PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 3 starring Lina Hedlund from Alcazar, Dolly Style, Martin Stenmarck & Omar

We’ve described Alcazar as ‘the greatest act never to represent Sweden in Eurovision’ and 1 of its current members, Lina Hedlund (pictured far left above), competes in Heat 3 in Leksand on 16 February.

  • Read on for reasons including which Alcastar-beating former MF winner competes here also

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PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 2 starring Margaret, Andreas Johnson & LIAMOO

The song we wanted to win the Melodifestivalen final last year was the old-school Rihanna bop My Cabana sung by Margaret (pictured) who appears again in this 2nd heat from Malmö on 9 February where she closes the show.

  • Read on for reasons including details of fellow Heat 2 participants including Andreas Johnson & pre-contest favourite (again) LIAMOO

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PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 1 starring Anna Bergendahl, Wiktoria, Arja Saijonmaa & Nano

The greatest show on earth returns on 2 February 2019 in Gothenburg with 1 of its least successful acts closing the show (pictured above and immediately below) hoping to make up for her 2010 failure to reach the Eurovision Song Contest final in neighbouring Oslo. Read our Heat 1 predictions here.

  • Read on for reasons including Wiktoria, Arja Saijonmaa & Nano who also appear in this debut heat

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Q&A & TV PREVIEW: No Offence featuring Paul Abbott, Joanna Scanlan & Will Mellor

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: BAFTA, London

WHEN?: 10/9, 1st episode airs 13/9/18

‘He’s either a spook, from Special Branch or the work experience,’ observes Joanna Scanlan’s Detective Inspector Viv Deering of the young man in a suit impeding her progress in the investigation which dominates the 1st episode in this 3rd series of No Offence. ‘I’ve got more 5 O’Clock shadow than he has.’

  • Read on for reasons including why Scanlan thinks her character is ‘Paul Abbott in a dress’

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Q&A and Preview: Killing Eve featuring Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw and Phoebe Waller-Bridge

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: BAFTA, London

WHEN?: 5/9, airs BBC1 9.15pm from 15/9/18

In less than a fortnight we will know whether this show has won the 2 Emmys it is shortlisted for: Outstanding Actress (Sandra Oh, who you may recognise from Grey’s Anatomy) and Outstanding Writing for the UK’s own Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

  • Read on for reasons including why there is humour here which will be much loved by Fleabag fans

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TV PREVIEW: Eurovision Song Contest 2018 semi final 1 starring Saara Aalto

WHEN?: 8/5/18

WHERE?: Altice Arena, Lisbon, Portugal

Fan theories would have it that this is the more difficult of the two semis but we’re not so sure. This is where our favourite sings (Finland’s Saara Aalto pictured above) and the UK votes.

  • Who’s through and who’s on the 1st plane out of Lisbon? Read on for our semi 1 predictions  Read More

TV PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2018: Final

WHEN?: Saturday 10 March (7pm UK time) on SVT (link to watch below)

The quality of the songs in this year’s Melodifestivalen has attracted criticism but for us 2018 has been all about the Swedish public’s love of the novelty entry ahead of possible Eurovision winner Cry by Dotter.

  • Read on for our predictions for how we think the 12 finalists would fare at Eurovision

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