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Eurosong hits a bum note as winner denies biased contest


Eurovision News Review:

* Former chart toppers battle for Eurovision entry
* Kennedy to sing own song in Eurovision
* Ireland votes Brian’s Song into Eurovision ’06
* Eurosong hits a bum note as winner denies biased contest
* Taipei Times – archives
* BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | South West Wales | Reclusive star’s duet…
* Jury is out on skating’s latest judging system

Former chart toppers battle for Eurovision entryGuardian Unlimited
The one-time chart toppers – both previously members of the nation’s biggest-selling bands – are among six acts competing for glory. Each will perform their song on TV and the public will decide who will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens on May 20. Marsh’s song is a ballad called Whisper My Name, while Costa will sing a Motown-style tune called Beautiful Thing.

Kennedy to sing own song in Eurovisionrte.ie – RTE.ie
35pm, in the presence of scrutineer, Gerard Moran, from Price Waterhouse Coopers. Composer Brian Kennedy, on the announcement that his song had won, said: “I am so delighted that the public have chosen this song but I would have been proud to bring any of the three songs I performed tonight to Athens. I’m really looking forward to representing Ireland on the Eurovision stage. Roll on 18th May!”
Kevin Linehan, Commissioning Editor of Entertainment programmes, said: “Brian did justice to all three songs tonight. Any of them would have given us a great shot on the Eurovision stage. We are sure that Brian will do Ireland proud in Athens in May. ”
The Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final takes place on Thursday 18 May, in which twenty-four countries will compete for ten places in the final… I’m really looking forward to representing Ireland on the Eurovision stage. Roll on 18th May!”
Kevin Linehan, Commissioning Editor of Entertainment programmes, said: “Brian did justice to all three songs tonight. Any of them would have given us a great shot on the Eurovision stage. We are sure that Brian will do Ireland proud in Athens in May. ”
The Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final takes place on Thursday 18 May, in which twenty-four countries will compete for ten places in the final. These ten will join the fourteen countries who have already qualified for the final, which will be held on Saturday 20 May. RT? Television will broadcast both shows live.

Ireland votes Brian’s Song into Eurovision ’06rte.ie
35pm, in the presence of scrutineer, Gerard Moran, from Price Waterhouse Coopers. Composer Brian Kennedy, on the announcement that his song had won, said: “I am so delighted that the public have chosen this song but I would have been proud to bring any of the three songs I performed tonight to Athens. I’m really looking forward to representing Ireland on the Eurovision stage. Roll on 18th May!”
Kevin Linehan, Commissioning Editor of Entertainment programmes, said: “Brian did justice to all three songs tonight. Any of them would have given us a great shot on the Eurovision stage. We are sure that Brian will do Ireland proud in Athens in May. ”
The Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final takes place on Thursday 18th May, in which twenty-four countries will compete for ten places in the final… I’m really looking forward to representing Ireland on the Eurovision stage. Roll on 18th May!”
Kevin Linehan, Commissioning Editor of Entertainment programmes, said: “Brian did justice to all three songs tonight. Any of them would have given us a great shot on the Eurovision stage. We are sure that Brian will do Ireland proud in Athens in May. ”
The Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final takes place on Thursday 18th May, in which twenty-four countries will compete for ten places in the final. These ten will join the fourteen countries who have already qualified for the final, which will be held on Saturday 20th May. RT? Television will broadcast both shows live on air.

Eurosong hits a bum note as winner denies biased contestSunday Times – The Sunday Times
Now RTE’s latest effort to recapture former glories has turned into a farce. After ditching the You’re a Star format that sent amateur performers to compete in a largely professional arena, RTE unveiled its new Eurosong process on Friday’s The Late Late Show. Eurovision aficionados claim the Eurosong programme was biased towards singer Brian Kennedy’s own composition, Every Song is a Cry for Love, which was named the winner late on Friday night after more than 200,000 viewers’ votes. RTE has been accused of favouritism ever since it was announced 10 days ago that one of the four compositions shortlisted for Kennedy to perform was his own. When the Belfast singer was engaged by RTE in November to be Ireland’s performer at Athens in May, songwriters were invited to submit songs for him to perform for a public selection.

Taipei Times – archivesTaipei Times
The Universal Studios movie will be called I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and will co-star Kevin James (Hitch) as Sandler’s partner. David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) will direct from a script by Oscar winners Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor (Sideways). US network NBC has bought the format rights to the Eurovision Song Contest in a bid to challenge the hit show American Idol by rival Fox. The idea is for competitors to apply from all the US states with with a roster of acts competing in a grand final in which the voting public will have a say. 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. American Idol is the most popular show on US television, attracting 28 million viewers last week — compared to 15 million for the prestigious Grammy music industry award gala. The Eurovision contest has been running for 50 years and helped to launch the careers of Swedish pop group Abba and Canadian singer Celine Dion, both of whom were winners… 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. American Idol is the most popular show on US television, attracting 28 million viewers last week — compared to 15 million for the prestigious Grammy music industry award gala. The Eurovision contest has been running for 50 years and helped to launch the careers of Swedish pop group Abba and Canadian singer Celine Dion, both of whom were winners. Actor Kiefer Sutherland has endorsed a plot that could kill off his starring character in the hit thriller 24. The actor says his character Jack Bauer should die if the show is to have a good ending and claimed he would be willing to kill the character off at a crucial moment, if it is in the best interests of the show. “I’ll be happy to die,” he said. “In fact, it’s important to the show that Jack eventually dies.

BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | South West Wales | Reclusive star’s duet…BBC News
Born in May 1950 into a Welsh speaking family she has released albums in both languages. In the summer of 1970 she was made a Bard of Gorsedd at Ammanford, where she took the Bardic name of Mari Hopcyn. She had five top 20 singles in two years but when her first child was born in 1972 she decided to concentrate on family life. Hopkin’s agent Gerry Maxim told The Independent newspaper that the offer to work with Parton was too good an offer to resist.

Jury is out on skating’s latest judging systemThe Observer
0, skaters are now given an overall value, intended to reward the difficulty of their routine. Nine of the 12 judges’ scores are chosen at random, the top and bottom marks eliminated and the remaining seven averaged out to give the final score. No longer will we have the Eurovision Song Contest-like drama of watching the judge from Belarus supporting his neighbours and condemning the rest. But, in theory, we should also be spared a voting system than can be prejudiced by political allegiance. The rules are supposed to be less ambiguous, more transparent and less open to the vagaries of personal preference. But as the ISU’s rules handbook runs to 107 pages, with 349 rules, the guidelines serve to confuse rather than clear the muddy waters. The press reaction in China has been overwhelmingly sympathetic, with Dan Zhang a national heroine because of her bravery.

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