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Eurovision News Review:

* New Europe? New Eurovision!
* Bummer Mia!
* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…
* Slovenian television prepares Eurovision coverage
* Eurovision Explained
* Latvians want Europe to rock and roll!
* Bosnian delegation promises “a big suprise”
* Prizes for schools’ environmental efforts
* Turkey ‘foils attack on Nato summit’
* Copyright block on Millwall chant
* Pint to pint: Hunter’s Lodge Inn
* Europe is yellow
* 11 countries on today’s rehearsal schedule

New Europe? New Eurovision!BBC News
We’ve seen the political photocall, and the leaders of each country lined up; there they were, the men in suits. Now, thank goodness, we await men in Lycra and women in stockings. At the Eurovision Song Contest, politics isn’t centre stage. It’s back stage, it’s in the wings, and it’s in the audience too… They might shun all western culture. They might be American. If you are European, Eurovision is like the North Sea. It’s always been there. If this is you, skip ahead a few lines, your head up high or in your hands depending on your taste. Winning formula

Eurovision was set up to let music unite a continent. As years have gone by it’s also divided whole populations along the lines of taste.

Bummer Mia!The Age
Despite some evidence to the contrary, Abba appears unlikely to feature in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The internet and music industry have been abuzz with rumours that the Swedish pop group would be involved in this year’s song quest, being held in Istanbul next week. The event would mark the 30th anniversary of Abba winning Eurovision in 1974 with Waterloo, which helped launch their reign as the biggest-selling pop artists of the 1970s. The running order for Eurovision includes Abba, according to SBS television, which screens the event in Australia. “Eurovision have given us a detailed, minute-by-minute schedule,” an SBS spokesman said. “There’s a three-minute prerecorded segment marked ‘Abba’. But no one from Eurovision can tell us what they will actually do… The internet and music industry have been abuzz with rumours that the Swedish pop group would be involved in this year’s song quest, being held in Istanbul next week. The event would mark the 30th anniversary of Abba winning Eurovision in 1974 with Waterloo, which helped launch their reign as the biggest-selling pop artists of the 1970s. The running order for Eurovision includes Abba, according to SBS television, which screens the event in Australia. “Eurovision have given us a detailed, minute-by-minute schedule,” an SBS spokesman said. “There’s a three-minute prerecorded segment marked ‘Abba’. But no one from Eurovision can tell us what they will actually do. ” However, the chances of all four members appearing, even in a prerecorded segment filmed in Sweden, appear slim, observers say.

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…esctoday.com
I’ve been right 14 times with my pre-contest predictions and 17 times on the night!!! My views on the songs are sometimes brutal, but everybody has their opinion. This year, I have been asked to publish my pre-contest review of the 36 countries. I would like to make it clear that these are my own opinions, and are not endorsed, agreed with (necessarily) or supported by the team at esctoday… So, without further ado, here are my reviews and predictions for the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest. Tommy Seebach (RIP) could only manage 6th place in 1979 with this song, so Finland must have more chance of hosting the Summer Olympics in Mid January than winning the Eurovision this year! Tango to the toilet, make a cupper and organise your sweepstake during this one. This song probably could make the angels and devils feel each other out of sheer desperation!

2 Belarus
I have no doubt that this is a nice song, and in her native language, Anjeza has a lovely voice. This is one of those examples of a song that works best in its own language. To put it plainly, the English version of this song sounds like a drunk cat in a washing machine on full spin! The song’s chorus line is ‘Round I go, desperate to reach new horizons, circles grow’, but not the Belarus points haul.

Slovenian television prepares Eurovision coverageesctoday.com
si White wedding in Istanbul Slovenian television prepares Eurovision coverage Initially it seemed that the Slovenian national broadcaster RTVSLO did not care much for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, but they were actually preparing the most extended Eurovision coverage in years. One of the most popular daily TV programmes Videospotnice will be completely dedicated to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest previews. The Eurovision themed Videospotnice started on 3th May and will be be replaced with the regular programme (Slovenian music videos) the day after the qualification round. In each show, the host Peter Poles (also announcing Slovenian votes) will introduce 6 songs from this year’s contest. Among the 6, television viewers will select one song (through televoting, of course) to proceed to the final Eurovision Song Contest themed Videospotnice.

Eurovision Explainedabc.net.au
Each singer represents a different European country (with a few ring-ins). Australia isn’t even represented, but in Australia the tide is rising for the mighty Eurovision Song Contest. Eoin Cameron fancies himself as a bit of a Eurovision expert (after all, a member of Buck’s Fizz once sat on his lap) so he was eager to talk to the host of SBS’s Australian coverage of Eurovision. Des Mangan explains the pleasures of this entertainment bonanza.

