Les Gordons did not make it to the top two in the final of Svensktoppen Nästa 2016, but were picked to participate in Melodifestivalen 2017 thanks to a very clear identity and high energy levels which make them ready to compete in the big playground of Melodifestivalen.
The band was established in Örebro in 2009 and is an indie-poprock band. The current lineup of the band was established in 2012 and includes Jonatan Renström, Albert Björliden, Carl Ragnemyr, Andreas Persson and David Runebjörk. Lately, they have been in a tour in the USA, released an album and recorded a video for their song Need to feel, which with they have competed in Svensktoppen Nästa.
”We did not expect at all to be chosen to Melodifestivalen. We are very grateful that they chose specifically us among all the other participants. We want to be ourselves and do our stuff in Melodifestivalen.”, say Les Gordons. ”We are entering Melodifestivalen as a wildcard, which means that we are already different than the other participants, and we think that this is an advantage for us.”
”I really think this group stands a chance if they want to do it, they got their own sound, the lead singer is very charismatic, and hopefully they will be able to stand with the other veteran Melodifestivalen artists who will compete”, said the jury member of Svensktoppen Nästa and the Executive Producer of Melodifestivalen, Christer Björkman.
Les Gordons with their winning entry Need to feel (Note: This is NOT their Melodifestivalen 2017 entry)
When asked about the preparations for Melodifestivalen 2017, Christer could give us a few hints regarding the upcoming selection: ”My impression so far is that this will be a very strong Melodifestivalen. I already heard several really strong songs and I think we will have a winner which will be really good and a strong contender in Eurovision. How good? we never know, but we always try to be at least top 10, that’s our basic aim every year.”
Along with the latest happenings with the announcement of the host city of Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine, Christer is pretty relaxed. “NTU are doing their job and basically they are in the process of choosing the city, which is always the biggest first thing you have to do. I think that shortly we will know which city will host next year’s Eurovision”
As it seems, we are off for a rocky start for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 season, and many more surprises will follow us all the way to the big show, less than nine months from now.
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