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Eurovision News Review:

* Eurovision braves live tATu
* Culture & Lifestyle | 25.05.2003 Turkey wins Eurovision Song…
* Eurovision humiliation, but was it a sinister plot?
* A coo for diplomacy | | Guardian Unlimited Arts
* The measure | Weekend | Guardian Unlimited
* Eurovision was a lot of politics – Mickey Joe
* The 48th Eurovision Song Contest
* Turkish press celebrates win
* Two-day Eurovision “to raise level of contest”
* 15,000 Latvian Russians Protest School Closures
* Designer ‘Mugi’ disappointed at Lynn’s behaviour
* Kelly, Timberlake Continue UK Chart Reign
* BBC NEWS | UK | Papers consider Mid East peace moves
* Sports stars join the Euro
* Blair’s next war will be over scrapping the pound
* Chiller thrillers are our latest TV treat
* A woman with many strings to her bow

Eurovision braves live tATuCNN International
It is our responsibility to make a good and entertaining event,” she said. The duo vowed their song “Ne Ver, Ne Boisya,” (“Do Not Believe, Do Not Be Afraid”) will “blast everything that’s gone before with our sexy act. “No one should be afraid of us but we are going to win Eurovision,” they said in a statement. Despite all the attention, the maverick teenagers hoping to take Eurovision to Moscow for the first time may face a tough challenge from Turkey’s charismatic Sertab Erener, who is emerging as another possible front-runner. Spain’s Beth, Iceland’s Birgitta and Sweden’s Fame are also tipped to go high in the competition famous for its curious mix of high ambition and uneven talent, which is expected to be watched by 160 million people across Europe and beyond. Last year up to 600 million viewers across Europe watched Latvia’s first victory in the contest, propelling the small Baltic state into the limelight and offering it the chance to promote its culture and tourist attractions as 2003 host.

Culture & Lifestyle | 25.05.2003 Turkey wins Eurovision Song…Deutsche Welle
Turkey took top honors at this year’s Eurovision song contest for the first time, beating out a folk-inspired act from Belgium and the controversial Russian girl group Tatu. Sertab Erener –- one of Turkey’s most popular female vocalists –- won the competition late Saturday night by combining her song “Everyway that I Can” with a well choreography stage show inspired by Turkish belly dancing. Held this year in the small Baltic state Latvia, the Eurovision contest, as always, melded politics and partisan voting with glitzy, sometimes downright cheesy, pop music. Watched by an estimated 160 million viewers around the world, the Latvians put on an impressive show that came down to exciting head-to-head final vote. It was a surprise win for the Turks. Belgium’s Urban Trad led for much of the voting, but many in the Latvian capital Riga had been betting on Russia’s pseudo-lesbian duo Tatu. The group had been so hyped to win that their every move was followed in the run up to Saturday night.

Eurovision humiliation, but was it a sinister plot?
Has the United Kingdom – five times winner and runner- up on 15 occasions – fallen victim to self-interested power blocs and the blatant currying of favour which make up the maelstrom of influences on the 26 countries when awarding points?How else could Jemini have scored less than Austria’s entry, an ecological protest song by Alf Poier, which included the verse: “Little rabbits have short noses, And kittens soft paws, And Mother Holle likes her wool, From the African dromedary”?The Eurovision website itself suggests that the competition, which took place on Saturday night in Riga, Latvia, can “change the destiny of individuals, of nations, of countries”. Not, however, in Latvia’s case after coming third last with five points. But Norway, which has been awarded “nul points” four times, managed to come fourth this year. A simple analysis of the voting patterns reveals Iceland and Norway gave each other 12 points. Was it the laid-back Jostein Hasselgard singing I’m Not Afraid to Move On which earned Norway maximum marks from fellow Scandinavians?Perhaps, more than the talents of Hasselgard, the mutual backpatting was down to Iceland’s decision to restart commercial whaling after a 15-year gap, joining Norway and Japan as the only countries to defy a global ban.

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Malta’s entrant for this year’s Eurovision song contest, Lynn Chircop. The small white card, embossed with black calligraphy, stood out among the promotional CDs and photocopied press releases in the morning mail… Malta’s entrant for this year’s Eurovision song contest, Lynn Chircop. The small white card, embossed with black calligraphy, stood out among the promotional CDs and photocopied press releases in the morning mail. “The High Commissioner for Malta and Mrs George Bonello Du Puis request the pleasure of the company of Mr Simon Price.

