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Eurovision News Review:

* A heavyweight demonstration
* Eurovision hopefuls announced
* Katrina bids for Euro pop glory
* RTBF postpones Belgian song submission deadline
* Kiev 2005: Official statement Reference Group
* Ukraine’s opposition wins poll reforms
* Turkey’s radical fringe waiting to pounce if Muslim country fails…
* Entertainers – some do, some don’t
* ‘Class act’ returns to host new series in line-up for 2005
* Bishops attack RTE for tuning out religious TV

A heavyweight demonstrationFinancial Times
But to fans back home the triumph was clear proof of their European identity. Some even saw an omen of future European Union membership – after all, the past three winners were Estonia and Latvia, who joined this year, and Turkey, expected to be invited next week. So imagine the pressure on the organisers of Eurovision 2005, to be held in Kiev in May. The best venue they could find was the Soviet-built “Sports Palace” where, last month, President Leonid Kuchma and Yanukovich gathered thousands of police to remind them who was supposed to win the elections. The Eurovision website says, in a rare understatement: “Various rebuilding measures will be necessary. ” McRevolutionReflecting the east-west divide in the country, many Russian commentators, and some in the west, detect an American conspiracy behind the Orange Revolution. They point to US government funding for pro-democracy civic groups… So imagine the pressure on the organisers of Eurovision 2005, to be held in Kiev in May. The best venue they could find was the Soviet-built “Sports Palace” where, last month, President Leonid Kuchma and Yanukovich gathered thousands of police to remind them who was supposed to win the elections. The Eurovision website says, in a rare understatement: “Various rebuilding measures will be necessary. ” McRevolutionReflecting the east-west divide in the country, many Russian commentators, and some in the west, detect an American conspiracy behind the Orange Revolution. They point to US government funding for pro-democracy civic groups. Some over-excited Russian officials, Observer hears, even claim the demonstrators are getting daily pay from the west. In fact, while most want to rid the country of corruption, Moscow would be interested to hear of the following incident.

Eurovision hopefuls announcedThe Local
Making their priorities clear, Aftonbladet revealed on Wednesday that Katrina is a lesbian. “I live with a woman,” she declared. Katrina is an American who, with her band The Waves, won Eurovision in 1997 for the UK. But she said she’d rather compete for Sweden than England because “The English don’t take the Eurovision seriously”. She’s right about that. Hoping to follow such guiding lights as Roger Pontare, Lena Ph and the effervescent Carola, Katrina will perform a song called ‘As if tomorrow will never come’, accompanied by a band she met at last year’s Stockholm Pride Festival. Originally, the band is called “the New Wave”… “I’ve worked so incredibly hard and I’m really knackered,” she told Aftonbladet. But such was the draw of the “psalm-like ballad” ‘Med hj?rtats egna ord’ (With the heart’s own words) composed by Lotta Ahlin, Jonas Isaksson and Tommy Lydell – the same team that wrote last year’s Alcazar floor-filler ‘Not a sinner, not a saint’ – that Nilsson couldn’t resist stepping up to the mike. “I’ve been offered [Eurovision] songs since I was 16,” Josefin gushed. “This one felt right. ”

Jinxing Nilsson’s chances, Aftonbladet declared that the 35 year old blonde from Gotland “is the biggest star” in this year’s competition. Expressen stirred up some controversy with its Wednesday headline: “Ken Chucked Out of Contest”. So-called “scandal artist” Ken Ring was apparently missing from the list announced at SVT’s press conference on Monday of performers and songwriters.

Katrina bids for Euro pop gloryBBC News
Katrina and the Waves, who formed in Cambridge in 1981, won the competition in 1997 with Love Shine a Light. The band were well-known in the UK for their 1985 hit Walking on Sunshine. Next year Leskanich will sing As If Tomorrow Never Comes with Swedish band The Playboys, who will be renamed The New Wave for the competition.

RTBF postpones Belgian song submission deadlineesctoday.com
The magazine will be published on 17th December, two days after the initial deadline. “This magazine reaches many members and so RTBF thought it was worth postponing the deadline till the 3rd of January to give the opportunity to more artists to submit their songs. ” explains Leslie Cable, responsible for Eurovision matters at RTBF, to esctoday. In the advertisement RTBF will make an appeal to established Belgian artists to submit songs to the Belgian Eurovision Song Contest selections, mainly in French. Songs should now be submitted to the RTBF Eurovision headquarters in Li?ge before Monday 3rd January 2005. The artists as well as the composers should have the Belgian nationality or be a resident in Belgium for at least 3 years… In the advertisement RTBF will make an appeal to established Belgian artists to submit songs to the Belgian Eurovision Song Contest selections, mainly in French. Songs should now be submitted to the RTBF Eurovision headquarters in Li?ge before Monday 3rd January 2005. The artists as well as the composers should have the Belgian nationality or be a resident in Belgium for at least 3 years. At the end of January 2005, RTBF will decide in which way the Belgian song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 will be selected.

