PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest final starring Blas Cantó & James Newman

WHEN?: 8pm (UK time) Saturday 22 May 2021

WHERE?: Rotterdam Ahoy

WHERE CAN I WATCH?: BBC1 in the UK

Covid-19 caused the cancellation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest for the 1st time in its 65-year history but it looks set to return in 2021 with many of the artists who missed out.

  • Read on for reasons including our predictions for how the 6 pre-qualified finalists will do
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SONG OF THE WEEK: 10 Years by Daði Freyr & Gagnamagnið (week beginning 19/3/21)

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

OUT: 13 March 2021

The question of how the unofficial winner of the 2020 Eurovision-that-never-was would follow up his beloved entry was on the lips of all ESC fans immediately after it was announced by Icelandic broadcaster RUV that Daði Freyr and his band Gagnamagnið would return to represent the country in 2021.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see Freyr live in the UK in 2021
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PREDICTIONS: Melodifestivalen 2021 finalen starring Dotter, Charlotte Perrelli, Danny Saucedo & Eric Saade

WHEN?: Saturday 13 March 2021

WHERE?: Annexet, Stockholm

HOW TO WATCH?: SVTPlay

We’ve enjoyed this Melodifestivalen more than we have for many years which may in part be due to the extra time lockdown has afforded us to obsess about it.

  • Read on for reasons including how we think this year’s finalists would fare at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest

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SONG OF THE WEEK: Still Young by Charlotte Perrelli (week beginning 2/3/2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

OUT: now

Team monstagigz is celebrating a birthday today and so it seems fitting that our newly-crowned song of the week is by this 2021 Melodifestivalen finalist who was also crucially the last Eurovision winner of the 20th Century.

  • Read on for reasons including to watch La Perrelli’s 2021 Melodifestivalen performance
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PREDICTIONS: Melodifestivalen Andra Chansen 2021

WHERE?: Annexet, Stockholm

WHEN?: Saturday 6 March 2021

WHERE DO I WATCH?: SVTPlay

One of the genius ideas that makes Melodifestivalen the greatest show on earth is that the quality of the songs is so good that eight of those which narrowly missed out on the finalen deserve a second shot at four places in that final.

  • Read on for reasons including which writer of a 2021 final song is the only artist to have won Melodifestivalen after qualifying through Andra Chansen and our duel predictions
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SONG OF THE WEEK: Good Life by Tess Merkel (week beginning 28/2/2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 27 February 2021

Heat 4 of Melodifestivalen didn’t disappoint in the quality of its songs but we would have loved for our favourite – the debut solo single by a third of Alcazar – to have done better than 5th.

  • Read on for reasons including who is our favourite of the 28 Melodifestivalen entries this year
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PREDICTIONS: Heat 3 Melodifestivalen 2021 starring Charlotte Perrelli

WHEN?: Saturday 13 February 2021

WHERE?: Annexet, Stockholm

Sweden seems to be embracing the nostalgic and fun songs this year ahead of the ballads which might work in the favour of Eurovision and Melodifestivalen winner Charlotte Perrelli who returns here with a song we’re expecting to be both uptempo and reminding of her experience as well as vitality.

  • Read on for reasons including our predictions for who will go direkt til finalen and to Andra Chansen from this heat

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