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Eurovision Song Contest 2005 participant
 


BBC – Top of the Pops – Daily News – No Surrender


Eurovision News Review:

* Moving beyond that little song contest
* Lejn il-Eurovision
* Channel 1 workers worry about financial future
* BBC – Top of the Pops – Daily News – No Surrender
* Opponents’ woes have Meretz upbeat for primaries
* Waldemar Januszczak: Searching for the father I never knew
* The Local – Saddam minister seeks treatment in Sweden
* The Local – Brit leads Swedes on the dancefloor

Moving beyond that little song contestJerusalem Post
Now, the singer-musician is making his way back into the spotlight with a new album, Af Eliayich. Though the album sounds utterly different than his Eurovision entry, “Never Mind,” Sondak can’t seem to shake the song contest association. “Eurovision was a step in my career that everyone remembers. It’s not that I’m stuck in Eurovision mode, but, yes, people remember me for having represented Israel. Look at Izhar Cohen. More than 20 years after having been at Eurovision, people continue to point at his taking part,” Sondak says over juice at a caf at the Herzliya Marina… Now, the singer-musician is making his way back into the spotlight with a new album, Af Eliayich. Though the album sounds utterly different than his Eurovision entry, “Never Mind,” Sondak can’t seem to shake the song contest association. “Eurovision was a step in my career that everyone remembers. It’s not that I’m stuck in Eurovision mode, but, yes, people remember me for having represented Israel. Look at Izhar Cohen. More than 20 years after having been at Eurovision, people continue to point at his taking part,” Sondak says over juice at a caf at the Herzliya Marina. Whereas Cohen won the contest back in 1978, Sondak’s entry placed just sixteenth.

Lejn il-Eurovisiondi-ve.com
This year, live from its studios, Lejn il-Eurovision will be broadcast on Sunday nights at 20. 30 as from Sunday 15th January. This year, the show will be hosted by Claudette Pace, who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 with Desire. During this year’s edition, viewers and Eurovision fans will be updated with all the latest information on this year’s event, as well as include a gossip corner highlighting what is being rumoured in the Eurovision scene.

Channel 1 workers worry about financial futureJerusalem Post
“The whole IBA is collapsing because of bad management,” one source at the IBA told The Jerusalem Post. “The budget for next year is non-existent, and there is massive cutting back on programming except for the news. As a result, Channel 1 may cancel its annual production of the pre-Eurovision competition, which is scheduled for March 15. The production, whose estimated cost last year was NIS 1. 5 million, remains one of Channel 1’s few surviving independent productions.

BBC – Top of the Pops – Daily News – No SurrenderBBC News
This time, it’s athletics. And now she’s signed up for Channel 4’s new series of The Games. If you’ve not seen the show, it’s the one where celebs compete against each other in a series of sporting challenges. And it’s no picnic. Series one saw Melanie C – the one they used to call Sporty Spice, remember? – carted off to hospital after knacking her leg in a judo match.

Opponents’ woes have Meretz upbeat for primariesJerusalem Post
While MKs Ran Cohen, Zehava Gal-On and Haim Oron were widely predicted to receive spots in the top five, the race for the fifth, sixth and seventh seats in the party have heated up. MK Shalom Vilan, who enjoys the support of the Kibbutz Movement, is vying against former MK Mossy Raz and Ilan Gilon, while Tzvia Greenfield and Gabby Lasky are contending for a seat reserved for women. Meretz elects its representatives according to a unique system that closely resembles the structure of the Eurovision song contest. The 22 candidates who have been selected to represent the party can choose to run for the first five spots on the party list or the second five spots. Voters can then elect up to four candidates from each quintet for a total of eight candidates. The person they elect to the top slot receives six points, with each member after that receiving one less point in descending order.

Waldemar Januszczak: Searching for the father I never knewSunday Times – The Sunday Times
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. This will make you laugh, but I had only been let through because Ukraine recently won the Eurovision Song Contest, and as its reward was now hosting the next event. So, to attract international song lovers in greater numbers, the entry restrictions into Ukraine had been temporarily lifted for EU citizens. Unfortunately, nobody had bothered to explain this clearly to the border guards at this particular godforsaken chicken run, and it had cost me plenty to get through. Now here I was, 12 hours later, mission accomplished, desperate to get back into Poland, armed only with a scruffy, handwritten permission that ran out at midnight. And I’m in some very weird company.

The Local – Saddam minister seeks treatment in SwedenThe Local
“We regret any mistakes we have made and are prepared to make up for them,” she said. htmlNational–>.

The Local – Brit leads Swedes on the dancefloorThe Local
“We regret any mistakes we have made and are prepared to make up for them,” she said. htmlSwedish Life–>.

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