Problems for former Eurovision winners

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Two former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest are facing more or less serious problems at the moment. While Canadian pop diva Céline Dion (1988, Switzerland, 'Ne partez pas sans moi') will be hearing soon from the lawyers of British band Muse, Udo Jürgens (1966, Austria, 'Merci, Chérie') could probably be hearing nothing in a couple of years.

In the recent issue of German tabloid paper Super Illu, Udo Jürgens reports a hearing damage of the left ear, on which he hears 40% less than on the right ear. This became worse with increasing age. “If this continues, I will need a hearing aid soon.”, the 68 year old singer is afraid. The damage developed at the age of ten, when he was hit on the ear by an eighteen year old boy. Udo Jürgens represented Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964, 1965 and finally 1966, when he achieved Austria�s only victory to date.

Meanwhile, German tabloid paper Bild reports that the British pop group Muse is going to sue Céline Dion for using their name without permission. Muse is the name of Céline�s new stage show in Las Vegas. But as this is the band�s name and they also have the legal rights for the United States, nobody else is allowed to use it. Therefore, no concert, no artist, no band and also not Céline Dion�s show may be called 'Muse'. Dion is said to have offered 65.000 � for the right of using the name, but the band refused.

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