John and Edward Grimes, otherwise known as the duo Jedward who came from the UK’s X-Factor show and twice participants at the Eurovision Song Contest, have confirmed that they will not be part of this year’s Irish selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, giving an end to the speculations.
The boys, who have performed twice in the Final of Eurovision with Lipstick and Waterline, talked to Ken Sweeney of the Irish Sun and stated that they had not been given sufficient time to find a suitable song with the window of opportunity only stretching between 13 and 31 October.
The Irish Sun article continues quoting a Jedward insider as saying It all happened very quickly this year. It was a very short space of time to get your song in and Jedward got no advance warning. They weren’t privy to what was going on while other songwriters and acts seem to have their songs ready to roll.
The change for this year is that the mentoring system has been dropped and the advance warning to other artists is disputed by RTE.
An RTE spokeswoman told the Irish Sun that Ireland entering Eurovision each year is not exactly a secret, of course acts will be keeping songs ready to go but absolutely no one was tipped off.