PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest final starring Blas Cantó & James Newman

WHEN?: 8pm (UK time) Saturday 22 May 2021

WHERE?: Rotterdam Ahoy

WHERE CAN I WATCH?: BBC1 in the UK

Covid-19 caused the cancellation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest for the 1st time in its 65-year history but it looks set to return in 2021 with many of the artists who missed out.

  • Read on for reasons including our predictions for how the 6 pre-qualified finalists will do
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PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final 2 starring Fyr & Flamme, Stefania, Daði & Gagnamagnið & Senhit feat Flo Rida

WHEN?: 8pm UK time Thursday 20 May 2021

WHERE?: Ahoy Rotterdam

A dozen of the 17 acts competing in this 2nd semi would have been in contention in 2020 and read on for details of the 7 we think will progress to the final.

  • Read on for reasons including which acts we think will have their Eurovision moment of glory on 22 May 2021
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FILM REVIEW: Romeo & Juliet starring Josh O’Connor & Jessie Buckley

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: 9pm Sunday 4 April 2021

WHERE?: Sky Arts

RUNTIME: 90 minutes

When the National Theatre announced that Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley were set to star in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the venue in summer 2020, it was set to be 1 of the season’s highlights.

  • Read on for reasons including how a gay couple played by Fisayo Akinade and Shubham Saraf are crucial to the tragedy
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SONG OF THE WEEK: Heartbreak In This City by Steps & Michelle Visage (week beginning 3 April 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 25 February 2021

Visage is a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race and played the role of teacher Miss Hedge in West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie before new bandmate Faye Tozer and so perhaps it should come as little surprise that she fits so flawlessly into Lisa Scott-Lee’s shoes.

  • Read on for reasons including which Melodifestivalen song we think the band should cover next
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PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Semi final 1 Eurovision Song Contest starring The Roop, Elena Tsagrinou, Destiny & Hooverphonic

WHEN?: Tuesday 18 May 2021

WHERE?: Rotterdam Ahoy

The failure of Belarus to submit an entry complying with the Eurovision Song Contest’s rules mean this semi has 1 song less than semi 2 yet we think this 1 will be tougher to qualify from than its counterpart.

  • Read on for reasons including predictions of who is qualifying and who won’t be making the final from this 16-song semi
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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Poster Girl by Zara Larsson (March 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

OUT: 5 March 2021

TRACKLIST: Love Me Land; Talk About Love feat Young Thug; Need Someone; Right Here; WOW; Poster Girl; I Need Love; Look What You’ve Done; Ruin My Life; Stick With You; FFF; What Happens Here

We last saw Larsson live headlining at London’s Eventim Apollo in October 2017 and it is with a little surprise then that it has taken more than three-and-half years since to release this next album proper.

  • Read on for reasons including to see live performances of 2 of the album’s best tracks
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THEATRE REVIEW: Black Matter starring Giles Terera

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Le Crazy Coqs, Soho, London

WHEN? Friday 26 March 2021, available to 31 March 2021

HOW TO WATCH?: via Fane Productions, tickets RUNTIME: 60 minutes

Terera won an Olivier Award in 2018 for Hamilton and we know all about his West End pedigree thanks to seeing him in shows as diverse as Rosmersholm (Duke Of York’s), Pure Imagination (Other Palace) and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre).

  • Read on for reasons including how Terera stepped aside to enable 1 of the theatrical performances of last year
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THEATRE REVIEW: BKLYN – The Musical starring Marisha Wallace

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

HOW TO WATCH: Digitally until 4/4/21 at Stream Theatre, tickets

RUNTIME: 85 minutes (without interval)

One of the joys of lockdown has been watching Marisha Wallace’s star rise with her home gig, debut album and now this plum role in a little-known musical we were already familiar with.

  • Read on for reasons including what to expect if you stream this version of BKLYN – The Musical
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