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Day 1: Robin Bengtsson completes first rehearsal for Sweden – REVIEW

escXtra are live from Kyiv for day one of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan and Portugal. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule.

In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel.

The first artist to rehearse is Robin Bengtsson from Sweden. We have just watched his first run through of I Can’t Go On live on screen and here is our initial reaction.

Source: – Robin Bengtsson takes to the stage for Sweden

Summary in a sentence

This rehearsal is exactly what you expect from the Swedish performance. It is the same as Melodifestivalen 2017 and carries the same slick, well produced style that was evident in the Swedish selection process.


Robin has staged his rehearsal in exactly the same way as the performance in Melodifestivalen 2017. The backing dancers are all mic’d up to help provide vocal support.


The vocals are good and there is a decent mix between track and voice.


Robin and his dancers were all wearing their stage outfits, again very much the same as Melodifestivalen.

Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Tamara Gachechiladze as she rehearses Keep The Faith next for Georgia. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre for instant reactions to each rehearsal.

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