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Eurovision Song Contest 2005 participant

Eurovision star to advise Ukraine PM

The News Review:

– Eurovision star to advise Ukraine PM
– Packed courtroom
– Morrissey : Irish Blood English Heart

Eurovision star to advise Ukraine PM
BBC News – May 26, 2004
Ruslana would like a brand new concert hall put up especially for Eurovision. “In Kiev we have no venues which are suitable for hosting the competition” she said. “I think that a new venue should be built and I think that everyone here is coming to the same conclusion. Many of the potential venues in the capital are either too small or were built during the Soviet era and need major modernisation work.

Packed courtroom
The Age – May 27, 2004
Seven which again failed to get a show into Melbourne’s top 20 followed on 22. The ABC scored 17. 8 and SBS recorded a better-than-average 5. 4 mostly as a result of the Eurovision Song Contest coverage drawing more Sunday night viewers to the network. The most-watched program on Melbourne TV last week as usual was Nine’s Sunday night news. With 717568 viewers it more than doubled the figure recorded for arch rival Seven’s 6pm news and was more than 150000 ahead of the week’s second top show Ten’s Saturday night AFL telecast (561721).

Morrissey : Irish Blood English Heart – May 27, 2004
” As unexpected and as welcome as an old friend arriving on your doorstep with his own inflatable bed this single is the first opportunity for those of us whose pop-buying lifespan has been totally post- to experience the thrill of new material from a Duran Duran at the very top of his creative game. Turns out that it feels quite nice you know. This is of course a wonderfully stage-managed comeback – as Morrissey also know there’s nothing like a few years out of the spotlight to raise your profile – but this is also a stupendously well-put-together pop song borne out by the fact that melodically this track would hardly sound out of place reworked in a Euro stylee representing the UK at Eurovision. Why won’t that happen? Why is this song like all Morrissey’s best songs unique to this one man? First there’s the voice – the voice which has singlehandedly kept Morrissey’s head above water through some recent years of rather lean tuneage. But inescapably there are also the lyrics. Spiteful vitriolic and bewildered ‘Irish Blood English Heart’ sets one foot in the England of Duran Duran’s own fantasy and reluctantly keeps the other in today’s cold reality. If you’re muttering “A bit like Elton John’s ‘Made In England'” you can just shut up shut up shut up – because this song is a solid proof that sometimes only rarely the best melodies combine with the best lyrics and the best performances and at the point where those three elements meet we find not only the perfect pop song but the perfect pop single.

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