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Eurovision News Review:

* Finns ‘Turn the Amps Up,’ Win Eurovision
* FT.com / Comment & analysis / Comment – Eurovision is only vision…
* Eurovision: a five-point plan
* You need friends to win in Eurovision | Dt Opinion | Opinion |…
* RTE.ie Entertainment – Kennedy through to Eurovision final
* Ryan misses out on Eurovision final
* Day of Eurovision dress rehearsals
* … – PanARMENIAN.Net | Armenian News Agency – Armenain Singer…
* Cyprus fails to qualify for Eurovision
* An ‘American Eurovision’ may be on the way soon
* Eurovision is here
* Eurovision favourite crashes out in semis
* … to the contest`s official website, the most covered Eurovisi…
* Top flight football awaits Leeds
* Today’s TV & radio choices

Finns ‘Turn the Amps Up,’ Win EurovisionWashington Post
Band members never appear without their elaborate masks and makeup, and do not reveal their true names. Lordi beat an unusually eclectic 24-nation field, which ranged from the perky pop of Danish teenager Sidsel Ben Semmane and Malta’s Fabrizio Faniello to the balladry of Ireland’s Brian Kennedy and the country-pop of Germany’s Texas Lightning. Regarded by many as the contest good taste forgot, Eurovision is adored by fans of camp everywhere. “You don’t imagine something so bad could be so good,” said Carmela Pellegrino, an Australian who traveled to Athens from London to watch rehearsal ahead of Saturday’s finale. Since 1956, it has pitted European nations against one another in pursuit of pop music glory. Previous winners include ’60s chanteuse Lulu, ABBA _ victors in 1974 with “Waterloo” _ and Canada’s Celine Dion, who won for Switzerland in 1988. Saturday’s showdown was broadcast live in 38 countries to a TV audience estimated at 100 million.

FT.com / Comment & analysis / Comment – Eurovision is only vision…Financial Times
Compare that with the garish spectacle set to burst onto television screens this Saturday, when 37 European countries join battle in Athens for the Eurovision song contest. From the Atlantic to the Urals, from Kiev to Cardiff, everyone is invited to the party. This year Eurovision is 51 years old – older than the European Economic Community, the predecessor of the European Union. Watched by hundreds of millions of viewers across the continent, it also appears to be far more popular than any of the festivals or events dreamt up by the eurocrats in Brussels. Eurovision is an orgy of tacky disco music and instantly forgettable tunes, but it is also a powerful monument to the European project and a barometer of its health. Eurovision was established in 1956 by Marcel Baison, a French music producer, with the noble purpose of nudging the peoples of Europe closer together. Like the EU, it traditionally boils with ancient grudges and simmering hatreds… This year Eurovision is 51 years old – older than the European Economic Community, the predecessor of the European Union. Watched by hundreds of millions of viewers across the continent, it also appears to be far more popular than any of the festivals or events dreamt up by the eurocrats in Brussels. Eurovision is an orgy of tacky disco music and instantly forgettable tunes, but it is also a powerful monument to the European project and a barometer of its health. Eurovision was established in 1956 by Marcel Baison, a French music producer, with the noble purpose of nudging the peoples of Europe closer together. Like the EU, it traditionally boils with ancient grudges and simmering hatreds. In the round of voting which follows the competition, each participating country is invited to cast votes for the others. Just like the horsetrading which goes on daily in the European parliament, tactical voting and naked partisanship rule the roost.

Eurovision: a five-point planGuardian Unlimited
Abba and Daz Sampson. Photographs: AP Hardcore Eurovision-sceptics will doubt it, but there was a time when the continent’s annual music-fest did actually produce good music. The golden age of Eurovision – like the golden age of football, television sitcoms and most other things which really matter – was the 1970s. The strength of 70s Eurovision was shown by the quality of the songs that didn’t win. Italy’s Gigliola Cinquetti would have romped home in any other decade with her beautiful ballad Si, but had the bad luck in 1974 to come up against a Swedish outfit called Abba. The 1975 contest was another classic, won by the Dutch group Teach-In, with Ding a Dong, arguably the best winning song of all time… Abba and Daz Sampson. Photographs: AP Hardcore Eurovision-sceptics will doubt it, but there was a time when the continent’s annual music-fest did actually produce good music. The golden age of Eurovision – like the golden age of football, television sitcoms and most other things which really matter – was the 1970s. The strength of 70s Eurovision was shown by the quality of the songs that didn’t win. Italy’s Gigliola Cinquetti would have romped home in any other decade with her beautiful ballad Si, but had the bad luck in 1974 to come up against a Swedish outfit called Abba. The 1975 contest was another classic, won by the Dutch group Teach-In, with Ding a Dong, arguably the best winning song of all time.

