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The heads of country delegations visit Riga

Eurovision News Review:

* Eurovision copy claims rejected
* Mickey Joe has Eurovision go-ahead
* Tatu sing for Russia at Eurovision
* The heads of country delegations visit Riga
* A part of Hasta la Vista on Israeli TV
* It’s not all about Oil, it’s about Car Wash too
* Reborn in the USA: Your views
* In Brief: TATU, Offspring
* Ronan sits it out – he’s a star already
* Quotes of the Week

Eurovision copy claims rejectedBBC News
Strabane singer Mickey Joe Harte is due to perform We’ve Got the World in the final in the Latvian capital, Riga, on 24 May. Broadcasting company RTE said “contrary to some recent public comment,” it was satisfied that the song was not a copy of the victorious Danish song Fly on the Wings of Love. The European Broadcasting Union will decide in a meeting on Thursday whether to allow the song to be entered. Keith Molloy, who co-wrote the Irish entry with Martin Brannigan, said that the only thing in common between the two songs was “the three minute limit and the same musical key”… Popstars

More than 1. 3m votes were cast in the final for this year’s Irish entry, which was selected in a Popstars-style contest following auditions in nine locations on both sides of the border. Eurovision hopefuls were narrowed down to 10 finalists, one of whom was eliminated weekly by public vote. Ireland has the best track records of any country at Eurovision, having won the contest seven times in total. The UK has won it five times. 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.

Mickey Joe has Eurovision –
The European Broadcasting Union has decided that RT?’s entry is not a copy of a previous Danish composition. The EBU investigation followed complaints that ‘We’ve Got The World’ was partly a copy of the 2000 winning entry, ‘Fly on the Wings of Love’, by the Danish composer, Jurgen Olsen. Advertisement The EBU’s Reference Group, meeting today in Latvia, confirmed that the song, written by Keith Molloy and Martin Brannigan, can represent Ireland in the contest in May.

Tatu sing for Russia at
COM reports that Julia Volkova and Lena Katina will sing a song called ‘Ne Ver, Ne Bojsia’, which means ‘Do Not Be Afraid, Do Not Despair’. Tatu’s Julia has told the Sun newspaper that she believes they can be the first Russian winners of the contest.

The heads of country delegations visit
On March 20 at the Skonto Hall the presentation of managerial matters will take place. Uldis Grava, the General Manager of Latvian Broadcaster, will hold a speech to the members of European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the heads of country delegations. The Accreditation and Press Centre is going to inform about the press conferences, 55 in total, but Latvia Tours will give the information on transporting the participants, routes, and the excursions in Latvia (Riga, Sigulda, Ventspils) during the Eurovision week. The country representatives will meet the hosts of the delegations.

A part of Hasta la Vista on Israeli
il News. In the show, he performed the refrain of the Ukrainian entry to the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest, Hasta la Vista, which he composed. Hasta la Vista was written for Olexandr Ponomaryov, by Israel’s Tzvika Pick and Mirit Shem-Or. Pick was asked in the show why hasn’t he written a song for Lior Narkis (Israel’s entrant to the 2003 contest): “Lior didn’t ask me to write for him. Had he asked, I would have considered it”, said Pick and wished Narkis the best of luck in Riga. Hebrew readers can now watch a clip of Pick’s performance of the song from the show, in the link at the bottom.

It’s not all about Oil, it’s about Car Wash tooIrish Independent
“If there is mass casualties, we would keep advertising out for who knows how long,” said Mr Goodman, who presumably knows a thing or two about Iraq from way back. You couldn’t make it up, though CNN in general is far likelier to be telling us wall-to-wall lies than Sky, which, up to a point, maintains its editorial independence of Murdoch, who is of course in favour of the war. I should tell you though, that former Eurovision hostess Fionnuala Sweeney seems to be doing well for herself since she left RTE, presenting some orgy of CNN dreariness called World Business Today. But we would happily exchange all these delights for the one shot that would make it all worthwhile, that of Saddam himself being run out of town at the end of an electric cattle-prod. Instead it kicked off with those by-now familiar pictures of Baghdad by night, the deserted city waiting with apparent serenity for the bombs to drop. And in the eerie quietude, we see the odd car moving though the night, bringing a human dimension. Who are these people? Maybe they’re looking for that petrol station, for coffee and a muffin on special offer.

Reborn in the USA: Your viewsBBC News
Lee, UK

Anything which allows me to watch the gorgeous Tony Hadley once a week has to be good! Good luck Tony!! Anne, UK

It seemed to go on far too long and someone should tell Dollar they have had their day, they looked like a cheap cabaret act. Paula, UK

I cannot BELIEVE how truly AWFUL Sonia was!! GET HER OFF!!


Unfortunately for Sonia the wrong song was chosen. Sonia has a great voice (remember the Eurovision?) Am sure with a little support and the right song Sonia will prove herself to us all. Shaun Stone, UK

They all overworked their songs. The venue looked pretty small and intimate, but most of them belted it out (or tried to) like they were doing a stadium gig, or they chose songs that needed to be sung from the heart and made them souund like they were singing a shopping list! I felt sorry for Sonia – that girl can sing but she was so nervous she lost it. Hayden was the best performed.

In Brief: TATU, OffspringRolling Stone
will represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest on May 24th. The duo will perform the.

Ronan sits it out – he’s a star alreadyIrish Independent
Indeed, it must be relief all round that all is well after Ursula, who is expecting their third child on March 23, took a tumble and broke her arm last week. Poor Ursula must have felt like Louis Walsh when he said: “I need the Eurovision like I need a hole in the head.

Quotes of the WeekIrish Independent
” Eamon Dunphy comments on the one-all draw between Celtic and Liverpool in the UEFA Cup quarter final on Thursday night. “The tempo and the arrangement and the build-up is the same way we did it, but there’s no way I’ll do any legal action to that. “The sport of kings is more important than the rights of citizens. ” The Labour leader, Pat Rabbitte criticising the absence of the Minister for Finance, Charlie McCreevy, for attending Cheltenham rather than debating his changes to the Freedom Of Information Act. “He seems to have strayed across his self-imposed line. ” The Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, claims the Information Commissioner, Kevin Murphy, has no business commenting on the Freedom of Information Bill.

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