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It’s time to make our minds up on Europe


Eurovision News Review:

* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…
* RTÉ rejects singer Kilbane’s claim
* Westlife make Your Charts comeback
* It’s time to make our minds up on Europe
* Mikes Original Vision (from Croydon Guardian)
* Bitter defeat for James after epic journey to final
* Romania decides, semifinals Sweden and Croatia
* Bryan McFadden leaves boyband Westlife
* New light shed on Shergar mystery
* Boy band Westlife become foursome
* POST IMPRESSIONS ONLINE: Book Review
* ‘Wet from Birth’
* Julie & Ludwig on L-ISFIDA

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…esctoday.com
David D’Or’s official comment, which was given to the Israeli media by his advisers state that Rachel Wollstein’s song reached D’Or’s record company, together with the rest of the entries. These entries were first filtered, including Wollstein’s song. The company’s PR manager and Eurovision project manager even wrote ‘Very bad’ on Wollstein’s demo. Accoring to this statement, Wollstein’s song has never even reached David D’Or, therefore he could’nt have copied her song. D’Or’s record company claims that Wollstein’s song, which was played this morning on the Israeli radio, was re-arranged to sound like Israel’s Eurovision entry. David D’Or and his co-writer and the record company seems to be determined to prove the originality of D’O’r’s song, and have already threaten to sue Wollstein and the radio station which broke the news this morning. ‘It seems to be a yearly ritual when popular Eurovision entries are suddenly claimed to be written by others… D’Or’s record company claims that Wollstein’s song, which was played this morning on the Israeli radio, was re-arranged to sound like Israel’s Eurovision entry. David D’Or and his co-writer and the record company seems to be determined to prove the originality of D’O’r’s song, and have already threaten to sue Wollstein and the radio station which broke the news this morning. ‘It seems to be a yearly ritual when popular Eurovision entries are suddenly claimed to be written by others. We are willing, at any time, to appear in court and prove this matter to be nonsense, if Wollstein and the radio station do not stop making these false accusations’, says the official comment of D’Or’s record company.

RTÉ rejects singer Kilbane’s claimrte.ie – RTE.ie
RT?’s response comes after 23-year-old Chris Doran from Waterford won the contest and will represent Ireland in the Eurovision song contest in Turkey with a song called ‘If the World Stops Turning’, written by Westlife’s Bryan McFadden and Jonathan Shorten. Runner-up Kilbane reportedly said that he was bitterly disappointed and horrified after revelations in a Sunday newspaper that Doran’s track was mixed by producers who worked for Westlife and The Corrs. RT? has said in a statement that it is normal for performers to use outside producers.

Westlife make Your Charts comebackBBC News
You’ve voted them into your pop chart. But it’s not good news for Eurovision hopeful James Fox, who has been voted out after just one week. Darius came top again. Farscape continued its run at the top of the fave TV show chart. But you’ve given Malcolm In The Middle the shove, and voted in The OC as your new entry.

It’s time to make our minds up on EuropeThe Observer
Maybe it’s about time the EU learnt a thing or two from Eurovision. The song contest is the single most important reason that we haven’t had a world war this side of V. day, or at least, that’s what it was invented for, and it’s true that Germany hasn’t invaded anyone since the first ever Eurovision in 1956, so the results speak for themselves. It’s also a model of inclusiveness: you don’t have to be able to sing to join… It’s also a model of inclusiveness: you don’t have to be able to sing to join. You don’t even have to be in Europe, (stand up, Israel). Like the EU, Eurovision has to cope with administering an unwieldy number of countries. We’re worrying about having an EU of 25 nations. Eurovision this year has 34 participants! Fortunately, they have come up with a system to deal with this, and it strikes me as one that the EU might well consider adopting. Every year the countries with the least votes have to take a year out, before being reinstated at the expense of the next batch of unpopular nations. Thus, in EU-Eurovision, if, say, a country’s economy went to the dogs, it allowed all of its inhabitants to benefit-shop elsewhere, and encouraged, unchecked, the proliferation of non-ironic mullet hairstyles, the other member-states could vote to eject it for one year.

Mikes Original Vision (from Croydon Guardian)Croydon Guardian
The 52-year-old from Sanderstead wrote and composed the ballad chosen as the Cypriot entry in the competition in Istanbul in May. It may seem unusual for a Croydon boy to be writing for Cyprus, but for Mike it is a dream come true. He wrote a number of songs for the UK’s Eurovision entry with his business partner Paul, narrowly missing the top spot for two years running. Changes in the competition’s entry rules meant Mike, whose dad is from Cyprus, could apply to write for his father’s home country. Slowly things fell into place and last month Mike’s ballad, Stronger Every Minute, was selected as the Cypriot entry in the contest. advertisement
Having overcome that hurdle, Mike is keeping his fingers crossed that his song, performed by 16-year-old Lisa Andreas from Gillingham, will win a place in the finals on May 15. But first Lisa will have to give the performance of her life when she competes against 22 countries for one of 10 remaining places in the finals… “It is about the typical problems in
a relationship, when people don’t talk to each other and it all goes wrong. “It’s not really a Cypriot song at all. It’s a traditional ballad, it’s very different for Eurovision. “It’s all quite exciting,” he added. And he urged digital viewers to tune into BBC3 on May 12 and vote Lisa through to the finals, saying: “The UK has got two chances of winning the Eurovision this year!”
Mike is managing director of music production company Mcasso, which he set up in the 1980s. The company has written and produced the music and jingles for thousands of commercials including Gillette, Marks and Spencer and Renault London. He is also a drummer with the band The Original Blue, which disbanded in the 1970s but reformed last year.

