AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best song of 2021 so far

We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2020 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2021 so far and what’s to come. Previous winners in this category are 2020 Redemption by Hurts, 2019: C U Next Tuesday by Shakespears Sister, 2018: Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae , 2017: New Rules by Dua Lipa, 2016: Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake, 2015: Goodbye To Yesterday by Elina Born and Stig Rästa

  • Read on for our top 8 best songs of 2021 so far and how to see each act live
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PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest final starring Elena Tsagrinou, The Roop, James Newman & Blas Cantó 

WHEN?: Saturday 22 May 2021

WHERE?: Ahoy Rotterdam

HOW TO WATCH?: 8pm UK time BBC1

The 1st 2021 semi final took place on Tuesday night and we now have 10 entries including Cyprus’ Elena Tsagrinou (pictured above) to add to the pre-qualified finalists – but what results will they earn on the all important Saturday night?

  • Read on for reasons including our predictions for where each final entry will finish
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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for May 2021 starring Eurovision

  1. Eurovision Song Contest returns

Covid-19 caused its cancellation for the 1st time in its 66-year history in 2020 and this year it comes live from the Ahoy in Rotterdam on Saturday 22 May 2021. We’ve previewed semi 1, semi 2 and the pre-qualified finalists. Our pick to win is Iceland’s Daði Freyr (pictured) with hits group Gagnamagnið and entry 10 Years, a song of the week for us in March.

  • Read on for reasons including the return of the West End featuring Drag Race UK stars, the Southwark Playhouse and Glastonbury
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PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest final starring Daði Freyr, The Roop, Elena Tsagrinou & James Newman

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

WHERE?: Rotterdam Ahoy

WHERE CAN I WATCH?: BBC1 in the UK

The 2nd 2021 semi final took place on Thursday night and we now have 10 entries including Iceland’s Daði Freyr (pictured above) to add to the 16 finalists – but what results will they earn on the all important Saturday night?

  • Read on for reasons including our predictions for how all 26 finalists including the UK will do
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PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Semi final 1 Eurovision Song Contest starring The Roop, Elena Tsagrinou, Destiny & Hooverphonic

WHEN?: Tuesday 18 May 2021

WHERE?: Rotterdam Ahoy

The failure of Belarus to submit an entry complying with the Eurovision Song Contest’s rules mean this semi has 1 song less than semi 2 yet we think this 1 will be tougher to qualify from than its counterpart.

  • Read on for reasons including predictions of who is qualifying and who won’t be making the final from this 16-song semi
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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for February 2021 starring Lucy Spraggan

  1. Lucy Spraggan releases new album

Spraggan won our gig of the year monsta in 2020 and we said then: ‘Her warmth and empathy really shine bright in the guitar-based, folk-influenced material that she writes and performs.’ Her 6th album Choices is released 26/2/21 and includes Sober, a song of the month for us in November. Tickets were on sale for an April tour which has now been cancelled because of Covid-19 but you can watch that gig of the year. Details

  • Read on for reasons including the return of KEiiNO, Melodifestivalen 2021 and Deutschland ’89

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