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Endemol’s ‘Operacion’ makes Spain TV history


Eurovision News Review:

* Comrade Karl reveals Eurovision secret
* Jessica steps closer to Eurovision
* Singer Zee dropped from Eurovision
* Endemol’s ‘Operacion’ makes Spain TV history
* How to pass for British
* Louis is holding on to some nice little earners
* It’s ‘Fatley’ the belly dancer shaping up to some sun and…
* Today.Az – Still resentful of mistreatment, Bedikyan dismisses Azeri…
* Harry threatens to go hyper over Point’s future

Comrade Karl reveals Eurovision secretBBC News
Because for decades, Karl Pihelgas led a double life. In public he was Comrade Karl – the factory worker, doing his bit to build communism. In private, though, Karl Pihelgas was chairman of Estonia’s secret Eurovision Song Contest Fan Club. There isn’t anything Karl doesn’t know about the Eurovision Song Contest. Signal jammed

His files contain scoring sheets for every competition since 1966. Each year he and his friends gathered to watch the show and guess the winning songs. They tuned in via Finnish TV with the help of a special antenna.

Jessica steps closer to EurovisionBBC News
Her challengers for the right to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in Estonia are news reporter Jonathan Maitland, Heartbeat actress Tricia Penrose and fomer Boy George backing singer Zee Asha. Eurovision dream

Ms Garlick, who is already a professional singer, said it was always a dream of hers to sing at the Eurovision. Speaking after the original invitation to take part in Song For Europe, she said: “I watch the Eurovision Song Contest every year and I have always dreamed of taking part, so fingers crossed my dream might now come true… The four chosen songs now go to another public vote on BBC TV’s Song For Europe programme on 3 March – from which the UK entry will emerge. The winning song will represent the UK on 25 May in Tallinn, Estonia. The UK will be hoping for a substantial improvement in its Eurovision fortunes, having come 15th in the 2001 contest – after finishing 16th in 2000.

Singer Zee dropped from EurovisionBBC News
The other three entries are former Pop Idol contestant Jessica Garlick, ITV broadcaster Jonathan Maitland and Heartbeat actress Tricia Penrose. The four acts will be put to the public vote on the BBC’s Song For Europe programme on 3 March – from which the UK entry will emerge. The winning song will represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest on 25 May in Tallinn, Estonia. The UK will be hoping for a substantial improvement in its Eurovision fortunes, having come 15th in the 2001 contest – after finishing 16th in 2000… The four acts will be put to the public vote on the BBC’s Song For Europe programme on 3 March – from which the UK entry will emerge. The winning song will represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest on 25 May in Tallinn, Estonia. The UK will be hoping for a substantial improvement in its Eurovision fortunes, having come 15th in the 2001 contest – after finishing 16th in 2000.

Endemol’s ‘Operacion’ makes Spain TV historyVariety – Variety (subscription)
Broadcast by pubcaster RTVE, the show was seen by 13 million viewers. The four-hour gala cut down the surviving six contestants to three, one of whom will rep Spain in the Eurovision song contest on May 25. Contest provoked hysteria in the participants’ villages, plus front page articles in Spain’s most sober daily newspapers, El Pais and El Mundo. In a series of galas, the audience will now select the song to be sung at Eurovision, and who will sing it. According to Gestmusic Endemol managing director of international Isabel Raventos, the Madrid-based production company has already received 100,000 applications to star in the second season of “Triunfo. “Show is earmarked for versions in Mexico and Brazil as part of Endemol’s joint production ventures with Televisa and TV Globo.

