PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t/couldn’t wait for May (2020) starring Eurovision: Come Together

  1. Eurovision: Come Together airs

BBC Eurovision host Graham Norton (pictured above) won’t be in Rotterdam in the Netherlands on 16/5 when the Eurovision Song Contest was due to take place but UK fans will have a show to watch at 6.30pm – Eurovision: Come Together. The one-off special promises a celebration of the most unforgettable performances in the contest’s 65-year history along with the greatest songs from the modern contest. Read our predictions for who would have qualified from Semi 1, Semi 2 and how the pre-qualified finalists would have done.

  • Read on for reasons including Leave A Light On, Eurovision Again, KEiiNO album and Second Cherry return

2. Leave A Light On shines

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Join your favourite West End stars performing live from their living rooms. Organised by Lambert Jackson Productions with the Theatre Cafe, gigs this week include Sam Tutty (Dear Evan Hansen, West End) and Vicky Vox (Little Shop Of Horrors, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). We’ve seen gigs including Tim Mahendran, Fra Fee, Marisha Wallace, Jordan Luke Gage and Nathaniel Morrison.

3. Eurovision Again

British fan and journalist Rob Holley started this 8pm Saturday synchronised viewing of song contests from Eurovision’s glitter-strewn past in March and so far we’ve seen 2013, 2006, 2009, 2015 and 1997. The European Broadcasting Union has allowed shows without commentary to be uploaded on YouTube and fans tweet along, voting at the end. The highlight for us was the defeat of 2006 winners Lordi by schlager legend Carola. Eurovision’s 5 greatest winners.

4. KEiiNO album out

KEiiNO won the televote at last year’s Eurovision with the uplifting Spirit In The Sky and have since released four fine singles. Album Okta is out 15/5 and includes all those singles amongst its 10 tracks.

5. Second Cherry returns

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Our second favourite podcast (behind only Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review) modestly subtitles itself Almost A Eurovision Podcast but it’s so much more than that. Drinks in hand, co-hosts Monty Moncrieff and Matt Baker (no, not that one) usually guide us through the best songs that almost made Eurovision each year in country-by-country episodes. The series has just restarted with a look at the songs in the now-cancelled contest’s 2020 edition. New episodes Monday. Hugely recommended.

6. Pet Shop Boys Dreamworld Tour re-arranged

We were due to see one of our favourite groups at The 02 on 28/5 and we include this here to update on news that the tour Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live has now been rescheduled to 2021. Details The Boys’ new single (above) is out now and it couldn’t be less appropriate in these socially distanced times.

7. Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light broadcast

Airing on BBC1 in the UK, this is the European Broadcasting Union’s attempt to fill the void left by the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 16/5. It airs for two hours from 8pm (UK time) and will honour all 41 songs in a non-competitive format as well as promising surprises for fans and viewers at home. It will bring 2020’s artists from their locations across Europe together in a performance of Katrina and The Waves’ 1997 winner Love Shine A Light. Details

8. The Understudy offers support

Blackheath’s Sarah Hadland stars alongside Stephen Fry in a new online radio play to raise funds for the theatre industry as it deals with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Emily Atack, Russell Tovey, Mina Anwar, Sheila Atim and Layton Williams will also appear in The Understudy, based on the novel by David Nicholls. The play will be broadcast online in two parts in May to members of the public who have bought a £5 ‘ticket’. All the actors involved will record their lines separately at home. Tickets

9. Killing Eve back on form

The 1st season won our 2018 Best TV monsta and it’s back on form after a disappointing 2nd season. We won’t give the game away but there’s a major plot development at the end of the 1st episode of series 3. New episodes debut each Monday at 6am on BBC iPlayer while the show airs at 9.15pm on Sundays on BBC1. Our cast interview.

  • Picture courtesy BBC Eurovision
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