The last three winners of Eurovision only got to the contest, after losing in a previous national final first. This year, many artists with a similar track record will try to follow in their footsteps. In this episode we highlight Robin Bengtsson from Sweden.
Robin Bengtsson has been a musician since childhood. At the age of 13, Robin started playing the guitar, after having played trumpet for years. In 2008, at the age of 17, he entered Swedish Idol. He got eliminated just before the final, finishing in third place. Eight years later, he took his first shot at Eurovision.
In 2016 Robin achieved huge success with ‘Constellation Prize’ through Melodifestivalen, placing 5th, selling double platinum and gaining massive airplay.
Coming fifth with the jury, and fourth in the televote, Robin Bengtsson gained some confidence to return with more success the next year in Sweden.
Robin Bengtsson at Eurovision
This year he participated once again in the Swedish national selection TV shows with the song ‘I Can’t Go On’, which took him directly to the final and now to the ultimate goal: Winning the whole thing!
Robin Stjernberg won the Swedish national selection and participated in Eurovision in 2013 with the song You. And since then he’s been busy releasing music on his own as well as writing and producing for others. He wrote the song that will open the first semi final next month: “I can’t go on”.