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Britain’s Eurovision failure is part of a broader trend


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* … the conspiracy theorists – we did badly in the Eurovision…
* Turks cheer Eurovision winner
* Eurovision song contest
* Britain’s Eurovision failure is part of a broader trend
* Showbiz bytes 27/05/03 – theage.com.au
* Shortcuts | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
* Coronation Street | The Vice
* International man of mystery
* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…
* Eurovision out of tune
* Pride and prejudice paradox of Celtic and Rangers
* Mando feels disappointed by the result
* Turkish press takes heart from artists’ double win in Europe
* Oxbridge interviews continue to puzzle
* German press review
* UK news in brief | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
* Corrections and clarifications
* SI.com – Soccer – Notebook: All-Italy final fails to stir Europe’s…

… the conspiracy theorists – we did badly in the Eurovision…Guardian Unlimited
But for a loophole in the rules, which guarantees entry for the five biggest countries, this would disqualify us from next year’s competition. It is unprecedented and, frankly, amazing – even though our representatives were as bad as they could conceivably have been, the standard of this competition is not high. It is no wonder that commentators have looked for scapegoats besides the “singing” duo, Gemma Abbey and Chris Cromby. To deal with the apolitical excuses first: Gemma’s mum said the sound system wasn’t working properly, and that’s why she sounded like she was tone deaf.

Turks cheer Eurovision winnerBBC News
Erener, who won the 48th Eurovision Song Contest in Riga, Latvia on Saturday night, arrived at Istanbul’s Taksim Square in an open-top bus with her dancers. Earlier she said she had believed she had no chance of winning. “At some time I lost my hope and I even called Demir (the composer) and said to him that we were losing,” she said. Erner’s song, Everyway That I Can, beat Belgium’s Urban Trad by only two points, with the victory only confirmed with the last vote. Russia’s Tatu, who had been widely tipped to win the competition before Saturday, managed third place.

Eurovision song contestBBC News
They may not divide it into sections. If time allows, the groups can present their designs to the class. Plenary
Which parts of the event were easy to plan? What does that tell you about what we have in common?

Which parts of the event were hard to plan? What does that tell you about what our big differences are?

Teachers’ Background

The Eurovision Song Contest was first staged in Switzerland in 1956. It grew out of the Italian San Remo Song Festival. The event aimed to unite the nations of post-war Europe. Eurovision is the name given to the Europe-wide TV distribution network run by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It was set up in the mid-1950s, and continues to supply news and sports material across the continent… It grew out of the Italian San Remo Song Festival. The event aimed to unite the nations of post-war Europe. Eurovision is the name given to the Europe-wide TV distribution network run by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It was set up in the mid-1950s, and continues to supply news and sports material across the continent. The competition is restricted to members of the EBU – hence the presence of Israel and other countries not generally found on a map of Europe. The European Union is active in the field of culture. Its activities are aimed at cultural enrichment and making the most of Europe’s common cultural heritage.

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Celebrity exports
Britain’s Eurovision failure is part of a broader trend May 29th 2003 From The Economist print edition NOBODY expected a crown of laurels, but this was unbearable. Jemini, a Liverpool pop duo dispatched to Latvia to represent Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest—the music world’s answer to Miss Universe—crashed to ignominious defeat on May 24th after failing to secure a single vote out of 260 cast. It was the nation’s worst showing ever in the competition. Explanations for the catastrophe appeared almost immediately. Some put it down to other Europeans’ post-Iraq pique; others pointed, chests a-thumping, to the big picture (what language were most songs written in? English!).

Showbiz bytes 27/05/03 – theage.com.auThe Age
“She and Vince had been fooling around, hugging and cuddling before the shoot but when she came out of the dressing room wearing that stuff, Vince’s eyes almost fell out of their sockets. ” Vaughn doesn’t appear to be making any great secret of the romance. When asked about it he replied, “How did you guys hear about that?” Eurovision failures Jemini hit back at their critics today as they released their competition entry as a single and declared “we can sing”. The pop duo, who were the first British entry to fail to score a single point in the Eurovision Song Contest, are hoping Cry Baby will prove more popular in the UK than it did among TV viewers in Europe. Jemini – Liverpudlians Chris Cromby, 21, and Gemma Abbey, 20 – defended their Eurovision performance during an interview with BBC News 24, saying they had a problem with the sound monitors. “We’ve done acoustic versions (of Cry Baby) on the Terry Wogan show and others, people who have seen those know we can sing live,” Chris said. Gemma added: “Me and Chris have been singing for years.

