GreenJolly – Orange Revolution 2004 Mastermind

Eurovision Song Contest 2005 participant

Wales’ Eurovision hopefuls

The News Review:

– Wales’ Eurovision hopefuls
– Pride of place for Latvia
– Euro trophy designed by Brum team
– My first boss: Jonathan Wilkes
– The joy of diversity

Wales’ Eurovision hopefuls
BBC News – Feb 28, 2004
Viewers of BBC One’s Making Your Mind Up on Saturday can choose from six acts who hope to improve on the UK’s showing in last year’s Eurovision where Jemini scored no points. Three of the contestants hoping to make it to May’s Eurovision final in Turkey are from Wales. Fame Academy finalist James Fox from Cardiff will sing Hold on to Our Love while another Welsh solo artist competing will be 18-year-old Madison Taylor from Newport. Making up the trio of Welsh hopefuls is Rhyl’s Anthony Scott-Lee who will be singing Leading Me On with his band Hyrise.

Pride of place for Latvia – Feb 28, 2004
Last year in the same arena the hapless British pop duo Jemini competed in the Eurovision Song Contest and came away with nul points. There are many who believe an identical fate awaits Latvia when they take their bow.

Euro trophy designed by Brum team
ic – Feb 28, 2004
The trophy which is made from silver and plastic and stands 14 inches tall was created by a team at the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC) in Vittoria Street Hockley. Emma aged 23 of Rowley Regis is one of the designers involved in the project. She said: “We were sent some images of the show’s set and we took our inspiration for the award’s design from there.

My first boss: Jonathan Wilkes – Feb 28, 2004
There was an aura about her and I’ve really got a lot of respect for her even though she was very hard with me. In the show we had to sing 28 songs a night. They were a mixture of covers – we did a Eurovision medley and hits from the past. It was fun and great training – the perfect step up to what I’ve become today. Because if you can work audiences like Blackpool and if you can wow the people there you can pretty much win over anyone. I came out on stage with four gorgeous girls by my side and all the lads would be having a go at me for it. I used to be terrified but it made me grow up very quickly.

The joy of diversity
Guardian Unlimited – Feb 29, 2004
We were ‘bottom of the pile’ on church-going and ‘doing badly’ when it came to saying our prayers. The Nigerians by contrast where religious conflict frequently costs lives were always ‘at the top’. Not since Eurovision have I been so proud of our under-achievement. And so it is with discussions on race identity and ethnicity. There seems to be something here that I don’t get. In his recent essay on the limits of diversity my friend David Goodhart points out that ‘about 9 per cent of British residents are now from ethnic minorities rising to almost one-third in London. On current trends about one-fifth of the population will come from an ethnic minority by 2050 albeit many of them fourth or fifth generation’.

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