Sweden have selected their Eurovision Song Contest entry and it is Robin Bengtsson with ”I Can’t Go On”.
Often presented as the country of Eurovision, Sweden is passionate about the contest and organizes each year a talent show televised dedicated to the selection of his candidate. This weekend, the country has decided and it is to Robin Bengtsson that the task of representing the country will fall in May next year. On May 9 in Kiev, Ukraine, he will take part in the first semifinal in hopes of qualifying for the final, which will be held on May 13.
The final of the Melodifestivalen achieved a real audience box with 3.79 million viewers on average. The audience share reached 80.7% among the general population aged 3 years and over, 92.7% among the 3-14 year olds, 93.5% among the 15-24 year-olds and 88% among the 25-39-year-olds. As of 22:05, the entertainment was watched by 2.47 million Swedes, or 67.5% of the public. The program literally crushed all of the competition.
Like most of the candidates in this 2017 edition, Robin Bengtsson made a breakthrough in Sweden, placing third in the 2008 season of "Idol". He then released a dozen of singles and an album in 2014, before appearing last year at the Melodifestivalen, hoping to represent Sweden at Eurovision. But he lost to Frans, who finished fifth in Stockholm last year.
This year, Robin Bengtsson has retaken his luck and won with "I Can not Go On", a title co-written by David Kreuger. The latter had already co-signed a title for Eurovision, participating in the writing of "Undo" by Sanna Nielsen, who finished third in the 2014 contest. But the title is far from this ballad, since "I Can't Go On " is a very pop uptempo title, rich in synths and very catchy refrain.
Just after the final, the singer revealed that ”I'm totally shocked. This thought, I really do not.” In his hand he held his songbird trophy and an armful of flowers, big as a car tire.”My goal has been to end up in the top five all the time, like last year. Everything else I have seen as a pure bonus.”
Robin Bengtsson: "It's been a really good year for me. I've got to go around the country to play and meet the people who voted for me. My song ”Constellation Prize” is still played on the radio, so it was really hard to top it this year. I try not to compare because it is a completely new line-up and a new track for me, but somewhere inside I wanted to be even better than last year." About his winning song, he says: "It brings a little more joy and momentum than last year. It is upbeat, funky and engaging in a different way."
Robin Bengtsson says after the victory that he is planning changes in the number for the Eurovision in Kiev, responding to the international jury at the massive criticism: ”The use of an international jury is good. It has been shown that the outcome for Sweden in the Eurovision gotten better since it was introduced. You have a better chance in Kiev”, says Simon Proctor from England's jury.
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