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Czechs withdraw from Eurovision

The News Review:

– Czechs withdraw from Eurovision
– Wogan backs Norton at Eurovision
– Famous Adamstown Ballroom to re-open

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.

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.

Famous Adamstown Ballroom to re-open
Wexford People
The Bowyer Showband were regular visitors to Adamstown through the ballroom’s heydays of the 1960s 70s and early 80s when it was one of the biggest and most popular venues on the south-eastern circuit. Thousands of people regularly made their way there by car bike or whatever other means of transport they had to see all the Bowyer Band and other legends from that time such as Dickie Rock Joe Dolan Larry Cunningham Big Tom and many more. The ballroom even played host to two of the most famous Eurovision winners of days gone by with perhaps the biggest night of all being in 1970 when it was the venue for Dana’s first concert after winning the contest for Ireland for the first time. Sandie Shaw who won the Eurovision for the UK with ‘Puppet on a String’ also appeared there at a later date. The ballroom has been quiet ever since it closed its doors back in the mid-1980s but organisers of the nostalgia night are sure it will now swing again later this month. Local band Teresa and the Stars will be the support act for the Brendan Bowyer Band on the night and doors will open at 9 p.
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