How to pass for BritishGuardian Unlimited
However, when someone does barge to the front of the queue, the ideal applicant should whisper to her husband “I’m going to say something” to which he should reply “Shh dear, best not make a fuss” – that couple will have passed stage one with flying colours. Then comes the tough written test, (and anyone who completes this without a single grammatical error or spelling mistake will be told to go straight back to Holland). Question 1 – please list the following events in order of historical importance: a) the French revolution; b) the end of the cold war; c) Brotherhood of Man’s 1976 Eurovision triumph with Save Your Kisses For Me. Question 2 – what is the traditional accompaniment to spaghetti bolognaise? a) a light sprinkling of grated parmesan cheese; or b) a large portion of chips and two slices of white bread. Question 3 – a man trips on the pavement and bumps into you; do you: a) cast him a slightly annoyed look and continue on your way; or b) say “Oh I’m terribly sorry, really; my fault entirely”. Question 4 – which of the following would make you sufficiently angry to write to your MP? a) Britain’s involvement in a war with no foundation in international law; b) the sale of British armaments to repressive dictatorships; or c) the shipping forecast on Radio 4 changing the name “Finisterre” to “Fitzroy”. Immigration to Britain is nothing new, although in the old days the speed at which applications were processed often depended on how big your army was.

Louis is holding on to some nice little earnersIrish Independent
Walsh also has a luxury apartment on Raglan Road. Not all of Walsh’s bands make the grade. The Carter Twins failed to qualify for the Eurovision and vanished into obscurity. All girl band Bellefire is at the investment stage and could be sometime before reaching profitability. However, at this stage all eyes are on Six and Walsh must be hoping that they add plenty of zeroes to his bank balance.

It’s ‘Fatley’ the belly dancer shaping up to some sun and…Irish Independent
The fashionable Carlton Bay area is famed for its extravagance and has become a honey-pot for stars taking winter breaks. Among the seven-mile strip’s frequent visitors are Roger Moore, Michael Winner and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Flatley became an overnight star during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin when he performed in Riverdance during the intermission. It proved such a massive hit that the upbeat Irish dancing show went on to become a sell-out act around the world and topped the bestseller list in the video charts. He later quit the company and set up Lord of the Dance, which proved equally popular. His success has bought him houses in Ireland, London, France and the US.

Today.Az – Still resentful of mistreatment, Bedikyan dismisses Azeri…Today.Az
"I went to Azerbaijan not to give an outdoor public concert attended by 10-15,000 people but to perform on two special nights at Baku’s Gulustan Palace attended by only a VIP audience," Bedikyan told the Turkish Daily News in an interview. Turkey formally sought information both from the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry and the Azerbaijani Embassy here with regard to Bedikyan’s allegations. Ankara’s move came after the young pianist filed verbal and written complaints with the Turkish Foreign Ministry. "It’s really ridiculous that [Azerbaijani authorities] give the lack of a visa as a justification for their refusal to grant me entry, but everyone knows that a passport is sufficient for all citizens of the Turkish Republic to enter Azerbaijani territory," Bedikyan said.

Harry threatens to go hyper over Point’s futureIrish Independent
This might include the establishment of a hyperstore or a giant retail outlet. The average touring band in the US is playing in hockey arenas to crowds of up to 15,000. The Point Depot has been a massive success story – attracting top music acts, the MTV awards and also three Eurovision song contests. The former CIE property on the north docks is now the leading concert venue in the country, attracting 500,000 visitors annually and generating a cash benefit of over €25m to Dublin city each year. However, there is still no agreement by the PDs to building even a scaled-down version of a new national stadium and there appears little prospect of any inclusion of an indoor arena. Officials from Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s Department as well as Tourism and Sport, Finance and the office of Tanaiste Mary Harney, have been involved in intense discussions in recent weeks. The PDs still have concerns about the structure, cost and processes in place for dealing with the project – and have serious concerns about these issues which were raised by the independent consultants who examined the Sports Campus Ireland proposals.

One Response to “Endemol’s ‘Operacion’ makes Spain TV history”

  1. Dieta proteinowa Says:

    You got your point here, hehe, you surely did. In moments like this, I think that “the WEB” is the greatest invention of all human inventions. Or at least it’s most entertaining one!

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