Who wrote his mans world

The pop hero of Vienna

Status: 06/13/17 9:42 a.m.

It is not known whether the proverb "Good things take time" was invented for Måns Zelmerlöw, but one thing is certain: It fits the Swedes as well as hardly anyone else - at least when it comes to his participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2007 he competed in the Swedish preliminary round for the first time. As a third person, however, you are not allowed to drive to the ESC. Two years later, his time still does not seem to have come, Zelmerlöw sings his way to fourth place. But at the third attempt, the time has finally come: at the age of 28, the singer will again take part in the Melodifestival in 2015, win and finally be allowed to represent his country in the Song Contest. And then he proves it to everyone: Zelmerlöw wins for his home country.

A teen with no plan

So it fits only too well that Zelmerlöw sings about hope in his ESC title "Heroes" - after all, he has never finally given up on that himself. Born on June 13, 1986 in Lund, the singer grew up listening to the music of Michael Jackson and Elton John, first playing the piano, then the guitar. Zelmerlöw has talent, enrolls in music school, but quickly realizes that this is not for him.

At the age of 19, Måns Petter Albert Sahlén Zelmerlöw has no idea what to do. A friend suggested that he apply to the Swedish edition of the casting show "Idols". He does that too and sings his way to fifth place. But then he doesn't know what to do with himself again, rather out of embarrassment he accepts an invitation for "Let's Dance". At the talent show he successfully dances across the floor - and goes home as a winner.

With the victory in the dance show, his plans for the future are slowly taking shape. In the following years he can be seen mainly in musicals, plays a leading role in Malmö in "Grease" and gets an engagement for the play "Footloose" in Gothenburg. He also gets a record deal and starts writing songs. Finally he starts his solo career. And so begins his Melodifestival odyssey.

Swedish chart topper

But even if his multiple participations in the Swedish preliminary decision are setbacks for Zelmerlöw, they also bring him his first chart successes. Both the single "Cara Mia", with which he appeared at the Melodifestival in 2007, and his album "Stand By For ..." took first place in the Swedish charts. "Cara Mia" stayed in the charts for 36 weeks. Further placements with other songs will follow.

Despite chart success, after the second failed attempt at the Melodifestival 2009, even the strength of a Måns Zelmerlöw seems exhausted. In 2010 the Swede will no longer be a participant, but instead will be on stage alongside Christine Meltzer and Dolph Lundgren as a presenter. He does his job well and so Zelmerlöw was allowed to lead the Swedish music show "Allsång på Skansen" for the next three years.

The third time it works

"I tried to be a celebrity rather than an artist," he says, looking back. "But that's not me." Somebody like Zelmerlöw doesn't just want to watch others make their dreams come true. The fact that he tried his luck for the third time at the Melodifestival in 2015 is courageous, but somehow also consistent. And finally, Zelmerlöw's persistence really pays off.

With "Heroes", composed and written by Linnea Deb, Joy Deb and Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, he is betting on the right song. In Sweden he made it to the top of the charts and the bookmakers also see the title at the top of the ESC. The pop song tells the story of the young Måns Zelmerlöw, who had difficulties making friends as a child. You can't believe that from the good-looking and likeable singer today. But it is all the more gratifying for him that he now knows what he wants - good things just take time. The likeable Swede made it into the ESC final on May 23, 2015 with a successful appearance in the second semi-final. This was followed by a sensational appearance in the final and many twelve-point ratings, which ultimately brought him the victory.

Side by side with Petra Mede

Zelmerlöw will remain with the ESC in 2016 as well. Together with Petra Mede, who presented the competition in Malmö in 2013, he will host the shows in Stockholm in May 2016. After his victory in Vienna he had already announced that he would like to swap the singing microphone for the moderation microphone. For the 29-year-old, this wish has actually come true. "I am so incredibly happy to be able to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest again," said Zelmerlöw.