Tonight’s Melodifestivalen final had it all: Dinah Nah really made us “la la la”, Jon Henrik Fjällgren touched us with his traditional joik and we all wanted to take a “Groupie” with Samir & Victor. But there could only be the one winner and having taken first place in all of our pre-contests polls and rankings, Måns Zelmerlöw followed it up with an absolute landslide victory. He will go to Eurovision with “Heroes”!
Måns won with a total of 288 points, beating Jon Henrik Fjällgren in to second place. The result never seemed to be in question as soon as the international juries coming in, with Måns picking up top marks from nine of the eleven juries. The show ran in to some technical troubles halfway through when the #melfest app crashed halfway through the show, which meant that only televotes and SMS counted in the public vote.
Surprisingly, Eric Saade struggled and ultimately finished fifth in his return to Melodifestivalen, with Mariette and Hasse Andersson finishing 3rd and 4th ahead of him. That was certainly a sting in the tale!
Måns admitted in our interview with him that “Heroes” was not initially his song for Melodifestivalen, but quickly changed his choice of song once he had heard “Heroes” for the first time – a choice that certainly paid off! “Heroes” was written by former Melodifestivalen winners Joy and Linnea Deb, who were co-writers on Robin Stjernberg’s “You” in 2013. They penned “Heroes” alongside Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad.
1. Måns Zelmerlöw, “Heroes” 288 pts
2. Jon Henrik Fjällgren, “Jag är fri (Manne Leam Frijje)” 139pts
3. Mariette, “Don’t Stop Believing” 102pts
4. Hasse Andersson, “Guld och gröna skogar” 78pts
5. Eric Saade, “Sting” 77pts
6. Linus Svenning, “Forever Starts Today” 59pts
7. Isa, “Don’t Stop” 56pts
8. Samir & Viktor, “Groupie” 49pts
9. Magnus Carlsson, “Möt mig i Gamla stan” 28pts
10. JTR, “Building It Up” 25pts
11. Jessica Andersson, “Can’t Hurt Me Now” 23pts
12. Dinah Nah, “Make Me (La La La)” 22pts
International Juries Voting
Måns will perform in the second half of the second semi final on the 21st May. Do you think that (as many of the international jurors suggested) he has a chance of giving Sweden their sixth victory? Let us know in the comments section or on our Twitter or Facebook!