After Saturday’s exciting final of Melodifestivalen 2016, wiwibloggs booked it to the after party to catch up with this year’s stars. Ahead of the red carpet arrivals — see some of our pics here — we cosied up to Eurovision 2015 winner and Eurovision 2016 co-host Måns Zelmerlöw.

Måns performed an acoustic version of his winning song “Heroes” during the interval, accompanied by a choir of children. They gave life to his theme of anti-bullying.

“I had a great night, it feels great to be back in Friends Arena and I’m so proud of my performance and the kids and I think it continued the message of my original performance,” Måns says.

He also told us about how his life has changed since his victory in Vienna: “I have been traveling more than 300 days. I did an international tour and Australian tour where I met my very good friend Guy Sebastian. We had so much fun. I hope this will keep on going and I will try to release more music.”

Måns Zelmerlöw interview

Måns started his international career through Eurovision and he doesn’t seem himself fleeing the “Eurovision bubble.”

“I don’t think I have to. Eurovision is going more and more modern. ‘Heroes’ became big even outside this Eurovision bubble. The European  tour I did last fall was like the first ‘real’ thing of my career outside Eurovision. This is what I love and I realised, after my tour, I want to do this the rest of my life. But of course Eurovision will always be a part of my life, that’s where I come from and I love the show.”

Måns Zelmerlöw sings acoustic “Heroes”

We also asked him what he think of Frans’ chances at Eurovision. Måns seemed a little unsure of another Swedish victory, but definitely believes in Sweden’s contestant. “I thought Frans would win tonight. I think it’s a quite cool performance to send to ESC because I think most performances will be very effectual and Frans is very genuine and will stand out with his charm. If he keeps on charming Europe I think it will result in a high score.”

Watch more of our Måns Zelmerlöw videos

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bella
bella
4 years ago

Ell and Nikki won eurovision with a boring song and they won both televote and jury. So there is a possibillity in a mediocre year Frans to win both televote and jury in eurovision.

Criticca
Criticca
4 years ago

It wasn’t my fav on Melfast but the constant hate its getting is unnecessary. Its time for ESC fans to move on & root for their favorite country’s entrt now. Sweden already won so its time to give another nation a chance to host it next year!

Mvaneijk97
4 years ago

@John

Lol no don’t act like if you know what whole Europe think

Mvaneijk97
4 years ago

People can’t handle that Melfest is just very popular. If you don’y wanma read it, just scroll further

Milla
Milla
4 years ago

Charlotte Perrelli thought that Frans sounds too “brittish” to succeed 😀

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

Something in the comments made me laugh… Frans being compared to Rebecca Black! Could someone create an “If I Were Sorry” / “Friday” mash-up? Hehe!
Actually i love Frans, but that comment is epic! x

Never forget
Never forget
4 years ago

Is in that glass box all number from 1 to 26. When Sweden draw number 9, men wiht microfone in hand have paper with number 4. See video on 01.08 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXtjMN66OjY

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

Mans is lovely. A really great, honest interview.

Never forget
Never forget
4 years ago

My predcition for draw , because draw decide host and reference group full of members from western nordic countries and SVT like uptempo song for opening and close or song with tehnical inovation I semifinal 1.Russia 2.San Marino 3.Croatia 4.Hungary 5.Armenia 6.Moldova 7.Greece 8.Finland (to suport neighbours and not good song from 6, 7 place in draw) 9.The Netherlands (to suport western countries) 10.Azerbaijan 11.Estonia 12.Czech Republic 13.Bosnia Herzegovina 14.Austria 15.Montenegro 16.Malta ( not good song from 13 to 15 place, and maybe swedish authors of new song instead chosen Chameleon) 17.Cyprus (swedish author) 18.Iceland (to suport nordic countries) For… Read more »

MTD
MTD
4 years ago

– writing about Conchita last year and writing about the ACTUAL Swedish song that competes on ESC this year are rather two different things, no?

Whatever, this is your site and you can do whatever you like on it, but browsing through the comments, I am not the only one that noticed your big number of Swedish posts this past week, no matter the fact that “everyone was interested in their NF”.

This is my opinion (TIMO)
This is my opinion (TIMO)
4 years ago

The 3 countries that will share top 3 this year are Russia, Sweden and Azerbaijan, Australia got strong ballad but it’s a bit depressing still it will hit top 5 l think. Waiting for Malta song which could complete my top 5 since they are playing wiser this year

William Lee Adams
Admin
4 years ago

@RMGT / MTD: Yes, there are a number of Sweden stories on the site at the moment, but there’s a rather simple explanation. Sweden just staged the most talked-about national selection in Europe, we were there with our cameras, and Sweden is hosting the next Eurovision. We faced similar criticism last year for writing about Conchita frequently in the run-up to Vienna. In any event, the presence of Sweden articles doesn’t change the fact that recent articles also cover Azerbaijan, Belgium, France, Israel, Italy, Albania, Georgia, the UK, Malta, and Romania (see the side bar at right…). If you’re not… Read more »

William Lee Adams
Admin
4 years ago

@Never forget: You say that we are “lobbying” for Sweden. This is both inaccurate and rather silly. As an example, read our review of Frans — there were people on our team who loved his song and people who hated it. We do not tell our bloggers who to support. They reach their own conclusions. In any event, I hope you are enjoying selection season.

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

If Malta will be not great, Eurovision 2016 will have weakest winner since ESC 2001 and two guys from Estonia.

Mar
Mar
4 years ago

That’s a diplomatic and realistic answer.
The “he will stand out” comments really crack me up. I distinctly remember people saying the same thing about fricking Electro Velvet last year. You know that you can stand out for good or bad reasons, right? Being different doesn’t mean you’re good.
Btw, his like-dislike ratio on Youtube is almost the same as Serhat’s.

