Juicy news from Sweden. SVT have just reported that Robin Bengtsson was not the one who was supposed to sing I Can’t Go On in Melodifestivalen 2017. The broadcaster revealed that instead of him, FO&O were offered the song. What went wrong you may ask? Well… they turned it down.
Turning down a winner?
In an interview with Aftonbladet, FO&O member Oscar revealed that they had been offered I Can’t Go On. Everything was ready, but they somehow felt it wasn’t quite right. The slick performance, including suits, just didn’t fit them. Eventually the song was handed to Robin Bengtsson who won the competition last Saturday. Felix, Oscar and Omar eventually sang Gotta Thing About You. They made the final through Andra Chansen and finished eleventh, beating only Owe Thörnqvist, despite being a favourite before the six week national final started.
Oscar continues to add that there are no hard feelings now ‘their’ song won the competition. He says the group can laugh about it now. It has to be said that FO&O would’ve changed the song quite a bit. Bengtsson kept the song the same way it was and brought it to victory. The international jury gave him a sufficient lead to compensate for his third place in televoting.
2012 all over again
It’s not the first time another Melodifestivalen participant seems to have turned down the eventual Melodifestivalen winner. Back in 2012, reports suggested Loreen wasn’t the first choice for Euphoria. Runner-up Danny Saucedo then turned the later Eurovision winner down. Only worth wondering if he felt sorry afterwards, as it had quite a bit of success in Europe…
Robin Bengtsson or FO&O?
What do you think? Would FO&O have won Melodifestivalen singing I Can’t Go On? Or is Robin Bengtsson the ideal artist for such a song? Let us know below in the comments section, on Facebook or on Twitter!