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Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh fears she may lose her voice forever

THEJOURNAL.IE REPORTS / IRELAND – Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh fears she may lose her voice forever as she goes under the knife at the end of the month. The former winner said she has been “heartened” by those wishing her well after she revealed there is a 20% chance she could lose her singing voice due to a thyroid condition. The 48-year-old, who won the singing contest in 1993 with ‘In Your Eyes’, described how she has had the problem since she was a child. Speaking on the ... | read the full story here

January 21, 2017 11:10 am // 0 Comments

Here’s when Mamma Mia The Party could come to London (and beyond)

THELOCAL.SE REPORTS / SWEDEN – Sweden’s latest Abba-themed venue, Mamma Mia The Party, which opened to much fanfare in Stockholm last year is set to be exported to London and beyond, Björn Ulvaeus has revealed. Ulvaeus let slip the news a year after The Local was one of the media outlets reporting live from the opening of the Greek taverna modelled on the Mamma Mia Universe, which saw the four members of legendary pop group Abba get together on stage for the first time in three ... | read the full story here

January 15, 2017 5:26 pm // 0 Comments

Fallen on stage, performing ‘Hologram’, Jedward are in da house!

DAILYMAIL.CO.UK REPORTS / IRELAND – Jedward FALL off the stage as they make an ‘awkward and cringe’ return to the Celebrity Big Brother house. They caused chaos with their first stint in the Celebrity Big Brother house five years ago. And Jedward (John and Edward Grimes) were just as explosive as they returned to the house on Friday night’s live show, but not before falling off the stage on their way in. Claiming that they’ve ‘grown up’ since their ... | read the full story here

January 7, 2017 9:20 am // 0 Comments

Malta 2017: TVM clarifies there will be no song change after the MESC final

TVM.COM.MT REPORTS / MALTA – With a month and half to go before the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the first meeting for the 16 finalists was held to inform them of the regulations. One of these is that the winning song cannot be changed after it is chosen by the public through televoting. The Chief Executive of the Public Broadcasting Services, John Bundy, said that the winning song may not be changed to represent Malta in the Eurovision contest being held in May in ... | read the full story here

December 29, 2016 11:48 am // 0 Comments

Red Army Choir (Eurovision 2009 Interval) loose 64 members in plane crush

RUSSIA – Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a day of mourning after a Russian military plane carrying the world-famous Red Army Choir to Syria crashed into the Black Sea on Christmas morning minutes after taking off from the coastal town of Sochi. All 92 aboard apparently died, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov arrived in Sochi on Sunday to convene an investigative mission, according to the Tass News Agency. The minister said all possible causes ... | read the full story here

December 26, 2016 7:56 am // 0 Comments

Ireland 2017: Brendan Murray confirmed for Kyiv

RTE.IE REPORTS / IRELAND – RTÉ is pleased to announce that Ireland will once again be taking part in The Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine in May 2016. The ESC is the largest Entertainment Show in the world and consistently one of the most popular annual television events both in Ireland and across Europe. This year’s Eurovision, hosted by Sweden in Stockholm reached a total of 204 Million viewers. As usual Ireland will be drawn in one of the two semi-finals which will take ... | read the full story here

December 16, 2016 8:53 pm // 1 Comment

Ireland 2017: we will know the artist tonight, says Irish Mirror!

IRELAND – Louis Walsh has been drafted in to pick our Eurovision entry for next year, it is claimed. The ageing pop supremo has been given the job of bringing back the glory days of the cheesy song contest for Ireland. Gone will be our own national song contest to select Ireland’s representative – with Walsh given full control over the singer and the song, the Irish Daily Mail reports. After our 2016 entry Sunlight, sung by Nicky Byrne, flopped earlier this year, RTE decided ... | read the full story here

December 16, 2016 2:44 pm // 1 Comment

EBU appeals to the Bosnian and Herzegovinian authorities to save public service broadcasting

EBU.CH REPORTS / SWITZERLAND – The EBU has issued a last-ditch appeal to the Bosnian and Herzegovinian authorities to save public service broadcasting in their country. As the Government has been unable to solve the funding crisis for BHRT to date, the EBU has reluctantly been forced to place the broadcaster on level three sanctions due to mounting debts. BHRT will no longer be able to access any EBU services including the news and music exchanges and access to sports rights. BHRT has ... | read the full story here

December 15, 2016 9:35 pm // 0 Comments

United Kingdom: national final again; date set

BBC.CO.UK REPORTS / UNITED KINGDOM: Eurovision: You Decide, the national song selection for the UK entry returns! The show will take place on Friday 27 January 2017, live from London’s world-famous Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. This year, for the first time, it will be broadcast live on BBC Two at 19.30 with self-confessed Eurovision superfan, Mel Giedroyc, returning as presenter. After a nationwide search, the 90-minute show will feature performances of six brand new songs. The performers ... | read the full story here

December 9, 2016 10:43 am // 0 Comments

Ukrainian Prime Minister dismisses rumours on Moscow hosting potential

UKRAINE – It is an old cliche that the Eurovision Song Contest is really all about one thing—politics. The camp, annual sing-off between countries across Europe (and featuring Australia), whose winner is decided by televotes, often serves as a less-than-subtle indicator of both camaraderie and resentment in some of the continent’s most polarised neighbors. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, whose country is set to host the next instalment, has accused those reporting that ... | read the full story here

December 5, 2016 11:17 pm // 0 Comments