PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for May 2019

  1. Death Of A Salesman starring Sharon D.Clarke and Arinze Kene

D. Clarke (pictured 2nd from right, top) won our Best Actress monsta last year as well as the Olivier for Best Actress In A Musical for her star turn in Caroline, Or Change and is here directed by Marianne Elliott (pictured left in video, hot from Company) and appears alongside Arinze Kene (winner of our Best Actor monsta for Misty and far left in the picture). Their revival of the Arthur Miller classic runs 1/5 through 29/6 at the Young Vic. ReviewTickets

  • Read on for reasons including Madonna, Eurovision, Anne-Marie Duff, Faye Tozer and Oti Mabuse

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PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Semi 1 starring Hatari & Tamta

55782416_700862010310626_2634417005314179072_nWHEN?: 14/5/2019 (screened live on BBC4 at 8pm)

WHERE?: Expo Tel Aviv, Pavilion 2, Israel

Last year’s winner Netta performed Toy 7th in Semi 1 and countries including pre-qualifiers Spain, France and hosts Israel vote here in a show dominated by the controversial Icelandic entry (pictured).

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

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SONG OF THE MONTH: Moving On by Hera Björk (March 2019)

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

OUT: now

Eurovision season is in full swing and the song we most want to see competing in Tel Aviv in May is a gorgeous ballad with a gigantic dramatic key change sung beautifully by a former contestant who finished 19th in 2010 in Oslo in a completely different style.

  • Read on for reasons including who we want to see represent Norway at Eurovision 2019

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TOP 6: Best read monstagigz content of 2018

  1. We weren’t very, very, very keen on new Martin McDonagh

Martin McDonagh features twice in this list and wrote/directed the Oscar-winning film Three Billboards in 2018. We were at the 2nd preview for this new play at the Bridge Theatre and weren’t keen: ‘Our problem with A Very, Very, Very Dark Matter is that, while McDonagh could be argued to be skewering the lazy racism of 18th Century Europe of the time, it makes for a very uncomfortable and politically incorrect watch in 2018.’

  • Read on for the rest of the top 6 including Saara Aalto, Aidan Turner, Heathers & Suranne Jones

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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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TV PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2018: Predictions for Andra Chansen

WHEN?: 7pm Saturday 3/3/18 on SVT (link to watch below)

WHERE?: Kristianstad

We’re very excited about the upcoming four duels that will see our eight-strong final become a dozen not least because some of our favourite songs compete again here.

  • Read on for our Andra Chansen predictions for Saturday and the best heat performances

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