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Eurovision News Review:

* Irish in Eurovision ‘Popstars’ search
* Bucks Fizz name dispute settled
* Rose festival concert by Phil Coulter cancelled over doubts about…
* Film – Talking about a revolution
* Elvis: The legacy
* Bulgarian ‘Janis Joplin’ conquers Kazakhstan
* The Lights entertainer

Irish in Eurovision ‘Popstars’ searchBBC News
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The winner will also be given an international recording contract, and the winning song will be released across Europe. There had been much speculation that the format for choosing Ireland’s Eurovision entry was about to be revamped, following the country’s relegation from the contest in 2001. Ireland has one of the best track records of any country at Eurovision, having won the contest seven times in total, and four times in the last decade – in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996. Its most famous Eurovision entrant, Johnny Logan, won the contest twice, in 1980 with What’s Another Year, and with Hold Me Now in 1987. However, Ireland was eliminated from the 2002 contest after its 2001 entry, Without Your Love by Gary O’Shaughnessy, scored just six points. Next year’s Eurovision will take place in the Latvian capital Riga on 24 May. Related to this story:… There had been much speculation that the format for choosing Ireland’s Eurovision entry was about to be revamped, following the country’s relegation from the contest in 2001. Ireland has one of the best track records of any country at Eurovision, having won the contest seven times in total, and four times in the last decade – in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996. Its most famous Eurovision entrant, Johnny Logan, won the contest twice, in 1980 with What’s Another Year, and with Hold Me Now in 1987. However, Ireland was eliminated from the 2002 contest after its 2001 entry, Without Your Love by Gary O’Shaughnessy, scored just six points. Next year’s Eurovision will take place in the Latvian capital Riga on 24 May. Related to this story:.

Bucks Fizz name dispute settledBBC News
Bobby G’s manager Derek Royal told BBC News Online he was pleased that a “massive confusion” had been avoided. Bucks Fizz won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with Making Your Mind Up, which was also one of their three UK number one hits. The original line-up was Bobby G, Jay Aston, Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan – who was replaced by former Dollar singer Van Day in 1995. Van Day later left and started a group with Nolan, and began working as Bucks Fizz.

Rose festival concert by Phil Coulter cancelled over doubts about…Irish Independent
Both the organisers and the Derry performer agreed to postpone the concert until this evening. Coulter, whose career has featured a diverse range of chart successes including both the Eurovision hit “Puppet on a String” and Derry ballad “The town I loved so well,” and who went on to work with the Bay City Rollers before releasing his series of “Tranquility” albums, expressed his regret at the show not going ahead. “It’s the first time in my career I’ve ever cancelled a show,” he told a press conference yesterday. Postponing the gig, which was expected to attract a crowd of 10,000 to Denny Street in Tralee town centre, will cause a logistical headache for the festival committee who will now also have to re-arrange concerts, already scheduled for this evening by pop bands Six and D’Side. The decision not to proceed was taken jointly by Coulter and Festival Chief Executive Noreen Cassidy after the stage had been examined by both their technical teams and an independent structural engineer. Ms Cassidy said while she was not in a position to give a technical explanation for what was wrong with the stage, the advice she got was that the concert should not go ahead.

Film – Talking about a revolutionNew Statesman
The film takes its title from what one is asked to believe was a bestselling pop song of the period, although after hearing it several times I myself formed the impression that Simon Cowell – he’s the Nasty Nick figure in Pop Idol – would probably have told the song’s singer and composer to stick to waiting tables, or some such sensationally inappropriate comment. Quite frankly, I have heard better Chinese songs while waiting on the telephone line to my local Good Earth takeaway. I racked my brain for a comparable British filmic endeavour, and decided that it would be like basing a film on the Brotherhood of Man’s breezy 1976 Eurovision-winning hit, “Save Your Kisses For Me”. For much of the time, Tsu Minliang and his friends lean on the crumbling city walls of Fenyang, debate whether or not they should become lovers, smoke like suicidal beagles and generally look pretty miserable with their lot in life, which is hardly surprising since everything they do is touched by the dead hand of the Chinese Communist Party. The landscape looks as bleak and unforgiving as Mao’s Big Brother portrait, and a wind blowing down what passes for the town’s main street stirs not a hundred cherry blossoms but instead a few rat turds and the masonry dust of some disintegrating brickwork. Pauses in the subtitled dialogue are not so much pregnant as gestated – by an elephant – and there is more than one occasion when, no one on screen at all, the camera stays focused on a section of brick wall or a badly weathered window-frame. (Compared to this, Wim Wenders looks like Jan de Bont.

Elvis: The legacyBBC News
“In 1967 Guy and I had a song in the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest called Wonderful World – our publisher heard this song, was very impressed with it and got it to Elvis Presley. “It appeared in one of those dreadful MGM films the poor man was forced to make. ”

But the Fletcher-Flett team soon got another call from Presley’s management. “We got a phone call some months later asking if we’d care to submit a song for his next album – so we worked furiously and came up with half a dozen songs and he recorded one of them, called The Fair’s Moving On. “We felt like old hands then, and the word came again to submit another song so we wrote a romantic ballad called Just Pretend.

Bulgarian ‘Janis Joplin’ conquers KazakhstanSofia Echo
Selection for participation in the festival was made between 174 contestants from 15 countries. The final event lasted three nights, and each night participants presented a different musical piece, including one required to have “ethno” elements. Roberta was the only European to receive an award, competing with former prizewinners of the Slavic Bazaar festival in Belarus, the Eurovision Song Competition and The Song Of Europe held in Varna. After her win, Roberta received an honorary certificate by the mayor of Almaty, Viktor Khrapunov, and was invited to perform in the Czech Republic, Malta, Australia, Mongolia and China. After the experience she said: “It was hard in the beginning to get used to people who do not express their emotions the way we do”. The main objectives of the Voice of Asia competition are to awaken musical interest all over the world as well as in various national cultures and musical traditions, and to search for a new sound in world pop music. The emblem of the festival is an ancient rock figure of the Sun God, which has been admired for more than 3,000 years by the people inhabiting the mountains of Tien Shan.

The Lights entertainerPeterborough Evening Telegraph
“He’s a great singer, a great entertainer and has a wonderful presence, so he’s perfect for an event as big as this. “It’s hard to believe that Ronan Keating is still just 25. “In just a few years he has become a multi-million selling singer, played TV host at the MTV Awards and Eurovision Song Contest and set Westlife – Illuminations’ switch-on celebrities in 2000 – on the road to stardom. The former Boyzone lead singer opened a new chapter of his solo career with his second solo album Destination, released earlier this summer, followed by a nationwide arena tour in June this year. Now he is about to issue his latest single I Love It When We Do, which he is guaranteed to perform as part of his seaside session tomorrow. But as well as having a successful career, Ronan is making the most of his time as a family man. He is married to former model Yvonne and they have two children, Jack, three, and Marie, 18 months.

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