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Portugal: 40 years of Festival da Cancao


Eurovision News Review:

* go mobile SMS televoting for Eurovision 2004
* Documentary film about Eurovision Song Contest
* Eurovision heart all over Istanbul
* Portugal: 40 years of Festival da Cancao
* No Finnish version of the song… yet!
* Happy birthday to Ivan from Croatia
* Turkish newspaper Gunes: ‘Xandee arrived dressed’
* Dutch connection for Life
* VOD ready to speak in tongues
* Estonia Joins European Union
* Busted get their own board for May!
* THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS
* DIG Internet Radio – Liars
* President is the Person of the Year
* Food fight at the Austrian press conference

go mobile SMS televoting for Eurovision 2004di-ve.com
Each person can vote up to a number of 20 times by sending a blank SMS to the number displayed on screen allocated to a specific entry within the 10-minute period open to televoting at the end of all the participating singers’ performance during both nights of the contest. Each SMS vote costs 21 cents. There are 24 countries contesting in this year’s Eurovision Song Festival. The qualifying night on 12 May, 2004, will see Malta vying, among some other European countries, for its inclusion in the final night of the actual contest on 15 May, 2004. TV viewers in Malta can vote any other participating country but not the Maltese entry. The Maltese public, on the other hand, can urge their relatives and friends living abroad to cast their votes for Malta. An alternative way of voting during the Eurovision Song Festival is to call any televoting number allocated to a specific country which will be participating in the festival… TV viewers in Malta can vote any other participating country but not the Maltese entry. The Maltese public, on the other hand, can urge their relatives and friends living abroad to cast their votes for Malta. An alternative way of voting during the Eurovision Song Festival is to call any televoting number allocated to a specific country which will be participating in the festival. These televoting calls made from a go mobile line are rated at 30c inclusive of VAT. go mobile customers are also encouraged to send their good luck messages, greetings, suggestions, and ideas to Julie and Ludwig prior to their performance via SMS on 50705030 at 20 cents per message. One can also call 79793876 at standard rates to listen to current messages from the Maltese singers while in Turkey. go mobile is also providing Eurovision enthusiasts with the additional service of downloading pictures of Julie and Ludwig during their various tours by means of MMS via go Live! Each photo costs 75c.

Documentary film about Eurovision Song Contestesctoday.com
The film will take a look behind the scenes of the contest and will follow six of this year’s participants. French-German broadcaster ARTE is interested in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Since a couple of weeks a team of 20 people have been working on a documentary film. The concept is to follow the Eurovision Song Contest backstage and from different angles, showing an image of the people who work behind the scenes of the world’s biggest music event. The documentary film will as well follow 6 of this year’s performing artists: Max (Germany), Jonatan Cerrada (France), Platin (Slovenia), Lisa Andreas (Cyprus), Ruslana (Ukraine) and Athena (Turkey). The film is scheduled to be broadcast in 5 episodes of 26 minutes each, from 24th till 28th of May at 20… French-German broadcaster ARTE is interested in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Since a couple of weeks a team of 20 people have been working on a documentary film. The concept is to follow the Eurovision Song Contest backstage and from different angles, showing an image of the people who work behind the scenes of the world’s biggest music event. The documentary film will as well follow 6 of this year’s performing artists: Max (Germany), Jonatan Cerrada (France), Platin (Slovenia), Lisa Andreas (Cyprus), Ruslana (Ukraine) and Athena (Turkey). The film is scheduled to be broadcast in 5 episodes of 26 minutes each, from 24th till 28th of May at 20. Later on, from 31st May till 4th June, it will as well be broadcast on French channel Planete.

Eurovision heart all over Istanbulesctoday.com
The most impressive sign is on the central building of the Turkish broadcaster, TRT, in central Istanbul where a huge sign is hung on the big building, visible from a very long distance. Official logo posters are also posted all over the city with this year’s slogan in turkish Aynı gökklubbe altında, which means of course Under the same sky. Fans and journalists, who have already travelled to Eurovision in the past, noticed that however the contest ends or whatever quality of organization it will eventually have, there is no doubt that the Turks are enthusiastic of hosting this contest and its enough to walk the streets of this city to be aware of that.