Latvians want Europe to rock and roll!esctoday.com
In addition to the Latvian version, there is an Estonian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Finnish, Dutch and Belarussian version. They announced that they also plan on recording the song in every European language, including that of their hosts – Turkey. Only one and a half million people speak Latvian, and they want the European audience to hear their language, and that when the audience is watching and listening they will want to rock and roll!

When asked if they take the Eurovision Song Contest seriously, they replied that it was important to take part, not to win! They also went onto describe the stage as being “cool, big and professional!”

Latvia will take part in the qualifier round on 12th May.

Bosnian delegation promises “a big suprise”esctoday.com
“At this unique and superb manifestation, where accreditated journalists and fans will be invited, Ms. Emina Zecaj, the Bosnian traditional song-legend, and the head of the Bosnian delegation, Ms. Vesna Andree Zaimovic, will present together the wealthy musical treasure of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Vesna will also play on the Bosnian traditional string-instrument called “Saz” – the same instrument, with which she performed in Jerusalem 1999 besides Dino & Beatrice”, Esned Nezic of BHEuroSong wrote us.

Prizes for schools’ environmental effortsCroydon Guardian
St James the Great Primary and Nursery School in Thornton Heath won ?2,000 after being awarded a distinction in the London Schools Environment Awards, organised by London mayor Ken Livingstone. Gresham Primary School was highly commended for its environmental work and received ?1,000 at an awards ceremony at City Hall. advertisement
Wildlife presenter Bill Oddie presented the awards and Fame Academy star and Eurovision hopeful James Fox entertained guests. The awards have been created to develop children’s sense of responsibility for their environment by learning about the need to reduce, reuse and recycle waste and to save energy. 2:27pm Wednesday 5th May 2004.

Turkey ‘foils attack on Nato summit’Guardian Unlimited
He said he believed the suspects planned to flee to Iraq to fight against US troops after the attack in Istanbul. Nine other suspected militants were detained and then released in Istanbul yesterday. The city will host the Eurovision song contest on May 15 and a meeting of foreign ministers from Islamic countries next month. Muammer Guler, the governor, maintained that the city was safe. “There is no question of a situation that will affect the [Nato] meeting,” Mr Guler said. “We have taken every precaution. ” Security officials said the crackdown was evidence of a heightened alert in advance of the meeting.

Copyright block on Millwall chantBBC News
‘No decision made’

“We’re considering all our options and whether there is enough time to record another song. ”

An EMI spokesman said no decision had been made on whether the song could be used or not. The 1950s song was a chart release for Dean Martin and has also been an entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. It has been used by Arsenal fans to sing the praises of captain Patrick Vieira. But Millwall fans used it to refer to Mr Wise’s clash with former Leicester team-mate Callum Davidson, who fractured his cheekbone during an incident on a pre-season tour. In March, Wise won his appeal for unfair dismissal against Leicester City.

Pint to pint: Hunter’s Lodge InnTelegraph.co.uk
I had, I thought, stumbled upon the perfect ploughman’s lunch in the perfect unspoiled West Country pub. Then my mobile phone rang. It cut through the quiet of the bar like a Eurovision song at a John Cage concert. The builders, the fidget and the old crone looked up and stared at me unblinkingly. I turned off the phone and made a general apology. “We’re the ones that are sorry,” said a menacing voice from the gloom. I took that remark as my invitation to leave.

Europe is yellowIsrael Insider
It is a classic love-hate relationship: we love Europe as a fellow Western society, and yet despise Europe for unjustly rejecting us. As in the last 2000 years, and with the exception of the United States, Micronesia and the Czech Republic, we feel we are once again alone in the world. By winning the European basketball championships, by participating in the European cultural institutions (such as the Eurovision Song Contest), we place Israel in the spotlight not as a news item, but as a member of the European family. We remind ourselves that we are not like the other Middle Eastern nations – we are European. We also remind Europe that we are European. The camera-pans of the crowd in Tel Aviv did not show segregated seating for men and veiled-women. There were no mukhabarat (religious police) beating inappropriately dressed fans (or athletes).

11 countries on today’s rehearsal scheduleesctoday.com
Today’s schedule
Lithuania, Albania, Cyprus, FYR Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, Denmark, Serbia & Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Netherlands will enter the stage to do their thing. After the rehearsals, the delegations will give a press conference. Time to relax!
For those who aren’t scheduled for the afternoon rehearsals, there is an opportunity to join the Bosporus tour, which is part of the relaxation programme.

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