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Ruslana and Xandee in Israeli radio chart


Eurovision News Review:

* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…
* Tose Proeski releases Dan za nas
* Five galas to select Spanish junior
* Ruslana and Xandee in Israeli radio chart
* Turkey’s unrequited EU love
* How to be unfashionable
* Popstars returns for third series
* The winners take it all
* D’unbelievable line-up as RTE’s not Shortt on shows
* Canadian TV

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…esctoday.com
The decision to use the song festival as the country’s Eurovision pre-selection was first taken in 1978 and was proven successful: the winner of that festival, Abanibi performed by Yizhar Cohen and the Alphabeta group went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in Paris. A year later the festival’s winner, Halleluja by Gali Atari & Milk and Honey also won the Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem, and became one of the most familiar Eurovision songs. The 1980’s saw the demise of the Israeli Song Festival, as the Israeli broadcaster IBA replaced it with the Kdam-Eurovision. This year, the commercial Channel 2 will revive the Israeli Song Festival, probably on December 29th.

Tose Proeski releases Dan za nasesctoday.com
nl News. Dan za nas contains the Serbian versions of some of the songs he performed at his Eurovision preselection show. However a Serbian version of Life is missing. About a month ago, the 2004 Macedonian Eurovision Song Contest participant Tose Proeski released the album Den za nas. The album contained the songs he performed during the show in which the song for FYR Macedonia was selected… Dan za nas contains the Serbian versions of some of the songs he performed at his Eurovision preselection show. However a Serbian version of Life is missing. About a month ago, the 2004 Macedonian Eurovision Song Contest participant Tose Proeski released the album Den za nas. The album contained the songs he performed during the show in which the song for FYR Macedonia was selected. Now Tose Proeski releases a CD with Serbian songs: Dan za nas. This one features some songs of the Eurovision Song Contest selection too but then in its Serbian version. Hower, there is no Serbian version of his Eurovision song Life.

Five galas to select Spanish junioresctoday.com
In the end 48 children have been chosen to participate at the 5 Tuesday evening galas. Guest performers in each of those galas are “3+2”, a group formed by participants of last year’s Eurojunior Festival edition. Spain was runner-up at last year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. Sergio sang Desde el cielo to the second spot.

Ruslana and Xandee in Israeli radio chartesctoday.com
The writer expressed his admiration for Ruslana saying: “Anyone who is looking for an artistic interest for the long run, should wait for Ruslana’s full album, which is one of the best world-music albums in the recent years”. The words of praise continue as the writer adds: “Ruslana’s album portrays the 2004 winner not only as the most ‘non-Eurovisiony’ winner ever, but as an updated version of Shakira and a secure candidate to be an international star. If you are looking for a single reason to purchase the Eurovision DVD, Ruslana’s breakthrough moment must be it”, as Ma’ariv puts it.

Turkey’s unrequited EU loveBBC News
In many ways, it echoed the country’s own unsuccessful bid to woo the European Union since 1963, when it signed an association agreement that promised eventual membership of the bloc. Things began moving in 1999 when Turkey was officially recognised as an EU candidate, and especially after the election of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government in 2002, which quickened political reforms to an unprecedented pace. Earlier this month, Turkish state television began broadcasting in Kurdish, the language of a sizeable minority in this country of 67 million. On the same day, the government released four Kurdish activists, including human rights award winner Leyla Zana, who had spent 10 years in jail after trials deemed unfair by the EU.

How to be unfashionableTelegraph.co.uk
By the end of the 1960s, the two men were already by-words in naff. In an age of cool, they both seemed to be trying too hard, and they were always a couple of steps behind the fashion, wearing flowery shirts with overbearing collars when everyone else had moved on to grubby T-shirts, and grinning over-enthusiastically when everyone else was busy looking sulky. In 1968, Cliff appeared in the Eurovision Song Contest singing Congratulations in a double-breasted velvet suit and tie (or was it a cravat?). In the same year, Tony, who had never given up hope of becoming a pop star, released an album called Tony Blackburn Sings, which included a notably thin rendition of The White Cliffs of Dover. Whenever he was photographed, Tony liked to point a daft finger at his companion, or to put his hands around their throat in a comical gesture. For at least 30 years, both Tony and Cliff seem to have realised that, despite their best efforts, or perhaps because of them, they are destined to be always out of kilter with the times.

Popstars returns for third seriesBBC News
Disillusion

A Granada spokesman said Popstars: Boy Meets Girl was one of several ideas being considered. Duos are rare in today’s pop scene. Eurovision entrants Jemini are among the most memorable of recent times, largely due to their dismal performance at the competition when they scored “nil points”. No judges have yet been announced, but it is thought Pete Waterman will no longer take part following his disillusion with the TV talent show format. He refused to hide his disappointment when Scottish singer Michelle McManus won the final of last year’s Pop Idol, for which he was a judge.

The winners take it allThe Age
” A scathing write-up in Melody Maker (it was great because it gave them street-cred, Tyrrell says); the fortuitous release of the Abba Gold greatest hits album; a blessing from Bjorn (he sent a telegram saying anyone who looked like him deserved a successful career) and the international Bjorn Again franchise and virtual world domination soon followed. The interlopers have now been around for 15 years, longer than the originals. (Abba’s career took off after their Eurovision song contest victory in 1974. They declared they were “resting” in 1983 but never officially announced their retirement. ) Bjorn Again are Australia’s greatest unsung rock export, says rock historian Glenn A Baker. “They are crisp, clever, witty and hardworking.

D’unbelievable line-up as RTE’s not Shortt on showsIrish Independent
Hector O hEochagain, who last year brought an infectious vitality to Only Fools Buy Horses, will screen the result of several days of filming with such diverse subjects as Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, actor Colm Meaney, former Boyzone member Keith Duffy and Nick Leeson the former Barings Bank trader who brought down the Singapore bank. Pat Shortt, best known as one half of the D’unbelievables, is to star in new comedy series Killinascully set in the fictional town of the same name. Despite Ireland not yet qualifying for the Eurovision Song Contest, RTE will air another series of the popular You’re a Star.

Canadian TVVive Le Canada
Harper, claiming that without the CRTC we would have never created such big stars as C?line Dion or Shania Twain. I believe that this claim is bogus; it does not reflect the reality of Canadian culture. Shania got her start in Nashville, and C?line is a major international star, who could easily do without the Canadian market (she actually jumped to fame when she appeared in the Eurovision Song Contest, representing Switzerland of all things!). One criticism also revolved around the fact that Canadian TV would have more American content and that we would not see Canadian stories told on TV. In what way would that differ from the situation that we have had for years?

Apart from very few Canadian productions, Canadian TV networks fill their schedules with American fare. It is only now, finally, that we are beginning to see more Canadian, and better, productions (Eleventh Hour, Train 48, Corner Gas, etc.

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