PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Final starring Cornelia Jakobs, Sam Ryder and Chanel

By Aline Mahrud and Neil Durham

WHEN?: Saturday 14 May 2022

WHERE?: PalaOlimpico, Turin, Italy

HOW DO I WATCH?: BBC1 8pm (UK time)

Rousing anti-ballad Hold Me Closer by Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs (pictured) is our pick to take home the 66th Eurovision Song Contest crown on Saturday.

  • Read on for reasons including where we think the Semi 1 qualifiers will finish on Saturday
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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for May 2022 starring My Fair Lady

  1. My Fair Lady starring Amara Okereke at the Coliseum

We saw lead Okereke in both The Boy Friend (Menier) and Spring Awakening (Almeida) and so know how deserved this casting is. We last saw Martine McCutcheon’s triumphant take on this Lerner and Loewe classic in 2001 and it returns to the West End at the Coliseum 7 May through 27 August 2022. Tickets 1st preview review

  • Read on for reasons including Legally Blonde, Amy Adams’ West End debut and last Little Mix gig
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PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Semi 2 starring Achille Lauro, Cornelia Jakobs, Ochman & The Rasmus

By Aline Mahrud and Neil Durham

WHEN? Thursday 12 May 2022

WHERE? PalaOlimpico, Turin, Italy

HOW DO I WATCH? BBC3 8pm (UK time)

We think the standard of this 2nd semi final is far greater than Tuesday’s 1st and also it will therefore be tougher for the better songs here to advance to Saturday’s final.

  • Read on for reasons including who we think the 10 qualifiers for the final will be from this semi
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PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest semi 1 starring Subwoolfer, Kalush Orchestra & Zdob si Zdub

By Aline Mahrud and Neil Durham

WHEN? Tuesday 10 May 2022

WHERE? PalaOlimpico, Turin, Italy

HOW DO I WATCH? BBC3 8pm (UK time)

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sees the former thrown out of this 66th Contest while the latter are now favourites to win the whole thing.

  • Read on for reasons including who we think the 10 qualifiers for the final will be from this semi
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PREDICTIONS: Melodifestivalen finalen 2022 starring Cornelia Jakobs, LIAMOO, Anders Bagge & Klara Hammarström 

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN?: Saturday 12 March 2022 7pm UK/8pm CET Update: Covid means all shows will now be from Stockholm

WHERE DO I WATCH? SVT Play

This year’s Melodifestivalen is all set for an exciting conclusion because there is no clear winner and perhaps 4 strong songs – including 1 we think is a potential Eurovision winner – in contention.

  • Read on for reasons including where we think these 12 finalists would finish at the 2022 Eurovision
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PREVIEW: Eurovision France c’est vous qui décidez, France’s Eurovision selection show starring Pauline Chagne

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN/WHERE?: 5 March 2022, Paris

HOW DO I WATCH?: France Télévisions

France’s Barbara Pravi was runner-up at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest with Voila and it’s fair to say that the French Eurovision selection procedure in recent years has really upped its game.

  • Read on for reasons including our pick of the 12 songs in this final
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PREDICTIONS: Heat 4 Melodifestivalen 2022 starring Anna Bergendahl and Klara Hammarström

WHEN?: Saturday 26 February 2022 7pm UK/8pm CET Update: Covid means all shows will now be from Stockholm

WHERE DO I WATCH? SVT Play

The 2 big hitters in this final heat appear to be serving up songs slightly different to those they are best known for from the clips and so this might be a result that surprises.

  • Read on for reasons including who we think will go to next week’s Andra Chansen as well as who is DTF
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PREDICTIONS: Melodifestivalen 2022 Heat 3 starring Cazzi Opeia, Anders Bagge & Linda Bengtzing

WHEN? 7pm UK time Saturday 19 February 2022

WHERE? Avicii Arena, Stockholm

WHERE DO I WATCH? SVT Play 

Last week’s direct finalists were both previous Melodifestivalen competitors but this week we predict 2 new artists will go direkt till finalen.

  • Read on for reasons including our finalen and Andra Chansen predictions
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