Newbridge backing singer celebrates with Jedward in Azerbaijan

Newbridge resident Shane Creevey is celebrating with Team Jedward in Azerbaijan today after their successful qualification on Tuesday night into next weekend’s Eurovision song contest fnial.

Newbridge resident Shane Creevey is celebrating with Team Jedward in Azerbaijan today after their successful qualification on Tuesday night into next weekend’s Eurovision song contest fnial.

Backing singer Shane, who teaches with the Leah Moran Stage School, said the trip to Azerbaijan has so far been an “amazing experience”.

“We are all celebrating,” said Shane, speaking on Wednesday to the Leinster Leader from Azerbaijan.

“The performance was really good - it was just three minutes and you do all this work about a month before hand to get it right on the night. It was an amazing experience looking at thousands of people in the audience knowing that millions more are watching on TV. This is my first Eurovision and it is another world. The atmosphere was unbelievable.”

The twins, who are originally from Rathangan, were on a well deserved day off.

However Shane confirmed that their spirits are high for Saturday night when they will come up again Engelbert Humperdinck, who is representing the UK with his track Love Will Set You Free, and the current favourites Buranovskiye Babushki – the Russian Grannies who also made it through last night.

“We have two days off now after rehearsing all week,” he added. “The lads are great and off today for the first time since we arrived. We went to an orphanage when we first got here and spent the day there. There are two sides to this city (Baku) but it is an amazing city.”

And does Shane have any favourites?

“I think the Russian grannies are looking good, The Swedish entry is also quite good. Our song Waterline was written by a Swedish song writer so let’s hope the only Swedish winning entry is our own,”

The twins, who first rose to fame on The X Factor, will take to the stage in Baku, Azerbaijan on Saturday night to perform their Waterline.

This will be the second year in a row that John and Edward have represented Ireland in the competition. Last year their track Lipstick saw them take eighth place.

- Paula Campbell