Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #3 SWEDEN – Robin Bengtsson – “I Can’t Go On”

Earning a place in the top 3 once again is Eurovision’s current superpower, Sweden. Last year’s hosts, they and Ukraine are the only countries to have won more than once since semi-finals were introduced in 2004. Six times winners, and rarely out of the top 10 in finals in recent years, it seems inevitable Sweden will eventually take Ireland’s crown of most successful Eurovision country. Could that be this year?

The result of this chart certainly suggests they may have a chance. Robin has tried to represent Sweden before, reaching the Melfest final last year with the song “Constellation Prize”. I actually prefer that song to the one he won Melfest with but “I Can’t Go On” is an undeniably catchy and typically professionally produced Swedish pop song. I will be honest, I am probably a bit biased against this song as I wanted at least two other Melfest acts (Mariette and Ace Wilder) to win above this.

That all said, this will qualify for the final and will almost certainly see a Top 10 result, if not even higher. Both the staging and performance at Melfest and what we’ve seen so far at the rehearsals in Kyiv suggest that this remains an extremely polished production. In fact, I personally think this is TOO polished. It’s very slick, it’s very Swedish, it’s very soulless…

Mum’s reaction: Catchy

Official music video:

Live at London Eurovision Preview Party:

Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest:Sweden Eurovision flag

First entered: 1958

Appearances (excluding this year): 56

Best result: Winner 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, 2015

Last year’s result: 5th

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