Last night, Ireland held their national final and the winner was, rather predictably, Jedward with the song Waterline. I thought Donna MacCaul might provide an upset with Mercy, but it was the complete lack of presentation that stifled her chances. Surprisingly though, the voting was a bit of a race but in the end, Jedward charmed both the televoters and the regional juries into giving them the top score so they are off to represent the Emerald Isle for the second consective year, the first act ever to do so in the history of the country’s participation.
Ireland 2012: Waterline performed by Jedward
Honestly, its not as punchy as Lipstick and exposes their rather weak vocals. However, the song is extremely catchy and is great in its studio version. It sounds like a cross between early noughties punk rock act Busted and Westlife’s When You’re Looking Like That with a touch of Disney charm. It marks a progression in Jedward’s sound and I think its great that they decided not to play it safe by sending a ‘Lipstick Part 2′. How will it do in Baku? Well, if they make like 2011 and polish their performance, work on the more demanding vocal delivery that Waterline requires and change out of those awful bee-like costumes, I think Ireland can do some business.