He may have been the surprise winner of Melodifestivalen 2017, but Robin Bengtsson proved he was still a worthy one during his first rehearsal at Eurovision 2017. Having shipped his treadmills to Kyiv from Stockholm, he didn’t falter as he threw it down on the movable machines. As in Sweden he started the performance off stage, staring into the camera as his male backing dancers served face. They then moved to the stage, dancing and jiving with more abandon than at Melfest. Robin has definitely loosened up and is oozing funk and soul. They seemed to stay on the treadmills a bit longer than at the national selection and added a funky body drop where Robin crouches a bit lower.
Sartorially they switched things up. Robin wore a lighter shade of suit — and no socks — while his backing dancers traded their black turtle necks for ones in delicious cream. Lap it up! The LED featured purple and turquoise accents and alternated between a pink cityscape and the outline of blue mountains. Needless to say this is qualifying.
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Sweden: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2017
Chris: Vocally, perhaps a little suspect — although we only heard the very last run-through. Not only that, but this was very much a copy and paste job from Melfest, with minor tweaks. Robin didn’t need to go all out in this first rehearsal.
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the sleazy crotch-framing which makes an unwelcome return here. Other than that though, this was everything it needed to be. Still a sure-fire qualifier.
Sweden: First press conference 2017
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