Dana and Phil backing Jedward

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Derry Eurovision winners Dana Rosemary Scallon and Phil Coulter are backing Dublin teen duo Jedward for Eurovision success.

The famous Derry Eurovision singer and songwriter both believe that the competition’s second favourite’s to win the competition will go all the way in Germany.

Dana, who sung her way into the Eurovision history books in 1970 with ‘All Kinds of Everything’, said she believes the Lucan brothers have the song and the ability to follow in her footsteps.

“They are the good news story from Ireland in Europe. I believe they can win and that they have the ability to do it.”

The X-Factor success stories have been heavily criticised for their voices in the past but Dana has urged everyone to get behind the 19 year-olds.

“The are the new Ireland and have fantastic energy - I’m totally behind them.”

Ahead of last night’s Dusseldorf semi-final, Dana said she intends to attend the final of the competition to cheer on the Irish entry.

Meanwhile, Derry singer-songwriter Phil Coulter whose composition ‘Puppet on a String’ won the 1967 competition for the UK was not so kind to the duo.“We always sent good songs and good singers to Eurovision but those days are over.”

However, he’s still backing them to win, adding that they’ve been “routined” to within an inch of their lives with the stage show and choreography. “The year’s Irish Eurovision entry is smooth, all action and in your face. I think it is going to win.”