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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

Maltese University launch a Eurovision Song Contest course!

MALTA – October 2016 will see the start of something momentous. The University of Malta’s Centre for the Liberal Arts and Science will be launching a course focusing on a critical analysis of the Eurovision Song Contest. Yes, you read that right – the extremely popular annual show, which is viewed by over 90% of Malta’s population, will now have actual trained professionals critiquing it. This will make for a dramatic change from the endless amateur statuses we’ve ... | read the full story here

September 6, 2016 11:49 pm // 0 Comments

In the meantime, Ireland has it’s own issues!

INDEPENDENT.IE REPORTS / IRELAND – The Cork choir, which represents the city homeless, is now working on a special song which they have urged National Song Contest officials to consider for next year’s Eurovision finals in Ukraine. Penned by French singer-songwriter, Fabrice Fortune, the as-yet-unnamed track was specially written with the Eurovision in mind. The choir were thrilled when they were invited to perform at Electric Picnic. They were further stunned when legendary Dublin ... | read the full story here

September 3, 2016 10:36 pm // 1 Comment

Jamala’s manager also takes a stance in the Host City bid process

UKRAINE – Eurovision 2016 winner’s manager Igor Tarnopolskiy, member of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest organising committee also spoke about the bidding process for the Host City. Speaking to Dushya he said (according to the translation provided by http://www.esckaz.com): “Preparatory work on our part to study readiness of the cities is completed, all materials have been transferred to the head of the Organizing Committee – Prime-Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groisman. ... | read the full story here

August 31, 2016 9:06 am // 0 Comments

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