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Lawson on TV Stuck in the middle with you

Eurovision News Review:

* Cabin Fever debacle could cost RTE dear
* EBU approves use back-up jury of Irish television
* Saturday: Macedonian national final junior contest
* Lawson on TV Stuck in the middle with you
* Showbiz bytes 18/06/03 –
* Morley’s World vision
* ‘Cabin Fever’ joins the flotsam and jetsam of reality TV amid…
* Dances with wolves

Cabin Fever debacle could cost RTE dearIrish Independent
50 would only go a small way to meeting the production costs. The spokesman denied it was a “massive departure” for RTE, arguing that audiences had paid to view the AXA International Piano Competition and the ‘You’re A Star’ Eurovision show. * We might not have won this year’s Eurovision soing contest, but at least we didn’t cheat. That’s the unanimous verdict of the international jury called upon to adjudicate on Ireland’s method of voting in the Latvian contest last month. The European Broadcasting Union has cleared RTE of any improper conduct when the national broadcaster used their back-up jury due to a problem with the telephone voting system.

EBU approves use back-up jury of Irish
The EBU is satisfied that broadcaster RT? has applied the rules correctly. Despite allegations from some quarters that the back-up jury had been used improperly, the EBU is now assured that there was no improper conduct on the part of the Irish broadcaster, and RT? followed the rules of the contest correctly, after experiencing a delay in their televoting procedure. The EBU has also been in contact with the Irish telecom provider, eircom, charged with conducting the televoting on the night, in the course of its investigation. eircom has concurred that RT? was unable to use the televote due to a delay. The rules of the Eurovision Song Contest demand that all broadcasters have a back-up jury in place on the night of the Final, just in case there should be a problem with the televoting. Each broadcaster is mandated to use its jury vote result if the results of the public televote are not available for any reason.

Saturday: Macedonian national final junior
The programme will be broadcasted on the second channel of MKRTV and the satellite channel. In August, esctoday. com will open a special kids edition of the website, where loads of information about the contest can be found. Until then, we’ll inform you through the regular esctoday.

Lawson on TV Stuck in the middle with youGuardian Unlimited
There seems to be something about shows that carry the year in their title that makes them resistant to innovation. Perhaps perennial appearances give them the confidence to carry on. Despite a change from Barry Norman to Jonathan Ross, Film 2003 is still recognisable as Film 75, and the Eurovision Song Contest has carried its format through the decades. It’s true that the presentational relay from Harry Carpenter through Desmond Lynam to John Inverdale has gradually introduced new balls (through humour and irreverence) to the coverage, but you never feel there has been serious rethinking equal to what Sky did for football or Channel 4 did for cricket. The inherent conservatism of tennis could be claimed as a defence, but the same might have been said of cricket. John McEnroe’s punditry is a definite advance but was effectively the creation of NBC, which moulded him.

Showbiz bytes 18/06/03 – Age
The show has now grossed more than $US500 million ($A750. 19 million) from Las Vegas to Tokyo. It opened in London in April 1999 on the 25th anniversary of Abba winning the Eurovision song contest and shows no signs of running out of steam. “I keep wondering when I am going to feel blase about it but I don’t at all. I still get such a thrill when I come up to London and see a Mamma Mia poster on the bus,” the 45-year-old playwright told Reuters. The big breakthrough came when producer Judy Craymer contacted Johnson and asked if she would like to write a musical based on the Swedish supergroup’s hits. “There was this eureka moment,” she said of the meeting.

Morley’s World
But unlike other successful UK exports, such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire – which picked up a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2001 after being exported to more than 60 countries – Miss World does not win the luvvies’ plaudits. Miss World may be frowned upon and even occasionally sneered at in the UK, but it goes from strength to strength across the globe. This year 124 countries will take part, and the broadcast is expected to attract more viewers than the Oscars or the Eurovision Song Contest. So perhaps it is odd that only now is Miss World Limited – creator and owner of the beauty pageant – making a big push to find other commercial uses for the famous brand. At this year’s contest in Sanya, China, the company hopes to unveil the first of a series of partnerships with international consumer goods companies, which should see the launch of a wide range of Miss World products, from branded make-up, to fashion items and haircare.

‘Cabin Fever’ joins the flotsam and jetsam of reality TV amid…Irish Independent
All that expertise ignored just because some of the cameramen wanted to “do” waves. A few weeks ago, after the Eurovision (where it used a jury in Donnybrook at the last minute), I pointed out that the channel hadn’t managed to run a single phone-in type television show without a hitch in over a year. On this occasion the last man out of the boat seems to have been decided not by the viewers, but by whoever ran back to his bunk to pick up his pet teddy bear. The station has still not confirmed whether Cabin Fever will return. RTE’s modus operandi on these sort of occasions, however, is to let the matter lie for as long as possible and then quietly shelve the project. That executive instinct is likely to be reinforced by the fact that it’s not just a metaphorical shipwreck of a programme that they are looking at this time.

Dances with wolvesIrish Independent
Indeed, when we did that interview, six years ago, Butler was so disillusioned, she didn’t want to do “another dance show” and decided, instead, to focus on acting. Or rather, refocus. Let’s not forget that although Butler did study “ballet, tap and Irish” from the age of four, dance with the Chieftains at 17, represent Ireland in Expo ’92 and take part in the Mayo 5000 concert that got her the original Eurovision Riverdance gig, she was a drama student at the time. And Jean took that gig not only because it was “a challenge” to her as a dancer but because she was “poor” and knew she could use the money to pay off her overdraft and subsidise “a little holiday” with her university boyfriend. That’s what Jean Butler really remembers about how it all started for her and Riverdance. “Looking back at myself at that age, I do realise I was very young and the overnight-success thing of changing from a student to, say, having people trip over themselves to get my autograph was strange, and probably did twist my self-image a bit,” Jean reflects now, as she sits in the Clarence Hotel in Dublin.

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