He’s got a lot of song contest experience — as Eurovision 2015 winner and Eurovision 2016 host. But as we look ahead to Eurovision 2024 in Malmö, “Heroes” hitmaker Måns Zelmerlöw says it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be hosting the event again next May.
“I haven’t been approached by SVT and I don’t think it’s going to be me actually,” he told our Simon Falk ahead of Het Grote Songfestivalfleet in Amsterdam on Thursday.
Måns Zelmerlöw says he is NOT Eurovision 2024 host in Malmö
“I think that Swedish television wants to do something completely new because 2016 was a very, very good Eurovision,” he says.
“For me, I think it would be hard to top that — at least from my ow perspective. I think they’re going to want to surprise.”
Any advice for whoever does end up hosting?
“I don’t really. Just have fun. Show the audience how much you love the contest while still making fun of the contest a little bit — with charm.”
Måns hails from Lund, just 20km from Malmö. Does he have any thoughts on the next host city, which many people fell in love with when it hosted in 2013?
“It’s so nice. And Malmö did such a good job in 2013, so I’m sure Malmö will be amazing this year as well.”
In connection with Eurovision, delegations from around 40 countries are expected to visit Malmö and around 1,000 accredited journalists and fans are estimated to cover the festivities. When Liverpool hosted Eurovision last spring, half a million people visited the city in connection with the event.
And what does Eurovision mean to one of Sweden’s biggest stars?
“I’ve always been a Eurovision fan as everyone knows. Just being a part of it has meant so much to me. Winning it made so many dreams come true — playing European tours, playing to audiences everywhere. And nine years later I can still come back to a show like this and open the show. That means a lot.”