GreenJolly – Orange Revolution 2004 Mastermind

Eurovision Song Contest 2005 participant
 


The dismal Ginger Duo – hapless martyrs of our Eurovision folly


Eurovision News Review:

* Ukraine Eurovision entry is on song
* Perform last if you want to come first
* Lionheart, a heart for Eurovision
* The dismal Ginger Duo – hapless martyrs of our Eurovision folly
* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…
* The McCaul lambs set to stew in tough Kiev contest
* Riverdance @ MEN Arena
* Win by numbers-Newspapers-Sunday Times-Ireland-TimesOnline
* The end of the Provo lies isn’t ‘nigh’
* Quick, read this. Do you sense that there might be something mising?

Ukraine Eurovision entry is on songThe Age
Ukraine is hosting the event in May, thanks to the victory inTurkey last year of Ukrainian pop singer Ruslana. The festival ofkitsch is watched annually by 100 million culturally challengedpeople. TV viewers were due to choose Ukraine’s Eurovision candidatelast week. But with just days to go before the audience vote, theGovernment realised the likely winner had stood on the other sideof the barricades in November. Singer Ani Lorak was widely expectedto win the nomination. But Lorak, 26, voted Ukraine’s sexiest woman, had made themistake of singing at concerts in support of losing presidentialcandidate Viktor Yanukovich. At the last minute, Greenjolly was entered into the finals atDeputy Prime Minister Mykola Tomenko’s request… The mass movement had such an impact on Ukrainian society that thisought to be reflected in the contest, Mr Tomenko said. Others have pointed out the blandness and poor quality of thefinalists before Greenjolly was added to the list. But to be fair, accusing Eurovision entrants of blandness islike blaming paint for the dullness of watching it dry. Also, 100,000 copies of Greenjolly’s rap may have beendownloaded in two days during the revolution. As well, the peculiarUkrainian context closely defines the song’s popularity. Its lyrics are hardly a universal song for Europe: “Yes,Yushchenko! No Lies! No falsifications! Yes, Yushchenko! He’s ourpresident! We are Ukraine’s sons and daughters. Eurovision’s organisers have ruled that the rap is too politicaland must be rewritten to be suitable.

Perform last if you want to come firstNew Scientist – New Scientist (subscription)
W?ndi Bruine de Bruin of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, studied the scores awarded to skaters in the world and European figure-skating championships and to singers in the Eurovision Song Contest – the notoriously trashy Europop extravaganza. Bruine de Bruin found a small increase in scores for contestants who performed later in the competitions. Performing last in the Eurovision Song Contest, for example, doubles a contestant’s chance of success compared with being first on stage (Acta Psychologica, vol 118, p 245). The bias occurred regardless of whether judges awarded scores after each individual performance or chose the winner at the end. Other research suggests that judges may tend to notice ways contestants are better than the ones that came before, but not how they are worse. From issue 2490 of New Scientist magazine, 12 March 2005, page 16 Add a comment.

Lionheart, a heart for Eurovisionesctoday.com
We have to give a lot of credit to Christer Bjorkman and Svante Stockselius for that. It is a music show, in Sweden 3-4 million people watch it, it is too big to ignore. The most important thing is not to win but to have the chance to perform in front of all these people. To launch an artist is most important. Is the Eurovision Song Contest still a contest for composers or for choreographers?

It must always be a combination, you still need a good song… The most important thing is not to win but to have the chance to perform in front of all these people. To launch an artist is most important. Is the Eurovision Song Contest still a contest for composers or for choreographers?

It must always be a combination, you still need a good song. Last year’s winner was a good song with a great performance. What do you think about the entry of the Eastern European nations?

We don’t have a problem with it, why should we? It’s an interesting and growing music market. Ukraine won with a good song, if it had been a bad song, it wouldn’t have won.

The dismal Ginger Duo – hapless martyrs of our Eurovision follyIrish Independent
Or that the song is bad. It’s just that the bearpit of Eurovision is no place for teddy bears and if the old voting system was still in place, responsible adults would never have put them in this awkward position. Tele-voting is democracy gone mad. The people voting are hysterical rather than rational. They vote for all the wrong reasons. They vote because somebody is a neighbour, or in the same sodality at school, or on the same camogie team… Pete, of course, didn’t stand a chance with the voters. So how come it was okay for a young Dana to win and not Donna and Joseph? Simple, really. The Eurovision Song Contest was still in its infancy back then and it really was a song contest. Dana was a well-coached young singer, matched to an innocent and attractive song for an innocent age. The lyrics sounded credible in the mouth of a 17-year-old girl. She wasn’t sitting on a barstool in a thong, singing about “love” taking her “higher”. The package was irresistible because it was credible.