Shortcuts | The Guardian | Guardian UnlimitedGuardian Unlimited
To the list of Sean Penn, Martin Sheen and the Dixie Chicks, two lesser-known names were added on Saturday night: Chris Cromby (21) and Gemma Abbey (20), otherwise known as Jemini. Their performance at the Eurovision Song Contest earned Britain a record-breaking last place and the two Liverpudlians entrance to the exclusive club: Artists Inconvenienced by War… ” Eurovision is famously riven by politics, most glaringingly in the case of Greece and Turkey, who never vote for each other’s entrants. “Yeah,” says Chris, “Obviously we were hoping politics wouldn’t come into it. ” Was he for the war or against it? “I never had an opinion, to be honest,” he says cheerfully. Gemma sounds a fraction more strained, but is labouring to stay upbeat.

Coronation Street | The ViceGuardian Unlimited
The loss of Chappel to the series is incalculable, and I’m inclined to have a whip-round for a good lawyer. Since you ask, I blame Wogan. Some blame Paul McCartney for our poor showing at the Eurovision and some blame Tony Blair, always crowd-pleasing options, but I think Wogan got up their noses. We think Wogan is the curly tail on the Eurovision pig. This view is not shared by nations who do not appreciate irreverence. He probably has to wear a wig when visiting Sweden now. Well, a different wig.

International man of mysteryGuardian Unlimited
getElementById( ‘frameId832244’ ). In fact, had Moscow slipped that in as their Eurovision entry, they would have walked it. Instead, they persisted with Tatu, the shrill pseudo-sapphic schoolgirls who do nothing to dispel the idea that lesbians can’t dance, and lost. Back in Russia, it’s not just in song that Putin’s been immortalised. His face also adorns T-shirts and, such is his allure, his followers – Putinites – wear blue, sleeveless cagoules when they’re handing out his leaflets. In merchandising terms, this doesn’t come close to the Yasser Arafat inflatable pillows you can buy in Gaza City flag shops, but it is nevertheless impressive.

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…esctoday.com
In the meantime it appeared that British nil-pointers Jemini were robbed yesterday evening – not only from points, but as doteurovision. com reports, their dressing room was vandalized during their press conference, where female singer Gemma Abbey joked: “Nul points – there you go, maybe that’s what we should change our name to. ”

The worst result in British Eurovision history was received with mixed reactions: while, amongst others, British commentator Terry Wogan called it a “political voting”, suggesting that the Brits were punished for their role in the Iraqi war, music manager Louis Walsh said: “No, it was terrible. That is why they got no votes. ” Related polls.

Eurovision out of tuneIrish Independent
Wooden performances matched with wooden speeches made the night unbearable. Sir – How many more Eurovision contests are we expected to endure? Last Saturday night was a disgrace. Wooden performances matched with wooden speeches made the night unbearable. Does anyone really want to go through another night of talentless singing? Spectacular stage design and designer dresses topped off with a fireworks display cannot compensate for the drivel we were forced to endure.

Pride and prejudice paradox of Celtic and RangersIrish Independent
Porto were condemned for a flagrant impersonation of dive-bombing rock doves in Seville; Dunfermline for mimicking tombstones at Ibrox. Failure is a messy business. ‘Poms caned in Riga’ bellowed a website from that Eurovision stronghold of Australia yesterday. ‘England, motherland of pop, in last place!’ hooted a German newspaper. Hey, you just gotta take your medicine when the sun goes in. My first football shirt was Celtic’s. My first idea of a football superstar was Jimmy Johnstone.

Mando feels disappointed by the resultesctoday.com
Anyway, yesterday on the news she mentioned that it was one of the best experiences of her life, and that she would compete again, no questin about it!

On the other hand Antique (remember "Die for you", 3rd place 2001?) would consider going back to Eurovision! Time will show. I hope I ll be able to come to Istanbul next year.

Turkish press takes heart from artists’ double win in EuropeKathimerini
The Cannes film festival jury awarded the runner-up Grand Prize to the film ?Distant? by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, as well as a joint Best Actor for its two main roles. ?Less than 24 hours after the Turkish Eurovision victory, we?ve achieved a new success at Cannes,? declared the Hurriyet newspaper. ?Who said the Turks have no friends?? asked the Sabah daily in a playful reference to a local proverb according to which ?only a Turk can be friend to a Turk. ?Police detain 23 suspects for 1991 Vukovar massacreBELGRADE (AFP) – Police have detained 23 people suspected of having links with the 1991 massacre in the Croatian town Vukovar, Serbian Interior Minister Dusan Mihajlovic was quoted as saying yesterday. More than 200 patients and civilians at the Vukovar hospital were killed during a brutal three-month siege of the eastern Croatian town by rebel Serbs backed by the then-Yugoslav army. Mihajlovic gave no other details about the suspects, but said that Belgrade authorities had been given ?more documentation? about the case from the UN war crimes tribunal officials during the visit last week of chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, Tanjug news agency reported.

