PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest final starring Elena Tsagrinou, The Roop, James Newman & Blas Cantó 

WHEN?: Saturday 22 May 2021

WHERE?: Ahoy Rotterdam

HOW TO WATCH?: 8pm UK time BBC1

The 1st 2021 semi final took place on Tuesday night and we now have 10 entries including Cyprus’ Elena Tsagrinou (pictured above) to add to the pre-qualified finalists – but what results will they earn on the all important Saturday night?

  • Read on for reasons including our predictions for where each final entry will finish
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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for May 2021 starring Eurovision

  1. Eurovision Song Contest returns

Covid-19 caused its cancellation for the 1st time in its 66-year history in 2020 and this year it comes live from the Ahoy in Rotterdam on Saturday 22 May 2021. We’ve previewed semi 1, semi 2 and the pre-qualified finalists. Our pick to win is Iceland’s Daði Freyr (pictured) with hits group Gagnamagnið and entry 10 Years, a song of the week for us in March.

  • Read on for reasons including the return of the West End featuring Drag Race UK stars, the Southwark Playhouse and Glastonbury
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9 reasons why we can’t wait for March 2021 starring Daði Freyr

  1. Daði Freyr Eurovision entry drops

2020 was the Eurovision-that-never-was and Freyr’s Think About Things was judged by many to be the song most likely to have won if Covid-19 hadn’t caused its cancellation. Like many other competitors Freyr has been selected to compete in 2021 and his song 10 Years drops 13/3/21. Freyr’s last single Feel The Love was a song of the month for us in January.

  • Read on for reasons including Treason, new Zara Larsson album and the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
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GIG REVIEW: Lucie Jones in Leave A Light On

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Online via Leave A Light On

WHEN?: 22/1/21

SETLIST: What Baking Can Do; Rainbow; How Far I’ll Go; Someone Like You (duet with Ella Stammers); Landslide; I Can Do Better Than That; When She Loved Me; Marvin; Only Us (duet with Sam Tutty); She Used To Be Mine

Jones was performing in Waitress in her 1st West End leading lady role when Covid-19 closed theatres and so she turned to teaching.

  • Read on for reasons including how Jones duets with a young student and it’s quite moving
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PREVIEW: Second Cherry 2020 song contest

WHEN?: 7/11/20 UPDATE: England’s second lockdown means the RVT show is cancelled but there will be an online show 14/11/20

WHERE?: Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London, and online

Former Melodifestivalen winner Anna Bergendahl (pictured above) is arguably the biggest name in November’s Second Cherry 2020 song contest which concludes, fingers crossed, with a live event in London next weekend.

  • Read on for reasons including where our douze points is going and our other highlights
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REVIEW: Eurovision Again: 1999 starring Charlotte Perrelli, Selma, Sürpriz and Doris Dragović

WHEN?: Eurovision Again: 1999 took place on 18/7/20 and Eurovision Again is at 8pm every 3rd Sunday

2020 is the first year without a Eurovision Song Contest since 1955 and lockdowns caused by Covid-19 have seen the rise in popularity of synchronised watching of past competitions on social media on the third Saturday of every month.

  • Read on for reasons including why Eurovision Again has become an 8pm Saturday fixture in the monstagigz calendar 

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FILM REVIEW and ALBUM REVIEW: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga starring Will Ferrell

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

OUT now on Netflix

This film is well-timed because in the 65-year history of the Eurovision Song Contest it has been held annually apart from 2020 when Covid-19 caused its cancellation.

  • Read on for reasons including why we shed a little tear at this film’s surprising and moving conclusion

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SONG OF THE WEEK: Backfire by Dotter (week beginning 7 June 2020)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: now

Regular readers of monstagigz will be familiar with Swedish singer songwriter Dotter, real name Johanna Jansson, not least through bringing her idiosyncratic brand of indie pop to the last four Melodifestivalens.

  • Read on for reasons including to listen to Backfire and our hopes for what Dotter does next

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