Portugal: 40 years of Festival da Cancaoesctoday.com
The host of the programme was Helena Ramos, who was the Portuguese spokesperson of the Portuguese voting in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest. Among the Portuguese representatives in the Eurovision Song Contest, we could hear in this programme the voices of Antonio Calvario (1964), Simone de Oliveira (1965 and 1969), Tonicha (1971), Fernando Tordo (1973), To Ze Brito (1978), Manuela Bravo (1979), Maria Guinot (1984), Adelaide Ferreira (1985), Dora (1986 and 1988), Nucha (1990) and Rui Bandeira (1999). Furthermore, one could assist some interview moments concerning the future of Festival da Cancao since it seems to have lost a lot of interest for the composers, lyricists, performers and even for the audience. However, nothing was mentioned about the idea of RTP concerning the future of the event but this year it was clear that the Portuguese link to the Eurovision Song Contest was made through the popular show Operacao Triunfo. As the Portuguese were always Italian song lovers, Sofia Vitoria surprised the audience singing the Gigliola Cinquetti’s song Non Ho L’Eta which won the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest.

No Finnish version of the song… yet!esctoday.com
as of yet!”, when pressed further on the matter, he said he had actually seen some Finnish lyrics on the internet, which he “liked very much”. As has become the normal for press conferences, there was the inevitable requests for songs to be sung, and Jari treated the audience to his 1998 song from the Finnish final Valkeaa Unelmaa, which he jokingly suggested was “much better than Aava!” He also said that Tom,Tom,Tom the entry from 1973 was his favourite Finnish Eurovision entry, and that this was when his childhood dream began, to one day sing in the Eurovision Song Contest. Another previous Eurovision Song Contest song also received a rendition from Jari, when asked if his silver boots he is wearing on stage was his tribute to the golden boots of Herreys? He then gave us his own version of Diggi Loo, Diggi Ley complete with the choreography!

On the subject of choreography, during his first few runs through of the song, he included a few spins on stage, but dropped then on later rehearsals. He admitted he had been practising, but had to be careful, and is not 100% certain that he will include it in his finished performance. This second rehearsal had been done in full costume, and as was hinted at on the first press conference on Wednesday, the outfits are red, black and white. It was amusingly pointed out that Jari and the male dancer were dressed in white, as angels suggested the journalist, but that the women were dressed in black as demons!.

Happy birthday to Ivan from Croatiaesctoday.com
The conference started with everyone singing Happy birthday to him, and then later on encouraged by the moderator the Turkish speaking members of the audience sung the equivalent in Turkish for him. Also present in the audience was Vesna Pisarovic, who has composed this years Bosnia & Herzegovina entry, and who represented Croatia in the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest. She too joined in wishing Ivan a happy birthday, and good luck for the contest. When asked about whether former artists had given any advice, the Croatian delegation joked that maybe they could use the talents of Vesna over the next seven days. Comparisons were drawn with last years entry, which was sung in approximately two thirds Croatian and one third English, which broadly reflected the percentage that the Croatian audience had voted for. This year the percentages were roughly half and half for English or Croatian, with English just ahead.

Turkish newspaper Gunes: ‘Xandee arrived dressed’esctoday.com
She arrived dressed, illustrated with a dressed and nude pic of the Belgian representative, even reached the frontpage. The journalists who attended the press conference of Belgium, some moments ago in the Abdi Ipekci Arena showed more decency and didn’t go into the same old story. * On the picture: Flemish Eurovision Song Contest commentator Andre Vermeulen with Turkish newspaper Gunes in his hands.

Dutch connection for Lifeesctoday.com
com News. Although the original version of Tose Proeski’s song Angel si ti translates directly into English as You are an angel it will be performed as Life when he takes to the stage in the qualifying round of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was felt that it was difficult to do a direct translation into English, but they are happy with the text they now have of the song. There is also a Turkish version of the song planned for the future, but admitted that it is not done yet, and that they need to find a Turkish text and lyricist to make this possible. Earlier in the week they had sported some t-shirts with the slogan “Don’t FYROM on me!” They were asked about both these and the striking coat that singer Tose Preski will be wearing on stage. The T shirts were a bit of fun, while the coat has been designed by one of the top stylists from their country who has made many popular creations.

VOD ready to speak in tonguesVariety – Variety (subscription)
to enhance its credibility with cable operators. Perioche has already landed a deal with TVN, a distributor of movies and events on pay-per-view VOD. The arrangement calls for Eurovision to launch its VOD platform in midsummer to more than a million subscribers through Charter Communications, Insight Communications and RCN, Perioche says. RCN will distribute Eurocinema to digital subscribers in New York and Boston, two cities that Perioche says should be particularly receptive to his strategy because of their concentration of upscale, educated residents. Perioche plans to start small, with three two-hour packages. He says it’s too early for him to talk about specific titles, although U.

