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”.