The measure | Weekend | Guardian UnlimitedGuardian Unlimited
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Eurovision was a lot of politics – Mickey JoeIrish Independent
I got a great buzz out of all the very positive sentiments from friends, family and all the messages of goodwill,” he said. “It was important that we qualified for the finals next year but there was a lot of politics and tactical voting going on. ” He believes that Turkey’s success in winning the Eurovision demonstrated that the song contest is “now a different ball game” than it was in the 1990s when Ireland dominated the event. “RTE will have to take the changes on board and be prepared for the fact that it is more of a show now and RTE will have to put a package together which will be both visual and musical. ” Mickey felt that Turkey put a lot into their act and deserved to do well but was happy that the Russian “lesbian” duo, t… , did not win “because of the way they conducted themselves all week”. Harte described his Eurovision week as a “brilliant experience” and said he “would not change a minute of it”. With 300 vocal supporters to cheer him on, the “Mickey Joe Express” as it came to be known, threw a party for him afterwards in Riga’s Radisson Daugava Hotel and he was also presented with a watch from Donegal and Dundalk supporters. The family touches down on Irish soil around 8am today and a huge welcome home party is planned in his hometown of Lifford. Turkish winner Sertab Erener spoke of how much her Eurovision win meant to Turkey. “They are dancing in the streets.

The 48th Eurovision Song
Now that all performances have crossed the revue, only differences were that our chief editor Sietse was not present in the press centre. He was in the Concert Hall. The forty eighth Eurovision Song contest has begun, if we are to believe this year’s hosts, Marie N and Renars Kaupers. Strictly in time at 22:00 Latvian time and 21:00 Central European Time the programme started. Just before, the Latvian prime minister held her speach and the Netional Anthem was heard. And Ich Troje is still walking around in the press centre ! Stay Tuned ! The connection with Lys Assia on Cyprus has been made just moments ago: “Sure, it was a fun contest… Only nine juries to go and Belgium has taken the lead with 109 points, on a distance of only for points from Turkey. Third in the list is Russia. The first ever Eurovision Song Contest twelve points from the Ukraine were given to their neighbours Russia. The United Kingdom has not recieved any points yet. And the winner is: TURKEY!.

Turkish press celebrates winBBC News
“Sertab’s success,” proclaims Istanbul’s Sabah. The leading daily Milliyet is equally proud, with an article headlined “She conquered Europe”. “We have reached the happy end in our Eurovision adventure,” it rejoices. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan applauded Ms Erener’s victory, Milliyet reports. I congratulate the participants and I hope they will achieve more success,” the premier told journalists. The mass-circulation daily Hurriyet reports that President Ahmet Necdet Sezer had also sent a message to Ms Erener in Riga to congratulate her.

Two-day Eurovision “to raise level of contest”Digital Spy
“Although a total of twenty-four countries will still participate in the grand final, held on a Saturday night, up to forty countries will take part in the contest when the qualifying round is included. Sarah Yuen, the EBU’s Head of Live Events and Eurovision Song Contest Co-ordinator, explained: “The two-day format will make it possible for as many as 40 countries to participate. Discussions are continuing about the choice of the day for the qualifying round. The final will always be on a Saturday. Different options for the voting procedure for both rounds of the contest, incorporating all the traditional elements, are also being considered. “The contestants chosen to participate in the grand final will be composed thus: the winner of the previous year’s contest, the next nine highest scoring countries, the ten highest scoring countries from the qualifying round, along with the quartet of France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

15,000 Latvian Russians Protest School ClosuresMoscow Times – The Moscow Times
15,000 Latvian Russians Protest School Closures
By J. Michael Lyons The Associated Press

RIGA, Latvia — Nearly 15,000 Latvians rallied against the elimination of state-funded Russian schools Friday, the biggest protest in the Baltic country since its independence. Organizers scheduled the event a day before the annual Eurovision contest aired, taking advantage of the nearly 1,000 journalists from across Europe, and the world, who had gathered in the capital, Riga, to cover the event.

SO ARE YOU A EURO ANORAK?Irish Independent
See if you are a Eurovision geek with our quiz. Which Irish songwriter penned Sandie Shaw’s winning entry, Puppet on a String? 2. Which country has the dubious distinction of getting most ‘nul points’? 3.