Estonia Joins European UnionCNN International
What’s the secret behind the success? We go ON THE ROAD. And dining and entertaining in Tallinn. The former Eurovision winner Tamal Pader shows us around some of the city’s hottest nightspots. (END VIDEO CLIP) So why have we come to Estonia? What is it about this place that makes it so relevant? You want the answer? Let’s go to the top. Tallinn is in the center of this region. With Helsinki just 80 kilometers over there, St. Petersburg in that direction about 500 kilometers and Stockholm and (UNINTELLIGIBLE) and a whole host of other commercial centers right in its (UNINTELLIGIBLE).

Busted get their own board for May!BBC News
Although with the least votes, Linkin Park were voted off, replaced by Muse. And in the pop chart, Darius managed to beat Alistair Griffin to become top of the poll. The UK’s Eurovision entry, James Fox, gets this week’s new entry and McFly get the boot. In the TV chart, The Simpsons win the vote, as Farscape was disqualified after evidence of vote cheating. But instead, ER and Will & Grace have been added to next week’s vote.

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYSIrish Independent
Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby international, is 29. THURSDAY Stevie Wonder, legendary blind musician, is 54. Johnny Logan, twice winner of the Eurovision song contest for Ireland, is 49. Harvey Keitel, actor, is 65. Peter Gabriel, singer and former member of Genesis, is 54. Dennis Rodman, controversial basketball player, is 43. FRIDAY Cate Blanchett, actress who played Veronica Guerin, is 35.

DIG Internet Radio – Liarsabc.net.au
?It wouldn?t win the Eurovision Song Contest!I wouldn?t expect to hear this album on a commercial FM radio station anytime soon. And to be honest, a lot of the music does sound dated. But the words and the sentiment are honest and compelling, and they are making a statement about today?s world as many people see it and feel it. This is a protest album for our times.

President is the Person of the YearIrish Independent
The awards are a celebration of the achievements of outstanding individuals from all walks of Irish life, covering every area of accomplishment from creative talent, to tenacious charity work, to sporting excellence, to business acumen, and everything in between. Over the past year, each month one exceptional Irish person has been chosen as the Person of the Month, and as such has been featured in the Sunday Independent. The winners, from February 2003, were Brian Kerr, Republic of Ireland soccer manager; Eurovision contestant Mickey Harte; Ireland soccer star Damien Duff; Colm O’Gorman, clerical abuse victim and activist; Mary Davis, CEO of the Special Olympics; Mick O’Dwyer, former Kerry GAA star and current manager of Laois; President Mary McAleese; Irish broadcasting legend Gay Byrne; Matthew Barrett, chief executive of Barclay’s bank; Debbie Deegan, founder and managing director of the charity To Russia with Love; Miss World Rosanna Davison; Jim, Kirsten and Naomi Sheridan, co-writers of the Oscar-nominated film In America, and finally, Paul Kelly, head of Brown Thomas and recently appointed CEO of the UK store Selfridges, who attended the event with his partner, Shelly Corkery. Almost all of the winners were present on the night, along with many distinguished guests, who included PJ Mara, Lord Kilclooney and Lady Mary Taylor, Brendan and Lily McCabe, Michael Walsh, Larry and Kate Goodman, Jim Milton and his wife Carmel, Gerry Gannon and his wife Margaret, Michael Mortell and Oonagh Finn, Des and Mona Hanafin, Paddy and Helen Cole, James and Patricia McCarthy, Joseph and Eileen Davy, Fran and Teff Sheridan, George Hook, Darragh Daly, Melody Van Der Berg, Willie and Gene Loughnane, Lucinda and Brendan O’Sullivan, Julien and Victoria Lloyd, Joe and Susan Redmond, and Tom and Charlotte Wright. Michael Fingleton, managing director of Irish Nationwide, and his wife Eileen were present, and Mr Fingleton welcomed the guests at the start of the ceremony. Vincent Crowley, chief executive of Independent Newspapers (Irl), was there with his wife Brigid. Mr Crowley addressed the guests before the presentation of awards, to outline the importance of such an event, and to celebrate such a successful partnership between two organisations at the very heart of Irish life, the Sunday Independent and the Irish Nationwide building society.

Food fight at the Austrian press conferenceesctoday.com
From then on the cakes started to fly around in a good humoured manner, all over their faces, their hair and clothes. The group will need to shower after the press conference!

However they brought the conference to a more dignified conclusion by once again performing Du bist – despite the mess they were in. Austria participates in the final contest on 15th May.

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