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Eurovision News Review:

* Arts in Brief
* RTÉ Television – Tubridy Tonight
* New scoring system leaves creativity on thin ice, says Cousins
* Independent Online Edition > Pandora
* Wedding bells for Lord of Dance star
* Way of the world
* The Week
* Delusional ambition
* Arrival was simply electrifying
* ABBA Sung by Mezzo-Soprano Still Sounds Crass: Norman Lebrecht

Arts in BriefJerusalem Post
The ads will run in English, German, French, Spanish and Russian. – Nathan Burstein with JTALocal Eurovision prelims canceledIsraeli pop fans with a weakness for tacky costumes and cheesy dance numbers will need to look somewhere new for satisfaction this March. Kdam Eurovision, the song competition that yields Israel’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest each year, has been canceled for 2007. Officials at the Israel Broadcast Authority cited budget constraints in the decision to call off the national song contest, which has traditionally aired live each March. Following performances by aspiring Eurovision competitors, television viewers select Israel’s Eurovision representative via text messages and telephone voting. The winning performer then faces off against competitors from across Europe, with television voters again selecting the competition’s most popular entry. Three times the Eurovision champion, Israel suffered one of its worst results at the 2006 contest, placing second-to-last in the contest’s deciding round.

RTÉ Television – Tubridy Tonightrte.ie
Eurovision but we like to call him J. Back with a new single and a new look, Johnny told Ryan how he met Kay, a Ghana-born Belgium Rap artist who remixed ‘Don’t Cry’ with sleek rap tunes. With its catchy loops, the single is currently making waves on the internet and reaching a new generation of fans… Back with a new single and a new look, Johnny told Ryan how he met Kay, a Ghana-born Belgium Rap artist who remixed ‘Don’t Cry’ with sleek rap tunes. With its catchy loops, the single is currently making waves on the internet and reaching a new generation of fans. Johnny remembered his Eurovision days and confessed his dislike for today’s song contest. Asked about a magic recipe that would make Ireland a winning entry again, Johnny quickly said “you need to ask me to do it again!” Johnny then took to the stage and performed ‘Hold me now’.

New scoring system leaves creativity on thin ice, says CousinsTelegraph.co.uk
A new scoring system, designed to remove Eurovision-style bias, has been. It was probably the case that something had to be done after the.

Independent Online Edition > PandoraIndependent
* Ever since Sir Terry Wogan’s chat show was dumped in favour of the woeful soap opera, Eldorado, he’s had an uneasy relationship with the BBC. In his new book, Musn’t Grumble, he’s still on at them for not giving him another prime-time slot. “As far as I’m concerned the BBC can’t think outside the box, so it’s Making Your Minds Up, selecting the UK’s entry into the Eurovision, or a cheap and cheerful pull through some of the song contests’ sillier moments,” says Sir Terry, right. “Auntie’s Bloomers could have turned me into a shorter, fatter version of Dennis Norden if I hadn’t walked away. Some might say it’s a remarkably frosty tone for Sir Terry to take with employers who reportedly pay him £800,000 a year to present his radio show.

Wedding bells for Lord of Dance starBBC News
“But it is about two people getting married. That’s where my involvement genuinely comes in. ”

Flatley, now 48, helped launch the legend of the Irish dancing spectacle, Riverdance, after performing at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin. He was a multi-millionaire by the time he left Riverdance after a concert in London on 25 July 1998. He carried on dancing, taking his Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames tours around the world. Father Troy said the global superstar was a “terribly, terribly nice person”, who had asked him to bless his castle. But he also revealed that Flatley was suffered from pre-wedding nerves.

Way of the worldTelegraph.co.uk
The wig covered up his real bushy Afro-cut. “It was the only way of keeping it out of my eyes,” he later explained. 2) In 1974, for financial and logistical reasons, television moguls decided to combine the World Cup with the Eurovision Song Contest. The final was, famously, played between Holland and the New Seekers. With just two minutes to go, the score was 3-3, but then New Seekers goalkeeper Lyn Paul tripped over head-first on the hem of her maxi-skirt just before reaching the second chorus of I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, thus letting in the winning goal and giving Holland the cup.

The WeekGlobe and Mail
fell from first place to 6th (Yessss!!!). However, there was bad news: The announcement was an occasion for every MBA school commentator south of Nunavut to emerge from the woodwork and say Canada wasn’t competitive enough. What’s the fuss? The exercise is clearly as dodgy as the Eurovision Song Contest, which was won this year by a Finnish heavy metal band. And call us skeptical, but did anyone notice who came in first?
Numero uno on the chart was Switzerland. And where is the World Economic Forum located? Geneva. And who administers the WEF? The Swiss government. Don’t worry, guys — our lips are sealed, ferm?s, geschlossen and chiuso.

Delusional ambitionTelegraph.co.uk
Tim Luscombe is a selfproclaimed Europhile who wrote a lamentable comedy a decade or so ago about his passion for the Eurovision Song Contest. It closed in very short order in the West End but, undeterred, he has come up with this far more serious drama that attempts to tell the history of Europe, and Britain’s place in it, over the past 60 years. The effect is a bit like watching the National Theatre of Brent performing in deadly earnest: admirable ambition tipped over into the realm of delusional absurdity.

Arrival was simply electrifyingJamaica Gleaner
Ten minutes later, Arrival was back onstage. This time the group wore white, baby-doll satin outfits, draped with gold-looking strings and shiny beads. Their rendition of Mama Mia sent the crowd wild, and they followed with Abba’s winning 1974 Eurovision Song, Waterloo. The group changed intermittently in 1970s style authentic tunics, which represented what Abba wore during their heyday. They performed other favourites including the French song Voulez Vous (What You Want) Gimmie, Gimmie,Gimmie, and a host of others. But of all the hit songs, Dancing Queen simply sent the crowd in a musical frenzy and on that note, Arrival climaxed their performance.

ABBA Sung by Mezzo-Soprano Still Sounds Crass: Norman LebrechtBloomberg
They are dumbing down the musical content andquality faster than a Lang Lang piano prestissimo. Cabaret Loot Still, on paper at least, it appears that Von Otter hasstopped short of attempting “Waterloo,'' ABBA's 1974Eurovision Song Contest breakthrough number, and “Money, Money,Money,'' the 1976 hit of untrammeled greed. Or so you think,until the hidden final track brings up the 3Ms in a quasi-cabaret version with accordion and strings and more than ahint of Kurt Weill. That does not, by any bending of genres, make it adeathless work of art or anything more than it purports to be– an admission ticket to “a rich man's world. '' So what isit doing on classy Deutsche Grammophon among the stringquartets and symphony orchestras? I fear the answer lies inthe title of that unlisted final track. (Norman Lebrecht is a critic for Bloomberg News.

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