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SWEDEN 2018 : Five minutes with Benjamin Ingrosso
Publié le 09 Mars 18 à 19h45  Par Mathias
It is the very last of our interviews for this 2018 season, at least in terms of national selection, and I think that closing up with this artist is going to make you very happy!

Here is Benjamin Ingrosso!

How would you define yourself in one word?
As a person or as an artist? Entertainer!

How would you describe your state of mind when you're on stage?
It's the best feeling. As an artist, you love attention and being on stage is the biggest attention you can have, because you are in the center, everyone is watching you, screaming, shouting, singing along with you. It is an amazing feeling, and if I could do it every day, I would!

How does one make you angry?
When people are trash-talking me, maybe? When people are saying stupid things, when they're being assholes basically.

How does one make you happy?
Kind and generous people. People that are here for you when you need them the most.

What are you listening to?
Right now, I am listening to a guy called Bazzi that has a song called 'Mine' and Kendrick Lamar's album from Black Panther and then a lot of different things. George Michael, Troye Sivan, I think the song 'My My My' is pretty dope and just a lot of great songs! Even Post Malone, I love listening to him. A lot of different songs and artists.

And if you had to choose one artist to listen to for the rest of your life?
Then it would have to be the Bee Gees. They have so many good songs. I think I'd choose them.

What's your best memory from this year's experience?
My stage performance I think, and the people around it. I am very happy to have those guys with me, because they are so talented and I will probably work with them once this bubble ends. So yeah, I'm glad that I found those guys.

What was different from last year?
Everything. I mean, of course, everything was the same in a way but it's super different because I am more comfortable in my performance, in my ways as an artist. I am very proud of my song, and I wanted to have a number this time that was odd, in a way. Last year, I just wanted to create a good timeless number, but it had to stand out this time. The song was already written, I wrote it a year ago almost, even though none of my 2 Melodifestivalen were specifically written for the contest.
I released around 4 or 5 songs last year, and another big difference is that when I came with 'Dance You Off', people already knew my sound. Some expected that kind of song, some thought it was darker than usual.

How did you deal with your frontrunner status this year?
I don't know! I don't know what to say about it, I am just breathing it in and I am so grateful that people like my number and my song but at the end of the day it remains a competition, and my dream is to release songs outside of Sweden. Whatever happens, I will be pleased and I am very proud of my number.

Was Eurovision your goal?
No, that has never been my goal actually. My goal has always been to do my best, to do better than I did before, and if that means winning a competition, then yes, it is my goal. Of course, winning Melodifestivalen is a dream but I won't cry for days if it doesn't happen.

Who's your biggest competition in the final?
Right now, I think it is Felix. We're super close friends, so it's really fun. It would be nice to have a girl winning this time though but Felix's song is getting a lot of streams right now and he had the luck of being in the competition 3 weeks in a row, so that's a great opportunity for him.

How would you make us want to come to Sweden?
You should come in winter or summer, and not in spring or fall. When it is winter, and I mean real winter, -25 degrees and snow, it is beautiful, with the Christmas songs and the cosy restaurants and saffron buns and cardamom and cinnamon. But for me, summer in Sweden is like the most beautiful thing ever. I love Sweden in summer! My dad lives in Spain, so I usually spend my time there, but when I come back and go to the countryside where my grandparents live, that's really the dream. Go to the old town, sit by the sea, eat cinnamon buns with cold milk and eat salmon with potatoes and skagen, be around Östermalm... Everyone's happy and smiling, you know? Swedish music is amazing, beautiful people... I think there's beautiful people here.

What can you tell us about being a half-Italian guy living in Sweden?
Of course I love Italy, Italy is my everything. I absolutely love pasta and the country and the music. I kind of like Italy a bit more, haha. It's a bit hard to be an Italian guy here in Sweden as well, because people have preconceived ideas and expectations, this idea of Italians being arrogant. But they are just honest, they just talk from the heart and Swedish people are not doing that as much.
I am definitely more Swedish, but it's all those culture things that I got from my Italian blood. The music, the dance and my confidence too!

What's next for you?
I am going on a club-tour in Sweden, and then releasing my new single as soon as 'Dance You Off' is fading and then probably an album, before or after the summer, depending on you know! I'm looking forward to the future anyways.

Benjamin, thank you so much for this interview and for the very interesting talk! He will be presenting Dance You Off with the starting number 11 on stage in Stockholm tomorrow!

For any requests/questions, you can email mathias.eurovision.fr.net@gmail.com or find me on Twitter @altruismless!
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