He’s the man who sings “Too Late For Love”. But it’s never too late to catch up with Sweden’s Eurovision 2019 representative John Lundvik. And that’s exactly what our William did at last Sunday’s London Eurovision Party.
The gents talk backing vocalists, the journey to Tel Aviv and, of course, the song.
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John’s uptempo number quickly became a fan favourite during Sweden’s Melodifestivalen and eventually won the contest in record-breaking fashion. “It’s so crazy. And such a blessing and honour that so many people have felt that it’s part of themselves and that they can relate”.
Thanks to its gospel and soul vibes, “Too Late For Love” stands out compared to typical Swedish entries: “It’s not really Swedish and the song is also a hybrid: It starts off like a ballad, then it turns out to be a pop song, then it’s an uptempo song, and all of a sudden there is a hook that is gospel”.
John Lundvik “Too Late For Love” Live @ London Eurovision Party 2019
Like in Melodifestivalen, John will once more share the limelight with his backing vocalists — The Mamas. However, John reveals that finding The Mamas wasn’t an easy task: “I don’t know what the hardest part was, but I’m so happy that we found them. Because finding a great singer is kind of easy to do in Sweden, but finding a personality is a whole another thing.”
And the Mamas come from all over, from Washington DC to L.A. to parts of Africa: “I mean, The Mamas are such a huge part of the performance and the energy. It’s so fun being there on stage with them”.
John Lundvik “Too Late For Love” (First Reaction)
Due to John’s love of gospel music, you might expect him to come from a gospel family. However, this is not the case. He discovered the genre all by himself. But it has a very special meaning to him: “I just love the music. The gospel is all about the vibe, singing from the heart and I love singing from the heart because it has to feel genuine and I’m done with faking.”
Lundvik also competed in Melodifestivalen 2018 with “My Turn”. The number also did really well and finished third in the Melfest final. However, John is glad that he didn’t win last year: “I don’t think that I was mentally prepared for a win. And this year has really taught me how it is to be in this kind of mode because it is really different. But it is such a cool thing because I’m ready to go and I’m here representing”.
John’s staging in Melodifestivalen was designed by the team behind Benjamin Ingrosso’s 2018 entry. So clearly these people are professionals. Most importantly, they always make designs that fit with the person they are working with: “The first thing that they do is like, they wanna know the person before they start working, and I think that is a huge thing that they have, they wanna know you before they start working and that’s been so good for me”.
John also gives a little hint about his staging for Tel Aviv: “There are huge tweaks and there will be more glamour and there will be more staging”.
What do you think about “Too Late For Love”? And what is your message to John? Let us know in the comments below.