He shocked Eurovision fans across the continent when he defeated fan favourite Loreen during Andra Chansen, winning over countless new admirers in the process.
But Melodifestivalen 2017 finalist Anton Hagman admits that it hasn’t been smooth sailing, as he has also experienced a bit of a backlash on social media for slaying the Eurovision 2012 winner.
He’s understandably a little annoyed. As he told wiwibloggs: “It’s mostly people from other countries that are mad at me, like I did something wrong. I think it’s ridiculous — get a life!”
“I went into this competition with a song I like. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
The “Kiss You Goodbye” singer was over-the-moon to advance. But how does it feel to beat a former winner?
“It feels good,” he says. “Not necessarily the part where I beat Loreen, but more the part knowing that enough people like me to beat Loreen. That’s the part I like.”
Thankfully all the drama has been limited to social media, as Anton has had nothing but positive experiences with his fellow competitors. Anton says they all have great chemistry and suggests it’s all love love peace peace inside Friends Arena.
“Everyone is really nice! We’re backstage, we’re laughing and we’re having a good time.”
Will Anton follow in Frans’s footsteps in Kiev in May? Do you think that he can win over his haters who are still butt-hurt over Loreen? Let us know in the comments box below.
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