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Eurovision News Review:

* Ukrainian hosts’ high hopes for Eurovision
* Ireland in shock Eurovision exit
* The Eurovision Song Contest
* Eurovision voting bias exposed
* Revolution Is the Theme for 50th Eurovision
* Javine’s all fired up for Eurovision
* People l Observations l Curiosities
* The opposition is going to piquet the semi-final of “Eurovision…
* Eurovision photo exhibition opened in Palats Sportu
* Dutch news in brief, 19 May 2005
* What explains Sweden’s love for the Eurovision Song Contest?
* BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight | Wednesday 18 May, 2005
* Belarus asks for twin’s Euro vote
* The Local – “Bullied” Stenmarck feels the pressure in Kiev
* John Kennedy O’Connor

Ukrainian hosts’ high hopes for EurovisionBBC News
Her victory meant a lot for the dignity of Ukrainians,” the president said. Following his inauguration Mr Yushchenko admitted that Ukraine’s reputation was at stake if Ukraine failed to successfully host Eurovision. Two cabinet ministers were then put in charge. Ukraine had been due to spend around 5m euros from the state budget on hosting the contest… To encourage people to come, visa restrictions were lifted to people from the European Union and Switzerland from 1 May. “This contest is a serious step for Ukraine towards the EU,” Deputy Prime Minister Mykola Tomenko said at the official opening of the competition. “I would like the slogan of Eurovision in Ukraine to be very simple: Ukraine and Europe together forever. Excitement There had been fears Ukraine would not be ready.

Ireland in shock Eurovision exitBBC News
Irish entry Donna and Joe were not among the 10 countries voted by viewers on Thursday to make the final. Norway and Israel were among those to join acts from 14 other countries who automatically won slots, including the United Kingdom’s Javine. The final will be broadcast on Saturday on BBC One and Radio 2 from 2000 BST. Ireland have won Eurovision more than any other country but siblings Donna and Joseph McCaul will not be joining the likes of Johnny Logan as Irish winners… Norway and Israel were among those to join acts from 14 other countries who automatically won slots, including the United Kingdom’s Javine. The final will be broadcast on Saturday on BBC One and Radio 2 from 2000 BST. Ireland have won Eurovision more than any other country but siblings Donna and Joseph McCaul will not be joining the likes of Johnny Logan as Irish winners. Surprise exits

Their performance of the song Love? did not earn them a final appearance.

The Eurovision Song Contesteconomist.com
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The Eurovision Song Contest
The science of Eurovision May 19th 2005 From The Economist print edition WHAT makes a good song? Lyrics, melody and rhythm have their place, of course, but for entrants of the Eurovision Song Contest on May 21st, geopolitics may be the decisive factor. Neil Johnson and his colleagues at Oxford University have gathered voting data from 12 years worth of Eurovision Song Contests in order to analyse the links between different countries, and their compatibility with each other. These data confirm what many already suspected: that the contest is not always about the quality of the songs. The research, published in arXiv, an online archive more usually devoted to papers about physics, has shown the contest also has a deeper meaning, and reveals how European each country is. Despite its Eurosceptic image, for instance, the data suggest that Britain is very much in tune with the rest of Europe.

Eurovision voting bias exposedTelegraph.co.uk
“Someone has got to stop this,” he said. “The European Broadcasting Union has to take a hand.

Revolution Is the Theme for 50th EurovisionMoscow Times – The Moscow Times
Revolution Is the Theme for 50th Eurovision
By. The Eurovision Song Contest, the campiest, most flamboyant and, some say, downright awful singing tournament in the world, celebrates its 50th anniversary in Kiev on Saturday.

Javine’s all fired up for Eurovisionmanchesteronline.co.uk
Anyone expecting any sense in the results thrown up by The Eurovision Song Contest (BBC1, Saturday, 8pm) may be in for a long wait. But at least Javine, this year’s UK entrant singing Touch My Fire, has a sense of perspective about the 50th contest in the Ukraine capital of Kiev. “I’m saving all the nerves for when I get there because I’m sure they’ll come. It’s not life- threatening, though – it’s a singing competition. I just need to have an amazing night and not get upset if I come tenth or whatever… I just need to have an amazing night and not get upset if I come tenth or whatever. Generally accepted to have one of the better UK songs of recent years, she adds: “I’ll be singing and dancing to the best of my ability and taking the audience on a fantastic ride. The fun starts with live coverage of The Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final (BBC3, tonight, 8pm), when 25 countries, including Ireland, compete for 10 places in Saturday’s final. The UK is one of 14 nations already guaranteed a place on the big night. Terry Wogan – who else? – is our host for the final itself, when Javine will be singing second in the running order out of 24 performers. “I’m just glad to get it over with. I’ll be able to relax and enjoy it.

