"Strikes back after the protests: ”Miss the whole point”"
"After the protests: Now hit the John Lundvik back."
"He has never hesitated over the to travel to Israel to compete in the Eurovision song contest."
"I think they are a bit narrow-minded for this is to unite people, not to boycott," he says."
"John Lundvik, 36, shaking off the criticism from those who think that Sweden and SVT should boycott the Eurovision song contest in Israel."
"Since the victory in the Eurovision song contest, he has charged ahead of the european final by rehearsals, and interviews. He has participated in a big Eurovision party in London and been in Tel Aviv and played in his artistvykort."
"But also the rig itself facing tough questions from the questioning that Sweden should participate in the competition."
""I have prepared myself a part of the politically thorny issues that my team and I believe will pop up," says John Lundvik."
"Mentally prepared on the policy issues"
" Israel is a country that has been pretty much the political winds around him. We have had the swedes who have written on the lists and that has been against us going there. This is something I think is quite helpful to be prepared that the questions will come, I have prepared myself mentally."
"At the beginning of april wrote 171 Swedish artists and cultural workers, with Joakim Thåström, Love Antell, Mikael Wiehe and Stefan Sundström in the tip during a call, that Sweden ought to boycott the competition. In the united kingdom have, among others, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and Genesis Peter Gabriel signed a similar petition."
" I think they miss a bit the whole point of Eurovision. The language of music is something that everyone can join in, I think that the Eurovision is an amazing window on the one hand, what sexual orientation you are, what you have for the origin, what you have for musical preferences. It is something that unites people, not with policy making. I think that they are wrong and thus they are only 171 pieces."
"When I looked at the list of the 171 so I also thought that none of them is interested in or involved in the Eurovision or the Eurovision song contest."
"Why call for a boycott of something that you are not interested in, as well?"
"– Very well said, I agree with you. "
"did you React over it?"
"– I haven't looked at the list of names, just how many it was who had written during. But again, I think they are a bit narrow-minded for it is to unite people, not to boycott. They can think what they want, but I will stand by that I go there to race, not to talk politics."
"the Eurovision song contest takes place in Tel Aviv with the semi-finals of 14 and 16 may. The finale takes place Saturday, may 18."