LIMERICKâ€™S Leanne Moore is at the centre of Eurovision â€˜Jedmaniaâ€™ in Germany this week, as the competition hots up ahead of the semi-final this Thursday.
The talented Youâ€™re A Star winner received the call-up of a lifetime by being asked at the last minute to join Jedwardâ€™s bid for Eurovision glory. The twins, John and Edward Grimes, whose father hails from Limerick, will perform â€˜Lipstickâ€™ and are currently among the favourites to scoop the song contest, or at least go one step further than recent years and see Ireland into the main round proper.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader from her DÃ¼sseldorf hotel on a rare moment of down time, Leanne said â€œthere is enormous interestâ€ in the X-Factor duo, verging on hysteria at times.
â€œIt is absolutely crazy,â€ laughed Leanne. â€œOn Saturday we went to the official opening ceremony hosted by the Mayor of DÃ¼sseldorf and had to walk the red carpet, which was only 200m long and most people took 20 minutes - it took us at least an hour. Every single person wanted to talk to them.â€
Level-headed Leanne is not getting carried away by the hysteria, but is delighted with her decision to take part.
â€œIt is incredible. I am not reading too much into it â€“ the act is Jedward, but to be a part of it, and called Ireland, is just amazing,â€ said Leanne. â€œI will never wear the green shirt playing rugby or anything like that, letâ€™s face it, so it is great to be able to represent on some level, and it is a complete honour. That is why we are putting so much into it, because you are representing the whole of Ireland, which is a huge deal for me,â€ she added.
Since they arrived over a week ago, Jedward and Leanne, plus their fellow backing singers have attended parties, press conferences and constant rehearsals, leaving little time to ponder the hundreds of millions of people that will tune in for Thursdayâ€™s semi-final â€“ and, if successful, Saturdayâ€™s final in DÃ¼sseldorfâ€™s Esprit Arena.
â€œI havenâ€™t even thought about it because there is so much going on over here,â€ said Leanne. â€œThere is always something to distract you. We are rehearsing constantly, because it is the little things you donâ€™t want to mess up on the night, you have one chance and you go out there and that is it â€“ you really have to nail it first time.â€