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Eurovision News Review:

* BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | James wins MPs’ Euro vote
* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…
* HSBC sponsors a classical music programme from St. John’s on…
* go mobile services in gear for the Eurovision Song Festival 2004
* Lejn il-Eurovision – Programme 2
* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…
* Review: Agnetha Faltskog’s solo album
* Slovenia: No interest in Platin
* Shameless – Irish Independent
* Ten Tenors
* New venue, same old glitz for TV gong-fest
* Queer Media: Israel, Hong Kong, Dr. Laura
* WIN! Newcastle United – Big Hits!

BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | James wins MPs’ Euro voteBBC News
Sweden are the current favourites, 30 years on from Abba winning with Waterloo. Karl Williams of Jack Brown said: “James has a good song and it won the British heat convincingly – so it’s certainly worth an each-way bet, I can’t see it finishing outside the top four. “Watch out for Ireland, they always come up with a gem and they take it seriously… Karl Williams of Jack Brown said: “James has a good song and it won the British heat convincingly – so it’s certainly worth an each-way bet, I can’t see it finishing outside the top four. “Watch out for Ireland, they always come up with a gem and they take it seriously. But Eurovision is very political, Britain is a little bit out in the cold. ”

James follows in the footsteps of Welsh performers, famous for finishing second. Pontardawe-born Mary Hopkin came second with “Knock, Knock, Who’s There?” in 1970 to Ireland’s Dana, while Wales had to wait until 1992 for Michael Ball to compete, who again was runner-up. More recently, Jessica Garlick, from Kidwelly, just missed out in 2002 with “Come Back. ”

What seems certain is that James will do better than last year’s British entry, Jemini, who infamously finished on “nil points” after suffering “technical problems”.

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…esctoday.com
This week Kemal Shahin looks at the dark horses of 2004. Rising from the shadows to emege in the light, or simply ‘My Little Pony’? Is it a case of galloping to success from the shadows, or is it really the favourites who will take the tittle of Eurosong 2004 home? The bookmakers certainly think so. Thirty-six songs, 2 nights, a load of odds, a top ten and only one ultimate winner! Eurovision’s back! I’ve listened to all the songs, each one so many times I don’t know whether I’m doing the tango, having a wild dance or just hitting the bottle after some of the entries! The bookies have done the same, and the way they’ve set the odds is no surprise…. Ireland can seem to do no wrong in the eyes of a bookmaker, despite the entry. This year isn’t a great leap from previous entries but it’s a strong classic with maximum appeal… What he plans on bringing home, I’m not sure. Maybe some hotel toiletries, a shower cap and some cheap fags from Istanbul if he’s lucky!

Year after year it’s the dark horses that triumph through and I don’t see why this year should be any different. A Eurovision dark horse would be an entry, which has a higher chance of winning than is anticipated, an unexplainable appeal and an unexpected winner. Cast you minds back to two men with two guitars. Stood amidst an intergalactic explosion in space, alongside a few women dressed in 1980’s charity shop sequin dresses, telling us how all we have to do is hop onto the wings of love. That victory left me speechless! Joining the dark horse group is a woman who has more names that I have shirts, Maria Naumova? Marie N? Maria N? Eminem? The woman has confused us all, but she pulled it off by pulling her skirt off.

HSBC sponsors a classical music programme from St. John’s on…di-ve.com
Mr Godfrey Swain, Head of Marketing and Public Relations at HSBC Bank Malta, said: “As the world’s local bank, HSBC believes in promoting Malta’s best cultural assets both locally and abroad. Last year, among others, the Bank invested heavily in professionally presenting on permanent basis the exhibition of the ?Malta Turner’ at the Fine Arts Museum in Valletta. This year, HSBC is co-funding ?The Blessing of Europe’ Eurovision programme which will provide extensive publicity for Malta’s multi-cultural heritage in most European countries. It will also serve to further position Malta as a place where European unity in diversity of cultures has already been achieved and therefore a true symbol of hope for the future of Europe. No doubt, this event will generate indirect benefits such as an increased awareness of Malta’s cultural tourism capabilities. ”

“It is an honour that from amongst the 10 newly acceding countries, Malta and St John’s Co-Cathedral have been selected as the ideal venue for this European event,” said Dr Francis Zammit Dimech, Minister for Tourism and Culture. “We consider St John’s Co-Cathedral, with its rich baroque architecture and chapels representing the various langues of the Grandmasters as a symbol of European unity.