Bitter defeat for James after epic journey to finalWestern People
We all went through the same selection process. They were all deemed good enough to go forward to Eurovision, contrary to some media reports. As far as I was concerned, the songs were selected by the Eurovision panel. It was of the calibre which could go forward to represent Ireland. ?A spokesperson for James yesterday added they had been talking to RTE producers after the decision was given live on RTE on Sunday. ?The producers have accepted these allegations were true… We all went through the same selection process. They were all deemed good enough to go forward to Eurovision, contrary to some media reports. As far as I was concerned, the songs were selected by the Eurovision panel. It was of the calibre which could go forward to represent Ireland. ?A spokesperson for James yesterday added they had been talking to RTE producers after the decision was given live on RTE on Sunday. ?The producers have accepted these allegations were true. They have said this was not unique and the same preferential treatment was given to Mickey Joe Harte last year.

Romania decides, semifinals Sweden and Croatiaesctoday.com
com News. In Sweden and Croatia, final participants will be chosen during semifinals. During the final of Euroviziune 2004, 12 songs will be performed, selected during two semifinals on the previous two Saturdays. On different internet mailing lists and websites, Elena Carstea is favorite for the victory with the song Don?t be afraid. Malm? is tonight’s location for the fourth heat of Melodifestivalen 2004, Sweden’s selection for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

Bryan McFadden leaves boyband Westlifeesctoday.com
He is also considering solo work. Earlier rumours that Westlife would split up appeared not to be true. Bryan McFadden is co-writer of the Irish entry for the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, If the world stops turning. According to the latest information his decision to quit with the band is not a directly related to his You’re a star victory and Eurovision Song Contest participation as songwriter.

New light shed on Shergar mysteryGuardian Unlimited
Away from the TV cameras the real kidnappers had got in touch with the Aga Khan’s Paris office. On discovering that Shergar had multiple owners, the gang agreed to provide evidence he was still alive. Mr Cosgrove was deputed to collect the evidence, which was to be left at a hotel reception in the name of Johnny Logan, the Irish singer who won the Eurovision song contest in 1980. Unfortunately for Mr Cosgrove and the rest of the shareholders a conspicuous special branch presence warned off the gang. The furious kidnappers made a further call threatening to kill the horse and the Aga Khan’s negotiators. Eventually, however, a Polaroid photograph of the horse’s face next to a newspaper was sent to the police, but the owners were still not satisfied. What the gang did not know was that the Aga Khan, spiritual leader to 10 million Ismaili Muslims, was used to extortion and had ruled out paying from the start.

Boy band Westlife become foursomeBBC News
When they first emerged they were marketed as the new Boyzone – five good-looking single Irishmen – with Ronan Keating originally billed as their co-manager. Bryan McFadden has co-written the Irish entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which will be performed by Chris Doran. The group insisted Westlife would continue. “At this moment we just hope the fans stay with us, we need them now more than ever,” said Nicky. “We need their support and so does Bryan. ”

Gennaro Castaldo, of music retailer HMV, said the Westlife were ” talented and big enough” to overcome the loss of a member.

POST IMPRESSIONS ONLINE: Book ReviewWestern Australia Post Newspapers
In 1995, Norway voted to have Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian pianist and songwriter Rolf Lovland represent them in the Eurovision Song contest. Two weeks before the competition they realised they didn’t have a name. “Rolf had a secret drawer full of music, private pieces that he wasn’t known for,” Fionnuala said. She had teased him about his “secret garden” and the name stuck. The couple had met at the same competition the year before.

‘Wet from Birth’abc.net.au
Great atmospheric samples and dirty-ass beats with a frontman who sounds a bit like the guy form ‘They Might Be Giants. ‘ Interesting, off-beat lyrics that you will find yourself singing along to. just be careful sining along to ‘Erection’ at the traffic lights – people will look at you a little odd.

Julie & Ludwig on L-ISFIDAdi-ve.com
We will shortly be announcing something new. Things are happening both for those still on the programme and for those who have been eliminated!” commented Claudette Pace on behalf of the production company behind the programme Cliche Media & Entertainment. L-Isfida producers would like to announce that Julie Zahra and Ludwig Galea who will be representing Malta at the Eurovision Song contest 2004 will be on this week;s programme. They will be performing “On Again.

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