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Dana International causes parental intervention in controversial video

TGIRLHEAVEN.NET REPORTS / ISRAEL – Sexy Israeli transsexual pop star Dana International has landed herself in a spot of bother over a promotional video she shot. She was promoting Tel Aviv’s gay pride parade and was dancing suggestively in a synagogue in front of some children. The video has been removed because just one of the parents claimed that they had not given consent for their kid to appear in the video. The family thought the video was part of a “tourist campaign”, but ... | read the full story here

October 17, 2016 1:49 am // 0 Comments

Ukrainian parliament rejects the ‘stupid’ black list of Russian artists

BILLBOARD.COM REPORTS / UKRAINE – Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has voted down a controversial bill that would introduce restrictions on all Russian artists’ touring the former Soviet republic, the Ukrainian online newspaper reported. The bill stipulated that artists representing Russia, “the aggressor state,” would only be allowed to perform in Ukraine if they submitted to promoters a written document condemning “the occupation of ... | read the full story here

October 8, 2016 2:52 am // 0 Comments

Why Graham Norton wants to get China into Eurovision

SCPM.COM REPORTS – The television talk-show host says it wouldn’t surprise him if China entered the contest and reveals why getting his guests tipsy on air is a good thing Eurovision has been screened in China for the past two years and Australia has been given a wild-card entry. Would you like to see China enter, too? “The Eurovision is a wonderful thing, but one thing it doesn’t need is any more songs in it! No one at the end goes, ‘If only that had been longer!’ Will China ... | read the full story here

October 7, 2016 9:53 am // 0 Comments

Ruslana’s wild … venture in the Carpathians

KYIVPOST.COM REPORTS / UKRAINE – She’s Ukraine’s most famous female solo artist, having gained international success after winning the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Wild Dances,” which earned a record-high (at the time) number of points. But these days Ruslana is spending time not on stage, but in western Ukraine, climbing 1,200-1,800-meter high mountains, sampling dairy produce made from sheep milk, (which she calls “a natural bio-stimulant”), swimming in ... | read the full story here

September 25, 2016 2:23 pm // 0 Comments

Will ZAMP ban affect FYR Macedonia’s Eurovision entry?

BALKAN INSIGHT REPORTS / FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – The Musical Copyright Society of FYR Macedonia, ZAMP, which represents some 6,000 musicians in the country, has issued a ban on broadcasting music by its members in protest against what it says is the culture ministry’s continual attempts to cut songwriters’ and performers’ earnings and install a parallel association under government control. The ban came after the culture ministry gave a licence to the newly-formed ... | read the full story here

September 23, 2016 8:24 pm // 0 Comments

EBU urges Croatian government to protect HRT’s independence

EBU.CH REPORTS – The EBU has reiterated the importance of independence for its Croatian Member HRT in the run up to the parliamentary elections in September. An international media freedom mission to Croatia, led by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) and including representatives from the EBU, has highlighted government interference at the public service broadcaster as a key challenge to media freedom and media independence in Croatia. A report, published by the group this ... | read the full story here

September 22, 2016 4:20 pm // 0 Comments

Il Volo Covers The Three Tenors’ Version of ‘My Way’

BILLBOARD.COM REPORTS / ITALY – It takes more than a little budella to take on the repertoire of The Three Tenors — especially for singers who are in their early twenties. But the three members of Il Volo rise to the challenge on Notte Magica — A Tribute To The Three Tenors. Today, Il Volo’s take on The Three Tenors’ rendition of the Frank Sinatra-popularized standard “My Way” is premiering below. “We wanted to remember that magical [Three Tenors ... | read the full story here

September 15, 2016 12:22 am // 0 Comments

Eurovision 1988 host to receive a lifetime achievement award

THE JOURNAL.IE / IRELAND – Pat Kenny will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Irish Film and Television Academy awards (IFTAs) next month. The veteran broadcaster (68) will follow in the footsteps of others to receive the award such as Gay Byrne, Neil Jordan, Niall Toibín, Brendan O’Carroll, and President Michael D Higgins. Kenny is being honoured “for his lifetime body of work in television and for his superb and distinguished contribution to Irish broadcasting for almost ... | read the full story here

September 8, 2016 1:54 pm // 0 Comments

Why Philip Kirkorov wants Donald Trump as US President

BBC.CO.UK REPORTS / RUSSIA – On stage in Sochi, Russia’s most famous pop star whips off his sequin-encrusted angel wings and launches into a love song. Philipp Kirkorov was once referred to as Russia’s Michael Jackson. The man who called him that was America’s Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump. “Oh, Donald Trump, oh my God,” exclaims Kirkorov, when I mention the tycoon’s name. “First time we met, we had a feeling we know each other ... | read the full story here

September 7, 2016 8:48 am // 0 Comments

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