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‘Swiss final set for March 6th 2004’


Eurovision News Review:

* Chris Doran to sing for Ireland in Eurovision
* A tale of two Marthas
* Net Insight Wins TV Contract
* ‘Swiss final set for March 6th 2004’
* Latvia: high ratings for Eirodziesma 2004
* You’re A Star set to reach nail-biting finale for Chris
* I’ve no wealthy patron: You’re a Star’s James
* Girls Zone returns to the message boards
* Marty and Mary seek new TV doors after RTE slams shut ‘Open…
* Star duo dazzle crowds for votes
* Mayo’s James is a shining star

Chris Doran to sing for Ireland in Eurovisionrte.ie – RTE.ie
Doran won the right to represent his country at the annual contest after edging out Kilbane in a public phone poll that recieved just under 1million votes. The Waterford man, who is a keen martial artist, will sing ‘If the World Stops Turning’ a song written by Westlife star Bryan McFadden and Jonathan Shorten. Filed by Rob Wright.

A tale of two MarthasBBC News
In fact there are probably people who would prefer a night changing nappies to the annual spectacle. But surely even in its fiercest critics is a feeling that if we in the UK are to enter at all we should at least show the other countries how to do it. So this year we had a song-picking competition with clear similarities to a reality TV pop search. Who knows how we’ll do of course, but it seems that there’s nothing like a great big zero to motivate the mind.

Net Insight Wins TV ContractLight Reading
Eurovision, the operational service of EBU, will use Net Insight?s Nimbra? platform for its new international fiber TV and data network. The Eurovision network will, during second quarter of 2004 complement Eurovision?s existing satellite network to offer TV transport services as well as LAN connectivity to EBU members and other media customers. The network will carry real time critical traffic, including breaking news and sporting events… Eurovision, the operational service of EBU, will use Net Insight?s Nimbra? platform for its new international fiber TV and data network. The Eurovision network will, during second quarter of 2004 complement Eurovision?s existing satellite network to offer TV transport services as well as LAN connectivity to EBU members and other media customers. The network will carry real time critical traffic, including breaking news and sporting events.

‘Swiss final set for March 6th 2004’esctoday.com
com News. com, the swiss broadcaster TSR has already set a date for the 2004 national pre-selection. After the disappointing result Switzerland achieved in the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn, rumours started circulating in the media, claiming the swiss broadcaster decided to withdraw from future contests. Now it seems Switzerland is back in business as the swiss set the 6th of March 2004, as the date for their national final to be held. 12 songs will compete in the first round of the contest, from which 3 songs will be selected to compete in the super-final. The Winner of the super-final will, of course, represent Switzerland in Istanbul.

Latvia: high ratings for Eirodziesma 2004esctoday.com
More than 706,000 people watched Eirodziesma 2004 live on 28th Febuary on LTV1 and 406,000 more watched the rerun on LTV7 on 29th February. LTV has announced that also this year Eirodziesma has been one of the most watched television transmissions in Latvia. Meanwhile, LTV’s Eurovision project manager, Iveta Lepesko, is proud of the technical achievements and quality of the show this year. Director of transmission, Arvids Babris, has confirmed that he is also very satisfied with the job of operators and technical staff. During the past week, LTV has received a lot of compliments from television specialists and fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. For the first time in the history of LTV a live connection was made with Sweden and the national selection in G?teborg. During the conversation it was confirmed that it will be possible to watch the Swedish national final on 20th March on LTV7.

You’re A Star set to reach nail-biting finale for ChrisWaterford Today
One will be his favourite song of all time. The second will be his favourite song from the You?re A Star competition, which he has chosen as Gareth Brook?s, The Dance. The third song will be his Eurovision song, If The World Stops Turning, written by Brian McFadden. Chris said ?I was happy with my performance of the song. It?s a nice song and it?s very catchy. I am really enjoying myself and hopefully I will be lucky. ?
People who have been following the show from the start should note that the performance night has been changed to Saturday night at 9.

I’ve no wealthy patron: You’re a Star’s JamesIrish Independent
A JCB driver, Damian Madden who is also from Achill Island, and is known the ‘UK Lotto King’ because of his spectacular €15m win just over a year ago, was said to have been “digging deep” to support the singer. Tens of thousands of phone calls and text messages are expected to flow in from all over the country as voting gets under way. “That is news to me. Various people from all over Ireland are helping me but I haven’t seen Damian since Christmas or the summertime.

Girls Zone returns to the message boardsBBC News
Charmed has managed to work its magic back onto the TV chart, as have Muse who after a brief break are back in as this week’s new entry on the rock chart. They now challenge Evanescence for the top spot. In the pop star chart, you’ve voted in Britain’s Eurovision entrant and ex-Fame Academy James Fox to takes Justin’s place. Beating off last week’s new entry Medal of Honour, Sonic Heroes gets your vote.

Marty and Mary seek new TV doors after RTE slams shut ‘Open…Irish Independent
He then presented a number of shows for RTE and was rewarded with the high-profile job of presenting ‘The Rose of Tralee’ a role he lost last year to Ryan Tubridy. From June he will present RTE’s Lottery show, ‘Fame and Fortune’ which he has done for the last five years, and he is lined up to travel to America with the lottery programme. He will also travel to Turkey this year to host RTE’s coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Station insiders have indicated that his co-host, Mary Kennedy, who was voted VIP magazine’s “Most Stylish Woman in Ireland” last year, is in the running for a new afternoon show. Mary, who has four children, is busy at the moment promoting her autobiography, ‘Paper Tigers’, for Mother’s Day. Speaking about her career plans, she said: “I have nothing definite in the pipeline yet but I am open to offers. I love television and I am planning to continue working in TV.

Star duo dazzle crowds for votesIrish Independent
James Kilbane, an Achill native, and Waterford’s Chris Doran showed not the slightest hint of competition or note of discord when they performed together on a trailer outside Ostan Oilean Acla in spring-like weather conditions. They were led by a piper onto the island itself before performing for the large gathering. Local groups provided backing performances but it was the two young contenders, who are bidding to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turkey, that everybody wanted to hear. James Kilbane (32), the oldest person in the You’re A Star competition, was accompanied by his wife Christine and children, Diane and Daniel. “The dream is close now,” he declared in an interview with Mid-West Radio. Chris Doran also expressed confidence that he would win.

Mayo’s James is a shining starWestern People
Cheered on by his friends, several of whom had journeyed from Achill for the show in the Helix Theatre on Sunday night, James delivered a sensitive rendering of ‘Losing You’, a love ballad composed by Sinead McNally. James now goes ‘head to head’ with Chris Doran from Waterford in Saturday night’s ‘grand final’ which will be televised live from Dublin. Both contestants and their supporters will again feature in a one hour ‘special’ on Sunday night when the result of how the nation voted will be announced and Ireland’s search for a Eurovision representative for 2004 in Turkey will be at an end.

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