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

Freddie has chance only with similar version to first version, because second and third version are too blunt. First version was most polished.

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

Jury will not vote for Russia. Last year was only one time when jury liked russian song.

Never forget
Never forget
4 years ago

I think in first semifinal go to final
Russia,Azerbaijan,Armenia,Estonia,Croatia,Cyprus,Hungary,
Greece,Malta,Czech Republic
out Iceland,Bosnia Herzegovina,Finland,San Marino,The Netherlands,Montenegro,Austria,Moldova
In second semifinal go to final
Latvia,Serbia,Poland,Ukraine,Norway,Australia,Lithuania, Romania,Bulgaria,Israel
Out Albania,F.Y.R Macedonia,Slovenia,Belarus,Ireland,Georgia,Switzerland,
Denmark,Belgium

lily
lily
4 years ago

If you Actually listen to the interview you’ll see that not even Måns believes in Frans. He’s just polite/the host. And I feel that he reflects the Swedish peoples thoughts accurate…Sweden is not winning this year (there where better entreants but it’s just to expensive, this hosting thing). So don’t blame Sweden for all the articles – not that you did.

Marie
Marie
4 years ago

@MGR
I think Russia will win, but I do not love Sergey’s song. Well, it is a good song, but it is not a amazing song.

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

Sweden, Malta, Cyprus and Hungary are 4 greatest favorites at this moment.

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

or Hungary maybe

Never forget
Never forget
4 years ago

Wiwibloggs loby so hard for Frans and Sweden this year.

MTD
MTD
4 years ago

@Huh – love our attitude. 🙂

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

Sweden, Malta or Cyprus

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

Which countries for sure will qualify to final?
From semi-final 1:
Croatia
Hungary
Netherlands
Russia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Cyprus
Estonia
Iceland
Malta
This means that Armenia, Finland, Greece, Moldova, San Marino, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Czech Republic and Montenegro will not qualify to final.

From semi-final 2:
Australia
Ireland
Latvia
Lithuania
Poland
Belgium
Denmark
Norway
Ukraine
Serbia or Bulgaria
This means that Belarus, Israel, Macedonia, Switzerland, Albania, Georgia, Romania and Slovenia will not qualify to final.

Who will be winner of ESC 2016? Most probably Sweden or Malta.

Huh
Huh
4 years ago

I cannot wait for Melodifestivalen part 2 to commence in May.

Marie
Marie
4 years ago

@RGMT
That is true. No one cared about The Makemakes.

RGMT
RGMT
4 years ago

@Christoph

Austria got a 1/3rd of the attention Sweden got that is not an excuse

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

I never said that delusions are always bad.

Laburnum
Laburnum
4 years ago

Simplicity works in performances and style, but not the song.
Although his performance is actually ok, it was a little bland and a little childish lighting up a few words.

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

Sometimes jury and viewers have similar favorites. But rarely it happens so.

Christoph
Christoph
4 years ago

RMGT, MGR : SWEDEN IS THE HOST COUNTRY THIS YEAR SO OF COURSE IT IS GETTING ATTENTION. Also, on the homepage I see stories on Georgia, Malta, Azerbaijan, France and others. If you don’t like Sweden then don’t comment or click on those posts.

Marie
Marie
4 years ago

Dio mio! Is this WIWISweden?

There is 43 entries this year, Sweden is not competing at the Eurovision Song Contest alone. Just stop it, please.

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
4 years ago

MTD
Stop complaining! They were there live covering everything and interviewing the artist so of course they’re gonna cover a lot of it!! Seems only logical to me melfest is also lile the biggest nf.

RGMT
RGMT
4 years ago

All you guys have been posting about for the past week have been about Sweden, I understan Melfest is a great selection, the best imo, but it’s been 2 days since it ended, this is not the Eurovision where everyone is invested in the show, maybe 1/4 of the fandom actually watch it so please, with all due respect, calm down with the Sweden posts. With how things are going for Frans I doubt he’s gonna win although the song is pretty decent

irish esc
irish esc
4 years ago

we don’t care about sweden so move on to other countries wiwibloggs plz .

blondboybc
blondboybc
4 years ago

Simplicity won’t win ESC. A good song/voice/staging/impact will. I showed Frans to non-ESC fans…and there were like what is this???

Jérémy
Jérémy
4 years ago

@Huh OMG your comment explained so much my actual thinking !
This is Swedenvision now ! ^^

Denis
Denis
4 years ago

Måns in that new hairdo looks even more fit. Hello gorgeous!

Huh
Huh
4 years ago

Hello, Sweden. This is the whole world calling. 12 points for your superiority complex.

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

If the jury evaluate some perfomances differently than usual, this is also the result of delusions. They are weaker delusions, but they still exist and are well visible.

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

At the ESC you always have to look very overall. It is only right concept.

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

Of course Samir & Viktor were more similar to Il Volo and Mans Zelmerlow than Frans from rational point of view.

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

Eurovision needs tighter entries, which are stronger.

MTD
MTD
4 years ago

OK, now, ENOUGH with Sweden, OK? Enough!

42 other entries!!! 42 other countries!!! His song is bashed BIG time on various outlets and social media, YouTube included. It is not a winner. Don’t make him a winner.

ENOUGH!

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

I am consistent for a long time. “Love Injected” and “A Monster Like Me” present bad patterns, that can not be copied. This is outrage of ESC. They are not very bad, but they are too popular despite they were not popular when and where it was needed.

oooops
oooops
4 years ago

Not if Latvia qualifies, it is even more simple

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

This will be effect of Aminata, but this definitely not the highest level! This is only 7/10 generally.