Monday, August 16, 2010
Nadja Benaissa a member of the German girl band No Angels has admitted to having unprotected sex with several partners without warning them that she was HIV-positive.
Nadja Benaissa, 28, was speaking at the opening of her trial in the German city of Darmstadt.
"I am so sorry," she told the court.
She faces charges of grievous bodily harm for allegedly infecting one man, and attempted bodily harm over two men who were not infected.
If convicted, Ms Benaissa faces a prison sentence ranging from six months to 10 years.
The singer was arrested in Frankfurt last year, shortly before she was due to perform a solo concert, and spent 10 days in custody.
Aids gala declaration
Aids campaigners were critical of the authorities' handling of the arrest and warned against a rush to criminalise the transmission of HIV, the BBC's Tristana Moore reports from Berlin.
According to prosecutors, Ms Benaissa knew she was HIV-positive as early as 1999.
A former lover, who is HIV-positive, has said the singer infected him in 2004 and is due to appear in court in Darmstadt as a co-claimant.
Last November Ms Benaissa appeared at an Aids charity gala in Berlin and openly declared: "My name is Nadja Benaissa, I'm 27 years old, I have a daughter - and I'm HIV-positive."
No Angels were formed in 2000 on the international TV show Popstars, before recording a series of hits and emerging as Germany's most successful girl band.
They re-formed in 2007 and competed in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing 23rd with the song 'Disappear' with a total of 14 points – taking 12 points from Bulgaria, band member Lucy Diakovska's native country, and 2 points from Switzerland only. Only the United Kingdom and Poland placed below the four-member female band.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Our favourite Malteste diva Chiara has said she is interested in returning to the Eurovision stage for the fourth time!
Speaking at Stockholm pride where she was wearing a very fetching rainbow dress..ahem Chiara said “Eurovision has become like a drug to me. Every time I think of Eurovision I get this thrill going on in my mind saying, Yes I want to be there again..and again..and again! I just loving being part of it. I am in love with it. The experience is so nice! Even if the outcome is not as expected, the experience is still unique.’
Her family are reluctant to see her return as they struggle to deal with the negative side of the press.
She also said she would consider entering Melodifestivalen in the future and confessed her love of schlager! 'Schlager makes you dance! You just cannot stand still. It’s amazing. I really like it. I do feel comfortable performing it too.’
Chiara has a clear love for the contest and has the same addiction that we all understand, no it's not chicken wings its Eurovision!!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The 2011 host city will be announced next month. 8 cities have expressed an interest in hosting with the main contenders being Berlin, Munich, Hanover, Frankfurt and Cologne.
In terms of population these cities have quite a range from Berlin at 3.2 million to Lena's city of Hanover at just 516,000.
Many have expressed their wishes for which city they would like to see hosting. In my opinion I want a city that is able to cope with the demands of hosting eurovision and providing the buzz about the contest throughout the whole city just like Oslo did.
Moscow on the other hand was too large and swallowed up the atmosphere.
Either way I am positive that the German's will present a very efficient show that is well organised and will be a comfortable and enjoyable place for all us lunatics that arrive next May!
What do you think?
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Former A Teens star and girlfriend of Mans, Marie Serneholt has said she is looking at suitable songs for her return to Melodifestivalen in 2011 following her debut in the contest in 2009 with 'Disconnect Me'! A Teens were rumoured to be a wildcard at this years contest and their renuion could be a possibility.
Either way I am thrilled to see Marie back in the game!
The Netherland will be represented by 3Js in Germany. One of the earliest announcements to take place During a radio show, the band made this public with the Dutch broadcaster, Televisie Radio Omroep Stichting (TROS) also announcing the bands candidacy. With the band saying: "It's about the song again", after the Netherlands poor results in recent years.
The band will produce five songs before the end 2010, which will be performed at the national final (National Songfestival) in early 2011, during which the public and a professional jury will vote for their favourite song.