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* Swiss look east for Eurovision success
* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…
* No renuion for Abba
* Abba reunion would only disappoint, singer says
* Irish president is inaugurated
* News | Telegraph
* Beatles classic voted worst song
* BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | How Trevor Horn became pop royalty

Swiss look east for Eurovision successswissinfo.org
75em; padding-bottom: 5px;’>After a string of humiliating failures at the Eurovision Song Contest, Switzerland has chosen an Estonian girl band to represent it in 2005. The controversial decision has sent shock waves through the Swiss music scene, where it is being seen as a slap in the face for homegrown talent. Swiss television bosses say the choice of Baltic rising stars, Vanilla Ninja, is Switzerland’s best hope of success at the televised European music contest. The Estonian rock chicks – three blondes and a brunette – have topped the charts in Germany as well as at home. In recent years Switzerland has either failed to qualify for the competition or has ranked in the last six… In recent years Switzerland has either failed to qualify for the competition or has ranked in the last six. Since 1998 the country has twice been bottom of the table with “nul points”. At this year’s Eurovision qualifying event in Istanbul, Switzerland failed to scrape even a single point with its upbeat entry “Celebrate!” sung by former hairdresser and talent contest winner Piero Esteriore. Bloc vote

It’s hoped Vanilla Ninja can reverse the trend by garnering crucial support from the Baltic and former Soviet states, which have tended to vote for one another and to dominate the rankings. Head of entertainment at Swiss German television, Toni Wachter, says that if Switzerland wants to remain in the competition it has to follow a different strategy. “Newcomers were out of the question. We were looking for experienced performers with some chart success,” he said.

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…esctoday.com
Bragad?ttir News. Birgitta, who represented Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, is the first Icelandic singer to be available as a doll. “I got a phone call from a company that works for a local superstore and they asked me what I thought of the idea. At first I went like ‘no way!’ But after some thinking, I just thought it might be fun, nobody will be forcing people to buy it. If people show interest in it, that’s fantastic and a great honour for me.

No renuion for AbbaThe Age
It’s just not there. Abba was one of the most successful 1970s European pop groups. They won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo andsubsequent hits included Fernando, Dancing Queen, andThe Winner Takes it All. The group split up in 1981. Four years ago they turned down anoffer of $US1 billion ($A1. 32 billion) to re-form. The two couples who made up pop’s most famous acronym –Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid — have long sincedivorced.

Abba reunion would only disappoint, singer saysSan Diego Union Tribune
It’s just not there. "

Abba was one of the most successful 1970s European pop groups. They won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with "Waterloo" and subsequent hits included "Fernando," "Dancing Queen," and "The Winner Takes it All. "

The group split up in 1981. Four years ago they turned down an offer of $1 billion to re-form. The two couples who made up pop’s most famous acronym – Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid – have long since divorced.

Irish president is inauguratedBBC News
Mrs McAleese, 53, from Belfast, was returned to the post for a further seven years last month. Her nomination was unopposed after her potential rival, Dana Rosemary Scallon, failed to get enough support. ‘Unique service’

The Eurovision winner and former MEP failed to get the support of either four councils or the signatures of 20 TDs and senators. Mrs McAleese had nominated herself for another term which, under the Republic of Ireland’s constitution, a sitting president can do. The former Pro-Vice Chancellor at Queen’s University was first elected in 1997 as the eighth president of Ireland – and the first from Northern Ireland. She had the support of both Fianna Fail and the Progressive Democrats when she first ran for office. In her address, President McAleese said Ireland had “struggled with that other ambition for the unity of our island”.

News | TelegraphTelegraph.co.uk
Oscar Huettner, New YorkPositively has to be, without question Billy, Don’t Be a Hero by Paper Lace. My toes still curl just thinking about it !! Leigh MacQueen, Los Angeles, USA When I was a lad my parents would treat me to a single, now and then. On oneoccasion I wanted The Move’s Blackberry Way, but they obviously thought ittoo much that their 9-year old should be listening to a bloke in make-up, soinstead they bought me a contender for the Eurovision B-side contest, sungby Sandy Shaw, and named Monsieur Dupont. Although it remains easily theworst thing I ever have heard, I still keep it, right next to my extensivecollection of records from the genius that is Roy Wood – all bought with myown money!Stuart Basson,ChesterfieldAnd where does “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies rate on the worlds worst? Mike BryantApparently, this was a survey of 1000 people. Since that is the case, how did the majority of them manage to choose a Beatles album track as the worst song of all time? Every other song in the top 5 in this survey is a single. Did the respondents have a free choice of song, or were they presented with a list of songs to choose from? What was the complete list?Matt McQueenThe worst song ever, without question, has to be the awful, awful, awfulDeck of Cards by Wink Martindale. Showing my age I know, but it was sobad that I can’t forget it.

Beatles classic voted worst songBBC News
I’m going to put on the CD. Craig Folsom, Wyoming, USA

Come On! The Bay City Rollers entire discography is way ahead of this whimsy from the Fab Four. Peter, London

Simply take any 10 British entries for the Eurovision Song Contest and you have an instant list of the ten worst songs. Jane Dawkins, Key West, USA

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da is a great song! Michael Bolton’s When A Man Loves A Women is the worst song ever, Or anything by Kenny G. Joe, Canada

How can anyone overlook that shocker by Aqua – Barbie Girl. A true monstrosity. Andrew, Bristol

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree must rate pretty high.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | How Trevor Horn became pop royaltyBBC News
But the 1990s marked a creative lull for Horn, although his work on the Seal album Crazy proved the producer still had his finger on the pulse. He also produced Tubular Bells II, at the request of Mike Oldfield whose original work had acquired a cult following – although some fans claimed Horn altered the spirit of the piece. 2003 saw Horn’s return to the charts with the Russian duo Tatu bringing him his first number one in almost a decade. More surprising is Horn’s recent work with Scottish indie stars Belle & Sebastian, introduced to him by his daughter.

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