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Graham Norton replaces Wogan as Eurovision presenter


The News Review:

– Graham Norton replaces Wogan as Eurovision presenter
– Exclusive – Lord Webber Begins His Quest for UK Eurovision Winner …
– Ireland: Dervish lead RTÃ Christmas Day bash
– Highland capital to host minority languages ‘Eurovision’
– Marie Serneholt in Eurovision race
– Belgrade turns over keys to “Eurovision” to Moscow
– Netherlands: De Toppers down to six songs

Graham Norton replaces Wogan as Eurovision presenter
AFP 
Earlier this year Wogan who has commentated upon the annual singing competition for 35 years said he was thinking of giving up his role because he was disgusted by of politically-motivated bloc voting. Launched in 1956 the competition has increasingly been hit by accusations of ‘political bloc-voting’ by eastern European countries who have won the contest three times in the last five years. “You have to say that this is no longer a music contest” Wogan said after Russia won this year’s competition in May. “I have to decide whether I want to do this again.
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Exclusive – Lord Webber Begins His Quest for UK Eurovision Winner …
Manchester Evening News Blog UK 
Picking up on Lord Kitchener’s call to arms from the recruiting posters of World War 1 the programme Your Country Needs You is the beginning of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search to find an act that will bring home Eurovision glory from Russia. The programme will showcase Eurovision-wannabes and their quest to become the UK representative in Moscow in 2009. The singers on view are some of the many entries which flooded into the BBC following a nationwide appeal by Webber. Lord Webber and his team of music industry professionals will decide on a shortlist of six finalists who will then go through to the live shows hosted by Graham Norton. And for the first time ever the internationally renowned composer will pick and mix the artistes with the aim of putting the best act forward for the UK. Once Webber has seen the acts he will begin work with a top lyricist to create the song for Eurovision.

Ireland: Dervish lead RTÃ Christmas Day bash
esctoday.com Netherlands 
"The programme will be filled with humour song poetry and a dynamic Irish music session from Lissadell House in County Sligo" an RTÉ spokesperson has said. Dervish will be joined on the show by numerous guests and major names from traditional Irish music. Since their formation in 1989 Dervish have performed on The Great Wall of China in Rio de Janeiro and in auditoriums in the Holy Land as well as representing Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. Releases such as Harmony Hill (1993) Midsummer’s Night (1999) and Travelling Show (2007) have seen Dervish consolidate their reputation as one of Ireland's most important trad bands and they remain hugely popular on the roots scene here.

Highland capital to host minority languages ‘Eurovision’
Aberdeen Press and Journal UK 
It is the second consecutive year that the city will be the location for a Celtic and Scots final of the competition Liet International. Nòs Ùr meaning ‘new style’ in Gaelic is a Celtic and Scots language competition based on the Eurovision Song Contest format and will be held at Eden Court on June 20. Artists will perform original songs in a variety of languages which could include Scots Gaelic Ulster Scots Manx Gaelic Welsh Cornish and Breton. Event organiser Brian Ó hEadhra said: “The inaugural Nòs Ùr was a great success and Inverness can be proud that it hosted a big competition which is so important to Gaelic and other minority languages. ”He said singers and bands wanting to compete have until February 28 to send in their song applications. And he added: “The 2008 winners received major industry and media interest when they travelled to Lulea in Sweden to partake in the Grand European final which is called Liet Lavlut.

Marie Serneholt in Eurovision race
esctoday.com Netherlands 
She enters the competition for the first time after a successful music career that started with the band A*Teens in the late 1990s. She will perform the song Disconnect me in her bid to take the Swedish ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest. The song is written by Peter Bostr?nd Tony Nilsson. With A*Teens Marie had a global number one hit with a cover of Eurovision Song Contest winning band ABBA's Mamma mia track. They achieved a huge success and cracked America defeating Christina Aguilera and Blink-182 to win the Viva Music Award for Best International Newcomer in 2000. They toured the US with Britney Spears who at the time was working with future Cyprus Eurovision representative Annette Atari in her backing vocal group.

Belgrade turns over keys to “Eurovision” to Moscow
oikotimes.com Greece 
COM REPORTSA ceremony of turning over the symbol of Eurovision Song Contest from the 2008 host of the Eurovision Song Contest – Belgrade to the 2009 Eurovision host – Moscow will be held in late December a source from the Moscow mayor’s office told Tass Wednesday. The source put the allocations to the ceremony at 3. The date of the ceremony has not been specified. A tradition of turning over the Eurovision symbol from one winner city to another was started on September 14 2007 when the Eurovision winner – Helsinki turned over the Eurovision symbol titled "Helsinki Insignia" to Belgrade – the next Eurovision host city.

Netherlands: De Toppers down to six songs
esctoday.com Netherlands 
tv songfestival weblog esctoday. com News. Dutch eurofans are in for a disapointment as the Songfestival in concert show has been postponed The popular Dutch trio in their new lineup after Jeroen van der Boom replaced Jerard Joling received no less than 300 songs to choose from. "It was quite a job to pick the six songs"Jeroen stated. "In at least one of the six songs we can perfectly combine our strenghts" he concludes. It still remains to be announced how the winning song will be picked during the Dutch final to be held on 1 February.

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