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Eurovision News Review:

* Heaven or hell? Half a century of Eurovision hits
* Abba win ‘Eurovision 50th’ vote
* ABBA’s ‘Waterloo’ Named Best Eurovision Song
* Israeli included in Eurovision celebrations
* Congratulations: Renars Kaupers interview
* IN BRIEF: Head of actors’ guild fired; ‘Waterloo’ still…
* Two charged with gay murder
* The Local – Swedish policy ?shuts immigrants out of jobs?

Heaven or hell? Half a century of Eurovision hitsGuardian Unlimited
“It’s the one just about everyone has heard of,” said a spokewoman for the organisers, Danmarks Radio. Viewers who tune into the the two-hour spectacular, hosted by Katrina Leskanich from Katrina and the Waves, who won in 1987 with Love Shine a Light, and Latvia’s Renars Kaupers, who came third in 2000 with his band Brainstorm, can help to choose the best Eurovision song from a shortlist of 14 selected from an internet vote. Others in with a shout are Sir Cliff Richard’s Congratulations (1968), What’s Another Year and Hold Me Now by two-time Irish winner Johnny Logan, and Brotherhood of Man’s Save Your Kisses For Me (1976). The show will feature original videos of the 14 songs, “complemented by dancers and visual effects”.

Abba win ‘Eurovision 50th’ voteBBC News
Viewers in 31 countries across Europe watched a special show in Copenhagen, Denmark, to celebrate the annual event’s 50th birthday. Former Eurovision acts who attended the Congratulations party included Dana International and Bucks Fizz. The public voted on a shortlist of 14 – not all former winners of the contest. Original video recordings of the chosen songs, some in black and white, were shown in the course of the show. Wildcard choices

Abba did not attend but some previous contestants – including Ireland’s Johnny Logan, whose song Hold Me Now was voted third best – performed live. Second place went to Italy’s Domenico Modugno for his 1958 tune Nel blu, dipinto di blu, better known as Volare… Ten of the songs were chosen by fans from all over Europe and the other four were a wildcard from the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group. Former UK winners Brotherhood of Man, Spanish group Mocedades and Turkish Sertab Erener were among the shortlisted performers to play live. Other Eurovision stars who attended included Sandra Kim and the Olsen Brothers, as well as the first winner of the contest, Lys Assia, who represented the contest’s host nation, Switzerland, with her song Refrain.

ABBA’s ‘Waterloo’ Named Best Eurovision SongBillboard
‘s Brotherhood Of Man with “Save Your Kisses For Me” from 1976 and Spain’s Mocedades, which placed second in 1973 with “Eres Tu. ” Also attending were the very first contest winner, Switzerland’s Lys Assia, and the most recent, Swedish-born Helena Paparizou, who won in 2005 for Greece. Eurovision Song Contest winners are typically said to be one-hit-wonders that quickly fade into obscurity, but for Richard, Dion and other past participants like Olivia Newton-John, the event has proven to be a launching pad for an international career. This was especially true for ABBA, which promptly rocketed to stardom worldwide.

Israeli included in Eurovision celebrationsEuropean Jewish Press
The show was called ‘Congratulations’ and included 14 of what were considered the best ever entries from various countries. Dana International became instantly famous when in 1998 she was chosen to represent Israel at the 1998 Eurovision contest. What made Dana International unique was that she is a transsexual and very openly so. Dana International loves to shock and took Europe by storm.

Congratulations: Renars Kaupers
There will be a lot of surprises for the audience, a lot of medleys where the favourite songs are put together. You mentioned that you were a bit nervous about the fact that you didn?t know so much about the history of the Eurovision Song Contest ? Do you have to study the history now?

I?m studying it through the scripts for the show. I also saw films from the very, very beginning of the Eurovision – with the very first songs in the history of the contest. Some of these songs have also been elected to the fourteen list with best songs. I should say that those early sons are some of my personal favourite songs of the Eurovision history. Because they are so sincere and naive and this is still black and white TV. And there is still so much of the simple human things in them?nowadays it?s so produced and even overproduced – the human moment has been lost somewhere.

1979: While working for promoter Tommy Hayden, he signs singer Johnny Logan. 1980: Logan wins the Eurovision Song Contest. 1984: Linda Martin, also managed by Walsh, comes second in the Eurovision. 1987: Logan becomes the first person to with Eurovision twice. 1989: Joins forces with promoter Carol Hanna, managing Martin and Who’s Eddie? 1992: Martin wins Eurovision. 1993: Boyzone are created with the backing of Polygram. 1994: Boyzone land their first Irish number one.

IN BRIEF: Head of actors’ guild fired; ‘Waterloo’ still…
Bonhams says it could fetch up to 200,000 British pounds ( about $420,000 ). The lyrics come from the collection of former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor, who died in 1997. Waterloo voted best song in Eurovision contest history Viewers in 31 countries voted ABBA’s Waterloo as the top song in the Eurovision contest’s 50-year history. The Swedish super group’s catchy song won the Eurovision Song Contest 31 years ago. On Saturday night, a live televised anniversary show from Copenhagen encouraged viewers to cast their votes on 14 entries. The show featured the original video recordings of the 14 songs. Some past performers appeared on stage but members of ABBA did not.

Two charged with gay murderSunday Times – The Sunday Times
Air crash kills twoTWO men, an instructor and his pupil, were killed when a light aircraft crashed in the middle of a street near Biggin Hill airport in Kent, narrowly missing houses. Murder chargeA WOMAN, Deborah Hancock, 44, has appeared in court charged with the murder of Valerie Thomas, 75, at a shop in Cardiff. Abba triumphWATERLOO by Abba won a vote to decide the best Eurovision song in the 50-year history of the competition. The song came first in 1974.

The Local – Swedish policy ?shuts immigrants out of jobs?The Local
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