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Ireland and the world celebrates Riverdance


Eurovision News Review:

* Men line up for Eurovision glory
* Abba mark Eurovision anniversary
* Eurovision revamps song contest
* Ireland and the world celebrates Riverdance
* Eurovision Song Contest 2004: We’re in the final!
* Eurovision parties at Barbahce tonight
* Few hours away from the big night
* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…
* Last night’s welcome reception: amazing!
* School choir to pay tribute to Abba
* Councillor’s resignation prompts by-election
* Finalists took Bosphorus cruise today
* Cowley supports Dana…but what about Marian?
* Newport Fleadh attracts big crowds
* Who would really want someone else’s runners?
* Neiokõsõ shopping and friends with Athena

Men line up for Eurovision gloryBBC News
It could produce the contest’s first solo male winner since Italy’s Toto Cotugno in 1990, and the United Kingdom’s James Fox is a leading contender. His song Hold On To Our Love is an uptempo ballad with flag-waving potential, while his Fame Academy days have shaped him into an experienced live performer. The UK has never taken the Eurovision crown with a male soloist, but has produced five runners-up. Fox will have to buck the trend to go one better this time around. A bewildering 36 countries are sending entries to Turkey – 22 hopefuls will do battle for 10 places in the grand final, joining 14 nations who are there by right. Countries who performed well last year, along with the UK, France, Germany and Spain – Eurovision’s biggest financial backers – have a guaranteed place in the grand final.

Abba mark Eurovision anniversaryBBC News
The song, which is out on 17 May, coincides with this year’s Eurovision, taking place in Istanbul on Saturday. Abba’s Gold album is also enjoying a chart resurgence inside the top 20, and has spent 486 weeks on the hit parade. Singer Agnetha Faltskog’s solo comeback single, If I Thought I Could Ever Change Your Mind, reached number 11. Tribute bands

Faltskog – Abba’s blonde vocalist – also released an album of sixties pop covers, which debuted at 12. The 30th anniversary of the group’s memorable Eurovision win in Brighton will see a series of events to mark the occasion taking place in Bristol.

Eurovision revamps song contestExpatica
A total of 36 countries are taking part in Eurovision 2004, 22 of whom will perform on Wednesday night for 10 spots in Saturday’s final. The final will see the 10 semi-final winners joined by the host Turkey and 13 other countries, including France, Germany, Spain and Britain in a televised event expected to be watched by more than 100 million people. Like all reality TV shows today the winners will be decided through telephone voting with the only provision being that viewers cannot vote for their own country’s entrant. Announcements of the scores is for many better then the concert itself as historic rivalries are warmed up, and traditionally close countries, most notably Greece and Cyprus and in a more recent years the Baltic countries, inevitably give each other full points… A total of 36 countries are taking part in Eurovision 2004, 22 of whom will perform on Wednesday night for 10 spots in Saturday’s final. The final will see the 10 semi-final winners joined by the host Turkey and 13 other countries, including France, Germany, Spain and Britain in a televised event expected to be watched by more than 100 million people. Like all reality TV shows today the winners will be decided through telephone voting with the only provision being that viewers cannot vote for their own country’s entrant. Announcements of the scores is for many better then the concert itself as historic rivalries are warmed up, and traditionally close countries, most notably Greece and Cyprus and in a more recent years the Baltic countries, inevitably give each other full points. While the Eurovision song contest is often the subject of amusement for producing some truly dire performances it has also been the launching pad for a number of world famous bands, the most famous perhaps being Abba who won the event in 1974 with “Waterloo”.

