PREDICTIONS: Melodifestivalen 2023 Heat 1 starring Loulou LaMotte

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN? 7pm UK time Saturday 4 February 2023

WHERE? Scandinavium, Gothenburg

WHERE DO I WATCH? SVT Play 

We suspect that the winner of this year’s Melodifestivalen isn’t within the 7 acts featured here not least because there are so many familiar faces here it feels more of a warm hug of a return than anything especially challenging – but there’s 3 more weeks to come for that.

  • Read on for reasons including our finalen and Andra Chansen predictions
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PREVIEW: Norway’s Eurovision selection show Melodi Grand Prix 2023 starring Skrellex, Ulrikke, Jone & Elsie Bay

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN?: 7pm UK time Saturday 4 February 2023

WHERE?: Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim HOW DO I WATCH?: NRK

Drag in Eurovision rarely pops in the way it does on RuPaul’s Drag Race but that’s all changed thanks to this performance by Skrellex.

  • Read on for reasons including Skrellex, former winner Ulrikke, Jone and Elsie Bay
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PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2023 Heat 4 starring Loreen, Mariette and Axel Schylström

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN?: 7pm UK time Saturday 25 February 2023

WHERE?: Malmö Arena, Malmö WHERE DO I WATCH?: SVT Play

Last year Loreen’s 2012 Eurovision winner Euphoria lost its crown as the Contest’s best-loved song in the ESC250 and perhaps it’s fitting then that the queen returns to Melodifestivalen in 2023 with a new song.

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9 reasons why we can’t wait for February 2023 starring Sheridan Smith as Shirley Valentine

  1. Sheridan Smith is Shirley Valentine

Smith (Funny Girl, Savoy) returns to the stage for the 1st time since Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Palladium and this beloved Willy Russell one-woman comedy about a woman who finds love on holiday abroad is the perfect choice. Runs 17 February through 3 June at the Duke Of York’s. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Callum Scott Howells at the National, Standing At The Sky’s Edge and Benidorm Fest
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PREVIEW: Denmark’s Eurovision selection show Dansk Melodi Grand Prix starring EYJAA & Maia Maia

By Neil Durham

WHEN?: 7pm UK time 11 February 2023

WHERE?: Næstved Arena in Næstved HOW DO I WATCH?: DR

Denmark hasn’t made a Eurovision final since 2019 and recent Dansk Melodi Grand Prixs have been slated for their blandness although this is a criticism that would be difficult to justify in 2023 given these fine and varied 8 songs.

  • Read on for reasons including EYJAA, Maia Maia, Mariyah LeBerg and Frederik Leopold
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PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2023 Heat 1 starring Tone Sekelius, LouLou from The Mamas & Eva and Ewa

By Aline Mahrud

WHEN?: 7pm UK time Saturday 4 February 2023

WHERE?: Scandinavium, Gothenburg WHERE DO I WATCH?: SVT Play

Melodifestivalen returns to the venue of the 1985 Eurovision for a 1st heat in its 2023 edition which sees the swift return to the MF stage of the contest’s 1st openly transgender participant – Tone Sekelius (pictured above) – who finished 5th last year with the uptempo anthem My Way.

  • Read on for reasons including Victor Crone, Jon Henrik Fjällgren, Eva Rydberg and Ewa Roos
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PREVIEW: Estonia’s Eurovision selection show Eesti Laul 2023 starring Elysa, Janek, Meelik & Sissi

By Neil Durham

WHEN?: 12 and 14 January, with a final on 11 February 2023

WHERE?: Tondiraba Ice Hall, Tallinn Watch on ERR

Stefan’s Hope finished 13th in Eurovision 2022 and it was our 3rd favourite in that year’s Eesti Laul with lots of big-hitters to beat.

  • Read on for reasons including Janel, Meelik and Sissi, the daughter of a former Eurovision winner
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PREVIEW: Spain’s Eurovision selection show Benidorm Fest 2023 starring Agoney & Sharonne

By Neil Durham

WHEN?: 31 January, 2 and 4 February 2023

WHERE?: Palau Municipal d’Esports l’Illa de Benidorm Watch on TVE

2022 saw the return of Benidorm Fest as the method for Spain to select its Eurovision entry and our choice to win, Chanel with SloMo, finished 3rd in Turin, Spain’s best result since 1995.

  • Read on for reasons including how we predict Agoney could do even better than Chanel if Spain chooses them for Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool
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9 reasons why we can’t wait for December 2022 starring Paul Mescal in A Streetcar Named Desire

  1. A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Rebecca Frecknall starring Paul Mescal

Frecknall directed Cabaret which still runs at the Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre and whose EmCees have included an Olivier-winning turn from Eddie Redmayne, Fra Fee and Callum Scott Howells. The star of the Tennessee Williams classic she has chosen to follow it up with won a Best TV/Film Actor from us in 2020 for Normal People (pictured above). Streetcar runs at the Almeida 12 December 2022 to 4 February 2023. Tickets Streetcar review Mescal currently stars in film Aftersun Review Note: now opens Saturday 17 December as leading lady Lydia Wilson withdraws for health reasons to be replaced by Olivier winner Patsy Ferran (Camp Siegfried, Old Vic)

  • Read on for reasons including Julian Clary, Sir Ian McKellen and Jack O’Connell
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