There must be other acts in Ireland Jedward to represent Eire for SECOND time at Eurovision
With a population of over 4.8million, you'd think Ireland would have a wealth of talent singers.
Amazingly, the country has voted for Dublin twins Jedward to represent them at Eurovision for the second time in a row.
But as fans of the TV contest will know – its not always talent which clinches the title, with politics and novelty value playing a huge part.
Flying the flag: Pop duo Jedward will represent Ireland at this year's Eurovision
The pop duo, comprising of John and Edward Grimes, beat four other acts in the battle to represent their country in Azerbaijan in May.
After coming eighth in Dsseldorf last year – Ireland's best performance at Eurovision for years – the country is hoping Jedward will prove even more successful this time round.
Jedward and their song Waterline was announced on chat show Late Late Show Eurosong Special after winning the most public votes and regional jury votes.
After learning they had been chosen, the twins enthused: 'It’s crazy. Oh my God, we are so excited.
Totally amazing: Jedward perform their song Lipstick at last year's Eurovision
'We did it last year, we’re going back and we have so many fans all across Europe. It's going to be, like, we are back, return of the Jedward.'
The duo, who were a hit with audiences
and the European media, have gone on to win over a host of new fans
across the continent and have toured extensively over the past year.
Previous years saw a diverse array of
acts going on to represent the country at the contest, including Dustin
the Turkey and former winner Niamh Kavanagh.
Jumping for joy: The twins impressed audiences across Europe with their dazzling hair and outfits
Jedward’s single Waterline – which is
reminiscent of Abba’s 1974 Eurovision-winning entry Waterloo – was
penned by established songwriter, Nick Jarl, and is another energetic
offering for the former X Factor contestants.
Ireland first won the song contest in 1970, when Dana scooped the title with her tune, All Kinds of Everything. Irish acts went on to win a record seven times.
Eurovision will take place this year in Baku in Azerbaijan on May 26, with the first semi-final taking place on Tuesday, May 22.