For Hope & Glory: Måns Zelmerlöw keen to work with BBC on Eurovision 2018 selection


It’s the much maligned British broadcaster, which this year managed to turn around a duo of disappointments in 2015 and 2016, cracking the 100-point mark and landing in the Top 15 with Lucie Jones. 

And now the BBC, which first entered Eurovision in 1957 and has competed every year since 1959, has an offer of support from Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw.

Speaking to Swedish outlet AftonbladetMåns lifted the lid on his discussions with the British team for Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon.

“It would be fun to do something now that I’m in London, play a little part in their selection and see if I can help them in any way.”

Since January Måns has lived just outside of London, where he’s recording music and enjoying a relationship with a British actress Ciara Janson, who is best-known for her work on the soap opera Hollyoaks.

Before he turns his attention to the next Eurovision season and the UK’s selection, Zelmerlöw’s attention is fixed on his summer tour schedule.

In previous years he’s toured Sweden extensively in the summer months, but this year he’s scaling it back in favour of a European tour to see international fans.

“We’re only doing six gigs in Sweden this year and then in the fall the aim would be to do a smaller club tour, hopefully in Poland and the UK.”

International success isn’t elusive for the 30-year-old. “Hanging On To Nothing” has been playlisted by BBC Radio 2 in the UK, “Glorious” is scaling the charts in Poland, a French version of “Hanging On To Nothing” is scaling the charts in France and the French version of “Should’ve Gone Home” is still in the airplay Top 20 there too.

He also revealed that in the likely event of a seventh Swedish victory, he would host the contest again, if Petra Mede returned alongside him and Edward af Sillén returned to write the script.

Måns isn’t the first Swede linked with helping improve the United Kingdom’s approach to Eurovision. Back in 2013, Melfest star and host Sarah Dawn Finer, whose father is British, said she’d love to write a song for the selection or sing for the UK.

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