Robin Bengtsson has altered the line-up of his dancing crew following his Melodifestivalen victory. And the addition of Alvaro Estrella has fans wondering if Sweden will secure a third-place finish at Eurovision. Let’s take a look and find out why.
In May, Robin will be joined by two dancers from his old gang — Lamin Holmén and Kevin Foo — and two new dancers — Alvaro Estrella and Patrik Riber, both of whom will also contribute backing vocals. Former EMD member Erik Segerstedt will again serve as an offstage backing vocalist.
Melodifestivalen fans — and hardcore Eurovision fans — might recognize Alvaro Estrella. He previously took part in Melodifestivalen as a solo artist back in 2014, but didn’t advance from the semifinal with his slightly sexual entry “Bedroom”.
Alvaro debuted at Eurovision in 2011, when he was one of the backing dancers with Sweden’s Eric Saade on “Popular”. Despite being one of the big favourites ahead of the contest, Sweden finished third after Azerbaijan and Italy.
Then last year Alvaro was asked to do backing vocals for Russia, when Sergey Lazarev represented his country in Stockholm with “You Are The Only One”. While most of the time Alvaro and the other backing singers were hidden behind the massive LED wall, they appeared for a short while alongside the star himself. Like Sweden in 2011, Russia was also a favourite to win the contest but finished third behind Ukraine and Australia.
This year Alvaro will join Robin Bengtsson on the treadmills for “I Can’t Go On”. Does having Alvaro on the team predict a third place finish for Sweden? Or is this just another Eurovision curiosity?
Yes, we know Alvaro also did backing vocals for Azerbaijan in 2013, but he didn’t appear on the stage at all. So that doesn’t count, ok?