People l Observations l CuriositiesGuardian Unlimited
These spammers don’t know the first thing about you. I’m beginning to think that Nigerian money is never going to show up. Tim Dowling Matters of dispute In search of a fairer Eurovision After decades grumbling about partisan voting, Terry Wogan has been proved right: the Eurovision Song Contest is officially a fix. A report by time-rich academics at Oxford University has got the cluster diagrams to prove it. But while it’s all very well generating fancy charts showing that Norway and Sweden always award each other maximum points, there have been no suggestions about how to make things fairer. In the Ukrainian elections, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) observed proceedings.

The opposition is going to piquet the semi-final of “Eurovision…The Forum – ForUm
This action will be conducted in order to draw the international attention to "the political repressions" in Ukraine. It was informed by the head of the Party of Regions, Viktor Yanukovich, who was speaking at the meeting at the Verkhovna Rada walls. According to his words, 18,000 cases of dismissals were recorded in Ukraine. Dismissal was cause by political views different from ones of the new power.

Eurovision photo exhibition opened in Palats Sportuesctoday.com
The main aim of the exhibition is to present a collection of portrait-type pictures from each of the Eurovision Song Contest participating countries. The name of the exhibition ‘We, the people of Eurovision’ is based on the well-known words from the 1st chapter of the UN Charter, which begins with the words ‘We, the peoples of the world’. By organizing the exhibition, its initiators, CFC Consulting and NTU, aim at promoting the role of the Eurovision Song Contest in uniting the European nations. In order to promote the unity between all of the Eurovision Song Contest participating states, the photograph displays in the Sports Palace will feature a series of large-size photographs depicting faces of people from different European countries, each with their own national flavour yet united in their diversity.

Dutch news in brief, 19 May 2005Expatica
This means that an object or view at one distance may be clear, but other distances may be hazy. The newer techniques herald a brighter future, he said, but the technologies still have a lot of room for improvement. Eurovision signer on the mend
Dutch contestant Glennis Grace was reportedly feeling better ahead of the qualification round for the Eurovision song contest in Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday night. A spokesperson for Dutch national broadcaster NOS said the Amsterdam singer had a fairly good night’s sleep after complaining of physical problems stemming from an insect bite. The final of the 50th Eurovision song contest takes place on Saturday. [Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news.

What explains Sweden’s love for the Eurovision Song Contest?The Local
All rights reserved. And yet, without a trace of irony, the country adores the Eurovision Song Contest. Why? Answers please.

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight | Wednesday 18 May, 2005BBC News
He has an interview with one rebel leader who has announced an Islamic uprising in his town. A force for changeNewsnight has spent a week with the controversial Chief Constable of North Wales. Richard Watson explains how Richard Brunstrom is raising more money for frontline policing by turning the force into a business. EurovisionAnd we can reveal definitive proof that voting in the Eurovision song contest is not as it seems. New research from Oxford University shows what we all suspected – it’s not the quality of the song that matters but where the singer hails from.

Belarus asks for twin’s Euro voteBBC News
It follows an appeal by the Belarus embassy. No country can vote for their own entry, so Notts residents backing Belarus will not hurt UK entry Javine. Angelica Agurbash, a former Miss Belarus, will be performing Love me Tonight on the stage in Kiev. Nottingham has twinning links with the Belarus city of Minsk, the home of Ms Agurbash, 35.

The Local – “Bullied” Stenmarck feels the pressure in KievThe Local
The event promises to be a spectacular showcase for the newly democratic country. However, the talk over here has been of “panic” in the Swedish camp. Nothing’s gone right for our boy, Martin Stenmarck, as everyone from SVT bosses to Norwegian glam rockers queues up to have a go at him… That’s when they realised what Eurovision has become with the introduction of new energy and ideas from the Eastern European countries. SVT producer Anders G Carlsson said:

“We’re impressed with how the Eastern Europeans have approached the competition. Down here we almost feel like country bumpkins. We should try to adopt their methods. ”

It’s rumoured that Belorus have spent US$4m on their entry and the Greeks US$3m.

John Kennedy O’Connorabc.net.au
And yet, the Eurovision Song Contest celebrates its golden anniversary this week, featuring songs and talent from thirty-nine nations, many of which didn?t even exist when Marcel Becanson created the show back in 1956. Designed to promote the embryonic television networks of Western Europe and to foster inter-continental relations following the end of World War II, the concept behind the contest was to stimulate creative songwriting by giving composers the chance to compare their works in international competition. Seven nations took the plunge in the inaugural competition in Lugano, Switzerland, 1956, and surely no-one involved with that broadcast could have imagined that the event would now be a two day competition adored by millions and televised in countries well beyond Europe?s borders. Of course, it hasn?t all been plain sailing and the show?s death knell has sounded many times in the interim years. Yet somehow, the number of participants and the audiences keep getting larger, despite the critics keep getting louder and more derisive.

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