Ireland and the world celebrates RiverdanceTaipei Times
PHOTO: REUTERS It was supposed to be a sideshow, a six-minute slice of traditional Irish culture given a glitzy makeover and squeezed into an interval during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. But Riverdance stole the show on that spring night in Dublin and has since gone on to become one of the biggest showbusiness phenomena the world has ever seen. Since the troupe first pranced across the Eurovision stage, clicking their heels and high-kicking to the sound of Irish fiddles and flutes, Riverdance has played over 6,000 times in more than 220 venues. It has visited 27 countries from Mexico to Malaysia, played before more than 16 million people and been seen on television by 1. 5 billion viewers — 300 times the population of Ireland. Sales of Riverdance merchandizing have netted more than US$35 million worldwide. There are more than 6 million Riverdance videos spread across the globe and 2 million CDs… Next month, the river flows home to Dublin for a special 10th anniversary show in the intimate and ornate surroundings of the 19th century Gaiety Theatre. It will be produced by Julian Erskine, who has worked with Riverdance almost since its conception and who still recalls the moment in 1994 when Irish dancing suddenly became sexy. Star quality
Erskine was at the Gaiety on the night of the Eurovision Song Contest, working on a production of Sean O’Casey’s classic Irish drama The Plough and the Stars. Eurovision was taking place at The Point, on the other side of the city. “We were backstage, with half an eye on the television, when Riverdance came on,” he said. “The room went quiet and everyone just stood and stared in amazement at what was happening on the screen. “By the end of the performance, I was one of those wide-eyed innocents jumping up and down, shouting how wonderful it was.

Eurovision Song Contest 2004: We’re in the final!maltamedia.com
Malta ended up having to face this extra test as a result of the island?s poor showing last year, when its song was voted last but one. Julie and Ludwig gave an impeccable performance on stage and their song went very well with the live audience. ?It?s unbelievable! It?s such a beautiful feeling! Malta is back in the Eurovision Song Contest final,? Julie and Ludwig said soon after they left the stage to address a press conference. They were as happy as can be. Commenting a few minutes after the results were out, a jubilant and moved Maltasong chairman, Grace Borg, expressed her joy at Malta?s qualification for the ESC final night. She congratulated the Maltese duo as well as the whole team behind the Maltese song. The other nine countries that made it to the finals are Serbia and Montenegro, The Netherlands, Albania, Ukraine, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Greece and Cyprus.

Eurovision parties at Barbahce tonightesctoday.com
com News. Tonight that’s going to change. Club Barbahce is situated at center Istanbul near Taksim squere. Starting from tonight and until Thursday night fans, visitors and guests will be able to enjoy Eurovision music and samples of contemporary Turkish music. This project is a joint venture of OGAE Turkey and Club Barbahce.

Few hours away from the big nightdi-ve.com
All breaths are held and all eyes are on Abdi Ipekci Stadium. As excitement continues, the last dress rehearsal of the participating 22 countries fascinated the audience. Once again everything went well for the Maltese couple and now everything is set for the big night. Of the 22 countries participating in the first Semi-final selection in Eurovision history, 12 will be eliminated.

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…esctoday.com
Guitarist and backing vocalist Hakan ?zoğuz said: ?Athena is the goddess of wisdom as you might know. That?s why we have chosen this name. ?

The band also sang a little piece of Seninle bir dakika and announced that the band?s single will also be released in Germany.

Last night’s welcome reception: amazing!esctoday.com
From what we counted, there were at least five bars, five tables with food and five tables with Turkish deserts, such as baklava and Turkish fruit. The orchestra stopped playing and the president of TRT gave a speech, just like Svante Stockselius, Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest. At the party, many participants were having fun! We saw Ramon (Spain), Xandee and her dancers (Belgium), Jari Silanpaa (Finland), Deen (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Zjelko (Serbia & Montenegro), Paul and Fabrizio (The Netherlands), Julie and Ludwig (Malta), Ruslana (Ukraine), Lisa (Cyprus), Athena (Turkey), Neiok?s? (Estonia), Tomas Thordarson (Denmark), Max (Germany), Julia (Russia), Alexandra and Konstantin (Belarus), Fomis and Kleins (Latvia), Jonsi (Iceland), Tie-break (Austria) and maybe we missed more of them! Sertab, who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Turkey last year, was there too!

