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Eurovision Song Contest 2005 participant
 


TECHNICAL FAILURES MARK BULGARIA’S EUROVISION COMPETITOR SELECTION


Eurovision News Review:

* Eurovision bands can’t sing in harmony
* Black Hebrew to serve as face of Israel at Eurovision
* Australian singer strikes a blow for Eurovision
* TECHNICAL FAILURES MARK BULGARIA’S EUROVISION COMPETITOR SELECTION
* Luxury 5 star passover experience, in the city center
* Dilemma for Serbia, chaos in Gaza and Iraq
* Musical sued over ‘breast jibe’
* Volvo V50 T5 AWD

Eurovision bands can’t sing in harmonyGuardian Unlimited
Serb media have made the spat top news alongside the death of former president Slobodan Milosevic, even calling it the musical equivalent of the 1990 Dinamo Zagreb-Red Star Belgrade football match that presaged war between Croatia and Serbia. In a “sing-off” in Belgrade the mostly Serb crowd and Serb judges were infuriated by what they perceived as partisan voting by the Montenegrins, whose band No Name won the contest and the right to represent the federation in the main competition.

Black Hebrew to serve as face of Israel at EurovisionJerusalem Post
16, 2006Television viewers around the country chose the son of Black Hebrew immigrants from Chicago as Israel’s Eurovision song contest representative Wednesday night in Jerusalem. Eddie Butler, a 34-year-old Dimona native, watched in suspense as the results of telephone and text message voting were tallied live on Channel 1. Until almost the very end of Kdam-Eurovision, the contest in which music fans choose the country’s Eurovision contestant, Butler watched as the lead rotated among himself, senior Israeli musician Zvika Pik and pop groups The Gameboys and Diamond’z. Athens will host the May 20 Eurovision final on the basis of its first-time victory in last year’s competition, which saw Israel surge back to near the top of the rankings with Shiri Maimon’s rendition of “Hasheket Shenishar. Maimon was on hand Wednesday night to witness the selection of her successor, and also contributed a thumping pop performance as voting totals were verified prior to their announcement. Other guest performers included Yehoram Gaon, Shlomi Shabat and Yael Bar-Zohar, the model-turned-actress who emceed the event alongside former MTV Europe hostess Eden Harel. But the star of the night was ultimately Butler, who performed seventh in the line-up of 11 competitors, among them Mizrahi artist Avi Peretz and mother-daughter duo Maya and Aviva Avidan… Eddie Butler, a 34-year-old Dimona native, watched in suspense as the results of telephone and text message voting were tallied live on Channel 1. Until almost the very end of Kdam-Eurovision, the contest in which music fans choose the country’s Eurovision contestant, Butler watched as the lead rotated among himself, senior Israeli musician Zvika Pik and pop groups The Gameboys and Diamond’z. Athens will host the May 20 Eurovision final on the basis of its first-time victory in last year’s competition, which saw Israel surge back to near the top of the rankings with Shiri Maimon’s rendition of “Hasheket Shenishar. Maimon was on hand Wednesday night to witness the selection of her successor, and also contributed a thumping pop performance as voting totals were verified prior to their announcement. Other guest performers included Yehoram Gaon, Shlomi Shabat and Yael Bar-Zohar, the model-turned-actress who emceed the event alongside former MTV Europe hostess Eden Harel. But the star of the night was ultimately Butler, who performed seventh in the line-up of 11 competitors, among them Mizrahi artist Avi Peretz and mother-daughter duo Maya and Aviva Avidan. Dressed in a white suit and accompanied by four black clad back-up singers, Butler received warm applause for his performance of “Zeh Hazman” (This is the Time), which he composed with the help of Galit Burg.

Australian singer strikes a blow for EurovisionThe Age
In securing a place in Athens, Comerford will also become one ofthe few Australians to compete in the event that mixes the seriousand the sentimental with the downright kitsch. Olivia Newton-John,who grew up in Australia, represented Britain in 1974 with LongLive Love. Like many in the music game, Comerford believes the Eurovisionsong contest offers pointers to what is happening in music acrossEurope. But, she says: “I never thought I would participate in it. Born in Newcastle, Comerford studied piano and violin at theSydney Conservatorium before leaving Australia in 1980… However, somehow thingsjust snowballed. Texas Lightning will not be alone in taking a bit of countryflavour to Athens. Denmark’s entry in this year’s Eurovision Songcontest also has something of a country theme. Indeed, following on from the success of movies such asBrokeback Mountain and Walk the Line, Comerfordbelieves that interest in country music is on the rise acrossEurope. “Country is in the air,” she says. Comerford draws inspiration from country music and particularcountry artists. “I am very open to all styles, heavy metal throughto musical.

TECHNICAL FAILURES MARK BULGARIA’S EUROVISION COMPETITOR SELECTIONSofia Echo
Her song Let Me Cry was selected among twelve others during a concert in the National Palace of Culture. Popova said the level of this year?s competition was low. Yet, it is important for different young artists to participate in such events, said she.

Luxury 5 star passover experience, in the city centerJerusalem Post
Eddie Butler, who was chosen to represent Israel at the upcoming Eurovision contest in Athens, didn’t even know that he was competing in the preliminary competition until his wife read about in the newspaper. But Butler rose magnificently to the occasion and triumphed over ten other individual artists and singing groups, including Zvika Pik, whose spirit of competition never fades, and whose melodies continue to rank at the top of the charts regardless of the outcome of any contest in which he participates. Journalists invited to cover the event were literally pushed outside the facility for lack of room.

Dilemma for Serbia, chaos in Gaza and IraqGuardian Unlimited
As night fell Saadat and the other prisoners gave themselves up. The horrors of Iraq continued with 85 executed bodies found in Baghdad in just 24 hours and US and Iraqi forces launching the biggest air assault since the invasion around Samarra. But not all was bleak – there was a rather less violent row between Serbia and Montenegro over who had the best song for Eurovision; Isaac Hayes gave up his role in South Park because it was unkind to Scientologists; and George Clooney and Alexandra Huffington had a spat over an unauthorised blog.

Musical sued over ‘breast jibe’BBC News
The show subsequently went on tour across America and is due to tour Japan this summer. The musical will also be launched in the UK at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London on 28 March. Former Fame Academy contestant and Eurovision hopeful James Fox is taking the lead role. The show features Joel hits Uptown Girl and We Didn’t Start The Fire. It tells the story of a group of friends torn apart when the men have to go to war in Vietnam. It received two Tony awards in 2003 – Tharp won best choreography and Joel won best orchestrations alongside Stuart Malina.

Volvo V50 T5 AWDThe Australian
The S40 sedan and V50 wagon deserve better. The small twin models are a breakthrough for the Swedish maker, now owned by Ford. They’re engaging and competent to drive in a way no Volvo has been since Abba’s Waterloo won the Eurovision song contest. And now they are sensibly priced with the basic 2. 4-litre S40 hitting the significant $39,950 price point and the V50 wagon at $42,950. Automatic transmission costs no extra – a nice touch and a sign Volvo is serious about lifting sales. The higher performance T5 version of the S40 and V50 has also had a price cut at the same time as gaining all-wheel drive.

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