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Officials change Eurovision voting rules


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– Officials change Eurovision voting rules
– Moscow Kicks Off Preparations for Eurovision
– Irina & Storm want to go Eurovision

Officials change Eurovision voting rules
United Press International 
13 (UPI) — New rules for voting in the Eurovision music competition are to be implemented in an effort to keep people from selecting a winner based solely on nationality. The German publication Der Spiegel said that in recent years Eastern European Eurovision Song Contest fans have voted by phone in blocs helping Eastern European countries dominate the international competition regardless of the talent of the contestants. Voting patterns have affected the decision regarding where the competition is held and kept it largely in the former Eastern Bloc during the last decade. Eurovision organizers decided to change the rules for 2009 so the viewer voting results will be combined with the decisions of juries made up of people with musical backgrounds from each country to determine the outcome the newspaper said. “Those who care (about the contest) will have had it up to here with the blatant political voting from the former satellites of the U.
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Moscow Kicks Off Preparations for Eurovision
The Moscow Times Russia 
Belgrade Mayor Dragan Dilas handed over a giant key ring with Perspex symbols of each city that has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest to Luzhkov at a ceremony to kick off Moscow’s preparations for the contest which will be held at Olimpiisky Stadium and culminate with finals in the Luzhniki Stadium on May 16. The ceremony began with a short film about last year’s event set to Russia’s winning song “Believe” performed by Bilan. Clips showed Bilan crying waving a Russian flag and embracing Serbia’s 2007 winner Marija Serifovic. Speaking fluent Russian Belgrade’s mayor said he felt the “hospitality and friendship of Moscow and Russia.

Irina & Storm want to go Eurovision
oikotimes.com Greece 
"We were thinking about signing up for the Eurovision because rock & roll has started to be very popular in this contest. We decided to make a song and try it. It will be interesting composition with the Bosnian original sound and rock. If we don’t pass on the competition we know that we will have a great song"- said Irina Kapetanovic. Irina Kapetanovic has won numerous awards at Bosnian festivals and we could see her in other countries in the region on the musical scene.

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