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Eurovision News Review:
* Song contest winner ready for Eurovision in Athens
* Ballet star dies
* It’s daggy dancing to the Eurobeat – Music – Entertainment -…
* Wara l-Festival
* Greek fans put on show for Baghdatis
* Shakespeare? Get real
* Meteor Industry Award for Bill Whelan
* International Horse Breeding and Racing news updated daily, www.thorou…
* Theatre: One man’s act of union
Song contest winner ready for Eurovision in Athens – Aftenposten
Guldbrandsen has no plans to sing an English version at the European finals”I hope the song will seem both exotic and Norwegian,” she said. “I want to sing it in Norwegian. “This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Athens May 20, with 24 countries competing. The Norwegian band “Wig Wam” placed ninth in last year’s finals in Kiev, securing Norway’s entry a spot among the 14 acts that automatically qualify for the finals this year. Aftenposten English Web Desk.
Ballet star dies – Telegraph.co.uk
She retired in the early 1960s at the age of 27 to raise her family. Shearer made the occasional stage and television appearance and presented the Eurovision Song Contest. She also lectured on the history of ballet both at home and in the United States. Kennedy said she had been gradually becoming weaker since her 80th birthday in mid-January. In tribute to his wife, the broadcaster said: “She was full of spirit and also she was very beautiful. “She moved wonderfully gracefully as you would expect of a ballet dancer.
It’s daggy dancing to the Eurobeat – Music – Entertainment -… – The Age
Photo: John Woudstra By Carolyn WebbFebruary 1, 2006 WILLINGNESS to leave your dignity at the door is a majorprerequisite when auditioning for a musical that spoofs the kitschtalent quest Eurovision. Gerard Lane kissed a mirror when asked to act like he was thesexiest man alive. Melissa Langton had to pretend she needed to goto the toilet while singing a torch song, and Natalie Marsland didsome daggy dancing in tan knee-high boots, knickerbockers and anABBA-style top.
Wara l-Festival – di-ve.com
We will also reveal the predictions made by the performers before the actual night. Various other surprises will enrich the tv show and make it the number 1 choice for all the general public who will be so keen to learn more on what happened behind the scenes of this annual event and a red-letter day in our national calendar of cultural events. Deo Grech (Eurovision Fever) will host the show, while Wayne Aquilina and Ray Falzon (Backstage) will offer a live link-interaction between the public and the studio guests. Jes Darmanin of Storm-Design will take care of a live-chatroom to be used during the show.
Greek fans put on show for Baghdatis – The Age
They went wild when Baghdatis won the first set 7-5 but their enthusiasm subsided as Federer, hailed as one of the greatest players of all time, won the next three sets and the title. But all was not hopeless for Sydney’s Greeks. As one fan said, Greece has had much to celebrate in recent times, including winning the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, European championships in soccer and basketball, and hosting the 2004 Olympics. Club president Michael Chrisodoulou said it had been a “fantastic” week for the club’s members as they closely followed Baghdati to the final. “A young boy from Cyprus has made it onto the international sporting stage and its wonderful he has made it here in Australia,” Mr Chrisodoulou said. Also at the club was NSW state MP, John Hatzistergos who said tennis fans around the world would still consider Baghdati “a champion” despite his loss. More than 400 souvlakis were served at the club.
Shakespeare? Get real – The Age
Any medical condition, any hummable song, any film, any socialphenomenon, any public figure with a vaguely interesting lifestory, any late-night television campery offers the basis fortheatre and the potential as a global hit. Elsewhere in town this week, two new products off the jukeboxmusical production line were thrilling audiences: Dusty theOriginal Pop Diva (the Dusty Springfield catalogue) andSeriously (the Pet Shop Boys’ catalogue), while theMelbourne Theatre Company was presenting its production of the hitUS musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in whichhuman drama erupts from a spelling bee. Meanwhile, Glynn Nicholas was auditioning for a musical based onthe Eurovision song contest, Eurobeat 2006. Other shows coming soon are next month’s Edge – The Story ofSylvia Plath, which is self-explanatory; Creche andBurn (“From perfectionism to paranoia, this comedy shows usthat having a kid is anything but child’s play”); Have You Hadit Long Madam? (based on Britain’s The AntiquesRoadshow television program); Countdown – flagged asan arena show; The Boy from Oz (based on the life of PeterAllen) comes back this year as an “arena spectacular” starring HughJackman; and Dirty Dancing, based on the film of the samename, has moved on its hit-making way to Brisbane. Who said theatre was a dying art form? Those living in the morerarefied altitudes of state-subsidised theatre may despair thatcommercial producers and starving actors are not pursuing work thatexplores the underlying overtones of the human condition in a deep,visceral, bloodletting sense, but maybe they should be thankfulthat theatre is surviving, if not mutating. In the era of DVD and Hollywood blockbusters, maybe any theatreaudience is a good theatre audience.
Meteor Industry Award for Bill Whelan – rte.ie – RTE.ie
His production and arranging credits also include U2, Van Morrison, Kate Bush, Richard Harris and The Dubliners. In 1989 he was appointed composer to the WB Yeats International Theatre Festival at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and, since then, he has written original music for 15 Yeats plays. Originally composed for the interval act of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. ‘Riverdance’ was an orchestral piece conceived for hard-shoe Irish dance. Whelan received a Best Musical Show Album Grammy Award in 1997 for his recording of ‘Riverdance’. Whelan is currently writing a new stage musical.
International Horse Breeding and Racing news updated daily, www.thorou… – ThoroughbredNews.co.nz
Strydom then looped Zebra Crossing on Alastor shortly thereafter and the pair skipped four lengths clear. Zebra Crossing traveled within himself in second with Silverpoint and Fork Lightening keeping each other company behind that. Invincible and Great Rhythm raced next with Bilboa (three-wide), Eurovision and Joshua’s Princess further back. Superwood, African Appeal (three-wide) and Ilha Da Vitoria (twelve lengths off the leader) raced behind these with Dunford further back. Bishop’s Rock raced one from last with Set Afire trailing the 2006 Met field. Alastor had gone a fair pace throughout and led the field at the 500m mark with Zebra Crossing traveling well on his outside, with only a half length to find. Fork Lightening got much closer in the center of the track as Silverpoint began weakening.
Theatre: One man’s act of union – hamhigh.co.uk
The man who once wrote a musical about the Eurovision Song Contest has tackled the more ambitious subject of post-war European history. Luscombe, who researched The Schuman Plan for two years, compares the British attitude to Europe with our contempt for the much-mocked songfest. “We tend to revel in our ignorance about Europe, turning it into a joke. It’s the Terry Wogan approach, to get comedy out of the fact that someone is from Moldova. It’s a way of dealing with our fear – to affect aloof indifference to it all.