Long before "American Idol," "The Voice," "The X Factor," "America's Got Talent," "Duets," "The Sing-Off," "The Glee Project," "Platinum Hit," "Nashville Star," or even "Star Search" and "The Gong Show," there was the Eurovision Song Contest, a talent competition more ridiculous, glitzy, and over-the-top than all of those shows combined. At last year's Eurovision in Dusseldorf, Jedward--aka John & Edward Grimes, the "double divas of Dublin" from Season 6 of "The X Factor U.K."--represented Ireland with an electropop ditty called "Lipstick," and placed eighth out of 43 countries. That wasn't a bad showing at all for what many haters had dismissed as just a reality-TV novelty act...but this Tuesday at the Eurovision 2012 semifinals in Baku, Jedward qualified to represent Ireland again at the upcoming Eurovision final on Saturday, May 26. And honestly, I think they have a REAL shot at winning this year.
Check out the wondertwins' qualifying performance, complete with Captain EO/Jobriath-esque spaceman suits and ABBA-esque choreography, from Tuesday's live Eurovision semifinals. Jedward for the win!
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