Ireland face ‘blasphemous’ entry from El Diablo in tonight’s Eurovision semi-final
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What With Everything, people are a bit more at home than usual these days, so we’ve got you covered if you want a one-off special of a new series.
We will mainly focus on free TV and streaming services that are available for free.
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It’s that time of year again, thank God you said it. After being canceled last year due to the Covid crisis, the Eurovision Song Contest is back for 2021.
Rotterdam is the host city this year and there will be an audience of just 3,000 spectators at the Ahoy Arena on all three evenings (both semi-finals and Saturday’s final).
The first of the two big nights we hope for Ireland will take place this evening, when our representative Lesley Roy faces 15 other countries for 10 places in the final.
Roy will be performing his song Maps in seventh place tonight, so it’s right in the middle of the semi-final.
Ireland is just ahead of the controversial Cyprus entry El Diablo (The Devil) by Greek singer Elena Tsagrinou.
El Diablo has been making waves since the Cypriot Orthodox Church and religious groups intervened, protesting the song was blasphemous.
“I gave my heart to El Diablo… because he tells me I’m his angel,” sings blond haired Tsagrinou on Lady Gaga’s English song.
A protest was organized outside the Nicosia headquarters of the public broadcaster CyBC, calling for the song to be removed from the competition.
The government and CyBC said the song had nothing to do with devil worship and argued that free speech was protected.
This is a “bad relationship with someone,” the singer said of the song.
Unsurprisingly, the controversy has moved Cyprus among the all-around favorites.
Italy is the favorite in the overall standings and is one of the five “great nations” which qualify directly for the final because of the cash for the competition.
Italian rock band Måneskin will perform the eye-catching Zitti E Buoni on Saturday.
When is it? RTÉ 2 has you covered for the semi-finals tonight and Thursday at 8 p.m., with Saturday’s final on RTÉ One and BBC One starting at 8 p.m.
Something for the soul
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The me you can’t see is a new documentary series co-created by Oprah Winfrey and British Prince Harry that explores mental health and emotional well-being through stories from people around the world.
In addition to the two hosts, there are more A-listers who share stories of their struggles as well as a lot of regular people.
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When is it? Stream on Apple TV + from Friday
Something that people talk about
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Another Hollywood series starring Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren and Constance Wu that lands this week is Solos.
Much like the previous Amazon Prime Modern Love show, the sci-fi anthology series Solos is not connected by a plot, but by a single, interconnected theme.
In this case, each standalone episode takes a look at different human experiences, with the show’s blub promising to explore “the weird, beautiful, heartbreaking, hilarious, and wonderful truths of what it means to be human.”
Everything is a bit futuristic and gives the impression that Black Mirror is to positivity to dystopia.
When is it? Streaming on Amazon Prime starting Friday
Something to make you feel old
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Ant and Dec are 30 years old together on television this year, and the couple return to one of their most beloved shows.
The story of SM: Live TV sees the couple reunite with Cat Deeley to reminisce about the hit Saturday morning TV show that got young people up early on weekends in Ireland and the UK. Something for us millennials.
When is it? Sunday 7:45 p.m. on Virgin Media One