As the nation somewhat reluctantly succumbs to the inevitable fervor associated with the Eurovision Song Contest, Jedward have been tipped for the top by our very own Eurovision compare Graham Norton.
The BBC radio and television chat show host feels sure that the spiky-haired pair will go on to defy dubious critics with their catchy song, Waterline.
He also spoke fondly of the UKâs entry Englebert Humperdinck â the second oldest performer to take to the stage next weekend â who is entering a song about âa smile bathed in lightâ?.
Despite Nortonâs faith in the UK and Irelandâs classy entries, the 49-year-old admitted that there is no accounting for taste when it comes to the Eurovision. Past years of Eurovision voting has taught us that âotherâ factors take precedence over the quality of the song.
âI think they are both very good songs, very catchy. I have a feeling they will both do well and good luck to them,â? he told the Belfast Telegraph.
âGood luck to Jedward in getting through their semi-final â I think they could surprise a lot of people.â?
Jedward â aka Dublin twins John and Edward Grimes (20) â are ranked as outsiders at 20/1 by UK bookmakers William Hill.
In contrast, Engelbert Humperdinck â famed for having kept The Beatles off the number one slot in 1967 with his own hit âRelease Me’ â is ranked at 10/1.
Norton will be holding our hand throughout the international singing competition when it takes place in Azerbaijan next weekend.