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Latvia basks in Eurovision glory

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– Latvia basks in Eurovision glory
– Eurovision humiliation but was it a sinister plot?
– Tatu sneer at Eurovision dream
– Eurovision song contest
– Kids audition for children’s Eurovision
– Eurovision copy claims rejected
– Juniors get Eurovision chance

Latvia basks in Eurovision glory
CNN – May 24, 2003
Up to 600 million viewers across Europe watched the small Baltic state’s first victory in the contest propelling Latvia into the limelight and offering it the chance to promote its culture and tourist attractions as 2003 host. As the foreign minister of the previous winner Estonia said in a news release: “Eurovision in Estonia — a billion-dollar advertisement for a tiny state. The Latvian government and its host capital Riga can look forward to seeing £5 million (7 million euros) roll in from the record number of visitors expected to watch Saturday’s contest. “It will introduce Europe to our country.

Eurovision humiliation but was it a sinister plot? – May 26, 2003
The failure of the United Kingdom to win a point in the Eurovision Song Contest has shattered memories of Sandie Shaw’s barefoot rendition of Puppet on a String Sir Cliff Richard’s Congratulations and the skirt-ripping finale to Making Your Mind Up. Le Royaume-Uni joined the inauspicious ranks of those who have been awarded “nul points” since the inception of the contest in 1956; countries like Norway Austria and most recently Switzerland. None of those however has the same track record of producing the meaningless lyrics and annoying melodies that traditionally secure a Eurovision win. Lest the Turks become too smug over their winning entrant Sertab Erener singing Everyway That I Can they should perhaps heed the words of that keen Song Contest observer Terry Wogan.

Tatu sneer at Eurovision dream
BBC News – May 20, 2003
Russia’s entrants are none other than Tatu the angst-ridden teenage duo whose pseudo-lesbian antics have whipped up a storm – while their song All The Things She Said has become a global smash hit. Lena Katina the red-headed half of the partnership is brimming with rebelliousness about Eurovision and hints at scandalising its wholesome image on 24 May in Riga. “It’s not a big deal for us. We were chosen by our country to go.

Eurovision song contest
BBC News – May 28, 2003
At the 2003 contest some Brits blamed anti-war sentiment for the UK’s poor showing. Look at how much Europeans have in common and how great their differences are. Learning aimsEurope’s complex cultural identityIcebreakerRead the story:.

Kids audition for children’s Eurovision – May 22, 2003
The junior contest will be held in Copenhagen on 15 November and will be broadcast to 270 million viewers. The organisers held a draw to decide what countries could take part in the two-hour show but Ireland was not one of the countries selected. Advertisement Ireland will be represented in the ‘adult’ Eurovision song contest by Mickey Harte this Saturday 24 May.

Eurovision copy claims rejected
BBC News – Mar 19, 2003
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”.

Juniors get Eurovision chance
BBC News – May 30, 2003
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest will pit youngsters from 15 countries against each other with solo singers or groups performing in their own national language. The inaugural competition will be held in Denmark at the Copenhagen Forum Arena in November and is open to performers aged eight to 15-years-old. The UK entry will be chosen by viewers during a televised national final on ITV1 on 6 September. It is hoped the contest will uncover young musical talent to rival Will Young or Avril Lavigne rather than the duo Jemini who failed to score any points at this year’s senior contest.

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