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A lot less pomp, a bit more circumstance

Eurovision News Review:

* Irresistibly silly lampoon of universe beyond parody
* Euro spoof’s packed preview
* Independent Online Edition > Europe
* A lot less pomp, a bit more circumstance
* The feminine side of video gaming
* Independent Online Edition > Profiles
* They scoop to conquer

Irresistibly silly lampoon of universe beyond parodyThe Australian
EUROBEAT’S subtitle is too modest. Almost Eurovision? Exactly the Same As Eurovision would be more accurate. Let me quote from London’s Sunday Times on this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, held in May. The prize in the "annual cheesefest" went to Finnish death metal group Lordi for its song Hard Rock Hallelujah. Lordi appears in latex horror masks and its songlist includes Arockalypse and The Day of Rockoning. Religious groups reliably foam at the mouth, adding to the rich comic possibilities.

Euro spoof’s packed
article-tools –> By Simon Ferguson, Art Editor September 07, 2006 12:00am THE super-kitsch comedy love-in that is Eurobeat will kick off its Sydney season with a packed-out preview tonight at the State Theatre and the producers are already looking ahead to next year. Having gathered momentum and ticket sales in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, the live Eurovision spoof officially opens its Sydney season tomorrow night. Featuring 12 hilarious original songs and a cast who pretend to be Eurovision entries from various countries, the Glynn Nicholas-directed production is big on audience participation and giggles. Depending where you sit on the night, you will be from one of the competing nations. At the end of the night the audience votes for their favourite song and the winning "nation” is announced. So far after three months’ worth of shows, the boyband-esque "KGBoyz” of Russia are leading the scoreboard followed by "Ronan Corr” of Ireland with La La La and the supersexy "Persephone” of Greece with Oh Aphrodite.

Independent Online Edition > EuropeIndependent
There is no Andorran postal service, as such. You can choose to put your letters in either a Spanish postbox or a French postbox but you must use one of the colourful local stamps. Has Andorra ever won the Eurovision Song Contest? Er, no. Andorra did not participate until 2004 when it entered the first Catalan language song ever heard in the great televisual eisteddfod. The singer was a Spaniard. She failed to qualify for the final.

A lot less pomp, a bit more circumstanceGuardian Unlimited
Graham Sheffield, artistic director, Barbican CentreAs a founder member (and chairman) of the Royal Society of Anachronists, I am all in favour of leaving the Last Night alone – especially since the anachronism factor lessens by the season; now it is squeezed into 15 paltry minutes. However, if political correctness is to rule, there is one overwhelmingly attractive alternative: turn it into a euro-concert, to emphasise the UK’s wholehearted commitment to the enlarged European Union. A classical rival to the Eurovision Song Contest. Each year the country holding the EU presidency in September would be invited to programme the Last Night, complete with anthem, jingoism and anachronism from its own nation state. The concert would be broadcast worldwide, with subtitles for hapless viewers and surtitles for those unfortunates in the hall. Roll on, the Slovak Last Night!Anna Meredith, composerThere’s something fantastic but naughty about the Last Night of the Proms. A bit like spending the last day of Lent in a bath full of piña colada.

The feminine side of video gamingInternational Herald Tribune
Gardner said he would urge other executives to hire more women. "We don't want to be just for the stereotypical, spotty male teenager," he said during an interview, adding that the company's philosophy was "not to make games for girls, but to make products that are more socially inclusive. "In Germany, where game sales rose less than 1 percent in the past six months to €469 million, or $602 million, organizers of a game convention in Leipzigstruck alliances with teen girl magazines and a popular television show, "The Dome," to produce a rock concert featuring female German pop stars and Lordi, the ghoulish, heavy-metal winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. "In Germany, we're very traditional and it's probably why the girls get the dolls and the boys get the Game Boys," said Olaf Wolters, managing director of BIU, the German interactive game association. "That is why we have to work on the parents so they bring in the girls. "Convention organizers partnered with the University of Leipzig to develop a family section with areas devoted to video games about singing stars, horses or "My Animal Hospital. "Game developers are loath to create what they call "pink games" for girls and women.

Independent Online Edition > ProfilesIndependent
“Oh, absolutely!”You’ll never meet two more different people in your life than Beyoncé Knowles the person, and Beyoncé the performer. The woman dreaming of munching waffles in a cavernous New York studio wearing just a terry towelling robe with her feet pulled up under her and a pillow on her lap, as if for extra protection, has nothing in the world to do with the uncaged wild animal we see in the performances of the superstar Beyoncé. That’s another Beyoncé entirely: one who regularly enters stadium arenas upside down attached by an ankle to the ceiling and thrashing wildly; one whose hips have a mind of their own; one whose Tina Turner-style show at a benefit for the grande dame made the real Turner – even in her heyday – look more like Dana at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. On video, live on stage, on record, to use a hip-hop expression, Beyoncé tears it up. But not this Beyoncé. The one cuddling the tape recorder that I’ve had to put right up under her nose just to be able to catch her little-girl voice over the noise of the air-conditioning.

They scoop to conquerGuardian Unlimited
The Girls Aloud singer and her husband, Ashley Cole, would like one at some point (OK!);3 Jordan: “Guess who was a right cow to me at Elton’s?” Aung San Suu Kyi? No. She “looked down her nose” at our girl (OK!);2 “Grace’s Deep Sea Hunk”: a Big Brother also-ran formerly went out with someone who now works on an oil rig (Daily Star);1 1965 Eurovision song contest runner-up Kathy Kirby says she was secretly in love with her bandleader manager Bert Ambrose, who died in 1971 (Sunday Express). Memo to ITV: Sharon is no screen gemFollowing the news that Sharon Osbourne’s four-day-old afternoon chatshow is leaking viewers, ITV executives remain among the few Britons still in the dark as to why people don’t warm massively to Ozzy’s missus in formats other than those in which a monkey in the same position could succeed (see The X-Factor). They must decide whether it is: (a) because the former occupier of the slot, Paul O’Grady, placed a Romany curse on it before defecting to Channel 4; or (b) because Sharon’s breakthrough achievement was taking millions from MTV to parade her children on a reality show while they were battling various addictions. Despite the fact that this has bafflingly endeared Sharon to a host of broadsheet interviewers – who apparently admire her “fierce maternal pride”, as though she were the lioness out of Born Free and not a shrill self-publicist whose plastic surgeon has done everything bar laser the dollar signs on her eyeballs – it is not the same thing as being a national treasure. Telly bosses, you may turn over your papers now.

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