Designer ‘Mugi’ disappointed at Lynn’s
?Mugi?, Malta National Fashion award winner and also the official designer for Malta song for Europe, speaking to di-ve news said that he is ?very disappointed by Lynn Chircop?s behaviour? because ?she did not tell me that she was not going to wear the outfit I prepared until Thursday?s rehearsal?. ?Mugi? also said ?Lynn Chircop addressed Latvian media and said that she did not wear the outfit I prepared for her because it was unfinished?. ?This is not the truth? ?Mugi? said. ?The outfit I prepared for her was a cream, off-the-shoulder tight bodice which has the illusion of butterflies having landed on her, set off with the occasional diamantes.

Kelly, Timberlake Continue UK Chart ReignBillboard
— who placed third in Saturday’s. 7 with their European hit “Not Gonna Get Us.

BBC NEWS | UK | Papers consider Mid East peace movesBBC News
The prime minister’s song for Europe, he reckons, has been out of tune and off key. Jemini’s woes

The Daily Mirror and the Independent are more concerned with that other Euro vote, which has already gone ahead. Each examines the various explanations that have been bandied around for Jemini’s failure to win any votes in the Eurovision Song Contest: a poor choice of song; faulty monitors; or a political backlash against Britain’s role in the Iraq war. Or was it, as Louis Walsh from the ITV talent show Popstars suggests, simply because Jemini’s effort was “the worst song I have ever heard and so out of tune they deserved to be last”. City limits

With tongue firmly in cheek, the Independent suggests that, as Liverpudlians, Jemini may never have stood a chance. Liverpool has finished well down the order in a new league table of urban innovation, which measures the potential of cities to attract gay people, ethnic minority groups and inventors. The indicators were devised by an American researcher who argues that when people with varied backgrounds and attitudes collide, economic growth is likely.

Sports stars join the EuroBBC News
Yes, it’s the Eurovision Song contest, the camp-as-a-row-of-tents extravaganza that makes Wayne Sleep look like Wayne Rooney. As Terry Wogan dusted off his syrup and Ireland collectively crossed fingers in the hope they didn’t win again, plunging the country into financial ruin, you couldn’t help but spot the sporting link among some past winners.

Blair’s next war will be over scrapping the poundIrish Independent
The divergent trends of a US keen to see Europe held in check and a French-German alliance determined to see ever closer union on the continent pose massive difficulties for Blair and UK government strategy. He has always prided himself on his ability to be a bridge across the Atlantic but it is now a bridge with only one end. The continental European connection has simply been severed – witness the extraordinary outcome of the Eurovision song contest on Saturday night when the UK entry did not get one single vote for the first time in the history of the contest. Ever since he invaded Iraq with the Americans, Blair has been getting nul points from France and Germany as well. The long-term consequences of the US-UK alliance in Iraq are still uncertain. The realpolitik view that history is written by the winners was borne out once again last week when the UN Security Council gave retrospective legitimacy to the toppling of the Baghdad regime. Blair will have a chance to experience the post-Iraq dynamics in the US-Europe relationship next weekend when he meets up with George Bush and other world leaders at the 300th anniversary celebrations of St Petersburg in Russia, followed by a world economic summit in France.

Chiller thrillers are our latest TV
Now, why don’t I run a nice, deep bath for you
upstairs, my dear?”

Goodness me, I’ve even managed to frighten myself
just typing these words!

Last Saturday night, Julie and I almost choked on our
vegetable fajitas as we both enjoyed and endured the
excellent Dragonfly, with Kevin Costner as a doctor
whose dead wife communicates with him via a series of
increasingly spooky signals. Next, I fancy seeing The
Mothman Prophecy. We were planning to hire another supernatural chiller
this weekend but tonight we’ll be preoccupied with
the Eurovision Song Contest instead. And that’s quite frightening enough.

A woman with many strings to her bowIrish Independent
She does, after all, spend huge amounts of her life either on tour in the US, Asia and Australia or in Norway, where she and her stage partner, Norwegian composer Rolf, often work 16-hour days recording and rehearsing. But from the moment she opens the door of her south county Dublin home, it’s obvious that imagination and flair have been invested in turning what might otherwise be a fairly pedestrian three-bedroomed semi into a cosy yet stylish home. A sanctuary, if you will, from the hectic lifestyle she’s led ever since she and Rolf got together in 1994, formed Secret Garden and became virtually an overnight success after winning Eurovision for Norway. It’s been well-documented how the Naas girl, a Trinity music graduate and RTE orchestra employee, and the Norwegian composer have since become something of a global phenomenon. Nine years on, Fionnuala hasn’t tired of the work and hectic lifestyle. “I always knew that I wanted to perform and travel.

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