DUBLIN, IRELAND – RTÉ denies Jedward’s claims that didn’t give enough time to the Irish twins to find a song for the national selection. The 2011 and 2012 Irish representatives recently declared interest for returning to Eurovision Song Contest but they are now backing off as they don’t have time to find the song which will make them win the national selection. In the meantime RTÉ has to choose the finalists for the national final out of more than 300 submissions.
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John and Edward Grimes (born 16 October 1991 in Dublin, Ireland), known professionally as Jedward, are an Irish singing and television presenting duo. They are identical twins and first appeared as John & Edward in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009, generating a phenomenon of ironic popularity described as “the Jedward paradox”. They finished sixth and were managed by Louis Walsh, who was their mentor during The X Factor. Jedward have released three albums, Planet Jedward, Victory and Young Love. Planet Jedward and Victory went double platinum in Ireland. They have released nine singles, including “Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)” (a mash-up of “Under Pressure” by Queen and Vanilla Ice’s track “Ice Ice Baby”), “Lipstick”, the song with which they represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, and “Waterline”, with which they represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Jedward are also known for their television work, including presenting children’s series Jedward’s Big Adventure and OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory, and for participating in Celebrity Big Brother 8. John and Edward’s combined net worth was estimated at €6m in September 2013, and they have been ranked as the fifth most financially successful former The X Factor UK contestants.