As a massive Eric Saade fan, I was delighted to hear that he would be returning to compete at the 2015 Melodifestivalen. You can imagine then that I was very disappointed when he wasn’t Sweden’s pick for 2015 with his party anthem ‘Sting’. Instead it was Mans Zelmerlow with ‘Heroes’ that would being going to Vienna to fly the flag for Sweden.
My disappointment soon dissipated on hearing ‘Heroes’. There is an almost country vibe to the song as it opens with Mans singing in an affected Texan singing voice and is accompanied by a guitar that wouldn’t be out of place on a Garth Brooks album. This genre is quickly forgotten as the song transforms into an amazing pop song as it propels towards the chorus.
Having won Melodifestivalen, Mans had to beat off stiff competition and compete in a number of rounds over several weeks. The Swedes take Eurovision seriously and it isn’t simply good enough to have a good voice and a great song. No, every thing needs to be on point, including the staging. Mans has that covered too. His staging sees him perform a perfectly executed choreographed routine with an animated stick figure in a cone hat on the screen behind him. The interactions are perfectly timed and really add to the performance.
The song is favourite to win with the bookies and Mans really seems to be the one to beat this year. The only thing that could mar his chances are reports that he made some homophobic remarks a few years ago in an interview. What do you make of ‘Heroes’? Is it your favourite? Vote for it in our poll below.