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Eurovision News Review:

* Lebanon withdraws from Eurovision
* Eurovision winner Robe appointed as moving light supplier
* Esctoday.com interview with Lise Darly and Phil Bosco
* Javine forced to tone down outfit
* Nine hurt as car bomb rocks Beirut
* If wrong Larissa promises to eat letter
* Dana tells of death threats in memoirs
* ‘Riverdance’ celebrates 10 years of pounding feet with a new tour
* Cyprus to host FIBA All Star Day

Lebanon withdraws from EurovisionBBC News
The channel told the European Broadcasting Union that Lebanon’s legislation made it nearly impossible to broadcast the Israeli performance. This puts it in breach of contest rules, which state that all countries taking part must show the entire event. Lebanon was due to take part in the contest for the first time this year. It would have been represented by singer Aline Lahoud in the semi-final in Kiev on 19 May… Lebanon was due to take part in the contest for the first time this year. It would have been represented by singer Aline Lahoud in the semi-final in Kiev on 19 May. Participation

Eurovision’s executive supervisor Svante Stockselius told Eurovision website ESC Today: “When we told them [Lebanon] they had to broadcast the entire programme, they decided to withdraw from the contest. ”

“I feel particularly sorry for Aline Lahoud. ”

Tele-liban will still have to pay the participation fee for the contest and faces a further fine for withdrawing. The channel had originally said it would take part in December 2004, meeting a deadline by which all countries had to confirm their participation. Lebanon would have been one of three newcomers to this year’s contest, the other two being Bulgaria and Moldova.

Eurovision winner Robe appointed as moving light supplier4RFV
Robe was approached by Spectra Plus from Stockholm Sweden, Eurovision?s technical production co-ordinators for the last five years. They were looking for a European lighting manufacturer to team up with, and had been monitoring Robe?s profile and position in the marketplace over the last two years. They decided the time was right to approach Robe about being a partner in this extremely high profile show ? renowned for its ambitious visual aesthetics – marking the landmark 50th anniversary of the Eurovision. Robe?s Josef Valchar and Harry von den Stemmen were initially approached by Spectra?s Ola Melzig and Jan Erik Jansson and National Television of Ukraine?s director of International Relations, Pavlo Grytsak, at PLASA 2004. After this extensive testing of the suggested Robe fixtures were undertaken in Sweden, in conjunction with Robe?s Swedish distributor Bellalite, after which everyone concluded that they had the right fixtures for Per Sundin?s elaborate lighting design… The production period runs from April 20 to May 25, the highlight of which is the final. This takes place in front of a studio audience of 8000 and will be watched worldwide by over 200 million TV viewers. For the first time ever, the Eurovision Song Contest is being beamed live to the US. Robe Show Lighting,.

Esctoday.com interview with Lise Darly and Phil Boscoesctoday.com
com interview with Lise Darly and Phil Bosco On 19th May in the semifinal of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, Monaco will be represented by Lise Darly. com had an interview with the Monegasque representative and with Phil Bosco, who wrote the song Tout de moi. com talked with Lise Darly about her selection to represent Monaco in Kiev, about her song Tout de moi and the experience of singing with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monaco… Are you French or Monegasque and what is your link with Monaco? Why did you subscribe for the Monegasque Eurovision castings last year?

Lise Darly: I was born in Nice, hence I am French. Last year, I participated in the casting organized by TMC as I love taking
up challenges. Talking about challenges, representing Monaco at the Eurovision Song Contest is another interesting musical challenge? Isn?t it?

You finished second in last year’s Monegasque casting, won by M?ryon. How did you feel about that and could you imagine back then, that only one year later you would be selected to represent Monaco?

Lise Darly: In 2004, I was really disappointed by the decision of the jury but this year I am even happier to sing for the Principality. I never give up but always fight! Now, to be honest, I could not guess one second that I would be selected this year.

Javine forced to tone down outfitDigital Spy
The former Popstars contestant burst out of her dress during the BBC’s Making Your Mind Up showdown, which saw a series of finalists competing to be the UK’s Eurovision entry. Speaking about the “wardrobe malfunction”, she told the Sunday Mirror, “It wasn’t intentional at all. People came up and congratulated me and my boob just slipped out. “Javine added that she is still angry with glamour model Jordan, who also competed to represent the UK.

Nine hurt as car bomb rocks BeirutEdinburgh Evening News
The explosion came amid major political turmoil in Lebanon in the wake of the February 14 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and the subsequent withdrawal of Syrian troops to east Lebanon and Syria. Demonstrations, although largely peaceful, have kept tension high between the pro-Syrian and the anti- Syrian camps. • Lebanon has pulled out of this year’s Eurovision song contest because of the presence of an Israeli participant in the show, organisers said. A statement posted on the Eurovision website said Lebanon was forced to withdraw because its national television station could not broadcast the Israeli portions of the contest, to be held May 19 and 21 in Kiev, Ukraine… Demonstrations, although largely peaceful, have kept tension high between the pro-Syrian and the anti- Syrian camps. • Lebanon has pulled out of this year’s Eurovision song contest because of the presence of an Israeli participant in the show, organisers said. A statement posted on the Eurovision website said Lebanon was forced to withdraw because its national television station could not broadcast the Israeli portions of the contest, to be held May 19 and 21 in Kiev, Ukraine.

If wrong Larissa promises to eat letterIrish Independent
Larissa is so brainwashed by the hype pumped out by the likes of MTV, TOTP and people such as Louis Walsh, who continues to produce characterless, bland sounds called “modern pop music”, with lots of crotch gyrations, cleavage wobbling; certainly no red hair, glasses or freckles. Donna and Joseph don’t fit into this mould. This is their strength, not a weakness. They have youthful exuberance; they sing individually and in harmony, and they portray a mischievous, impish persona.

Dana tells of death threats in memoirsIrish Independent
Dana, who was independent MEP from 1999 until last June when she lost her seat, is currently penning memoirs of her political experiences including some of the attempts made to discredit her. The 53-year-old, who won the Eurovision with ‘All Kinds of Everything’ in 1970, believes people will be shocked by her account of the world of politics. “Politics is a dirty game. Those who want rid of you will do anything to make sure you fall and when you fall, they’ll trample on you,” she told a British newspaper. “It’s very important for people to have a first-hand account of what’s happening. I think they’ll be shocked,” she said.

‘Riverdance’ celebrates 10 years of pounding feet with a new tourColumbia Daily Tribune
"I wanted to see it when it first came out 10 years ago. "
By now, the story of "Riverdance" is the stuff of theater lore. With Ireland as the host of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, Moya Doherty was asked to produce a short filler segment for the televised presentation. She decided to focus on traditional dance and music, bringing in Irish-Americans Michael Flatley and Jean Butler, both Irish dance competition champions, to choreograph and lead the piece. Composer Bill Whelan wrote the music. The response was overwhelmingly positive. "The Irish papers overstated it a bit – ?The seven minutes that shook the world,? " Doherty recalls.

Cyprus to host FIBA All Star DayPeople's Daily Online
The opening ceremony will include drummers and bouzouki players, who performed during the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games, rope acrobats and around 14 syrtaki dancers. Then the mascot of the game and the teams will be presented followed by a three-point competition with the participation of foreign and Cypriot basketball players, and an All Star game. The closing ceremony will include a concert of the Cypriot artist Constantinos Christoforou, who will represent Cyprus at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The TV rights were given to the German channel Sport5, that will promote the event internationally. In the framework of the event, an all-day seminar will be organized entitled “The European Basketball. This is the second time that the All Star Day is organized.

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