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  1. Where are They Now? Kensington While only a handful of artists have had the distinct honor of being able to represent their nation at more than a single occasion, few have managed to leave as much impact in the process as the Dutch rock band Kensington did in their time. During their three equally successful participations, Kensington truly became a household name amongst the TISC fandom. However, following their third and to-date final showing at the 2018 Jubilee, the band has seemingly been removed from the Dutch team selector's radar. Where are they now? The Boys from Utrecht Kensington was formed in Utrecht in 2005. Initially it consisted of singer/guitarist Casper Starreveld, bass player Jan Haker and drummer Lucas Lenselink. Eloi Youssef joined the band the following year, and in due course would become the band's frontman. Their first extended play, the self-produced Kensington EP, got released in 2007 to an instant success. MusicFromNL noted: "The band effortlessly combines different styles and moods into a comprehensive sound. (...) The quartet from Utrecht show musical sophistication on this debut. These five songs exhibit Kensington's prowess, originality and musicality. It is a well-produced, diverse and catchy record." The band hit its first bump on the road when the drummer Lucas Lenselink quit the band at the end of 2007 due to artistic differences. He was to be replaced by Niles Vandenberg. Kensington continued gaining traction though, and soon thereafter started playing support acts for artists such as Razorlight, My Chemical Romance and The Wombats. Their first album Borders got released in 2010, and from then on, Kensington became an omnipresent fixture on the Dutch rock scene. Four more albums followed: Vultures (2012), Rivals (2014), Control (2016) and Time (2019). The latter three would peak at No. 1 in the Netherlands, whilst also getting ranked on the Belgian and Swiss charts. Totallympics Debut Kensington got selected to compete for the Netherlands at the 2015 Annual held in Denmark. They were set to perform War, a single from their second studio album Vultures. The song had enjoyed much success in the Netherlands, peaking at No. 5 domestically, but was largely unknown outside of Benelux. It was a gamble that paid off. Kensington & War placed 10th, scoring 94 points from 14 juries. They were awarded two gold medals, from Brazil and Lithuania, and two silver medals, from France and Ireland. Double Comeback Kensington made their return onto the TISC stage at the 2017 Annual in Great Britain with Do I Ever, a single from their fourth album Control. They placed 10th again, this time with 97 points from 11 juries. The band became a bit of sensation in Algeria and were awarded the maximum 12 points. Ireland and France awarded them silver medals once again, while medals were also received from Bulgaria, Russia and Portugal, whose juror resides in the Netherlands. Curiously, the two juries who awarded the maximum points to War were not as impressed with Do I Ever. Lithuanian jury could only spare five points, while Brazil's praise of Kensington nosedived from 12 to 0 (!!). By this time, Kensington had become a household name on the TISC stage, so it came under no surprise when they received a nod to represent the Netherlands yet again the following year. In fact, their third selection was arguably even anticipated, as Brazil was set to host the 10th edition Jubilee. Kensington in pole position (2018 Annual) Kensington entered with Bridges, another single from Control. It was a dream start to the Grand Final, as they were in fact the leaders after the opening three votes! Was it to be the third time charm? Not quite, but the band produced yet another steady showing and placed 11th with 104 points from 15 juries. Maximum 12 points were received from Portugal, whilst medals also came from Ireland (for the third time), Germany and Norway. France and Lithuania grew visibly tired of the boys from Utrecht and awarded them with null points. Where are they now? Kensington has not made any more inroads at TISC since their third participation in 2018. In fact, their relationship with the Dutch selectors (namely, @heywoodu) hit a bit of a sour note in October 2020, when controversially they were not invited to play a gig at the Dutch-hosted edition. In November 2021, the band dropped a bomb announcing the split with frontman Eloi Youssef. In a joint statement, the band noted: "We are not fighting each other, there is no hate, no conflict, just a difference in vision. Jan, Casper and Niles still want to dedicate their lives to Kensington, Eloi does not, anymore. (...) We don’t know exactly what the future beyond August 2022 will bring. What we do know is that Kensington will not end here: Jan, Casper and Niles will find a new form for this over time. But first and foremost, we will lovingly close this chapter together!" As of today, Kensington are getting ready for their farewell tour with Youssef, which is set to commence May 14 in Scheveningen. The tour will mainly be held in the Netherlands, with a notable stop in Budapest in mid August, a definitive nod to their TISC history. The tour will end with no less than 6 (!) shows in Amsterdan, Ziggo Dome in late August and early September. The last four concerts have already been sold out.