You need friends to win in Eurovision | Dt Opinion | Opinion |…Telegraph.co.uk
To add insult to injury, their place was allotted to the best semi-finalist… Croatia. And while the British treat Eurovision as a joke, for Europe’s small nations it is their moment in the sun. After wins for Estonia in 2001, Latvia in 2002 and Ukraine in 2004, tomorrow Armenia arrives on the big stage, and nationalist controversy is already rampant. Neighbouring Azerbaijan is none too happy that Armenian entrant André has listed his place of birth as “Republic of Nagorno Karabakh”. An Armenian MP has also complained that the song, containing Turkish words, is not “Armenian enough”… And while the British treat Eurovision as a joke, for Europe’s small nations it is their moment in the sun. After wins for Estonia in 2001, Latvia in 2002 and Ukraine in 2004, tomorrow Armenia arrives on the big stage, and nationalist controversy is already rampant. Neighbouring Azerbaijan is none too happy that Armenian entrant André has listed his place of birth as “Republic of Nagorno Karabakh”. An Armenian MP has also complained that the song, containing Turkish words, is not “Armenian enough”. But really, instead of trying to absorb Nagorno, Armenia’s government should establish it as a separate state, thereby creating a voting buddy.

RTE.ie Entertainment – Kennedy through to Eurovision finalrte.ie – RTE.ie
ie Entertainment – Kennedy through to Eurovision final. Watch and listen to our entertainment stories and reviews on our video and audio services.

Ryan misses out on Eurovision finalExpatica
This is despite an extensive promotional tour and EUR 60,000 in subsidies paid by the Flemish government. A further EUR 60,000 was invested in the singer by Flemish public broadcasting network VRT. Even the dress that Ryan wore during her semi-final performance on Thursday cost a cool EUR 16,000. However, both Flemish Culture Minister Bert Anciaux and the VRT said Ryan performed well in Athens and that the money was well spent.

Day of Eurovision dress rehearsalsmaltamedia.com
Eurovision fan club OGAE-Malta president Deo Grech told MaltaMedia. com, “it’s simply not Fabrizio’s style!” Non-Maltese websites, like esctoday. com and doteurovision. com, have also published lukewarm comments about Fabrizio Faniello’s look following the dress rehearsals. Several members of the Maltese delegation and members of the press told MaltaMedia… As expected this is a great song with a fantastic show!” – Deo Grech, OGAE-Malta, Eurovision fan club. “Typically Swedish. Not my number 1 favourite but it’s exactly what Eurovision fans want. ” – Claudette Pace, former Eurovision contestant. Romania”It’s a great song! Mihai Traistariu has a great voice.

… – PanARMENIAN.Net | Armenian News Agency – Armenain Singer…PanARMENIAN.Net
Armenian News – PanARMENIAN. Net | Armenian News Agency – Armenain Singer Andre in Eurovision 2006 Final. Information about the main events in the social and political life of the country. Also events taking place all over the world that directly or indirectly are connected with Armenia… Contest first-timer Andre representing Armenia with a song ?Without you love? was chosen for the final by a public text and phone vote. The other qualifiers from Thursday’s semi-final were the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Lithuania, Finland, Russia, Ireland, Sweden and Turkey. The final will take place on May 20.

Cyprus fails to qualify for EurovisionFinancial Mirror
In a tele-voting procedure, the semi-final for the 51st Eurovision Song Contest saw Cyprus voted out. Cyprus? entry was ?Why angels cry?, performed by Annete Artani, who was in fact not Cypriot at all but a US citizen born of parents from Greece. For Cypriots, the Eurovision Song Contest has a political dimension. Cypriots tend to give Greece the top 12 points and expect the same in return (but do not always get it), while Turkey is normally expected to give nothing to either Greece or Cyprus but sometimes does. The ten countries of the semifinal that qualified on Thursday for Saturday?s final are: Russia, FYR Macedonia, Bosnia ?Herzegovina, Lithuania, Ukraine, Ireland, Sweden, Turkey and Armenia… In a tele-voting procedure, the semi-final for the 51st Eurovision Song Contest saw Cyprus voted out. Cyprus? entry was ?Why angels cry?, performed by Annete Artani, who was in fact not Cypriot at all but a US citizen born of parents from Greece. For Cypriots, the Eurovision Song Contest has a political dimension. Cypriots tend to give Greece the top 12 points and expect the same in return (but do not always get it), while Turkey is normally expected to give nothing to either Greece or Cyprus but sometimes does. The ten countries of the semifinal that qualified on Thursday for Saturday?s final are: Russia, FYR Macedonia, Bosnia ?Herzegovina, Lithuania, Ukraine, Ireland, Sweden, Turkey and Armenia.

