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Israel: Channel 2 says “No” to Kdam-Eurovision

The News Review:

– Israel: Channel 2 says “No” to Kdam-Eurovision
– ‘X Factor’ star hoping to sing in Eurovision
– Officials change Eurovision voting rules

Israel: Channel 2 says “No” to Kdam-Eurovision Netherlands 
il reports today that the national broadcaster IBA has proposed the commercial Channel 2 to repeat last year’s cooperation but was turned down. 2008 was a historical year in Israel in terms of the Eurovision Song Contest. For the first time ever the national final Kdam-Eurovision was produced and broadcasted by Kehset one of 2 production companies of the commercial Channel 2. The show was split to two consecutive nights during which Boaz Mauda Israeli Pop Idol 5 winner presented 5 songs for the jury and the public to chose for him to perform in Belgrade. The cooperation turned out to be a success from which the two broadcasters gained benefits. The two shows scored high numbers in the viewing figures and Kehset gained nice revenues from the public's televoting and commercials.

‘X Factor’ star hoping to sing in Eurovision
Irish Independent Ireland 
ie Web Search By Gail Edgar Monday December 15 2008 Gail Edgar’X Factor’ star Eoghan Quigg wants to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest. The 16-year-old who developed a huge teenage fan base in Ireland and the UK with his performances on the ITV show finished in third place in the weekend finale. Eoghan from Dungiven in Co Derry is now expected to land a lucrative record deal but yesterday he said he was keen to represent Ireland in Eurovision. “I’d be honoured to do it as I would be doing it for my country” he said. But he could be in competition with two-time winner Johnny Logan after it emerged that RTE is considering offering him the chance to perform in Eurovision again next year. The Co Derry singer was beaten in a nail-biting ‘X Factor’ final of which the overall winner Alexandra Burke who performed with superstar Beyonce. Her version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ is tipped to top the Christmas charts.
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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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