PASSAGES: Italian film composer legend Ennio Morricone 1928-2020

He was truly one of the most prolific film score composers of all time, with an estimated FIVE HUNDRED scores under his belt in his six decade long film music career, and his music influenced countless generations of all types of musicians. Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91 following complications from a fall. Morricone didn’t start writing film music until 1958, but once he was there, he didn’t look back, sometimes doing multiple scores a year from his studios in Rome, where he always worked. He was notorious for always wanting to work for

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The European Broadcast Union should have known better….Variety trashes “Fire Saga”

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Netflix is premiering an original film later this week, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga“, a “comedy” written by and starring Will Ferrell as one half of an Icelandic duo whose biggest dream is to compete in and win the annual Eurovision Song Contest.  Now, not surprisingly, given who is involved, this is not a serious competition film, it is an utter TRAVESTY, as most Ferrell-penned adaptations (“Land Of The Lost”, “Bewitched”) have been.  And given their closely protected “traditions”, I’m utterly astonished that the European Broadcast Union even agreed

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EUROVISION: The Kirkham Report presents the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest Wrapup

Well, it’s finally here….after seven weeks of countdowns and coverage, the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest season is over. Sad since it never really was to be…there are no winners in a cancelled contest….well, OFFICIAL ones, anyway…:-) But take heart – my FINAL look back at this year’s shows, a look forward at 2021 to the return of the REAL Eurovision Song Contest and the launch of the American Song Contest (knock on wood for both; hopefully no COVID-19 issues) and more – plus TWO special announcements – are all part of this year’s edition of “The Kirkham Report” Eurovision Wrap

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EUROVISION – The last 2020 list – The Weird, The Wonderful, The Wacky, and the Wretched…

As I noted the other day, although I only recently started watching ESC when it first became OFFICIALLY available in the US when Logo broadcast it in 2016 (I was hooked INSTANTLY!), I’ve been aware of it for a long time, thanks to my natural love of music. The Eurovision Song Contest is a strange little show – there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world, at least not until the American Song Contest premieres in 2021. It pits country against country in a battle of musical supremacy. With so many countries participating now – it’s now in

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LIVE TELECAST: Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light – 3 PM ET/12 Noon PT

I know it’s NOT going to be the same because of the insane circumstances, but we’ll try nonetheless…it’s time for Eurovision Week on eCO, TKR and PlanetBM! Beginning at 3 PM today, you can come here to connect to this year’s Grand Final replacement special “Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light”. Telecast live from Rotterdam with all kinds of special extras – and this year’s celebration should NOT be “geoblocked” which means you should be able to tune in from ANYWHERE on YouTube to watch. If you encounter problems, hit your VPN (you DO have a VPN, RIGHT?) to “on” and

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EUROVISION: It’s Dadi Freyr Day!

It’s EUROVISION DAY – well, it WOULD BE, if this year’s contest hadn’t been cancelled. But we’ll make it up to you – I’ve got lots of stuff today, and we’re kicking off today’s festivities with a special – it’s DADI FREYR DAY! Freyr won my top spot this year and by all accounts online (except for one or two partypooping deniers out there, heh heh) was on his way to winning ESC 2020 for his home country Iceland with his delightful little ditty “Think About Things“. SO….today, to kick things off, it’s time to give you some great Dadi-videos!

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Eurovision Home Concerts series, Episode Seven is here!

Time for the Eurovision Song Contests’ new “Home Concerts” series, where artists past and present from the ESC perform for a worldwide viewing audience from their homes, hence the title. Guests for week seven, billed as the “Season Finale”: Go-A, Ukraine 2020 Diodado, Italy 2020 MELOVIN, Ukraine 2018 Imri, Isreal 2017 Dami Im, Australia 2016 Yohanna, Iceland 2009 Dana, Ireland 1970 Eimear Quinn, Ireland 1996 Secret Garden, Norway 1995 The “Eurovision Home Concerts” series will debut a new episode every Friday through May 15, featuring each artist performing their own Eurovision entry and a cover of another artist’s entry chosen

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LIVE TELECAST: Eurovision Song Celebration part 2 – 3 PM ET/12 Noon PT

UPDATED WITH SHOW COMMENTS BELOW! I know it’s NOT going to be the same because of the insane circumstances, but we’ll try nonetheless…it’s time for Eurovision Week on eCO, TKR and PlanetBM! Beginning at 3 PM today, you can come here to connect to part two of this years’ Eurovision Song Celebration! The second semi-final songs plus remaining Big Five members Spain, France, and the UK will be featured. Telecast live from Rotterdam with all kinds of special extras – and this year’s celebration should NOT be “geoblocked” which means you should be able to tune in from ANYWHERE on

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EUROVISION – TC’s Top 30 Eurovision Entries 2001-2015

As I noted the other day, although I only recently started watching ESC when it first became OFFICIALLY available in the US when Logo broadcast it in 2016 (I was hooked INSTANTLY!), I’ve been aware of it for a long time, thanks to my natural love of music. After I FINALLY got into ESC when it began airing in the U.S., I started voraciously going back through the entire history of the contest, checking out songs here and there, and finding a lot of songs that were, well, in my opinion, good but not great. Not that they were bad

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LIVE TELECAST: Eurovision Song Celebration part 1 – 3 PM ET/12 Noon PT

I know it’s NOT going to be the same because of the insane circumstances, but we’ll try nonetheless…it’s time for Eurovision Week on eCO, TKR and PlanetBM! Beginning at 3 PM today, you can come here to connect to part one of this years’ Eurovision Song Celebration! The first semi-final songs plus Big Five members Germany and Italy will be featured. Telecast live from Rotterdam with all kinds of special extras – and this year’s celebration should NOT be “geoblocked” which means you should be able to tune in from ANYWHERE on YouTube to watch. If you encounter problems, hit

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