He’s the Swedish singer who won Melodfiestivalen 2017 before becoming a Eurovision finalist with his sexy intonations and slick treadmill choreography.
And last week Robin Bengtsson reminded us why he’s so loved during a laid-back interview in Stockholm.
The 28-year-old dishes on what he’s been up to since last year in Kiev, his new summer bop “Liar” and his thoughts on Israel’s win at the recent Eurovision.
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? 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
Starting from the day after the song contest in 2017, we asked the Instagram post in which he described Salvador Sobral‘s winners speech as “below the level of a true winner”.
Speaking of Sobral’s takedown of “fast food music”, Robin said: “I just thought his statement was kinda, maybe not rude, but unnecessary in some kind of way.”
“It was just seconds after he was the winner of the Eurovision. Everyone that I know, everyone that was there was doing their best, doing the music they like and I just thought it was unnecessary to say something like that.”
From 2017 we turn to 2018 and Robin’s take on Israel’s victory.
“I think she has a great voice — like a great control over her voice, and I think she did something completely different, just as Salvador did last year in Eurovision terms. But I think she is like an icon. I think Eurovision is about more than music these days — it’s also to inspire other people.”
In the year since Robin competed in Kiev, he has kept himself busy not only recording new songs, but also opening a barber shop called Rusty Rascals. He’s done so in conjunction with Tess Merkel (of Alcazar fame) and her husband.
“The interest was just to have a place that was my own that I could come hang out with my computer, and I just like the vibe in there, we have the barber shop and the coffee shop.”
Want to visit, but don’t speak Swedish? Don’t worry! He says the barber shop has, “this international vibe, most of our barbers are not from Sweden, so you have to talk English when you come to us.”
We finish the candid interview by talking about his latest single, “Liar”, which he co-wrote.
“It’s basically about a relationship that you know is not good for you but you keep coming back to it, because it gives you what you need at some level, but it’s really bad for you at some levels.”
“I just really feel the lyrics of this one and I really like it, but it’s not like a personal experience story because I co-wrote the lyrics.”
The new single is a fun bop, with a bit less electronic production than “I Can’t Go On” and a bit more of Robin’s soulful vocals. It’s already on our summer playlist!
We had to ask Robin why he thought Benjamin Ingrosso scored so low in the televote this year at Eurovision, and also if he would ever return to Melodifestivalen. Watch the full interview below for those answers and much more.
Do you agree with Robin’s comments? Would you like to see him back at Melodifestivalen and Eurovision? Let us know in the comments section below.