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…esctoday.com
About NOX
Lead singers of the group NOX are the 22-year old Szilvia P?ter Szab? (left) and the 29-year old Tam?s Nagy (right). In fact, NOX is much bigger than the maximum six people allowed on stage. For their Eurovision Song Contest adventure, the amount of dancers has been brought down. Urban Trad (Belgium 2003) faced the same problem as they had to leave two people at home. Semifinal
As ‘new’ country, Hungary takes part in the semifinal of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place on 19th May in Kiev, Ukraine. To reach the final, NOX has to end up among the first ten.

The McCaul lambs set to stew in tough Kiev contestIrish Independent
Donna and Joseph will most likely manage to beat even Chris Doran’s dismal record last year, when he came joint second last in the competition. It’s not that the brother and sister can’t sing; they certainly can. It’s not that their song is any more rubbish than any other Eurovision drivel, it could even be better than a lot of the other entries. They just don’t look right. They look naive, they look geeky, they look as if they’ve never been out of Westmeath in their lives. It’s cute that they’re brother and sister, but they lack the all-important star quality that other successful sibling acts have in spades. Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield they certainly ain’t… It’s cute that they’re brother and sister, but they lack the all-important star quality that other successful sibling acts have in spades. Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield they certainly ain’t. Like it or not, the Eurovision has always been about image and glamour and more so now than ever, since the judging panel voting was scrapped and a public vote was introduced in 1998. Today it’s all about being kitsch, cheesy and gay-friendly – Eurovision is madly popular within the gay community, who watch with a keen sense of fun and irony. They don’t tune in for talent, unless it’s purely physical. So it doesn’t really matter if you have the voice of an angel and a pretty song to sing, there won’t be a representative from Sweden who will give you douze points for effort. Instead there will more than likely be a group of friends, having a laugh and a few drinks watching the acts, texting off votes for whomever made them giggle, dance or admire the outfits.

Riverdance @ MEN Arenamanchesteronline.co.uk
Eleven years after enthralling the world with a cameo appearance at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, the touring Irish dance troupe are about to perform their last collective high kick on these shores. Judging by the relatively small gathering that turned out to see the Manchester leg of the UK tour, it is easy to see why too. In its mid-90s pomp composer Bill Whelan’s and producer Moya Doherty’s show would have probably filled every seat of the cavernous Arena, yet now a quarter of the venue is open for business and even that fails to sell out. Like a long-running love affair that no longer captures the imagination, the ‘River’ is now more of a trickling stream. Thankfully, unlike attendances, standards haven’t slipped and despite a number of Riverdance-branded troupes performing worldwide at any one time, the quality of both the dancing and the music was still first rate.

Win by numbers-Newspapers-Sunday Times-Ireland-TimesOnlineSunday Times – The Sunday Times
MUST BE IN THE HEAD. getTime()); Win by numbers.

The end of the Provo lies isn’t ‘nigh’Irish Independent
Thus, the lie sounds like a mere preamble, the speaker just clearing his throat before launching into the important stuff about “helping the family”. And people have short memories. Remind me, is Mary Lou really representing us at the European Parliament? ON a happier note, Donna and Joe McCaul from Athlone may be representing us at Eurovision. It’s hard to define exactly what makes a winner of You’re A Star, but in this case, I recall that I would often see the McCauls’ grandfather Jock at Athlone Town matches, back in the day. This entitles him to a very great reward, which is, perhaps, at last being claimed by the grandchildren. Declan Lowney, who directed the Eurovision for RTE the year that Celine Dion won it, is still out there, bringing credit to his country. He directs Help, a new BBC comedy series which features Paul Whitehouse playing numerous characters who seek help from the only other character, a psychotherapist.

Quick, read this. Do you sense that there might be something mising?Sunday Times – The Sunday Times
The late placing may cast you in a more favourable light. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, who studied figure- skating competitions and the Eurovision song contest, concluded that those who appeared towards the end tended to score higher marks than those who performed earlier. It confirms previous findings of the “serial position effect”. Dr Wändi Bruine De Bruin, the magnificently named academic who led the study, said: “A friend of mine asked to go last in a series of job interviews, after hearing about my research. I like to think that she did so because she has great skills, but order effects may have tipped the balance for her.

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