PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for June 2022 starring Glastonbury Festival and the legendary Diana Ross

  1. Diana Ross plays Glastonbury legends slot

2022 marks the 1st Glastonbury Festival since 2019 and will be our 7th visit with headliners including Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar. We’re particularly looking forward to catching Pet Shop Boys and Years and Years as well as Diana Ross in the legends slot. But it’s always about so much more than the music with the atmosphere being unrivalled. Tickets are sold out

  • Read on for reasons including Emilia Clarke in The Seagull, Lorde, Culture Club and Agnes does Mighty Hoopla
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PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Final starring Cornelia Jakobs, Sam Ryder and Chanel

By Aline Mahrud and Neil Durham

WHEN?: Saturday 14 May 2022

WHERE?: PalaOlimpico, Turin, Italy

HOW DO I WATCH?: BBC1 8pm (UK time)

Rousing anti-ballad Hold Me Closer by Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs (pictured) is our pick to take home the 66th Eurovision Song Contest crown on Saturday.

  • Read on for reasons including where we think the Semi 1 qualifiers will finish on Saturday
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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for May 2022 starring My Fair Lady

  1. My Fair Lady starring Amara Okereke at the Coliseum

We saw lead Okereke in both The Boy Friend (Menier) and Spring Awakening (Almeida) and so know how deserved this casting is. We last saw Martine McCutcheon’s triumphant take on this Lerner and Loewe classic in 2001 and it returns to the West End at the Coliseum 7 May through 27 August 2022. Tickets 1st preview review

  • Read on for reasons including Legally Blonde, Amy Adams’ West End debut and last Little Mix gig
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PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest pre-qualified finalists starring Chanel, Sam Ryder, Mahmood and Blanco

By Aline Mahrud and Neil Durham

WHEN? Saturday 14 May 2022

WHERE? PalaOlimpico, Turin, Italy

HOW DO I WATCH? BBC1 8pm (UK time)

This is the strongest batch of pre-qualified finalists for a Eurovision we can ever remember and we think there are 2 potential winners in this batch.

  • Read on for how we think the 5 pre-qualified finalists will perform on the big night
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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for April 2022 starring The 47th

  1. Mike Bartlett’s The 47th at the Old Vic starring Bertie Carvel

Dr Foster author Bartlett’s COCK was our pick of last month and in April he has 2 new plays opening (see also Scandaltown further down this list). The 47th stars Carvel (pictured, Ink, the Almeida, West End and Broadway) as Donald Trump, the 47th US President, and runs at the Old Vic 29 March through 28 May 2022. Tickets Review

  • Read on for reasons including Nicola Walker, Jodie Comer and an Oklahoma revival
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PREVIEW: Eurovision France c’est vous qui décidez, France’s Eurovision selection show starring Pauline Chagne

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN/WHERE?: 5 March 2022, Paris

HOW DO I WATCH?: France Télévisions

France’s Barbara Pravi was runner-up at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest with Voila and it’s fair to say that the French Eurovision selection procedure in recent years has really upped its game.

  • Read on for reasons including our pick of the 12 songs in this final
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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for March starring Jonathan Bailey, Taron Egerton & Jade Anouka in Cock

  1. Jonathan Bailey, Taron Egerton and Jade Anouka in Cock

Bridgerton star Bailey won our Best Performance Of A Song monsta in 2018 under Marianne Elliott’s direction in Sondheim’s Company, currently running on Broadway. Elliott returns to direct here. Anouka won a monsta too in 2016 for Best Theatre Actress in the Shakespeare Trilogy. Both star with Egerton (Rocketman) and Phil Daniels (Les Miserables). Mike Bartlett’s 2009 (Snowflake) play about a gay male couple threatened from an unlikely source originally starred Ben Whishaw, Andrew Scott and Katherine Parkinson. Runs 5 March through 4 June 2022 at the Ambassadors Theatre. Tickets The view from the audience as Egerton fainted at the 1st preview

  • Read on for reasons including To Kill A Mockingbird in the West End and the return of Bridgerton
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PREVIEW: Melodi Grand Prix 2022, Norway Eurovision selection show starring Subwoolfer, Anna-Lisa Kumoji & Christian Ingebrigtsen

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN/WHERE?: Saturday 19 February 2022, H3 Arena, Fornebu

HOW DO I WATCH?: NRK

Last year’s Melodi Grand Prix was very much a 2-horse race between TIX and KEIINO but 2022’s line-up is much more open with any number of possible winners.

  • Read on for reasons including who our favourite is and why we don’t want Subwoolfer to win
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PREVIEW: Finland’s Eurovision selection show UMK starring Isaac Sene, BESS and The Rasmus

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN?: 26 February 2022

HOW DO I WATCH? YLE

Finland performed far better than we expected in 2021 when rock group Blind Channel finished 6th and in 2022 they have a diverse 7-song final including The Rasmus who had a worldwide hit in 2003 with In The Shadows.

  • Read on for reasons including how The Rasmus song is a little cliched and how they risk having their thunder stolen
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PREVIEW: Eesti Laul 2022, Estonia Eurovision selection show starring Anna Sahlene, Stig Rästa & Stefan

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN?: Semi finals Thursday and Saturday 3 and 5 February, final Saturday 12 February 2022

HOW DO I WATCH?: Eesti Laul 2022 ETV

Estonia has not 1 but 5 returning former entrants to its Eesti Laul 2022 Eurovision selection show.

  • Read on for reasons including who the returning artists are and who we give our 12 points to
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