A few days after the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 took place, Sweden’s contestant Robin Bengtsson has posted a statement on Instagram regarding Salvador Sobral’s winning speech. Parts of the speech had already sparked controversy, as well as praise.
“Below the level of a true winner”
Robin Bengtsson seems to be a little unhappy with Salvador’s words in Kyiv. In an Instagram post today, Robin paid special attention to the term fast food music. As you can read below, the Swedish contestant feels the so-called fast food music can also be necessary at times and places. He feels that the winning speech was below the level of a true winner. Is Robin totally lashing out against Salvador’s victory? No, he isn’t, as he also sings praises. As he describes, he loves the song and the way Salvador sings it. It is just the speech he has issues with.
In a comment below Robin’s post, Australia’s contest Isaiah Firebrace comments with a short emoji, signalling his agreement to Robin’s post.
📸 From a press conference in Kiev, probably talking about "fast food" disposable music @salvadorsobral.music 😉 Congrats on your victory, I really like your song and the way you sing it, but I think your speech after winning the ESC was below the level of a true winner. "Fast food" pop music can be the best thing in the world at the right place and time, so can a song beautiful as yours. There is room for everyone. To all my new friends from all over Europe, hope to see you again soon❤ Had a blast and the experience of a lifetime🎉 #celebratediversity #esc2017
The winning speech
In his winning speech, Salvador spoke out in favour of real music, contrary to what he called fast food music. Fast food music, he said, is music without content or feeling. In his speech, Salvador spoke about the music business as a whole, although some feel this is appropriate for the contest itself as well.
Salvador’s words have sparked controversy among Eurovision fans, as well as other music fans. What exactly did Salvador mean? It’s quite hard to determine exactly who he meant by fast food music. Salvador received praise for his words, with people supporting his call for feelings and content in today’s pop music.
On the other hand, Salvador’s speech has been criticised as well. Not just by fellow competitors, but also by the public. Was this the time and place to do it? Was it necessary to say it?