Cover to cover: Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson and Spain’s Manel Navarro collab on “Free Fallin'”

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They bring fire and ice at Eurovision year in, year out. And now Sweden and Spain have #cometogether again. Or at least their Eurovision Song Contest 2017 contestants have, as Robin Bengtsson and Manel Navarro have recorded a cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Falling”. 

MANEL AND ROBIN COVER “FREE FALLIN'”

It’s a simple acoustic song and that flavours the clip.

The boys have swapped treadmills and LED screens for a stool and a bar chair. Dressed in matching black shirts, Manel plays guitar through the clip, and the boys channel harmonies that the ladies of OG’3NE would envy.

Often in the performance they’re so in the zone, jamming away together, that they forget to make eye contact with the camera and lose themselves in the music. These boys are artists, y’all.

The impromptu cover shoot took place at a photo-shoot during the Eurovision Spain Pre-Party weekend in Madrid. The duo later performed the song live for fans during the Pre-Party.

The dynamic duo formed their friendship through earlier appearances on the promo circuit, including Israel Calling in Tel Aviv, where, in addition to performing for Eurofans, they also toured historic Jerusalem and planted trees at the Eurovision forest.

About to plant a tree con mi hermano de españa ???????????? @manelnmusic

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MANEL AND ROBIN ON THE ROAD TO EUROVISION

They might be friends now, but when they step out on the Eurovision stage they’ll be foes fighting it out for votes of millions of Europeans.

Robin has already been busy documenting his intense rehearsals and preparation through his Instagram page.

#readyforkiev #crew @laminalexander @alvaroestrellamusic #kevinfoo & #patrikriber need to get instagram.

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Manel has also been busy preparing for the Eurovision stage in Kyiv.

Rehearsals w/ Hans Pannecoucke and the guys!

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Together with his band, Manel is seen here with Hans Pannecoucke, who will handle his staging.

Pannecoucke staged “Calm After The Storm” in 2014, and also organised Douwe Bob and Laura Tesoro’s staging in 2016.

He’s got a brilliant track record. Can he work his magic with Manel once more?

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