If you’re a Eurovision fan, and if you follow the movements of Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw and Azerbaijan’s Elnur Huseynov, you may be seeing double. So far today we have seen this side-by-side comparison of the covers of their respective Eurovision songs on Pinterest and Twitter, and in the popular Eurovision Café Facebook Group. The similarities are obvious: shadow effects, double exposure, handsome men (with good voices to boot).
But rather than dwelling on whose cover came first, let’s take this opportunity to decide which overall act we prefer.
Måns Zelmerlöw — “Heroes”
Måns slayed at Melodifestivalen and emerged as the runaway winner of Europe’s most competitive and hyped national selection contest. He won our #melfest poll and our #melfest Wiwi Jury, with members of our panel writing that it “starts off with a moody southern sound, but builds and builds until it’s a big ol’ banger.” After winning he immediately shot to the top of the bookies’ rankings. BAM! He may be in the process of changing his animated projection screen, but SVT sees this as an opportunity to make the act even stronger. Given Sweden’s knack for staging, we have no doubt that he’ll be fine. (Hey Molly!)
Elnur Huseynov — “Hour of the Wolf”
Azerbaijan, the Land of Fire and Eurovision awesomeness, opted for an internal selection this year. I was lucky enough to listen to and rate Azerbaijan’s shortlisted songs this year — and “Hour of the Wolf” was my overwhelming favourite on first listen. What I said then still applies today: This could be a radio hit right now. Elnur’s smokey, sexy vocals are the perfect fit for this. There’s atmosphere and emotion, and this builds to a choral climax that gives me the chills. Never count out Baku.