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France to organise national final in March


Eurovision News Review:

* Expansion Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be limited
* Kdam-Eurovision shortlist enlarged to 14
* RTÉ dominates 2004 TV Top 20 chart
* France to organise national final in March
* 93 songs submitted in Bulgaria
* Ovation to air Abba ‘Super’ doc
* Arts + Features Meanwhile, back in Chernobyl
* Forget Big Brother, I’ma biker now
* Line-up Danish Melodi Grand Prix announced
* Xpress Reviews—First Look at New Books

Expansion Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be limitedesctoday.com
com News. The European Broadcasting Union will however limit the expansion of the junior event which will be held for the third time on 26th November 2005 in Hasselt, Belgium. After some research, esctoday. com came to the conclusion that at least 5 countries are showing interest in joining the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2005. 16 countries participated at the first edition in Copenhagen in 2003… Another 5 countries joining the contest, which will only be organised for the third time, might be a too big expansion. Therefore esctoday. com passed the question to Ludo Porrez, producer of the 2005 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. “There has not been taken a decision yet about the number of participants,” he explains “but the aim is to limit the expansion. There are indeed several countries who want to join. ”

Ludo Porrez also informed us that the preparations for the production of the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest have started today. Flemish broadcaster VRT and RTBF, broadcaster of the French community in Belgium, will organise the third edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest together.

Kdam-Eurovision shortlist enlarged to 14esctoday.com
This is reported today by Yediot Ahronot. The 2005 Kdam-Eurovision will probably include 14 entries, not 13. The reason the term ‘probably’ is used is that ever since IBA (Israel’s broadcaster) released the so-called Final shortlist of the Kdam, there have been alterations in the list, when the most recent one was yesterday. This change in the shortlist was caused by the IBA’s secretary general after a composer threatened he would appeal the high court to investigate why the national broadcater did not allow the public to submit entries to the Kdam and chose to secretly negotiate with experienced artists… They play ethnic music from their native region of Bukhara in the former Soviet Union area. The Alayev Family released their first album last year, which unfortunately did not see any success in terms of sales. The Kdam-Eurovision will be held in Jerusalem on March 2nd, to chose Israel’s entrant for the 2005 semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev.

RTÉ dominates 2004 TV Top 20 chartrte.ie – RTE.ie
The independent research company Nielsen Research, which collects and compiles television ratings, found that ‘The Late Late Toy Show’ was the most-watched programme in 2004 with an average viewing audience of 940,000. ‘You’re a Star – The Result’, the episode of ‘The Late Late Show’ broadcast on 19 March, ‘Killinaskully – The Nativity’ and The Eurovision Song Contest completed the Top Five. Of the Top 10, eight programmes were home-produced and nine were broadcast by RT? on either RT? One or RT? Two. ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘I’m a Celebrity.

France to organise national final in Marchesctoday.com
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The exact date of the beginning of Eurovision 2005 tickets selling period is alleged to be said in February. 2005

The exact date of the beginning of Eurovision 2005 tickets selling period is alleged to be said in February. Eurovision Song Contest 2005 will be held in Kiev in May of the current year… 76 @ 1194024322 –>. com | your daily independent Eurovision centre, technology: Interlize.

93 songs submitted in Bulgariaesctoday.com
com, BNT, Oikotimes. com News. On 19th January, Bulgarian broadcaster BNT will officially announce the 24 songs, selected for a preliminary round to take place on 22nd January. The songs, selected by a jury of experts, will be announced during the television news and on BNT’s website. The order of appearance for the preliminary round will be determined by a lottery in the presence of journalists and representatives of the Bulgarian musical industry. On 21st January the 24 selected singers will have a first chance to rehearse for the live broadcast.

Ovation to air Abba ‘Super’ docVariety – Variety (subscription)
premiere of Abba documentary “Super Troupers” Sunday and throughout January. The 90-minute doc covers the history of the Swedish pop giants from their Eurovision Song Contest win with “Waterloo” in 1974 through to global legit phenomenon “Mamma Mia!,” which has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. Digitally remastered archival footage includes highlights of Abba on tour and onstage. Also included is footage from both rehearsals and performances of “Mamma Mia!,” including the London fifth-anni gala special finale. “Mamma Mia!” starts previews in Stockholm Feb. 1, finally bringing the Abba songs to a Swedish audience in their own language.

Arts + Features Meanwhile, back in ChernobylSt Petersburg Times, Russia
Petersburg Times Ukraine has been a happening place since Ruslana, dressed as a warrior, won the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year. Now that the Orange Revolution has put Ukraine squarely on the map, tour operators are expecting a boom this summer. Kiev, or Kyiv, as the Ukrainians say, is a gorgeous panorama of golden-domed churches. If you go to the Kyiv-Pechersk Cave Monastery and then take in the adjacent World War II memorial complex with its giant silver statue of the grieving Mother, you can see Ukrainian history from the 11th to the 20th century in a single sweep. As for the night life, well, this autumn there was no need to go in search of clubs, as the main thoroughfare, the Khreshchatik, was one continuous orange street party.

Forget Big Brother, I’ma biker nowSunday Times – The Sunday Times
I’ve covered 13,000 miles through 17 countries, including every one of the EU’s new states. And on my travels I’ve met enough remarkable people to fill every after-dinner conversation for the rest of my life. Estonia alone provided a weird and wonderful cast of characters: there was Innes, the country’s answer to Madonna, who came fourth in the 2004 Eurovision song contest and an aspiring young novelist called Caur, described as “Estonia’s Irvine Welsh” by his friends. There were the elderly Russian exiles, living in splendid isolation on an island in the middle of Lake Peipsi, not far from Tartu. They spoke perfect English, learning it as schoolgirls from the BBC and from reading international magazines such as Newsweek. At the start of my adventures I discovered the truth of an old saying: “Shy bairns get nae toffee”. The bike came courtesy of the manufacturer, Dunlop supplied the tyres, Akito the clothing and the BBC gave me a camera to make video diaries.

Line-up Danish Melodi Grand Prix announcedesctoday.com
Jacob Sveistrup – T?nder p? dig
9. Sweethearts – I must be crazy
10. Marie Keis Uhre – Make a wish

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2005 will be held for 4000 spectators in Forum Horsen on 12th February.

Xpress Reviews—First Look at New BooksLibrary Journal
But he also pulls no punches in revealing his womanizing, a rape charge, and the ups and downs of his career. Born to Irish immigrants in Chicago, Flatley was introduced to Irish dancing by his mother, who had been a champion. Though he won many competitions, his style was controversial, and he struggled to make ends meet until Riverdance, which debuted as a six-minute interval for the Eurovision Song Contest. Not long after, however, Flatley left the hit showcase over contract disputes to start his own show, Lord of the Dance, followed by Feet of Flames and currently Celtic Tiger (touring through 2006). This fascinating rags-to-riches story about the power of believing in one's self could have done without the glowing comments from friends, family, and colleagues. Still, Flatley has myriad fans. Recommended for all public libraries.

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