Jedward Are the Real Winners as 2.2m Switch On

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Jedward Are the Real Winners as 2.2m Switch On


Byline: Claire Gorman

THEY may have lost the competition but Jedward have won the ratings war for RTE - attracting the highest Eurovision audience in 15 years. Around 1.2million viewers watched Saturday's three-and-ahalf hour show in its entirety. And at its peak, there was an Irish audience of 2.24million.

Julian Vignoles, head of the Irish delegation, said: 'These figures are phenomenal. Jedward undoubtedly brought a new energy to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Seven out of ten [71 per cent] of 15 to 24-year-olds watched the programme in total.' From 10.30pm to 10.45pm, viewing figures soared, with 1,456,360 tuning into see the results coming in live. John and Edward Grimes came eighth in the contest - our most successful result in 11 years. The semi-finals last Thursday also attracted huge interest, with around 757,700 viewers for the twohour show - almost double last year's 440,400. The last time so many Irish viewers tuned into the final the show was being hosted by Carrie Crowley and Ronan Keating in Dublin. Marc Roberts was runner-up in the 1997 contest with his song, Mysterious Woman. He came second to Britain's Katrina And The Waves with Love Shine A Light.

This year, first place went to Azerbaijan.

Despite losing out on the top prize, Jedward received a rousing welcome when they arrived home on Sunday.

Their arrival in Dublin airport was met with screams from the crowd of around 1,000 fans who had turned up with the hopes of catching a glimpse of their idols.

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