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Eurovision Song Contest beloved and belittled

The News Review:

– Eurovision Song Contest beloved and belittled
– Jewish-Arab duo faces criticism ahead of songfest
– This week GRR HT15 is in the rhythm of Eurovision hip-hopand …
– Contest hots up for Eurovision
– Inga & Anush to represent Armenia at the Eurovision 2009 Song …
– Producer Mozhova asks for cancellation of semifinal results of …
– Acts join Sweden’s Eurovision final lineup

Eurovision Song Contest beloved and belittled
The Associated Press –
Though little known in the United States the contest remains one of the continent’s most popular mass cultural events drawing some 100 million viewers. While many criticize it as the epitome of kitsch the event also has an enthusiastic core following of fans who travel to every competition and memorize facts like which country participated only once (Morocco) where the first contest was held (Lugano Switzerland) and who won in 1988 (Iceland). Competitors perform one song which is then judged by the other participating countries. The winner gets to host the next year’s competition.

Jewish-Arab duo faces criticism ahead of songfest
The Associated Press –
Israel is sending a Jewish-Arab duo to represent it with a song of peace at Europe's best-known song competition just after one of the bloodiest rounds of Israeli-Palestinian fighting and at a particularly fraught moment for relations between the country's Jews and Arabs. Not surprisingly the choice has sparked criticism and debate with a gravity that couldn’t be further from the Eurovision competition itself a festival of flamboyant pop and unapologetic kitsch which draws some 100 million TV viewers every year. Achinoam Nini a regular on the world music scene known internationally as Noa and Mira Awad a local actress and singer were selected by Israel’s national broadcasting authority. Their selection came a day after Israel launched its Gaza offensive in December to halt rocket fire by Hamas militants. Awad who will be the first Arab ever to represent Israel at the competition was roundly criticized for agreeing to go and became the subject of a petition organized by Israeli Arab artists who said sending her and Nini a veteran peace activist was a deliberate attempt to portray Israel as something it is not. In an interview between rehearsals at Nini’s home the two singers said they would nonetheless appear at the contest slated to be held in Moscow in May.

This week GRR HT15 is in the rhythm of Eurovision hip-hopand …
News From Greece Greece –
n fourth place and GRReporter’s favorite is Krasimir Avramov and his song “Illusion” but we are also giving a chance to Mariana Popova and “Crazy” on seventh place and Miro who is “Losing Control when” on twelfth position. Another candidate for representing Bulgaria on Eurovision has a good start and 13th place Jura Tone and “Chance to Love you. ” Poli Genova is still number 15 with her song “ne lifetime is not enough” we are wishing her good luck on the finals in Sofia!. ” For a second consecutive week the duet James Morrison and Nelly Furtado are on top and there is a reason for that.

Contest hots up for Eurovision
BBC News UK –
Laura-Jane Hunter who lives in Coleraine Belfast man Johnny Brady and Shauna Kavanagh from Londonderry are among six acts vying to represent Ireland on the international stage. Ireland’s Eurovision entry will be selected following a special programme on RTE on Friday 20 February. Shauna Kavanagh is part of the three-girl act M.

Inga & Anush to represent Armenia at the Eurovision 2009 Song …
Armenian Reporter Armenia –
Photolure Yerevan – Backstage at the KarenDemirchyan Sport and Concert Complex last Saturday night it was all nervesvocal exercises and make-up. The 21 finalists vying for the top spot torepresent Armenia in Moscow at the Eurovision 2009 Song Contest were gettingready for the concert that could potentially boost their careers to theinternational scene. Armenia has been participating in Euro­vision since 2006 butthis was the first year that so many finalists were considered. Theyrepresented a broad range of genres from rock (The Bambir Dorians) to Armenianhip hop (Davo) and everything in between. In the end it was Inga & Anush who took it with theirsurprisingly pop-­inspired song "Jan Jan.

Producer Mozhova asks for cancellation of semifinal results of …
Kyiv Post Ukraine –
Mozhova said this on Wednesday at a press conference in Interfax-Ukraine news agency. “We have every reason to claim there were violations during the semifinals. Thus we have sent a letter to the National Television Company and asked its president Vasyl Ilaschuk to examine them. We consider it important to ask the National Television Company to cancel the results and hold the semifinals again according to the norms of Eurovision 2009 national qualifications procedure” Mozhova said.

Acts join Sweden’s Eurovision final lineup
MarketWatch (press release) –
Zelmerlov who previously competed on Swedish TV competitions “Idol” and “Let’s Dance” said he was thrilled not only to be in the final but also to have moved one step closer to competing in the Eurovision Song Contest The Local reported Sunday. “I am still more happy than relieved” Zelmerlov said after his win Saturday in Skelleftea. “I think I may be the happiest person in Sweden at the moment actually. In contrast the rock band H.
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