SWEDEN : Interview with one of our ‘Heroes’ Måns Zelmerlöw ahead of Melodifestivalen Final
Third time’s a charm as they say, so we spoke with the hot favourite Måns Zelmerlöw, before he takes to the stage this Saturday in the Grand Final of Melodifestivalen 2015. He is already #1 in the Swedish download charts so is this the year he gets to go to Eurovision?
So good to have you back at Melodifestivalen and making music again Mans. How does it feel to be back at Melodifestivalen this time around? Can you enjoy it?
I’m SO much enjoying it! I’ve decided to give my artistry my all now and Melodifestivalen is the perfect launchpad!
We love your album ‘The Barcelona Sessions’. There was a 4 year gap before you came back with the album. Why was that?
I gave tv hosting four years, probably mostly because I didn’t believe in my potential as an artist back then. But during the last year hosting Allsång på Skansen I realized that I’m more of an entertainer than I thought. I always questioned my singing, my dancing and my skills on stage, but doing a lot of non-public gigs with my band in 2012-2013, I started understanding that I was capable of much more than I thought. So I decided to say no to another season of ApS and started writing new music instead.
Was there a reason why you chose to go and spend a lot of time in Barcelona to record the album?
I think I just needed to stay away from Sweden for a while. I brought a lot of song-writing friends down, we sat on my terrace, drank beer and wrote whatever we felt like – exactly what songwriting should be like!
How does it feel to be back in the music industry and in Sweden?
Great! I’ve been nervous how people would react to ‘Heroes’ and the performance but so far, the reactions have been amazing! Very much looking forward to the finals now!
Did you have any reservations in returning to Melodifestivalen?
No, I just needed the right song and the right team. When my record label played me ‘Heroes’, everything about it just felt right – the vibe, the message, the chorus. Then I started focusing on putting together the best team possible…and I got them! 🙂
We see that you source as your musical influences acts like Coldplay, Keane and The Beatles. Is this the music that you always wanted to write and perform?
No, I think my influences have changed a lot over time. When we wrote Barcelona Sessions, I was in a “Coldplay-phase”, wanting to be on stage, focusing on singing and playing the guitar. I got to do that last year and enjoyed it a lot and now I’m ready to be a more explosive artist again, more of an entertainer.
We read on your website that “Cara Mia was an incredibly sad song and where I had stood and sung it with a dazzling smile”. Does the song hold any positive memories for you and how does it feel to perform it now in concerts?
Haha, yes ‘Cara Mia’ still holds very positive memories for me. It was my breakthrough and I have no idea where I would’ve been today without it. I still do it in my concerts, though there have been quite a number of versions and updates since 2007!
Congratulations on having 2 songs in Melodifestivalen this year. You are one of the composers of Behrang Miris and Victor Crones song ”Det rår vi inte för”. We are Loving it! How does it feel giving the performance of one of your songs over to someone else to sing?
Thank you! It feels great! Though I hate sitting in the green room, not being able to affect the performance in any way once it’s live.
Now you closed the heats at Melodifestivalen this year with of course ‘Heroes’. Was that a pressure having to wait until the very last week and last song before you get to sing?
Yes, it could be. But I tried to focus on other things during the first three rounds, such as traveling and rehearsing my own routine. And it actually worked because I wasn’t that nervous before my performance 2 weeks ago.
Were you not tempted to submit one of your own songs for Melodifestivalen?
I was and I did! I had actually decided on going with one of my own. But when I presented it to my label, they said “great, but listen to this one”. They played me Heroes and I realized that was the song I’d been looking for.
People are already saying that it could be a battle between you and Eric Saade to win Melodifestivalen. Do you pay much attention to those stories and how do you manage the pressure that the media is putting on you?
I try not to. I try to focus on my own performance and getting that as good as can be.
If (when) you make it to Eurovision – what would that mean to you personally?
Representing Sweden in Eurovision has been a dream of mine for so long and I would LOVE it! It would be the perfect “comeback”!
Well we do indeed agree with Måns that winning Melodifestivalen would be the dream comeback and a very strong possibility! Måns will be performing 6th in the final of Melodifestivalen 2015 this Saturday March 14th in Stockholm’s Friends Arena. For our thousands of Swedish readers that is ‘Melodi Nummer Sex’
We want to thank Måns for taking the time out of his busy schedule to speak to us here at Eurovision Ireland and wish him ‘Lycka till’ in the Melodifestivalen Final.
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : Eurovision Ireland