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BBC selects spoof song for Eurovision


Eurovision News Review:

* Pop Idol reject has stab at Eurovision
* ITV reporter on Eurovision trail
* Kinnock takes on Brussels permanent fixtures
* BBC selects spoof song for Eurovision
* Spirits of the age
* Irish sex series to cause a stir
* Dana backed ‘pro-abortion’ Eurosceptic
* Endemol rings the changes

Pop Idol reject has stab at EurovisionBBC News
Jessica’s down to the last eight finalists to represent the UK in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. She got down to the last 10 in ITV’s Pop Idol but was booted off the show just before Christmas. Jessica’s dream

But Jessica’s in with a good chance at the Eurovision. She’s singing a song called Come Back, which has been produced by the same team behind Atomic Kitten’s smash hit, Whole Again. Jessica, 20, from Wales, said she loved the Eurovision Song Contest and it was her “dream” to take part. If she gets through, Jessica will compete against singers from 25 other countries at the competition in March… Jessica’s dream

But Jessica’s in with a good chance at the Eurovision. She’s singing a song called Come Back, which has been produced by the same team behind Atomic Kitten’s smash hit, Whole Again. Jessica, 20, from Wales, said she loved the Eurovision Song Contest and it was her “dream” to take part. If she gets through, Jessica will compete against singers from 25 other countries at the competition in March.

ITV reporter on Eurovision trailBBC News
“But if the lyric had been less laughable, it probably would’ve gone through to the final eight too,” he said. The winning song will represent the UK on 25 May 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia. The UK will be hoping on a substantial improvement in its Eurovision fortunes, having come 15th in the 2001 contest – after finishing 16th in 2000. The Song For Europe finalists:

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Come Back composed by Martyn Baylay
D J Romeo composed by Bea Eden, Simon Stirling and James Gordon
Every Step Of The Way composed by Graham Kearns and Howard New
Fade Away composed by Stuart Hanna and Alistair Griffin
I Give In composed by Jonathan Maitland, Jackie Collins and Peter Maitland
Lovestruck composed by Ben Copland, Yvonne John Lewis, Nicky Cooke and Phil Dane
Never In A Million Years composed by Mark Jiggens and Zee Asha
When You’re Around composed by Ben Copland and Martin Bushell.

Kinnock takes on Brussels permanent fixturesGuardian Unlimited
The commission has always insisted that its staff members are officially independent of any national authority. “Naturally EU governments like to think that they have as many of their nation’s top civil servants in top commission jobs as possible,” a source said. “But it is time to stop behaving like the Eurovision song contest, counting up every senior appointment as if it is a point-scoring competition for national pride. “Under the reforms jobs will go to the best candidate regardless of their nationality – although where two candidates are considered to be equally qualified preference will go to female staff to adjust the gender balance in the three-quarters male commission. And portfolios will in general not be passed on to someone from the same country as the outgoing official. The exact job changes will be hammered out in the next three months following the announcement of the 15 who must go. Some will take early retirement on generous pensions of up to ?60,000 a year.

BBC selects spoof song for EurovisionIrish Independent
When Jonathan Maitland, consumer rights champion on Tonight with Trevor McDonald, sent a tape of his song it appeared a good stunt to promote a book on how to scam the music industry. But Mr Maitland “spontaneously combusted” when the BBC told him that ‘I Give In’, recorded for Euro35 in a friend’s outdoor lavatory, had been selected for the last eight from 600 entries. His book, ‘How to Make Your Million from Pop Music.

Spirits of the ageTelegraph.co.uk
Seventeen per cent could not identify a cauliflower. – Daily MailIN a bow to political correctness, the New York Times has decreed that girlfriends must be described as “the person whom he dates”. – Daily ExpressAN ITV presenter sent a tape of a song that he recorded for £25 in a disused outside lavatory as an entry for the BBC’s Eurovision contest. It has been shortlisted. – The Timesadvertisement. He was struck down by salmonella poisoning.

Irish sex series to cause a stirIrish Independent
And next week sees veteran broadcaster Shay Healy get in on the act with a six-part series Love Bites which covers everything from virginity to the intimate world of wife-swapping in Ireland. “My feeling about it is that progress has a price and, in this sense, that is what has happened in Ireland we have been exposed to other cultures and more moral laxity from television and that has led to a gradual erosion of old values and freer behaviour,” he said. Shay, who is probably best known as a writer of Eurovision hit songs, believes that the new series won’t cause the kind of stir it might have done 10 years ago. “We’re not as shockable as we were. Some people will be shocked, of course, but children born in the Seventies will wonder what all the fuss is about. ” Loves Bites will go out after 10pm on a Tuesday night, and it comes as RTÉ and Network 2 introduce their own “on-screen classification” to define programme content. ‘GA’ will stand for general audience, ‘Chj’ for children, ‘YA’ for young adult, ‘PS’ will indicate parental supervision and ‘MA’ for a mature audience.

Dana backed ‘pro-abortion’ EuroscepticIrish Independent
Mr Bonde says he would not support abortion in his own family and has not campaigned in favour of abortion for years. Green MEP Patricia McKenna also supported Mr Bonde in the second round but then switched in the final vote to Pat Cox’s main opponent, the Scottish Labour MEP David Martin. The former Eurovision winner also admitted she was thinking about contesting the upcoming Dáil elections. “We’re still looking at it, I haven’t made a final decision,” she said.

Endemol rings the changesVariety – Variety (subscription)
But he is coy about what, exactly, that will be. Some 90% of all Endemol programming since “Big Brother” has been multiplatform. De Mol is particularly pleased with Endemol’s Spanish reality talent show “Operacion Triunfo,” which showcases singers, one of whom will become the country’s entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest. The show airs on TV and the Internet, and viewers use their mobile phones to vote for their favorite contestant. De Mol says 75%-80% of Endemol’s acquisitions budget will now be spent on new media and buying up companies first in Europe, and later in the U. “We will follow the same pattern of acquisition we did with TV five years ago,” he says, referring to the company’s frenzied stomp across Europe and other continents, picking up production companies.

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