An ‘American Eurovision’ may be on the way soondi-ve.com
The presentation explained the various aspects of EBU’s services, such as their news exchange, sports rights, TV co-productions, a radio exchange program, technical standards and legal protection. Erichson also revealed that the EBU is currently in negotiations with American broadcaster NBC regarding the creation of a US version of the Eurovision Song Contest. If the deal goes through, American audiences may be enjoying their first ‘American Eurovision’ as early as autumn 2006. In addition, EBU is in negotiations with Canada, Australia, the Middle East and Africa regarding the creation of a Eurovision type song contest in each of those regions. Erichsen said that in the long term if each region in the world has their own ‘eurovision,’ then “perhaps we can create the first world contest including the winners from each region, but at this stage it’s just a dream for now.

Eurovision is hereInTheNews.co.uk
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Millions of people around the world will be glued to their TV screens this evening, and no, it’s not another football final. Eyes will all be turned towards Greece as Athens plays host to the 51st Eurovision Song Contest. Rapper Darren Sampson, 32, will be representing the UK in this year’s competition. The UK, along with France, Spain and Germany automatically make it to the final because of their contributions to the European Broadcasting Union. Croatia, Denmark, Israel, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Romania and Switzerland also automatically make it to the final, because along with Greece, they were the top ten scoring nations of last year’s contest. In the semi-finals on Thursday, Russia, Macedonia, Ukraine, Turkey, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden and Ireland won their right to be in the final.

Eurovision favourite crashes out in semisInTheNews.co.uk
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Belgium’s Eurovision hopes came to an abrupt end as favourite Kate Ryan failed to get through the semi-final stage in Athens yesterday evening. Although performing her infamous ‘knee swing’ dance movement and strutting her stuff in a stunning pink and orange dress the Belgian beauty failed to wow the judges, despite being hotly tipped by pop pundits prior to the tournament. Ryan’s hopes were dashed by a varied selection of qualifiers for the final, ranging from Lordi, the masked "hard rock monsters" from Finland to the "haunting ballad" performed by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s representatives, Hari Mata Hari, on traditional Balkan instruments. Other qualifiers include Lithuania, Turkey and seven-time winners Ireland who, having been knocked out in last year’s semi-final, have succeeded in getting through this time round. Last night’s victors join the ten highest finishers from last year’s final – plus Britain, France, Germany and Spain who automatically qualify because of their size – to compete for the ultimate prize in Athens tomorrow night.

… to the contest`s official website, the most covered Eurovisi…U.TV
In 1996, Austria had a song in an Alpine dialect, while France has entered songs in Corsican and Breton. But Belgium went one step further in 2003 and came second with a song in an imaginary language. There is a long and healthy tradition of poking fun at the Eurovision Song Contest, with shows such as The Young Ones, Monty Python and Maid Marian And Her Merry Men all parodying it. In an episode of Irish comedy Father Ted, Ted and Dougal win the competition for Ireland`s entry with My Lovely Horse, after organisers search for the worst possible entry to make sure they don`t win and have to host the contest again. But the competition has also entered the cultural history of participating nations on more serious and political levels. While people might wonder why Israel is in the competition when it is not in Europe, the criterion for inclusion is if the national broadcasting organisation of a country is a member of the European Broadcasting Union. Thus Morocco has also competed, while Lebanon was going to take part in 2005 but had to withdraw because broadcasters could not guarantee the show would not be cut while Israel performed.

Top flight football awaits LeedsTelegraph.co.uk
I fancy Leeds to beat Watford in Sunday’s play-off final and rate 2-1 (90 minutes) with Skybet a great price as the occasion may get to Watford. Leeds are Evens to win at any time. Eurovision Song Contest: Amazingly, Greece’s victory in last year’s Eurovision Song Contest drew a bigger television viewing figure than when the country won the 2004 European Football Championships, and a repeat victory is on the cards in tomorrow night’s final. Greece – Anna Vissi singing ‘Everything’ – look worthy favourites at 11-4. Golf At Wentworth next week, the BMW Championship is likely to be the most competitive event seen in Europe so far this season. I fancy David Howell to fly the flag for Britain.

Today’s TV & radio choicesTelegraph.co.uk
Princess Olga Romanoff talks to presenter Jeremy Musson about her hopes to restore Provender, and her family’s extraordinary links to the last tsar. MW TGThe Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final 2006 BBC 3, 8. 00 pm It’s extraordinary, given the horrifically low standard of most Eurovision entries, that there are now two competition rounds, of which this is the first. An even greater travesty, perhaps, is the fact that Terry Wogan is not the host for this second-class showdown. Given that “She looks like she’s wearing her mother’s curtains” is so often the best that can be said of those competing for the real prize, he’d surely find that there was even more fun to be had here. Paddy O’Connell, however, will no doubt make a fine fist of it. Live from Athens come 23 hopefuls, competing for 10 spots in the final.

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