Sweden’s John Lundvik and Switzerland’s Luca Hänni finished fifth and fourth respectively at Eurovision 2019. And after Tel Aviv our stars have certainly proven that they aren’t meant to stop dazzling.
Both the heartthrobs have just completed stints on the Swedish and German versions of Let’s Dance 2020 (Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing With The Stars). John managed to snatch the winner’s trophy, while Luca finished a solid third. Let’s take a look.
John Lundvik on Sweden’s Let’s Dance
After storming to victory at Melodifestivalen 2019 with “Too Late For Love”, John proved to us yet again that he is indeed a winner. On Friday last, 29 May, the artist took home the Let’s Dance 2020 crown with professional dancer Linn Hegdal after a dramatic final against actor Sussie Eriksson and dancer Calle Sterner.
Despite being in the bottom three in week one, John showed massive progress and swept the judges off their feet, ending the season with a perfect score on both of his dances.
The finale featured three dances for each of the two pairs. In dance one, the finalists’ professional dance partners would choose a style that allowed the participants to showcase their best selves and literally put their best foot forward. Sussie Eriksson and Calle Sterner wowed the judges with an American smooth that resulted in triple tens.
John and Linn gave a tough fight. They opened with a jive, which is, according to John, – “The most fun dance”. This resulted in the following statement from the juror Tony Irving: “When we started the season you were the last I tipped to the final. But this was completely unexpected.”
The contest ended with participants offering their own show number, a free interpretation in any style and with any music. John decided to go with “Too Late For Love”, his winning entry from Melodifestivalen. What followed can only be described as never-before-seen choreography that ended with a one-handed lift.
“I started by singing, and then a rhumba, then, when you are tired, Linn will be up in the air in a live broadcast final. It is “do or die”. But when she was up there in the air. . . Yes, we did”, says Lundvik.
Luca Hänni on Germany’s Let’s Dance
Luca got us “Dirty Dancing” alright at Eurovision 2019 and finished fourth, delivering the best Swiss result in over a decade. Cut to the German version of Let’s Dance 2020.
Luca impressed the judges with scintillating performances over the weeks. He finished third in the 22 May final, one up from his Eurovision result. He nonetheless won the hearts of many fans.
The Swiss popstar, along with his partner Christina Luft, displayed a steady graph with all his scores hitting above 20. The judges gave near-perfect scores each time the pair rocked the dance floor.
Who knew Luca could samba to the Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive” or quickstep to the famous F.R.I.E.N.D.S theme tune — the Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You”.
He surely has the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent even before he takes off that shirt. And once he does, there’s tens, tens, tens across the board.
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The finale witnessed a rocky start with the pair scoring 27 in the first two performances but ended with a rocking 30. The winning duo of Lili Paul-Roncalli and Massimo Sinatoili lifted the ice cream shoe trophy with a perfect score in all of their performances.
Luca thanked his fans for their support during his time in the competition, and everyone who made it possible. His translated message reads:
“What a Let’s Dance final We gave everything… with all the excitement, the first two dances didn’t quite succeed as desired…
As much as I would have wished to get the Lets Dance Cup not only for me but also for you my loyal fans and of course for my dance partner Christina Luft
These 3 months in cologne showed me once again what amazing fans I have!!
You carried me/us from show to show with your insane support
Your positive feedback has always motivated me and gave me a lot of strength to make it to the final – thank you all from the bottom of my heart
Thank you for everything “
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Was für ein @letsdance Finale??? Wir haben alles gegeben… vor lauter Aufregung sind die zwei ersten Tänze leider nicht ganz nach Wunsch gelungen.. So sehr hätte ich mir gewünscht, nicht nur für mich, sondern auch für euch meine treuen Fans und natürlich für meine Tanzpartnerin @christinaluft den Lets Dance Pokal zu holen?? Diese 3 Monate in Köln haben mir einmal mehr gezeigt, was für tolle Fans ich habe!! Ihr habt mich/uns mit eurer wahnsinns Unterstützung von Show zu Show getragen?? Eure positiven Feedbacks haben mich immer mega motiviert und viel Kraft gegeben, es bis ins Finale zu schaffen – ich danke euch allen von ganzem Herzen???? Herzlichen Dank auch an @seapointproductions und @rtl.tv für diese wunderschöne und sympathische Zusammenarbeit, es war mir eine sehr grosse Freude!???? ??Merciiiiiii für alles??
What do you think of John and Luca’s dancing successes? Did you watch any of their dances? Which was your favourite? Let us know in the comments.