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Wogan backs Norton at Eurovision


The News Review:

– Wogan backs Norton at Eurovision
– Azerbaijan’s representatives take 2nd place in Eurovision televoting
– Czechs withdraw from Eurovision
– Czechs’ withdrawal from Eurovision blamed on poor television ratings

Wogan backs Norton at Eurovision
BBC News
The broadcaster told the Radio Times he thought the contest was "a spectacular show without a flaw in it". Norton took over as commentator after Sir Terry stepped down saying the contest’s voting was too political. This year the UK’s entry Jade Ewen came fifth with a win for Norway’s singer and violinist Alexander Rybak. Improved votingSir Terry announced his intention to retire as Eurovision commentator after the 2008 contest in Belgrade where the UK’s entrant Andy Abrahams finished last.
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Azerbaijan’s representatives take 2nd place in Eurovision televoting
APA
Viktoria Dementieva ? APA. After two independent audits and in the spirit of transparency and openness the European Broadcasting Union is now fulfilling its promise and releases what you’ve been waiting for; the split jury- and televoting results of the Final of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest APA reports quoting the official website of Eurovision. Before releasing the detailed results the EBU asked two independent auditors to look into the numbers to assure that the outcome is 100% correct and to calculate the amount of televoting revenue that goes back to each of the participating EBU Member Broadcasters. The amount of data required from all European telecom providers is big and the auditing process is therefore time consuming. Azerbaijan?s representatives Aysel Teymurzadeh and Arash who took the 3rd place in the contest were the 2nd in the televoting. But according to the jury voting they were in the 8th place.

Czechs withdraw from Eurovision
BBC News
The country which made its debut in 2007 came last with no points in one of the semi-finals in May. Its previous two attempts failed to reach the final with rock band Kabat also coming last in the qualifying round two years ago. Norway’s Alexander Rybak scored a landslide win at this year’s contest. Comic characterA spokesman for Czech Television told the BBC’s Rob Cameron in Prague that poor viewing figures for the show also prompted the decision.

Czechs’ withdrawal from Eurovision blamed on poor television ratings
Prague Post
cz was the Czech Republic’s Eurovision entry in 2009 but low viewership Europskepticism and allegations of unfair voting mean it may be the country’s last. The Czech Republic has found itself out of tune with the Eurovision Song Contest and has decided to withdraw from the competition. The country which made its debut in 2007 came last with no points in this year’s semi-finals. Its previous two attempts also saw it fail to reach the finals. Poor viewing figures and a general lack of  interest were cited by Czech television as reasons for the withdrawal.

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