PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2022 Heat 4 starring Anna Bergendahl & Klara Hammarström

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN?: Saturday 26 February 2022 7pm UK/8pm CET Update: Covid means all shows will now be from Stockholm

WHERE DO I WATCH? SVT Play

Bergendahl is Sweden’s least successful Eurovision entrant, failing to make the final in 2010, and her successful return to Melodifestivalen – finishing 10th with Ashes To Ashes in 2019 and 3rd with Kingdom Come a year later – has been a genuine thrill.

  • Read on for reasons including Klara Hammarström and Lillasyster
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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Night Call by Years and Years (January 2022)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

TRACKLIST: Consequences; Starstruck; Night Call; Intimacy; Crave; Sweet Talker; Sooner Or Later; 20 Minutes; Strange And Unusual; Make It Out Alive; See You Again; Immaculate; Muscle; Reflection; A Second To Midnight; Starstruck (final 2 with Kylie Minogue)

Did you join It’s A Sin star Olly Alexander to usher in 2022 with The Big New Years and Years Eve Party on BBC1 which also featured Kylie Minogue and Pet Shop Boys?

  • Read on for reasons including everything we know about the Years and Years arena tour in May
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9 reasons why we can’t wait for February 2022 starring Kit Harington

  1. Kit Harington stars as Henry V at the Donmar

The most memorable time the Game Of Thrones star performed in the West End was at the Duke Of York’s in 2016 for Jamie Lloyd’s Doctor Faustus. It was our 2nd best read piece that year which may have had something to do with Harington flashing his bum during the performance. Hard to know what to expect from his Henry V (Harington pictured) at the Donmar which is in previews from 12 February and is booking until 9 April. Directed by Max Webster (Cover My Tracks, The Lorax, Old Vic). Tickets Update: due to Covid-19-related absences in the company the 1st 4 previews have been cancelled

  • Read on for reasons including Monica Dolan, new Tears For Fears album and intimate Years and Years gig
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PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2022 Heat 3 starring Linda Bengtzing, Faith Kakembo and Anders Bagge

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN?: Saturday 19 February 2022 7pm UK/8pm CET Update: Covid means all shows will now be from Stockholm

WHERE? Linköping Saab Arena WHERE DO I WATCH? SVT Play

Bengtzing returns to the scene of her greatest success for an 8th attempt at the Melodifestivalen win that has eluded her with such fan favourites as Jag ljuger så bra (I lie so well), Hur svårt kan det va? (How hard can it be?) and E de fel på mig? (Is there something wrong with me?).

  • Read on for reasons including Faith Kakembo, Lisa Miskovsky and Anders Bagge
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THEATRE REVIEW: Bring It On – The Musical starring Amber Davies & Louis Smith at Southbank Centre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Saturday 15 January (matinee), runs to Saturday 22 January 2022

We’re here because Lin-Manuel Miranda co-wrote this musical and we’re big fans of his In The Heights rather than his mega hit Hamilton.

  • Read on for reasons including why you should catch this stand-out show while you can
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PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2022 Heat 2 starring John Lundvik, LIAMOO and Tone Sekelius

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN?: Saturday 12 February 2022

WHERE?: Scandinavium, Gothenburg WHERE DO I WATCH? SVT Play UPDATE: Covid means Stockholm will now be the venue for all 2022 events

Lundvik (pictured above) is the 2nd of 3 returning former winners to this year’s 60th Melodifestivalen but we wonder whether the 1st trans contestant in its history, Tone Sekelius, closing this heat (read further down this article) might steal the pre-show headlines?

  • Read on for reasons including for LIAMOO, Lisa Ajax and Browsing Collection
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PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2022 Heat 1 starring Shirley Clamp, Robin Bengtsson & Omar Rudberg

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN? Saturday 5 February 2022

WHERE? Malmö Arena WHERE DO I WATCH? SVT Play UPDATE: Covid means Stockholm will now be the venue for all 2022 events

We’re at the venue of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest final, our last live Eurovision, and our highlight is the 1st appearance in 8 years on a Melodifestivalen stage for the legend that is Shirley Clamp.

  • Read on for reasons including MF winner Robin Bengtsson and TV star Omar Rudberg
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