GreenJolly – Orange Revolution 2004 Mastermind

Eurovision Song Contest 2005 participant
 


Archive for May, 2005

May 31st, 2005

Eurovision News Review:

* Corrections and clarifications
* Stetskiv saved on “Eurovision-2005” 10 million UAH
* Wogan’s World
* Death threats for Clouseau
* Javine and Jordan still bickering
* We’re proud of our Donna and Joseph
* A Resounding ‘Non’ for Europe
* BBC NEWS | UK | Papers seize on French ‘Non’
* Compromises in politics
* A future for old kimonos
* Killing Time in Venice
* Coalition Pat sparks genuine political passion
* Streets rock to beat of respect
* Utterly abandoning the life of the mind

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May 28th, 2005

Eurovision News Review:

* Nil points for Eurovision whiners
* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…
* Forget the voice and smirk, Wogan is a punk at heart with a Sex…
* Kyiv 2005: The semifinal
* icNewcastle – Rumpolis
* Soccer: A moment of sporting history in Istanbul
* Should BBC staff strike over cuts?
* 3G TV: too little, too soon
* Ukraine: Yushchenko, Tymoshenko Clash Over Gasoline
* RADIO FREE EUROPE/ RADIO LIBERTY
* Sorry, Liverpool. You can’t bend rules for a side that has gone…
* Georgia Parades Sovereignty
* Turkish Hospitality Pays Dividends
* Mayor of City of London visits
* Australia meets Sweden in fond tribute
* The Local – Comment: Swedish Television cheapens the feminism debate
* The Local – SVT release unedited “men are animals” interview

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May 25th, 2005

Eurovision News Review:

* No points for Eurovision
* CBBC Newsround | Chat | Your Comments | What did you think of Eurovisi…
* Band takes Eurovision loss ‘like men’
* Eurovision harmony dies a death
* Europe’s united vision
* People: Petra Nemcova, Alain Senderens, Warren Beatty
* Anger as Ireland is Eurovision pop flop Anger as Ireland is Eurovision…
* Gülseren ranks higher than expected in Eurovision Song Contest
* Latvia takes fifth in Eurovision
* Tomenko obliged NTCU to report on the use of funds
* IN BRIEF: ‘Revenge of the Sith’ blasts more records; more
* Public calls for You’re a star to be scrapped
* How song contest defeat clouds Dutch euro-vision
* Pop Beats Politics in Kiev
* ATTEMPT AT MASS PROTEST IN KYIV DEMONSTRATES OPPOSITION WEAKNESSES -…
* Two cows slaughtered in Achaia, mass vaccinations planned
* It’ll be all right on the right night little Annie
* A career after boxing beckons
* ‘Love Island’ ratings dip to new low

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May 24th, 2005

KIEV – Resisting attempts by the Ukrainian government and opposition to hijack it, the Eurovision Song Contest kept the cameras focused on the performers as favorite Greece earned the dubious honor of its first win in Europe’s biggest kitsch-fest.

 

None of the possible distractions – the 300,000 people on Independence Square, opposition pickets or a tent city organized by pro-Orange Revolution youth group Pora – could distract Europe’s 120 million television viewers from rooting for their favorite act.

The contest – the 50th since Eurovision began in 1956 – attracted 39 entries, the most ever, from as far afield as Iceland and Israel.

Bulgaria gave its maximum vote of 12 points to Greece, as did Albania, Serbia-Montenegro and Cyprus, as traditional allies helped Helena Paparizou’s seductive, Balkan-inspired performance, “My Number One,” claim the top prize early Sunday with 230 points. Malta came a distant second with 192.

A favorite of the crowds in Kiev was Zdob Si Zdub, or West Meets East, from first-time entrant Moldova. The group’s frantic chorus and drumming grandmother helped win the audience over to its weird folk-inspired tune, “Boonika Bate Doba” (Grandmama Beats the Drum-a). It finished sixth on 148 points, despite a perfect 12 from Ukrainian viewers.

Once Paparizou and her winning group had run onstage though a hail of silver ticker tape and hugged friends along the way, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko came out to address the crowd, squeezing Ukraine’s last few moments of glory before passing the torch to Greece with a special trophy for the new winner.

“This is the prize for the song that unites all Europe,” he said.

Whether the contest really did unite the continent, or even Ukraine, was another matter.

Ukraine’s entry, Greenjolly’s “Razom Nas Bahato,” or Together We Are Many, a politically charged anthem from last year’s Orange Revolution, did not go down smoothly with its eastern neighbors. Greenjolly earned a stingy two points from Russia and none from Belarus – a big change from last year, when Russia gave Eurovision winner, Ukraine’s Ruslana, 12 points, and Ukraine gave Russia 10 points.

Organizers ordered changes of the original lyrics, which included “Machinations, No. Falsifications, No. Yushchenko, Yushchenko, Yes!” But the message kept its revolutionary undertones with backing dancers wearing handcuffs before breaking free during the course of the song. The performance was preceded by images from last year’s revolution. Poland and Moldova reacted warmly, however, giving the song 12 and eight points respectively, out of 20th placed Ukraine’s meager haul of 30 points.

Belarussian-born Natalia Podolskaya, representing Russia, received the rowdy support and full 12 points of her native country for her anti-war soft rock anthem, “Nobody Hurt No One.” Ukraine voted her a modest four points as Russia went on to place 15th.

May 24th, 2005

Helena Paparizou of Greece won the 2005 Eurovision song contest in Keiv, Ukraine, with her performance of “My Number One.” Many oddsmakers favoured Paparizou going into Saturday night’s finals. Greeks reacted with joy and exhilaration, with many people taking to the streets in celebration.

Eurovision was first staged in 1956 and introduced the world to such artists as ABBA (1974) and Canadian Celine Dion, who won under the Swiss flag in 1988. Paparizou previously performed at Eurovision in 2001 with the band Antique, garnering a third-place finish.

Ukraine’s Greenjolly stirred up controversy by playing “Razom Nas Bahato (Together We Are Many).” Protestors sang the song during last year’s “Orange Revolution,” which paved the way for new elections and ultimately handed the presidency to the Western-oriented Viktor Yushchenko. Based on the choice of song, critics accused the new Ukrainian government of manipulating the vote that picked the group.

Other notable contenders in the contest included Norway’s Wig Wam, second place finisher Chiara from Malta, and Romania’s Luminita Anghel, who placed third.

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