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.”