Around 21:30, suddenly the building was surrounded by fireworks. The Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism sure knows how to organise a party! Even Ruslana from Ukraine and Julia from Russia, who are both quite expressive, watched it speechless!

Around 22:30, the first boat left to the night club, where the party was about to go on. A few minutes later, the first boat back to the busses left. We saw Ludwig being carried away by two guards because he was sick. When we asked Julie what was wrong with her colleague, she told us that he is claustrofobic: “There were so many people waiting there for the boat, it was just too much for him”.

School choir to pay tribute to AbbaWatford Observer
The boys and girls from Years 4, 5 and 6 will sing one song live with the group after some coaching from choir mistress Jean Lloyd and music teacher Stephen Cloke. advertisement
This will be the second big live performance for the singers, from the school in Park Road, who took part in the Hertfordshire schools concert at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year. The concert forms part of a Eurovision party night, to be held on Saturday, to mark the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest. Headteacher Peta Dyke said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the children to sing in a professional concert in a proper theatre. They will rehearse with Voulez Vous during the day and then there is the big concert in the evening. ”
2:24pm Monday 10th May 2004.

Councillor’s resignation prompts by-electionabc.net.au
A by-election was triggered yesterday when councillor David Laugher resigned from the council. The resignation comes weeks after a controversial mayoral vote where councillor Laugher was beaten to the top job by his former Eurovision group colleague Fergus Thompson. In a letter faxed to the ABC this morning, he said the events of the past weeks have affected his health to the point where he has had to make a decision between “elected life” and his “personal health and family wellbeing”. He says he will make no further comment and has asked the media to allow him to get on with his life. Councillor Laugher was the Eurobodalla shire’s deputy mayor in the last council and councillor Thompson says it is sad and disappointing to see someone who has made a substantial contribution resign. [ more news ]
Last Updated: 9:42:00 AM (AEST).

Finalists took Bosphorus cruise todayesctoday.com
Spain’s, Romania’s, Belgium’s, Ireland’s and the UK’s entries were among the guests, who then enjoyed lunch in the hall in the lower deck. As soon as the rain stopped and the sun appeared, all the passengers went up to the open upper deck to party together. The delegates looked like a happy party on a sunny deck was much needed for them to relax.

Cowley supports Dana…but what about Marian?Western People
Only a few weeks ago Dr Cowley attended the launch of Ms Harkin?s campaign in Castlebar* It is further understood that Clare Independent T. , James Breen, is also backing Dana?s campaign in the Banner County in what is being seen as another significant boost for the Independent M. and Ireland?s first Eurovision Song Contest winner.

Newport Fleadh attracts big crowdsWestern People
Large crowds gathered to listen to her before Cllr Frank Chambers kept the political vein going when he belted out a number of songs to great applause. Jerry Cowley, TD, was also in attendance but he declined to follow his colleagues lead but promised he would perform next year. Then the sound of pipes and drums echoed through the streets as pipe bands marched through the town. Their music, uniforms and talent kept the crowds enthralled as evening fell over Newport.

Who would really want someone else’s runners?Irish Independent
Here at Castle Indo, we would be lost without the internet. Whether it’s running criminal checks on our friends or anonymously sending threatening and abusive emails to people we don’t like, we have spent hours of mindless fun online. But even we were taken aback at the latest email doing the rounds, which has a pop at Chris Doran, our Eurovision hopeful. As if it wasn’t bad enough that he was slammed by Linda Martin the other day, the mock-up photo doing the rounds refers back to the rumour that Doran is an itinerant and features a plane with the logo Air Pikey towing a caravan across the sky. Hey dude, I still got it.

Neiokõsõ shopping and friends with Athenaesctoday.com
Yesterday was spent on relaxing. Neiok?s? demonstrated their vocal abilities in the reception of French delegation and their representative Jonatan Cerrada. Neiok?s? is performing 17th in the qualifier round tomorrow Related polls.

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