go mobile services in gear for the Eurovision Song Festival 2004di-ve.com
go mobile is also adapting go Quest, its SMS-based quiz, to the theme of the Eurovision Song Festival itself. The lucky winner will be the exclusive guest to spend a celebrity night with Julie and Ludwig. All interested go mobile subscribers can start participating in the Eurovision Song Festival SMS Challenge by sending a blank SMS to 50705040. In return, 50 multiple-choice questions, of a general and straightforward kind, will be sent to the go Quest participant to choose one correct answer from each at the price of 10 cents per SMS. Last but not least, go mobile will also be supplying fans with the additional service of downloading pictures of Julie and Ludwig during their various tours by means of MMS via the go Live! portal. Each photo costs 75c. Should further information on these services be needed contact go Care on 146 from a go mobile line or 79 222 146 from other lines.

Lejn il-Eurovision – Programme 2di-ve.com
There was also the year that RAI refused to broadcast live the contest because Gigliola Cinquetti’s song, Si, was thought that it might send a political message since Italy’s general elections were near. The programme continues with a look at Malta’s participation throughout the years. Interviews are related to the participation of 1991 (Could It Be), 1992 (Little Child), and 1993 (William Mangion). Finally the programme continues with the latest updates on the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest… Claudette Pace interviews Macedonia’s representative Tose Proeski. She also brings the latest information on Julie’s and Ludwig’s preparations. Lejn il-Eurovision is produced by net TV and Cliche Media & Entertainment. It is researched and written by Frederick Zammit. The documentary part is narrated by Claudette Pace.

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…esctoday.com
With an everage predicted position of 6. 22 they score highest. Also appearing back on the Eurovision stage according to our voters (in order of stage appearance) are Finland, Belarus, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark, Serbia & Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina and The Netherlands. Interesting to see about the results is that not everybody seems to agree with the other voters. The variance for each of the participants is about 30. Also interesting to realize is that every participant has been voted winner of the qualifier round as well as to end up at the bottom position the rankings. You can still predict the rankings for the 22 countries in the qualification round untill 11 may.

Review: Agnetha Faltskog’s solo albumBBC News
Blonde vocalist Faltskog was a vital part of the Swedish quartet Abba, who scored a string of memorable global hits. The music ended for the group in 1982. The enigmatic Faltskog had a brief, less successful spell as a solo artist but then fell silent for 17 years. This 2004 comeback with My Colouring Book puts further distance between Faltskog and her Abba past, but will none the less be devoured by fans.

Slovenia: No interest in Platinesctoday.com
Also enjoying more success is Platin’s backing singer Peter Janu?, winner of an Idol-type TV talent show, who has released his debut album a few weeks ago. Many believe that Platin’s Ema victory has a lot to do with his current popularity. Eurovision Song Contest is one of the media events that is suffering from announced savings by Slovene national broadcaster RTVSLO. Slovenian delegation to Eurovision will be smaller and RTVSLO has decided not to finance a Slovenian party in Istanbul nor to provide any money for the video of the Slovenian song Stay Forever. Diana and Simon of duo Platin have already announced that they will try to get money from various sponsors for both the video and the promotional party in Istanbul. Meanwhile, Platin is continuing the quiet preparations for the qualification round on 12 May. The styling will be done by Uro? Belantič and studio Oktober, the team responsible for the air hostess outfits worn by Sestre in Tallinn in 2002… Many believe that Platin’s Ema victory has a lot to do with his current popularity. Eurovision Song Contest is one of the media events that is suffering from announced savings by Slovene national broadcaster RTVSLO. Slovenian delegation to Eurovision will be smaller and RTVSLO has decided not to finance a Slovenian party in Istanbul nor to provide any money for the video of the Slovenian song Stay Forever. Diana and Simon of duo Platin have already announced that they will try to get money from various sponsors for both the video and the promotional party in Istanbul. Meanwhile, Platin is continuing the quiet preparations for the qualification round on 12 May. The styling will be done by Uro? Belantič and studio Oktober, the team responsible for the air hostess outfits worn by Sestre in Tallinn in 2002. Simon proposed to Diana in the Slovenian national final; what do they have prepared for the Eurovision stage? Related polls.

