Mans Zelmerlow (Sweden)
Winning Eurovision certainly has its advantages. It opens the doors for many different career choices, something that 2015 reigning champ, Mans Zelmerlow is discovering. Our man Mans is rumoured to have been selected as one of the hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest when it comes to Stockholm next May. Rumoured co-hosts have included 2014 Swedish entry and 2015 Melodifestivalen host Sanna Nielsen or will it be the Eurovision host from 2013 Petra Meade? We’ll have to wait and see.
In the meantime Mr. Zelmerlow has been busy releasing and touring new material with his new album ‘Perfectly Damaged’ released on the 3rd June. The follow up to the Eurovision anthem ‘Heroes’ is ‘Should’ve Gone Home’, a more chilled out ballad, which borders on being boring (listen above). Finally he is hoping to enter Eurovision again in 2016, this time as a song writer collaborating on a mid tempo pop song with renowned Swedish songwriters Thomas G:son and Peter Boström (Loreen’s Euphoria, Nina Sublatti’s Warrior and Edurne’s Amanacer).
Morland and Debrah Scarlett (Norway)
It would seem that Norwegian duo Morland and Debrah Scarlett were a one off pairing for the 2015 contest. At present there doesn’t seem to be any plans to release any more joint material with Morland literally being put out to sea in the video for his new single ‘No Firewall’. The song is a mid tempo indie triumph which you can check out for yourself above. Scarlett meanwhile has been keeping busy attending concerts and meeting some of her heroes including indie pop legend Oh Land.
Molly Sterling (Ireland)
Ireland didn’t fare too well in 2015, when piano balladeer Molly Sterling failed to qualify for the final. Not to be deterred the ‘Playing With Numbers’ singer continues to make new music, while juggling her studies for her leaving cert exams in Dublin’s St. Andrews College. Earlier today Molly posted a recording entitled ‘Fake the Cost’ to her Facebook page, a dark emotional, almost pained performance. Have a listen above.
Hungary’s Boggie will be remembered for her great anti-war song with bad grammar ‘Wars For Nothing’. Despite her best efforts in alerting the whole of Europe to the futility of conflict, to the millions of people each year dying and suffering for no good reason whatsoever, she did however fail to secure world peace. Her follow up single ‘Camouflage’ is a little less ambitious and sees the many people in her video take selfies as she warbles a nice little ditty in French avec whistles.
Tamar Kaprelian and Stephanie Topalian (Armenia) Elhaida Dani (Albania) Elina Born (Estonia) and Maria-Elena Kyriakou (Greece)
Armenia’s Tamar Kaprelian was already working on her next musical project will already in Armenian supergroup Genealogy during the 2015 Eurovision Contest. Not content with being in one supergroup, she began forming her own girl band with Genealogy band mate Stephanie Topalian, and fellow Eurovision competitors Albania’s Elhaida Dani, Greece’s Maria-Elena Kyriakou and Elina Born from Estonia. The five women recorded a song called ‘The Otherside’ and unfortunately it is messy, underwhelming and the voices don’t gel together especially Kyriakou’s. Don’t take my word for it. Listen for yourself.
Part Three of our Where Are They Now: Class of 2015 will be posted soon. Keep your eyes peeled!