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).

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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.

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Per
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Måns is the best singer this year. Sweden 2016

BlahBlahBlah
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BlahBlahBlah

I’m not a fan of any of them, but Elnur is much better!!

Janny, Germany
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Janny, Germany

Elnur very beautiful singer! Super voice and song

Lola
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Lola

Elnur you are the BEST, you are the champion of our hearts <3

Ulya
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Ulya

Elnur deserves to win this year.His song the most beatiful this time.Good luck Azerbaijan – Elnur Huseynov.

Jack
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Jack

Elnur! Amazing…. Great…..

Mark
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Dandy_eurovision! You are a big JERK. Azerbadjzjan cant buy some point anymore. So they can not winn enymore.

Stef
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Stef

My favorite Azerbaijan, Elnur. Great voice….

elgun
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ELNUR The best voice in the world

elgun
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elnur best of the world

erik
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My top 3 AZERBAIJAN,IZRAIL and GRUZIYA

el
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Vsem udaci.moy topAzerbaijan,Gruziya i Greeciya

Novruz
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Novruz

Hope we’ll in the top three because Elnur deserve it.This year Sweden isn’t my favourite.It doesn’t mean that I don’t like Sweden,it’s my opinion.Best of luck to all countries from BAKU with love.

Lola
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Lola

ELNUR IS THE BEST!!!

al fayyed
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al fayyed

from the beginning i love elnur great song and his adorable voice.really amazing and full of emotion. if its fair vote of course elnur huseynov deserve to be the winner of eurovision 2015.viva elnur and azerbaijan .

Ulya
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Ulya

Elnur the best

mark
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Elnur=BOOOOORING
Mans= the best

Mixa
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Mixa

Sweden and Norway is my best!
From Serbia.:)

Linda C.
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Linda C.

I prefer Elnur..his song makes me feel so good..I’m not tired of listening to this amazing voice?

Ulya
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Ulya

Elnur

Alex
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Alex

Azerbaijan, Elnur #1 the best

George from Spain
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George from Spain

none of them are in my top 10 but if i have to choose between the two i’d go with måns. although i really don’t want Sweden to win yet again. this country has won multiple time. enough!

Arianator
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Arianator

Davved: Hahaha sweden top?? Just no, Azerbaijan will be in top

davved
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davved

Sweden will be on top of the scoreboard in the final. Im not so sure Azerbaijan will….

alba2015
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alba2015

Azerbaijan sounds much better

Raoul
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Raoul

Måns absolutely 100% better

David
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Konstigt att rösterna på Måns inte registreras ?

Cathy
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Cathy

I really adore this amazing song and perfect voice..to be honest I’m in love with Elnur’s voice..he is so handsome & cool..my favourite singer & favourite song indeed..

marie
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marie

David , be brave , use English as I do when I comment.

marie
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marie

Da

Ego
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Ego

Sweden my 2nd and Azerbaijan my 5th <3

Arianator
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Arianator

Azerbaijan at top 🙂 make us proud!!

Adams
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Adams

Mans, of course. 😀

Bakuboy
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Bakuboy

hey armenians guys stop write anti azerbaijan please both if them great

David
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Marie, jag röstar inte heller på dom som fuskar, Azerbajdzjan får INTE min röst i år heller

ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

Both songs are in my Top 10. Azerbaijan at #1. Sweden at #10. For me, Hour of the Wolf is a very emotional & moving song with a climax that sends shivers up my spine every time I listen to it (and I have listened to it many times). Elnur’s performance is a large part of this. His voice is amazing; so delicate at times, then strong, then desperate. Sweden’s song is catchy & fun but I can see it for what it is; generic euro-pop. It sounds like it was written to win Eurovision. Mans vocals are competent but… Read more »

durhamboy
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durhamboy

Azerbaijan is always exciting.

Racal
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Racal

If I have to choose between the two, it’s Sweden. However, I think Sweden’s entry is good (as always in the recent years) but it’s AGAIN another Swedish-Europop-Dance song, and that concept is really starting to get used. Not to mention that with so many countries asking the Swedes to write/compose/arrange their songs, we have tons of that in this year’s ESC. Azerbaijan’s song does absolutely nothing on me. I think it’s a cold and empty music. I’m not sure if they can qualify to the grand final, but if they do, I think they’ll be at the bottom of… Read more »

marie
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marie

I won’t vote for someone who cheats .

Noah
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Noah

I dunno how you can praise another soulless Swedish ballad coming from Azerbaijan. Funny.

Dandy_Eurovision
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Dandy_Eurovision

NO TO HOMOPHOBIA! NO TO PLAGIARISM! NO TO MANS ZELMERLOW!!!

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

ct – I’m from the UK not Azerbaijan, (referring to your last 2 lines.) Who knows about the Semis? We shall see? It’s just my opinion.

Azerbaijan has no chance of Top 5 or winning for me.

ct
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ct

@ eugene Last year, Azerbaijan only just passed to the final thanks to some (bought?) juries who condemned poor Portugal with a much worthier entry. In the final they came almost last because, under the new system, jury scores can’t save you if the public’s score is zero (and vice-versa). You are right, I expect the same will happen this year. Except they probably won’t even make it to the final. There are so many other ballads in the second semi for the juries to vote for (Ireland, Montenegro, Norway, Czech Republic, Latvia, Cyprus and Poland). And there are no… Read more »

nigar
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nigar

both but Fisrt Azerbaijan because it is great powerfull voice and wonderfull song but Sweden also great lovely song but i think Italy will be winner love from Azerbaijan

bavarson
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bavarson

Loreen and The Common Linnets were shown similar to Mans Zelmerlow, but they had not such disastrous choruses.

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

Robyn :- It’s a shame Metropolis Media did not do their research on their Client very well. There is a mistake on the front page in the bit “About Måns Zelmerlöw”. Very sloppy indeed…………… again!!

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

Mario :- No problem. I’m not going to say what you can write or cannot write, you have the right to say what you like, but that could be offensive to some of course, (i.e. Voltag!!) Your avatar is red on my PC, but dark pink on my mobile?

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

jr esc nl :- Dilara did qualify for the final last year but Azerbaijan only finished 22nd. This result was predicted by a few, including me, even before she sung. The vocals were a copy of the studio version and note perfect. It’s still a brilliant song, I think it’s the best of all Azerbaijan entries, it’s a shame about all the negative press last year, the song had no chance, very sad for Dilara and a top top song. I think Elnur will definitely qualify, but I fear for his position again, but should do better than Dilara hopefully.… Read more »

Mitchelvaneijk
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@Caro, a country should not win because of they haven’t won yet. If Georgia wants to win, theh have to send better songs