Måns Zelmerlöw is the first Eurovision winner in forever to go on a proper international tour shortly after the contest. “Heroes” may be the third-highest scoring song in the contest’s history, but could the three-time #mello star carry an entire set? 

OF COURSE HE COULD.

Bursting on stage to “Someday” — a highlight of Perfectly Damaged — Måns set the tone for the gig. His band’s rocky sound was more of a throwback to Barcelona Sessions than the electropop bangers on his latest album. But ya know what? It worked.

The set was balanced, winding through Måns’ signature numbers and his new material. “Miss America” and “Brother Oh Brother” both got the rock revamp and Zelmerlöw really worked the crowd with a winning medley of hits from acts like Walk The Moon and the Killers.

“Unbreakable” and “Stir It Up” saw Zelmerlöw in confident dance floor territory. But one of the real killers was the tenderness of “Should’ve Gone Home”. The sultry electropop ballad let his vocals shine. He’s not your cookie cutter Melfest male artist. He has depth.

His three Mello hits – “Hope and Glory”, “Cara Mia” and “Heroes” – were the clear standouts. The former two were completely badass following rock overhauls. “Cara Mia”, which Måns mocked a little, really came alive. This was Zelmerlöw’s most enthusiastic performance.

Besides “Heroes” that is. The chanting in Heaven was electric and the atmosphere really buzzed in anticipation.

STRANGELY ENOUGH, all of England was pumping to the song. That’s because at the same time Mansy was performing, Channel 5 was crowning the winner of Celebrity Big Brother. When former Apprentice star and CBB 2015 winner James Hill walked out of the house, producers played “Heroes”. We grabbed our phone and caught the moment for you.

The most touching moment came when Måns dedicated a song to the refugees from Syria, saying that the world has to do something because “we are one”.

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Alex
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Alex

I wish he had promoted his music on UK TV.

fikri
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fikri

how can somebody be so perfect? it kinda pissed me off haha

Baku Cash
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I’m not surprised that the UK public have taken to him. His song went to number 11 on the UK Top 40. When Loreen won, she was on BBC breakfast and BBC radio 1.

Robyn Gallagher
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Måns has the determination and work ethic to build his career beyond Sweden. The big breakthrough acts (ABBA, Céline, etc) make it look easy, but it’s surprisingly hard to have a successful international pop career outside the Eurovision bubble.

Mario EscFan ~ The fans of Mans are called *Mansters* Lmao!
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Mario EscFan ~ The fans of Mans are called *Mansters* Lmao!

Well his tour must do good business on many people attending on each of his concerts.. His *Heroes* winner song is still on the swedish top100 charts.. Currently it has remained steady on the same position from last week that is #75 & its spending its 29th week on the charts! It has went 4 times platinum with selling over 170.000 copies! His album has certified gold & is still doing well.. His brand new single *Should ‘Ve Gone Home* has got up 10 places higher from the previous week & now its on #51 It is expected to go… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

By the way, were the three LED screens not used for the London show? They were there on Tuesday in Dublin – with footage of Mans visiting schools in Africa, the little balloon man during “Heroes” and much more besides. A really great show.

Jonas
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Jonas

You’ve got to hand it to his management team – in anticipation of victory, the album was ready to go, the tour announced a month after Vienna – they’re doing everything possible to maximize his win. Something previous winners have failed to do. I wish him the best!