Shameless – Irish IndependentIrish Independent
What really hurt wasn’t the fact that Connolly missed but the pathetic kicking-a-sack-of-wet-coal nature of his attempt. The words couldn’t, hit and barn door have been floating through our heads ever since. 2 Any Eurovision victory: The rest of the world doesn’t treat the Eurovision Song Contest seriously – you thought Lithuanians dress that way in real life? Although we feign indifference, winning Eurovision was, for most of our recent history, the sole activity which we weren’t utterly useless (apart from emigration – we were quite nifty at that too). The consequences – a media career for Linda Martin (and she came second) and Dana in the European Parliament – continue to haunt us. In Turkey, Johnny Logan is the only Irish person they’ve ever heard of. Yes, I’m wincing too. 3 Charles Haughey, Paris 1987: Life wasn’t all designer shirts and sailing jaunts at the Court of King Charles the Worst.

Ten Tenorsabc.net.au
The unconventional musical group’s international career was launched in 2001 at two of Germany’s most prestigious cabaret venues where their 48 shows sold out. This made them the fastest selling act in the history of both venues. In 2002, The Ten Tenors surprised the music world when they burst onto the scene making a guest appearance at the Eurovision Grand Prix in Germany before a live audience of 15 000, and a televised audience of over 20 million. Since then they have maintained a relentless touring schedule with sell-out concerts throughout Europe, America and Asia. They’ve appeared alongside such artists as Rod Stewart, Andre Boccelli, Willie Nelson, Sophie Ellis-Baxter and Hot Chocolate. The Ten Tenors’ album One Is Not Enough reached the top 10 in European pop charts and they were invited by Disney to record the theme song ‘Jungle Rhythm’ for the German release of the movie Jungle Book II. Back on the Coast after their latest sojourn overseas, the Ten Tenors promise die-hard fans and new audiences alike will notice how the years away have made them better than ever.

New venue, same old glitz for TV gong-festGuardian Unlimited
The alterations are designed to breathe new life into an event that, despite pretensions, has never made it to the premier league of television gong-fests such as tomorrow’s Baftas or the American Emmys. But there are already mutterings that the change of location and the expansion of the awards ceremony could destabilise an event that has become a fixture on the calendar of European TV executives and media journalists. The Rose d’Or was the brainchild of Marcel Bezançon, the director general of the Swiss Broadcasting Company from 1950 to 1972 and the founder of Eurovision. He conceived it as a mutually beneficial forum to exchange light entertainment programme ideas and formats; a sort of United Nations for television. The first festival was held in 1961 – and the winner of the eponymous Golden Rose gong was the BBC’s Black and White Minstrel Show. Since then, winners have included the Muppet Show, Benny Hill, Monty Python, The Simpsons and Mr Bean, as well as European television gems such as Puppets Who Kill, Bingo! and Spank. European broadcasters seem to treat the Rose d’Or with great seriousness.

Queer Media: Israel, Hong Kong, Dr. LauraWindy City Times
Although there have been some legal advances over the last decade, religious ideology has been largely responsible for discouraging changes in personal attitudes. Furthermore, portrayals of openly gay individuals remain rare in mainstream entertainment, and coverage of gay-related issues is practically absent from news reporting. The case of Dana International, the transgender diva who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, constitutes a surprising exception. While it was generally anticipated that her sexuality would earn her the scorn of the political class, she has been officially accepted as a success story for all Jews to be proud of and celebrate. Kama offered the following explanation: ?Dana always talks about God, gives him credit for her good fortune, so even orthodox members of government were receptive. ?
As unexpected as such approval may seem, it could be argued that it is preferable to avoidance or denial. Many countries in Asia continue to ignore their gay citizens.

WIN! Newcastle United – Big Hits!go.com
Success in Europe charts with two cracking classics. The team’s Champions League debut against Barcelona was unforgettable while it’s hard to match the thriller away to Feyenoord for sheer excitement. And of course no classic compilation would be complete without a couple of virtuoso performances against Manchester UnitedThe DVD extras include bonus footage of some old-time hits, including sensational debut games for Micky Quinn and Roy Aitken, a Peter Beardsley hat-trick against Sunderland and two storming Eurovision displays against Antwerp and Ferencvaros. We’ve got five copies of the DVD to give away, which is in the shops nowe priced at ?16. To be in which a change of winning log-in and answer the question below. Sorry! The entry deadline for this competition has already passed.

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