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Eurovision News Review:

* Eurovision contest tempts Morrissey
* Morrissey in Eurovision song contest talks
* Politics mars Israel’s Eurovision representative
* Lordi To Shock and Rock US With ‘The Arockalypse’
* Rolling Stone Rock and Roll Daily » Blog Archive » Flying Burrito…
* Pierre Delanoë
* 2006 IN REVIEW: Great expectations: The year for Bulgarians – Comment…
* German market for music downloads grows
* Old guard front and center at Sanremo

Eurovision contest tempts MorrisseyGuardian Unlimited
The former Smiths frontman is widely acknowledged as one of the best lyricists of his generation with archly bleak ditties like Girlfriend in a Coma, Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now and Every Day is Like Sunday to his name. If he accepts the Eurovision challenge he will have to succeed in a competition where boundless optimism is the order of the day, and Boom Bang-a-Bang, La La La and Diggi Loo-Diggi Ley are among the previous winners.

Morrissey in Eurovision song contest talksGuardian Unlimited
Morrissey wants Auntie Beeb to give him a Eurovision shot Morrissey has hinted his services may be on offer for the next Eurovision song contest, should the organisers be so kind as to ask. The former Smiths singer said he was “horrified” by the United Kingdom’s latest poor result in the competition. Rapper Daz Sampson could only manage a paltry 19th out of 24 countries in the most recent contest, which took place in Athens in May. As a result of said trauma, Morrissey has been left troubled, with one issue in particular on his mind: “There is one question that I keep on asking: ‘why didn’t they ask me?’ That question keeps going round my head.

Politics mars Israel’s Eurovision representativeJerusalem Post
Apparently in reference to Liel, a Jewish pop singer who had been considered for this year’s Eurovision spot, Michaeli told the YNet Web site that the country shouldn’t be represented by a singer who “looks Arab,” later adding that “I’m for equality and personally am not racist. The TV host went on to say she would have been pleased by a Eurovision performance from Hahush Hashishi (The Sixth Sense), a threesome of singers whose families recently immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union. The comments generated a quick and angry reaction from one of Michaeli’s fellow committee members, singer and former Eurovision performer Yardena Arazi. In response to Michaeli’s remarks, Arazi noted that Israel’s three Eurovision victors – Yizhar Cohen, Gali Atari and Dana International – all hail from a Mizrahi background, and that the singers themselves had darker complexions than many of their Ashkenazi counterparts. While unexpected, Michaeli’s comments also reflected the type of nationalist and ethnic divisions that continue to emerge, many Eurovision fans say, in the results of each year’s song contest. Countries with historically tense relationships rarely vote for one another, with Greece and Turkey, among others, frequently snubbing each other in the voting.

Lordi To Shock and Rock US With ‘The Arockalypse’Billboard
Killjoy” and “EviLove. ” Also included is a DVD with a 30-minute Helsinki concert from May 26, 2006, as well as the music videos for “Hard Rock Hallelujah” and “Who’s Your Daddy,” and a series of Eurovision Lordi documentaries. The Eurovision contest is completely unknown to most U. music fans, and Mr. Lordi admits the group was told by some advisers that it would be “commercial suicide” to enter. “It is not something that a rock band — not to mention a metal band looking like monsters — should ever do,” he says.

Rolling Stone Rock and Roll Daily » Blog Archive » Flying Burrito…Rolling Stone
The rocker, who also recorded with John Lennon and Joni Mitchell during his career, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s several years ago, and was living in a nursing home. Morrissey is reportedly so.

Pierre DelanoëGuardian Unlimited
Triple-cast with opera singers, so that it could play every night, the production ran for two months, lost an enormous amount of money but eventually achieved a cult status. In the 1970s, Delanoë wrote the lyrics for the first French stagings of Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar. Although he wrote songs for a vast array of established stars – among them Maurice Chevalier, Tino Rossi, Françoise Hardy, Richard Anthony, Barbara, Milva, Petula Clark, Colette Renard and André Claveau, who won the Eurovision song contest in 1958 with Dors Mon Amour – Delanoë had a great rapport with younger singer-composers. In the late 1960s and early 70s, he worked with Joe Dassin, Gérard Lenorman, Michel Fugain and especially Michel Sardou, with whom he produced more than 600 songs, among them Les Yeux d’Animal, Vladimir Ilitch, L’Autre Femme and Le France, a lament for the 1930s trans-atlantic ocean liner. Delanoë said that, “In all the songs I have written, I tried to put something of myself, to be involved, to say what I mean, to communicate with my fellow men. “For 10 years Delanoë was head of SACEM, the French musicians’, artists’ and writers’ association. He wrote three books about the history of the chanson and published collections of his lyrics, as well as several novels, among them Le 19ème Trou, set around the world of golf, about which he was passionate.

2006 IN REVIEW: Great expectations: The year for Bulgarians – Comment…Sofia Echo
The Bulgarians lost 3:4 after a dramatic tie-break but that did not dampen the mood in the stands, where almost 4000 spectators applauded the players. Away from the weightier themes of EU accession and cost of living, the entertainment world in Bulgaria offered its own spectacles. A succession of big-name concerts were played, from Sting to Depeche Mode, while heavy metal fans settled for Helloween after a cancellation by Lordi, the Finnish winners of Eurovision 2006 (who had defeated, among others, Bulgaria?s contestant, Mariana Popova). On television, reality shows slugged it out for the highest ratings, with Nova Television?s third season of Big Brother up against bTV?s first season of Survivor. However ? that EU theme again ? one of the most watched shows was Bulgarian National Television?s 100 Questions for the European Union, which got the highest ratings for a public affairs programme. The end of 2006 saw the confirmation of the appointment of Meglena Kouneva, who long had been in the trenches as Bulgaria?s chief negotiator with the EU and then for five years as its European Affairs minister, as the country?s first European commissioner. Kouneva was appointed to Europe?s consumer protection portfolio.

German market for music downloads growsHeise Online
The most successful downloads song last year was the soccer song “’54, ’74, ’90, 2006” by Sportfreunde Stiller, which was downloaded almost 200,000 times. The German Eurovision song contest entry “No, no never” by Texas Lightning came in second, followed in third place by Bob Sinclar’s “Love Generation” featuring the football World Cup mascot Goleo.

Old guard front and center at SanremoHollywood Reporter
“It’s no surprise that RAI is going with very known quantities at atime when the broadcaster is trying to improve the quality of itsimage and at the same time slow the threat to its market share fromrival Mediaset,” said media commentator Alessandro Aquari,referring to the private broadcaster controlled by former PrimeMinister Silvio Berlusconi. Speculation in Italy about the lineup for Sanremo — so well knownin Italy that it is simply known as “Il Festival” — runs high eachyear. In the past, the festival has focused on emerging talent and in the1950s one of its sideline events developed into the famousEurovision song contest. But in recent years it has become lessadventurous and more international. CM8ShowAd(“Middle2”); The talent RAI lines up for each year’s festival and the popularityof the event’s programming are both considered barometers of whatto expect for Italian television during the rest of the year. Additionally, many companies choose to debut new products withhigh-priced ads that air during the primetime event. The closing night for the Sanremo event in 2005 was watched bynearly 80% of Italian households — still a record for anon-sporting event in Italy — and the event usually fails to claimthe ratings top spot only in years when Italy reaches the World Cupsoccer final or semifinal, as it did last year.

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