The Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – have been on a whistle stop tour of Sweden and the 12 finalists of Melodifestivalen 2015. Today Måns Zelmerlöw and his song ‘Heroes’ came under inspection. Were we taken in by the banjo twangs or did we want to smash Måns over the head with the dang banjo? Read on to find out!
Måns Zelmerlöw – ‘Heroes’
Robyn: “Heroes” starts off with a moody southern sound, but it builds and builds until it’s a big ol’ banger. The chorus is super catchy and Måns is a very likeable and charismatic performer (and it helps that he’s not unattractive). The staging, with its carefully coordinated animation and live action works really well. All up, it’s a great piece of anthemic pop and I can’t stop listening to it. I’d be very happy to see this in Vienna.
Deban: The opening bars of this track sounds like a homage to music from rural Alabama- until it bursts into a killer hook. Douze points for excellent staging. Måns Zelmerlöw is fabulously telegenic, and his pumped arms work a visual treat. “Heroes” is a weak entry without the visuals, but as an overall package, it deserves a spot in the Top 5.
Bogdan: If David Guetta’s “Lovers On The Sun” had a child with Avicii’s “The Night”, they would call it “Heroes”. Song’s OK overall, but it lacks originality and it’s a bit too last year for my taste. As for staging, I’m sorry but Queen Beyoncé did it better. Måns is very handsome and he might even win Melodifestivalen thanks to his looks, but his copy/paste song does not deserve to go to Vienna.
Denise: Love it! It sounds like a mix between Avicii and Coldplay which is awesome. People might say that the staging is this great as a compromise for the quality of the song, but the LED screens and the songs are both perfect for me. Props for Måns, he probably rehearsed a 1000 times with the screen so it would be on point, but it all came naturally without a thinking face.
Billy: Måns for the win! “Heroes” is at the same time beautiful and original, and so is Måns’ voice. I really loved the staging, chrous and music. It is something different but powerful, something that will for sure win Europeans’ hearts. Sweden should go to Eurovision with a distinctive pop entry with a dynamic beat, like this song. I would call it the ideal winning entry.
Padraig: When it comes to staging, Måns is the undisputed king of Melfest 2015. It’s no mean feat to move perfectly in sync with visuals that he can’t even see. The song itself is *almost* perfect. Insanely catchy, those earworms turn to butterflies in my mind. But I can’t shake away the niggling feeling that I’ve heard it all before. Still, we can’t expect “Euphoria” levels of originality all the time, that would just be silly.
Angus: Out of the light, like a star, like a hero, Måns Zelmerlöw has arrived. He flits between goofy cowboy, LED butterfly mutant and swag-tacular-drop-it-low leather pants realness without ever compromising audience attention or engagement. There might be a strong showing from the men of Melodifestivalen this year but homeboy dials the drama past the danger point. Electrifying, triumphant and one of the two frontrunners Måns has demonstrated clear mandate to go to Eurovision.
Ron: I love Måns, I love all his previous songs in Melodifestivalen, this time it’s something deeper than the usual. The visual aspect of the performance is amazing! (I want to see it on the eurovision stage). Måns definitely knows how to deliver the song, he’s looking and singing great, the camera loves him, the lyrics are interesting, I just love it. I hope to see him in Vienna.
Sami: Even if it reminds me a little too much of David Guetta, I really like the song. The performance isn’t that overwhelming as everyone is saying, sometimes it feels even little boring but sure it’s cool and something new. Måns sounds great and I’m sure this is one of the songs which will be fighting for the victory on Saturday evening.
William: Mans’ voice does not suit the country-chat opener. The song’s lyrics make no sense. This feels disposable and lacks a memorable chorus. I’m pretty sure y’all are voting on a) the background and b) the fact that Mans is easy on the eyes (especially in leather pants). I am calling on my Gods to call on Jon Henrik’s Gods to pull the power on Mans’ fancy backdrop. Then we’ll see if his song can carry the day…
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 8.45/10