Oxbridge interviews continue to puzzleEducationGuardian.co.uk
Or at least the water cooler-conversation in the senior common room. “Is the Eurovision song contest an example of living nationalism?” posed the Professor in December. This was some six months before the United Kingdom’s “nul points” embarrassment in Latvia last weekend, attributed in uneven parts to the rest of the continent’s low opinion of Britain’s participation in the Iraq war and the dreadfulness of the singing by Liverpool pop due Jemini. A survey of interview questions asked by tutors from Oxford and Cambridge for entry this year cover a wide variety of topics all out of left field. There’s the maths tutor at Oxford: “Can you write a formula that proves mathematics is interesting?”Theology at Cambridge: “Could there still be a second-coming if mankind had disappeared from the planet?”Law at Oxford: “What effect on the whole of society does someone crashing into a lamppost have?” Economics at Cambridge: “In biblical times Joseph carried out the first buffer stock scheme. Why would he not be in the same position to do that today.

German press reviewGuardian Unlimited
” Whatever the reasons for the SPD’s triumph, the paper refused to read too much into it. The Bremen result, it predicted, was unlikely to have “great repercussions for national politics”. The Berliner Zeitung, meanwhile, was preoccupied by a far more crucial vote – the Eurovision Song Contest. It complained that Saturday’s extravaganza had been marred by the BBC commentator’s sour observation that Britain’s failure to secure a single point in the competition had probably been the result of a post-Iraq backlash. Still, mused the Berlin daily, the “shocking” outburst was further proof of one of Britain’s less admirable character traits: a tendency to lay the blame for its mistakes at other people’s doors. Warming to its theme, the paper took the opportunity to declare that the EU would be unable to take Britain seriously until Tony Blair and Gordon Brown stopped their much publicised feuding. “But then again, that is undoubtedly dreadful continental Europe’s fault, too,” it remarked, acidly.

UK news in brief | The Guardian | Guardian UnlimitedGuardian Unlimited
Water plea to schools A quarter of children drink no water during the school day, according to a survey for AXA PPP healthcare. Experts have warned that pupils’ performance could be affected if they become dehydrated. ‘Nul points’ song released The first Britons to fail to score a single point in the Eurovision Song Contest released their entry yesterday as a single. Jemini were hoping that Cry Baby would prove more successful with the British public than it did among TV viewers throughout the rest of Europe on Saturday. New attempt at pole rescue An aircraft will make a new attempt to rescue British polar walker Pen Hadow, stranded at the north pole by bad weather with only one day of food left, when conditions improve.

Corrections and clarificationsGuardian Unlimited
· Bettino Craxi, once prime minister of Italy, was a Socialist not a Christian Democrat (More Judas than Moses, an article about Silvio Berlusconi, page 21, May 24). He was the leader of the Socialist party from July 1976 to February 1993. · Remedios Amaya is a woman, not a man (Euro trash, a panel connected to our report of the Eurovision song contest, page 3, May 26). The Labour MP for Wakefield is David Hinchliffe, not Hinchcliffe (Speeding charge for ambulance driver sets test case, front page, yesterday). · The article, Why I’ll never have another smear test, pages 10 and 11, G2, May 22, was by Anna Sayburn, rather than Anna Saybourn, the misspelt version of her name that appeared on it. · Helena Bonham Carter eschews the hyphen that insinuated itself in our Birthdays column, page 19, May 26. Her surname is the unhyphenated Bonham Carter.

SI.com – Soccer – Notebook: All-Italy final fails to stir Europe’s…SI.com
Italy’s last triumph in the Champions League — by Juventusin 1996 — was also achieved on penalties. English reaction, meanwhile, was the most varied, rangingfrom boredom to incomprehension at the Italian way of playingfootball to polite applause. “The Eurovision Pong Contest! Milan win stinker of an OldTrafford final,” ran a strident headline in The Daily Mirror,which went on to describe the match as “a drab stalemate. The Daily Express euphemistically branded it “a game forpurists,” but the Daily Mail was more appreciative, commenting:”This might have been billed as an encounter that could send itsspectators to sleep, but it did anything but that. The Guardian mustered the warmest praise. “Juve and Milan came to Old Trafford to prove how attractivean impasse can be,” it said — hardly the compliment Italianfootball was fishing for, but a fitting coda to a anti-climacticend to the European competition. Brazilians hail ‘Saint Dida’ The Brazilian mediapraised AC Milan goalkeeper Dida on Thursday after he savedthree penalties during the Champions League final shootoutagainst Juventus on Wednesday.

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