GreenJolly – Orange Revolution 2004 Mastermind

Eurovision Song Contest 2005 participant
 


Pop boost for Russia’s Aids battle


Eurovision News Review:

* Calling all ‘don’t really wannabe’ pop stars
* Fake tans mask bright faces of the wannabe innocents
* If there is one thing guaranteed to drive children mad, it is trendy…
* Pop boost for Russia’s Aids battle
* Classical Musicians Around the World Will Help Mark Anniversary of 11…
* Philips looks to digital set-top boxes and MHP at IBC
* Nostalgia TV is doing my head in

Calling all ‘don’t really wannabe’ pop starsIrish Independent
Tomorrow thousands of wannabe stars will be queuing up at the Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire, to undergo the tricky audition stage in the marathon process which will lead them to fame and fortune, chart success and pop lifestyle excess. Well, no to, eh, singing for Ireland in next year’s Eurovision in Riga. That’s Riga, the epicentre of the global pop industry. Yes, folks this is surely a brilliant twist on the now thoroughly done format which is manifesting itself across the water in the shape of Pop Idol 2, aka Pop Rivals, which features the usual old popstar-scavenging faces Waterman and Walsh and will end up with the guys who come 14th having the Christmas No 1 and the winners only reaching No 29 in the Patagonian Top 30. Meanwhile RTE’s You’re a Star (and then you’ll sing in the Eurovision) will be presented by Den pensioner Ray d’Arcy and judged by Kerry McFadden, someone (perhaps a former Eurovision winner) called Darren Smith and Phil Coulter who actually penned a Eurovision winner back in 1359. At this rate, Dana should be due a call up to the panel by the year 2017… That’s Riga, the epicentre of the global pop industry. Yes, folks this is surely a brilliant twist on the now thoroughly done format which is manifesting itself across the water in the shape of Pop Idol 2, aka Pop Rivals, which features the usual old popstar-scavenging faces Waterman and Walsh and will end up with the guys who come 14th having the Christmas No 1 and the winners only reaching No 29 in the Patagonian Top 30. Meanwhile RTE’s You’re a Star (and then you’ll sing in the Eurovision) will be presented by Den pensioner Ray d’Arcy and judged by Kerry McFadden, someone (perhaps a former Eurovision winner) called Darren Smith and Phil Coulter who actually penned a Eurovision winner back in 1359. At this rate, Dana should be due a call up to the panel by the year 2017. Nonetheless You’re a Star just might work. Last year Spanish TVE, despairing of national ennui concerning Eurovision, dreamed up Operacion Triunfo (Operation Victory), a strange admixture of Big Brother and Popstars, and the result was that the overweight winner Rosa became a national phenomenon and that over 50 per cent of the Spanish public watched Eurovision 2002.

Fake tans mask bright faces of the wannabe innocentsIrish Independent
Yet another posse of innocents came to offer themselves up to the ruthless world of showbiz at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. The winning act will secure a record and management deal and represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest next year. You’re A Star is a joint RTE and ShinAwil production and will go on air on Sunday October 27, presented by Ray D’Arcy. Between now and then a pre-selection panel of three will weed the talented from the no-hopers. Auditions were scheduled to begin at 9am but the eager took no chances and started queueing at 9pm the previous evening. Yesterday, up to 500 wannabe stars had to wait for hours.

If there is one thing guaranteed to drive children mad, it is trendy…Irish Independent
They claim to be sublimely indifferent to the whims of fashion. One even admits to liking a Eurovision song (Denmark 2000) and another actually asks my opinion of what she’s wearing before going out. Despite this, both seem to have an unerring instinct for knowing, at least two months ahead of the style gurus, what threads are the height of fashion. They also seem to know if it’s okay to watch Teachers or Big Brother 3 and whether Ben Affleck is still an item with JLo and whether it’s cool to say ‘wicked’ anymore. I am bound, for professional reasons, to keep moderately abreast of trends or even trendz.

Pop boost for Russia’s Aids battleBBC News
Days before the concert, posters covered the city warning the population of the dangers of drugs. Organisers billed the event as “action in the fight against drug abuse and Aids in Kaliningrad”. The line-up included many national and international pop stars including the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Marija Naumova. Aids battle

Proceeds from the concert will go towards two medical institutions in Kaliningrad which have been battling against the spread of the disease. The first is a children’s home in a leafy district of the city. "

Kaliningrad’s experience is a model for the rest of Russia

"

Anna ChernyakhovskayaUnicef

The home monitors and treats the babies of HIV-positive women. It takes 18 months before doctors can be sure whether the children are infected or not.

Classical Musicians Around the World Will Help Mark Anniversary of 11…Andante
, Prudential Hall, Newark. Krakow, Poland: A “Concert in Remembrance of September 11, 2001” will be broadcast live on Polish television and distributed to the rest of the continent by Eurovision. The concert will feature Brahms’ German Requiem and other works performed by the Dresden Staatskapelle and the Munich Bach Choir, with soprano Christiane Oeize and baritone Wolfgang Holzmair. Gilbert Levine conducts. The concert will take place in Saints Peter and Paul Church and viewing screens will be set up outside. 11 September, 8 p.

Philips looks to digital set-top boxes and MHP at IBC4RFV
IBC visitors will be able to see a comprehensive range of MHP solutions Philips has available to consumers, network operators and service providers, and consumer device manufacturers. These include Platform-i, a powerful new suite of end-to-end software solutions, including a step-by-step implementation and evaluation program for MHP-based interactive TV services. The launch of Platform-i will be supported by a number of advanced enhanced TV applications, including a TV voting system for the Eurovision Song Contest telecast, and a live chat application in use by a Belgian youth TV service. Other MHP demonstrations on the Philips’ IBC stand (1. 411) will include a system-on-silicon module solution for MHP-enabled analogue TV sets and set-top boxes, and also an MHP-dedicated application of the Philips’ conditional access solution.

Nostalgia TV is doing my head inIrish Independent
RTE’s Reeling In the Years plunged us back into the 1970s, Leargas had a special feature on the last days of the tallyman, and the ITV drama A Is For Acid recalled the adventures of John George Haigh, from the golden age of the English murder. Setting the tone, Reeling In The Years was preceded on BBC2 by TOTP2, a compilation of ancient hits which makes you feel about a thousand years old. But once you’re into Reeling In The Years, and there’s Dana winning the Eurovision, and you remember exactly where you were that night, it seems there’s no escape. You are now probably older than most Guards and the Minister for Justice too. If you’re lucky, you’re at least younger than Dana, who is still a relatively young woman, right? There’s every chance that television has actually changed the chemistry of our brains in relation to our perception of time. It can hurl us instantly back to childhood in a way that no other medium can. Music can do it, but music and pictures is the nostalgic equivalent of mainlining heroin.

Leave a Reply