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The show goes on for Sweden's Robin Bengtsson

05 April 2017 at 12:00 CEST
Robin Bengtsson will represent Sweden at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Anna-Lena Ahlström
Sweden has been one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest in recent times. The country has placed in the top five in four out of the last five contests, including two victories, which saw the competition return to Sweden last year. This year Robin Bengtsson will fly the Swedish flag in Kyiv with the song I Can't Go On.

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 version of Idols. Since then he has toured with his band, written music, released a several singles.

In 2016 Robin achieved huge success with Constellation Prize when he participated in the Swedish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen, placing 5th. His song went on to become a major hit, selling double platinum and receiving massive airplay.

What are the three most impressive facts about Robin's entry for 2017? "It's a great song, has cool staging and was written by experienced songwriters including one former Melodifestivalen winner," he says.

I Can't Go On, Robin's song for 2017, was was co-written by Robin Stjernberg who represented Sweden in 2013 with the song You. The other songwriters, David Kreuger and Hamed K-One Pirouzpanah, have written several entries for Melodifestivalen, including Sanna Nielsen's Undo which placed third in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014. Robin explained why the Eurovision Song Contest was important to him: "I've watched it since I was a kid so it's always been a dream of mine. It will also be cool to meet people from all over Europe!"