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
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
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
TRACKLIST: Take Me Home; Black Leather; Would I Lie To You?; Spirit In The Sky; Dancing In The Smoke; Roar Like A Lion; Praying; Colours; Louder; Bed With The Wolf
A year ago in Tel Aviv Norwegian trio KEiiNO won the Eurovision Song Contest televote eventually finishing sixth overall with our favourite song of that year’s competition, the soaraway pop smash Spirit In The Sky.
Read on for reasons including our thoughts on this album’s four new tracks
‘We’re going up, up, up, up, up, up!’ Euphoria is a song which is well-titled. A number 3 hit in the UK, it was also memorably performed in a Kate Bush-fashion ripe for lampooning years later in best interval act ever Love, Love, Peace, Peace. The song itself is a credible piece of electro pop which only narrowly missed out on our greatest ever winners list but did make it to the Melodifestivalen top 5.
Read on for reasons including Conchita rising like a phoenix, a fairytale and some flying on the wings of love
‘One day when the lockdown is over, We’ll get on the ferry at Dover, We’ll drive down to Spain, to say: ‘Hola!’ again, Te amo, Te amo España.’ Derry boy and Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon has Eurovision form.
Read on for reasons including how to vote in the Isolation Song Contest
We were at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki in 2007 when this had the misfortune of following immediately after eventual winner Molitva by Marija Šerifović. We hadn’t fancied it much before we left London for Finland but when we arrived it was clear what a fan favourite it was. Multiple key changes, a riot in Bacofoil and a simple, insistent hook, it defeated Šerifović in a recent Eurovision Again vote. ‘Let’s speak dance!’
Read on for reasons including the UK’s greatest runner-up, Chiara and why Selma was All Out Of Luck