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The News Review:
– First artists confirmed for Portuguese Eurovision party
– Wogan backs Norton at Eurovision
– Czechs withdraw from Eurovision
– Israel: Noa and Mira perform in Spain
First artists confirmed for Portuguese Eurovision party
com Eurovision-PartyNews. The organisers aspire to offer the largest Eurovision party ever organised in Portugal with the participation of many Eurostars and music played by well-known DJ hrmeister. The party is organised by GAE – Portugal the Câmara Municipal de Setúbal (CMS) and the Festival Internacional de Cinema de Setúbal – Festroia who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. It will take place on 12th September at the Auditorium José Afonso an outdoor venue with a capacity of 2. 500 guests in Luisa Todi Avenue in the Setubal city centre.
Wogan backs Norton at Eurovision
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.
Czechs withdraw from Eurovision
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.
Israel: Noa and Mira perform in Spain
Their concert is scheduled to take place this Sunday August 9 at 22:00 CET. The Festival de Peralada is nowadays one of the most popular prestigious and most respected summer festivals in Spain. Every year it features a wide range of cultural offer and this time it's Noa and Mira Awad one of the international acts taking part in the 2009 edition. Noa's latest CD Genes and jeans will be presented to the audience with the special collaboration of Mira Awad.
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