Christer Björkman, Sweden’s Melodifestivalen producer, and content producer for The Eurovision Song Contest in both Malmö and this year’s show in Stockholm, believes Ireland should send Jedward back to the contest if they want to win again.
Björkman, who became a fan of the Lucan twins after seeing them perform in two previous Eurovision Song Contests, believes the brothers have the best chance of restoring Ireland’s Eurovision glory.
Speaking to Ken Sweeney, of the Irish Sun, after watching former Westlife member Nicky Byrne fail to take Ireland through to the final, Christer, who himself represented Sweden in 1992, said:
“Why not have Jedward represent Ireland again.I love their energy. They are wacky, they are fun. They have a positive identity but most of all for Ireland, they stand out at Eurovision which is such a massive huge event.”
John and Edward have sung twice for Ireland at Eurovision – in Düsseldorf in 2011 and Baku in 2012. The twins qualified for the final both times, achieving 8th place, Ireland’s highest ranking since 2000, in 2011. Ireland has not since achieved such a high Grand Final position, with only Ryan Dolan, who competed in 2013, making it through the finals. Dolan finished in last place.
The twins spoke of their Eurovision experience, along with their new TV show and video making, as well as their recent trip to China, in a recent interview on SwipeTV on Irish channel RTE2. They also performed their latest single ‘Good Vibes’ which had already amassed over a million views on YouTube.
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Credit to Ken Sweeney and the Irish Sun newspaper.