The Hump and Jedward flop at Eurovision

Published Sunday, 27 May 2012
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There was Eurovision disappointment for Engelbert Humperdinck as he finished in second last place, while Jedward failed to improve on last year's eighth.

The Hump and Jedward flop at Eurovision
Jedward of Ireland congratulate Loreen of Sweden (© PlanetJedward)

Veteran crooner Humperdinck, nicknamed The Hump, opened the show in Baku, Azerbaijan with ballad Love Will Set You Free as he represented the UK.

However he seemed to have been forgotten by the time the voting started 25 songs later, racking up just 12 points to finish second-last ahead of Norway.

Meanwhile Irish twins John and Edward Grimes - otherwise known as Jedward - finished in nineteenth place despite a typically energetic performance.

The former X Factor contestants sang Waterline, ending their performance by jumping into a fountain on the stage.

A score of 46 on Saturday night ensured the pop duo were not able to repeat or improve on their Eurovision debut in 2011, when they sang Lipstick.

But the boys thanked their fans on Twitter for their support.

The runaway winner of the competition was Swedish singer Loreen, who racked up an impressive 372 point tally with dance track Euphoria.

She was an early favourite and took top marks from several nations. Speaking after the win, she said: "I want to say that I love you so much. Thank you for believing in me."

Humperdinck congratulated her and said he had enjoyed his Eurovision experience.

"I've had many highs in my career and Eurovision has been a wonderful experience," said the 76-year-old. "I did the best for my country, the rest was out of my hands."

"I want to thank everybody, especially my fans around the world for their words of support."

However questions will be asked following one of the UK's worst outcomes at the song contest.

Previously the public could decide the singer and song that would represent the country, but that was scrapped in 2011.

Then boy-band Blue performed I Can and finished eleventh.

The UK last won the competition in 1997 when Katrina And The Waves - fronted by American singer Katrina Leskanich - took the honours with Love Shine A Light.

Celebrities gave their opinions on the night's performances on Twitter.

TV presenter Phillip Schofield was asked by a fan if it was time to bring back the public vote to choose the UK act, but replied: "Nope, it's time to pull out."

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5 Comments
des in bangor wrote (877 days ago):
these two acts,the laughing stock of europe.
Sean in Traveling wrote (877 days ago):
I think the only reason that Jedward are put forward to represent Ireland is simply because Ireland don't want to win because they will have to pay for next years event and just can't afford it in the present economic climate.
noit a fan in ards wrote (877 days ago):
two rubbish songs, two has been acts, if this the best ireland and the u.k. can do they wont ever win this stupid song contest.
Frances in Coventry wrote (878 days ago):
Sweden may or may not have had a better song. However Englebert and Jedward worked harder from the early stages including rehersals and press sessions to create maximum fun and goodwill. Sweden didn't give the impression they really loved the public, just mouthed the right words about doing so. Englebert and Jedward do love their fans. They won if you regard success as bringing goodwill to this troubled world, rather than regarding it just about the song.
Paul in Ireland wrote (878 days ago):
Jedward have failed to succeed at eurovision twice now, they failed to win big brother, they failed to even win that bloody x factor thing which somehow initially made them famous - when will thi stop?? They cant sing, they cant play or write any music and have failed at every single venture to date. GO AWAY MORONS!
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