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  2. Yeah, basically. Because of these Portuguese teams, the races in Portugal are (or were, I guess) absolutely fantastic to watch. It was often pure comedy gold, with riders literally sprinting up on sleep stopes in ways you'll never see on the highest levels. Time and time again it was so blatantly obvious, it was just hilarious. Teams like W52, Efapel, Louletano and Radio Popular, riders like Amaro Antunes, Joni Brandão, Gustavo Cesar Veloso (yes, Spaniards too), there wasn't even an atttempt made to hide it It was hilarious to watch, but that'll be over now. Let's see what the 'next Portugal' will be in cycling
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  3. Niger Mdou Moctar - "Afrique Victime"
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  5. Hard to say, but I doubt we will return anytime soon It is complicated topic and depends on several factors. The truth is that for different reasons (First, the competition is always in May during the most watched event in Slovakia, the World Hockey Championships, no normal TV in our country will spend so much money to have a program which will hardly achieve 10 % viewership as max, but mainly the general disinterest among population caused by very poor results and that weird feeling about eurovision being non-objective and fixed competition - I swear this is what people says here ), that competition has never been successful or watched. For example, I am convinced that the vast majority of people do not even know who won the last edition. I personally do not remember when I saw Eurovision for the last time, maybe more than 10 years (but this mostly due hockey worlds, not because of personal boycot or something like that ).
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  6. Yeah, Karlaftis is very much a Greek name. Since he landed with the Chiefs there's a good chance he'll have a successful career if he lives up to the potential. He was projected a late 1st round pick by a lot of experts.
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  7. Totallympics Annual International Song Contest - Top 40 Chart As we look forward to next week's Grand Final of the XVIII (18th) edition of the Totallympics International Song Contest in Hungary, it's time to take a trip down memory lane and count down the Top 40 Chart of TISC Annual Songs. From the very first edition in Mexico in 2014, the TISC Annual has taken us on our travels to Denmark, Slovakia, Great Britain, Brazil, back to Mexico for a second time, Croatia, and most recently to Poland in 2021. Let's remember those stunning venues..... TISC Annual 2014 Venue: Auditorio Telmex, Zapopan, Mexico TISC Annual 2015 Venue: Musikhuset, Aarhus, Denmark TISC Annual 2016 Venue: Steel Aréna, Košice, Slovakia TISC Annual 2017 Venue: Brighton Dome, Brighton, Great Britain  TISC Annual 2018 Venue: Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  TISC Annual 2019 Venue: Arena VFG, Guadalajara, Mexico  TISC Annual 2020 Venue: Zamet Hall, Rijeka, Croatia TISC Annual 2021 Venue: Tauron Arena, Kraków, Poland And now, let the countdown begin. Today we run through positions number 40 to 36 on the all-time TISC Annual PPJ charts: 40 Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly - Cruise (Remix) Edition: TISC Annual 2014 Placement: 8th Points: 120 points Points-Per-Jury Average: 3.53 pts Number of Juries That Voted For The Song: 15 / 34 (44.12%) Medals Won: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze Juries Who Awarded Their 12 Points To This Song: Romania ************************************************************************* 39 Tan Biónica - Ciudad Mágica Edition: TISC Annual 2014 Placement: 7th Points: 120 points Points-Per-Jury Average: 3.53 pts Number of Juries That Voted For The Song: 18 / 34 (52.94%) Medals Won: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze Juries Who Awarded Their 12 Points To This Song: Italy ************************************************************************* 38 Clara Luciani - Ma Soeur Edition: TISC Annual 2020 Placement: 3rd Points: 131 points Points-Per-Jury Average: 3.54 pts Number of Juries That Voted For The Song: 21 / 37 (56.76%) Medals Won: 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 0 Bronze Juries Who Awarded Their 12 Points To This Song: New Zealand, Netherlands ************************************************************************* 37 Diva Faune ft. Lea Paci - Get Up Edition: TISC Annual 2019 Placement: 5th Points: 131 points Points-Per-Jury Average: 3.54 pts Number of Juries That Voted For The Song: 22 / 37 (59.46%) Medals Won: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze Juries Who Awarded Their 12 Points To This Song: Norway, Bulgaria ************************************************************************* 36 Nabila Dali - My Dream (Eǧǧet-iyi ad arguɣ) Edition: TISC Annual 2016 Placement: 5th Points: 118 points Points-Per-Jury Average: 3.58 pts Number of Juries That Voted For The Song: 17 / 33 (51.52%) Medals Won: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze Juries Who Awarded Their 12 Points To This Song: Portugal, Slovenia *************************************************************************
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  8. If you’re a fan of Boris Becket & his commentary, he’ll probably be back… (counting on fingers & allowing for parole)…by Aussie Open 2024. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10767757/Boris-Becker-sentencing-Tennis-star-jailed-two-years-bankruptcy-offences.html
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  9. @heywoodu would know more, but I think this sort of scheme is focused on sweeping the small-time races in Portugal. They purposely choose the most blatant doping methods which would never fly at Tour de France anymore, for example.
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