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Abba reunite for Eurovision contest


The News Review:

– Abba reunite for Eurovision contest
– Singers From Balkans Make Strong Showing at Eurovision Contest
– Eurovision software fault to be fixed: EBU
– Politics Show North West
– BBC NEWS / SOUTH WEST WALES
– News Dutch news in brief ‘” 13 May 2004 – News from The Netherlands -…

Abba reunite for Eurovision contest
dailymail.co.uk – May 13, 2004
Thirty years after the band won the event with Waterloo theymade a cameo appearances in a one-off video. Benny Andersson Bjorn Ulvaeus Anni-Frid Lyngstad and AgnethaFaltskog made individual appearances at the window of a recordcompany executive played by comic actor Rik Mayall. Four puppets also appeared as caricatures of the singers andperformed some of the band’s hits to the record companyexecutive. The tribute video also features a brief appearance from Americansinger Cher. A BBC3 spokeswoman said: “Whilst the puppets perform a host offamiliar faces appear at the window of Rik’s office to watch andlisten with each member of the line up taking a cameo role.

Singers From Balkans Make Strong Showing at Eurovision Contest
Southeast European Times – May 13, 2004
Viewers across Europe voted by telephone picking performers from Albania Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia Cyprus Greece Macedonia Malta the Netherlands Serbia-Montenegro and the Ukraine from among 36 nations. They will join finalists from a group of countries that includes Romania and Turkey.

Eurovision software fault to be fixed: EBU
Digital Spy – May 13, 2004
A software glitch affected the points of some non-qualifying countries in the semi-final round on Wednesday night. Deutsche Telekom and its affiliate Digame have pledged both to correct the error in the calculation software and to ensure a problem with SMS-powered voting in Croatia does not reoccur.

Politics Show North West
BBC News – May 13, 2004
It is what marketing people might describe as a “profile problem”. So on the weekend of the Eurovision song contest Politics Show North West has decided to help out by sprinkling a little showbiz glamour on our MEPs. We are holding our very own “Europarlyvision” contest. yes our very own “Europarlyvision” contest… we talk to three MEPs about how they rate their prospects in the forthcoming election. We look at what chance the minor parties; the BNP the UK Independence Party and the Greens might have of breaking the monopoly of the Big Three. Politics Show even more fun than the Eurovision Song contest! Have your sayLet us know what you think. That is the Politics Show Sunday 16 May at Midday. The Politics Show is interested in your comments. Use the form below to share your views.

BBC NEWS / SOUTH WEST WALES
BBC News – May 13, 2004
He had been working with up and coming French singer Jonatan Cerrada on the 18-year-old’s first album since Christmas. " I knew James Fox before coming out here. Fingers crossed he gets in the top five and of course I hope France will be there as well" Steve Balsamo The ballad Cerrada will perform A Chaque Pas (Every Step) was not originally intended for Eurovision. But Balsamo who found fame as the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar is enjoying being involved. “It’s the craziest thing – It’s quite camp to say the least and the place is full of lots of very excited people getting very drunk” he said. “But it’s just great – we have brought a mini-studio along so we are writing a few things while we are here. Cerrada was a finalist in the French version of Pop Idol last year and Balsamo was drafted in to help write new material for his album even though his French is limited.

News Dutch news in brief ‘” 13 May 2004 – News from The Netherlands -…
Expatica – May 13, 2004
The public from 22 countries taking part in the semi-final gave the Dutch song Without You just enough points to allow the group to squeeze into the final along with nine nations who failed to qualify automatically in last year’s competition. Economy shows slight growth in Q1The Dutch economy grew by 0. 8 percent in the first quarter of 2004 according to preliminary estimates published by the Central Statistics Bureau (CBS) on Thursday. This is the first time since the end of 2002 that the volume of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) topped the level recorded 12 months beforehand.

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