The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — are re-assembling to celebrate the 2010s. In this decade, we’ve seen some of the most iconic performances of all time, with long powerful notes, newly invented genres and new staging techniques never even conceived before. One of these is Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw with his 2015 winning entry “Heroes”.
In a year where we had our Melfest introductions to Mariette, Dolly Style and Jon Henrik Fjällgren (not to mention Eric Saade’s big return, either), it was going to take something special to win, especially for someone who’d been out of the competition for six years. In comes Måns Zelmerlöw with a magic performance using projections that painted a story as Måns moved along with them.
The intricate (and surely more heavily rehearsed than usual) sequence captivated the imagination of Sweden, and later on, Europe. Måns got the third highest score ever on the old system and took Eurovision back to Sweden only three years after it had last been there — where he did a spectacular job of hosting with Petra Mede. After four years, does the stage show still stun us, or have we grown tired of the tricks? Read on to find out!
Måns Zelmerlöw – “Heroes”
Pablo: Many would deride “Heroes” as a plastic and soulless entry, but to be honest, this is the last entry from Sweden I felt the heart and the desire exude all across the performance. Måns is one of the most charismatic singers in this edition of the contest, with a live pretty much exactly like the studio version, all wrapped up in one of the most iconic stagings of the 2010s. This was a deserved winner, no question.
Sebastian: Has “Heroes” aged considerably since winning in 2015? Absolutely. It’s the Scandipop sound that has dominated the Eurovision soundwaves and national finals since the mid 2010s, slowly devaluing the mix of pop-banger beats with somewhat basic, questionable lyrics. That said, “Heroes” was great for its time, and is the purest example of good vocal + hot singer + clever staging = win. It’s Eurovision by numbers, but it all adds up.
Luis: “Heroes” is that glorious piece of perfectly crafted pop that ages so well it could have won Eurovision either in 2015 or 2019. You can still hear it on the radio and while it didn’t initially sound like a clear winner, Måns’ song will go down in history as one of the best pure pop songs to have won Eurovision. An ode to Swedishness and the Scandi savoir faire, few question why this won in the decade of Sweden.
Lukas: It was a clear win from the start for Måns and it didn’t surprise anyone that he took first place. Now after few years, this song got a bit generic but I still do really enjoy it and the performance is still so interesting to look at. It wasn’t my personal winner of the night but I think it is a deserved victory for Sweden yet again. To this day I still listen to this song and when I feel down I watch the live performance which always cheers me up.
Natalie: Look, I wanna hate this song. I really want to detest the fact it took away an Italian victory, that it only won because of the neutering of the televote, and that it’s such a lame generic dance song that doesn’t even have that much energy. Sadly, though, I can’t. I can see it for the great song that it is, it’s contemporary, well-composed and the kind of thing we like to see at Eurovision. And that performance was impeccable and amazing. There is very little to fault. And as much as a Swedish victory off the back of the juries leaves a sour taste in our mouths, it meant we got Stockholm 2016. And that’s something to be happy about.
Tom: The first time I saw “Heroes” I knew it was going to win. Period. It had everything, a timeless pop sound, a catchy chorus, a good looking guy, brilliant stage effects and a little dude with a balloon. However, take the visuals away and ask yourself honestly — was it the best song on the night? No. Sweden have such a good record because they take the “vision” part of Eurovision just as seriously as picking the right song. When you compare the songs of the top three in 2015 without the visuals, “Heroes” would finish third. However, in this jury, we are looking for the whole package and “Heroes” has that.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 1.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.73/10
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