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NBC readies Idol rival


Eurovision News Review:

* Chart-toppers make Eurovision bid
* US to emulate Eurovision contest
* Irish Eurovision songs narrowed to three
* NBC readies Idol rival
* BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Joel musical launches in London
* Dominic White, Communications Industries Editor, struggles to tune…
* All quiet on the eastern front
* You should see me now

Chart-toppers make Eurovision bidBBC News
Costa scored a string of hits with boy band Blue, while Marsh topped the charts with Popstars winners Hear’Say. They will compete with four other previously unheralded acts in Making Your Mind Up on BBC One on 4 March. The Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Athens on 18 and 20 May, will feature 38 countries. Singer-songwriter Goran Kay, Scottish female duo City Chix, male vocal group Four Story and MC Daz Sampson will compete against the better-known Costa and Marsh. Sampson has scored a number of dance hits with Blue Bus and Uniting Nations, whose song Out Of Touch made the top ten in 2004. Dissolved

Marsh, who has scored solo hits since splitting with Hear’Say in 2002, will sing a ballad called Whisper My Name. Costa, who appeared in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Song For Europe was moved to a primetime slot on Saturday evening in a bid to bolster viewing figures. Former Fame Academy contestant James Fox finished 16th in 2004, and last year’s representative Javine Hylton came 22nd out of 24 finalists. Since the Eurovision Song Contest started in 1956, the United Kingdom has won five times, the last victory being in 1997 with Love Shine A Light by Katrina and The Waves. Ireland has won the contest a record seven times, but failed to qualify for the grand final at the 2005 event held in Kiev. The United Kingdom has a direct berth to the final as one of the “Big Four” countries which make the biggest financial contributions to the event.

US to emulate Eurovision contestBBC News
The programme is intended to challenge American Idol, a ratings winner which is screened on rival network Fox. A grand final with a singing representative from each US state and public voting is planned. “Eurovision is the granddaddy of all talent shows and the Super Bowl of singing,” said Ben Silverman, chairman of series producers Reveille. Renowned

An online competition will be held to find singers from each US state to go forward to the grand final, with the winner landing a recording contract… The programme is intended to challenge American Idol, a ratings winner which is screened on rival network Fox. A grand final with a singing representative from each US state and public voting is planned. “Eurovision is the granddaddy of all talent shows and the Super Bowl of singing,” said Ben Silverman, chairman of series producers Reveille. Renowned

An online competition will be held to find singers from each US state to go forward to the grand final, with the winner landing a recording contract. Further details of the new contest are still in development, while it is expected to become a series rather than a one-off event. Fox’s American Idol has continually scored well in the ratings, recently trouncing the Grammy Awards.

Irish Eurovision songs narrowed to threerte.ie – RTE.ie
‘Strong Enough’, a song by Barry Walsh, was one of the four finalists announced on Friday’s ‘Late Late Show’. But it has been revealed that the song was published previously, which is in breach of Eurosong and Eurovision rules. This means there will be only three songs for the public to vote for on the ‘Late Late Show’ this Friday. Brian Kennedy, who will sing the winning entry, has entered his own composition called ‘Every Song Is a Cry for Love’. The other two entries are ‘The Greatest Song of All’, written by Jimmy McCarthy, and Don Mescall’s ‘All Over the World’.

NBC readies Idol rivalJamaica Observer
The US version of Eurovision Song Contest will combine broadcast and online elements, NBC said Friday. As with American Idol, which itself was patterned on the hit British series Pop Idol, the winner will receive a recording contract. “Eurovision is the granddaddy of all talent shows and the Super Bowl of singing,” Ben Silverman, chairman of series producer Reveille, said in a statement. As described by the network, the show will include an online competition to find singers from each state, with the winners advancing to the broadcast series to vie for the title. Voting will be in the hands of viewers… The US version of Eurovision Song Contest will combine broadcast and online elements, NBC said Friday. As with American Idol, which itself was patterned on the hit British series Pop Idol, the winner will receive a recording contract. “Eurovision is the granddaddy of all talent shows and the Super Bowl of singing,” Ben Silverman, chairman of series producer Reveille, said in a statement. As described by the network, the show will include an online competition to find singers from each state, with the winners advancing to the broadcast series to vie for the title. Voting will be in the hands of viewers. Further details on the series, which will feature amateurs and professionals and solo act or group acts, are in development, NBC said. American Idol, which this week bested the Grammy Awards in head-to- head ratings competition, showcases on professionals.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Joel musical launches in LondonBBC News
Movin’ Out, which was penned by Joel and, has enjoyed a successful run across the US, is to open at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on 28 March. Former Fame Academy contestant and Eurovision hopeful James Fox is reprising the lead role. The show, which features Joel hits Uptown Girl and We Didn’t Start The Fire, has won two Tony awards. Joel, who has sold 100 million records in a career spanning more than 30 years, won the prestigious prizes for the musical’s orchestration and choreography. The show, which charts the progress of a group of friends across three decades, recently reached the end of a successful three-year run on Broadway. The musical is told entirely through song and without any dialogue… The show, which charts the progress of a group of friends across three decades, recently reached the end of a successful three-year run on Broadway. The musical is told entirely through song and without any dialogue. Welsh singer Fox, 29, represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, finishing in 16th place.

Dominic White, Communications Industries Editor, struggles to tune…Telegraph.co.uk
So Pete, tell me, what is your flava?” The 55-year old O2 chief executive would surely never have dreamed he would one day double as a warm up man for a global R’n’B star from deepest Southampton, but at the 3GSM Congress in Barcelona anything is possible it seems – especially this year. If the significance of the mobile phone industry’s annual bunfight were to be measured by the profile of the pop acts appearing, then 2006 beats 2005 hands down. Last year delegates had the pleasure of Israeli transvestite Eurovision winner, Dana International. To accommodate 40,000 delegates the congress has switched homes from Cannes to Barcelona. Even Vodafone, which snootily shunned offers of a stand at the conference in previous years, has a marquee this time, costing a “few hundred grand” according to one source.

All quiet on the eastern frontThe Age
For the moment, you can get from Lviv toCracow in one easy train trip. More significantly, Ukraine has loosened its immigration rules. Last northern summer, EU citizens could travel visa-free, for thesemi-bizarre reason that Kiev was hosting the Eurovision SongContest – and now the offer has been extended indefinitely. Australians still require a visa, but it’s easier to get thanbefore. You don’t need to pay in advance for hotel rooms – onlyprove that you have reserved them. In a Kafkaesque flourish,there’s no obligation to use the rooms you reserve. I travelled by train from Cracow to Przemysl, an atmosphericPolish city on the Ukrainian-Polish border.

You should see me nowThe Age
Ahern had a desire to be famous from a young age. She liked tosing and dance, and was something of a panto star. Later she joineda group called Shimma, who were Eurovision hopefuls. Now she saysshe would run a mile from the stage, and confides she still has todo a bit of work on her TV interview technique. She joins a long list of Irish women writers who are in vogue. Maeve Binchy has achieved iconic status, and Marian Keyes is nowone of the most popular writers of commercial fiction in Britain,with the likes of Sinead Moriarty and Eilis O’Hanlon following hoton her heels. US publishers paid $US1 million ($A1.

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