Kiev 2005: Official statement Reference Groupesctoday.com
As we earlier reported, the European Broadcasting Union strongly believes in Kiev 2005. EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2005 IN KIEV
OFFICIAL STATEMENT

The Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group met today at the NTU offices in Kiev, Ukraine, for talks wih representatives of the host broadcaster NTU. After these talks, it is the strong opinion of the Reference Group that the ESC, despite the turbulent political situation, can be held in Kiev as planned in May 2005. Should any problems arise this coming month that will effect the preparations of the ESC, and we would deem it necessary, the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group might have to look into possible alternatives… 76 @ 1194024639 –>. com | your daily independent Eurovision centre, technology: Interlize.

Ukraine’s opposition wins poll reformsThe Age
Under the changes, the president no longer has the power toappoint his own government, but keeps the right to rejectparliamentary nominees for the top three positions – primeminister, foreign minister and defence minister. Parliament alsoearns the right to appoint all other cabinet positions withoutpresidential approval. As word of the changes quickly spread, tens of thousands ofYushchenko supporters crammed into Independence Square as songs byRuslana – winner of the Eurovision song contest – blasted fromloudspeakers. Lights flickered from flash bulbs and demonstrators waved orangeflags and banners from Ukraine’s cities. A column of cars drove through the streets honking and wavingflags. Campaigning in eastern Ukraine, Yanukovich said he was “nothappy” with the parliament’s decision, which he said was “madeunder pressure”. He called it a “soft coup d’etat”.

Turkey’s radical fringe waiting to pounce if Muslim country fails…San Diego Union Tribune
Many Turks already see themselves as a step apart from the rest of the region. They cite Turkey’s NATO membership, cooperation with Israel and unyielding official secularism. Turkey’s toehold in Europe is a ticket to rub elbows with the continent on many important, cultural levels – from sports championships to the splashy Eurovision song contest. There’s also the belief that tolerance is an inherited trait from the multicultural Ottoman realm. Ali Bardakoglu, head of Turkey’s powerful religious affairs directorate, wonders if this tradition could be under threat if the EU keeps Turkey out of the fold. "Inside and outside Turkey, radical Islamic movements will try to make the case that (the Muslim and Christian worlds) are incompatible," said Bardakoglu, who has used his office’s control of the nation’s 70,000 mosques to denounce terrorism and support EU-mandated reforms such as greater women’s rights. "Rational attitudes will suffer.

Entertainers – some do, some don’tTelegraph.co.uk
Death, divorce, re-marriage and the birth of four children all add to a moving story told with refreshing honesty. ABBA Unplugged by Karl French (Portrait, £16. 99)The fairy-tale fortunes of Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid, the Swedish foursome who won the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo in 1974 and have since gone on to sell more than 400 million records around the world. Karl French pays as much attention to their lyrics as to their lives and, mixing nostalgia with nous, places the band’s catchy songs and corny outfits within the cultural context of the time. It is startling to learn, for instance, that the punk Sid Vicious, lead singer of The Sex Pistols, was a devoted fan. This entertaining, not uncritical work is far more stylish than most group portraits. Winner Takes All: A Life of Sorts by Michael Winner (Robson, £17.

‘Class act’ returns to host new series in line-up for 2005Irish Independent
The station yesterday defended its decision to use the veteran broadcaster by emphasising his “consummate professionalism” and his ability to boost ratings among viewers. Gay Byrne was approached by RTE to present ‘Class Reunion’, which will feature former class mates and teachers talking about pupils who went on to make names for themselves in the worlds of entertainment, sport, business, or politics. RTE sources revealed that former Eurovision winner-turned-politician Dana and former Kerry footballer Pat Spillane will be among the personalities to be profiled during the 10-part series on RTE One. Kerry Katona, who split from her former Westlife husband Bryan McFadden, is to star in a two-part drama ‘Showbands’ set in the midlands in the mid-60S and also starring Liam Cunningham and Tina Kellegher, which will be screened on RTE One on January 2 and 3. RTE is promising to bring us “a dating show with a difference”, which begins its 10-programme run in February. In each programme a different contestant will be reunited with three ex-boyfriends or girlfriends and will be asked to pick one of them to go on an all-expenses paid break. The sting in the tail, say the programme makers, will be that the person chosen will be able to decide whether to go on the break or take revenge by opting for a cash prize of €3,000.

Bishops attack RTE for tuning out religious TVIrish Independent
Examination of the Christmas programming for RTE 1 and RTE 2 for the three days of Christmas appears to support Bishop Duffy’s view. Out of more than 135 hours of programmes on both channels between Christmas Eve and St Stephen’s Day, there are just five hours of programming with a significant spiritual content. But that is mainly perfunctory broadcasts of Irish and international church services, including Midnight Mass from St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral on Christmas Eve and a Eurovision Mass from Paris on Christmas Day. The Pope’s traditional message, Urbi Et Orbi, will be aired on Christmas morning and other services including Church of Ireland Diocesan youth service to be shown on St Stephen’s Day. However, there are no documentaries or discussion programmes with religious themes and none of more than 40 feature films has any intrinsic Christian flavour. It’s a similar amount of air-time to that devoted to just two of RTE’s soap operas, Fair City and EastEnders during the Christian feast – and significantly less than the broadcast hours allocated for racing, rugby and soccer. Dr Duffy is not, however, advocating that Catholic values be given the whip hand in RTE’s schedules.

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