He placed fifth at Eurovision 2017 and watched as winner Salvador Sobal dismissed “fast food music without any content” during his victory speech.
And on Tuesday Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson snapped back in an Instagram post, praising Sobral’s victory while taking aim at his controversial comments.
The speech, in which Salvador appealed for a return to music with “feelings”, has been widely interpreted as criticism of music that’s become commonplace in the contest recently, including slickly produced songs from the Nordic countries.
Now Robin has given his take.
The Swedish star was keen to stress his appreciation for “Amar Pelos Dois” and Salvador’s performance, pointing out “I really like your song and the way you sing it.”
But then he went on to add his disappointment over Salvador’s comments.
“I think your speech after winning the ESC was below the level of a true winner. “Fast food” pop music can be the best thing in the world at the right place and time, so can a song as beautiful as yours. There is room for everyone.”
? From a press conference in Kiev, probably talking about “fast food” disposable music @salvadorsobral.music ? Congrats on your victory, I really like your song and the way you sing it, but I think your speech after winning the ESC was below the level of a true winner. “Fast food” pop music can be the best thing in the world at the right place and time, so can a song beautiful as yours. There is room for everyone. To all my new friends from all over Europe, hope to see you again soon? Had a blast and the experience of a lifetime? #celebratediversity #esc2017
The comment has since been liked by over 2,700 people, including Alexander Walman, who acted as vocalist for Norway’s track “Grab The Moment”, Australia’s Isaiah Firebrace and two-time Melodifestivalen finalist Wiktoria.
Some have seen Salvador’s comments a criticism of Scandipop and similar chart pop music.
Who died and made Salvador Sobral the decider of what counts as “real music”. Pretentious doucheiness deluxe. #eurovision
— Schlagerpeppen (@schlagerpeppen) May 14, 2017
Others have suggested the Portuguese singer’s words may have been misunderstood and that his intention was to highlight the problem of over-produced songs, sung by singers who cannot sing and all sound the same.
salvador didn’t say that his song was better than all of the contestants and he never said he was better lmao
— ?? (@anticrisisgirl) May 15, 2017
WAS PORTUGAL’S VOTING IN LINE WITH SALVADOR’S SPEECH?
Looking at the Portuguese votes it seems both the public and the jury were out of step with his call for music with “feelings”.
In an ironic twist of fate the public awarded twelve points to Moldova’s Europop dance track “Hey Mamma” in both the semi-final and the final, and gave 10 points to Sweden in the semi-final.
The Portuguese jury were also willing to dish out points to the Swede, giving him 5 points in the semi and 7 during the Grand Final.
What do you think of Robin’s comments? Do you think Salvador was misunderstood or do you think his comments were below the belt? Let us know in the comments below!