fans in the world. We'd also like to thank our mentor Linda Martin for all her support and the song writers for writing such a Jepic song. We can't wait to perform in Baku in May."

This year RTÉ nominated five mentors with proven experience in the Irish music industry and asked them each to select an act and song which they believed had the potential to be a Eurovision winner. The mentors and acts were:

All five acts battled it out live on tonight's Late Late Show Eurosong Special hosted by Ryan Tubridy and featuring a Eurovision themed line-up including Niamh Kavanagh and a special performance by the original line up of Brotherhood of Man. Having beaten off stiff competition from the other four acts, Jedward now go forward to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

Last year's Eurovision entry, "Lipstick" performed by Jedward, made it to the final and placed 8th in the contest - the highest ranking result for Ireland in 11 years.

The contest was held in Dussledorf in Germany and was won by Azerbaijan's Ell/Nikki singing "Running Scared." This is the first time Ireland will have sent the same act for two consecutive years. This is the only the second time in the Eurovision's history that a country has done so, the first being last year when Germany was represented by Lena following her win the previous year