Two years ago, Måns Zelmerlöw won the Eurovision Song Contest. The following year he hosted the competition. This year he once again took on a new role as a coach to three presenters.
Besides singer, host and entrepreneur, Måns Zelmerlöw can now add the role of coach to his CV. During yesterday's Grand Final we saw a sketch where he coached the three presenters Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko. We followed Måns whilst he worked with the presenters, which included language training and team building.
Måns Zelmerlöw arrived in Kyiv last Friday and one of the first things on the agenda was the recording with the presenters which took place in a boxing hall with Oleksandr, Volodymyr and Timur. "We are having a lot of fun here. It’s gonna be many hours but I don’t mind it with these guys," Måns explained.
The Eurovision will was also one of the commentators this year for Swedish broadcaster SVT. He did find time to explore Kyiv though. "I haven't really been able to enjoy the Eurovision week before as it’s full, so that is what I am hoping to do this week. A little bit less work and just going around and see stuff in Kyiv," he said.
Playing on stereotypes
Alex Worrall was one of the scriptwriters for the hosts this year. He was with the team inside Kyiv's International Exhibition Centre to see their idea become a reality. "It’s a sort of joke that everyone is expecting, the idea that the hosts would be very stereotypically Eastern European. The idea is also build on Måns Zelmerlöw's success in Stockholm last year where he was a slick host and people liked him. That is why we wanted to bring him together with the hosts from this year and let Måns train them," Alex explained.
The sketch also showcased the presenters' character and the job that they did during the live shows. Timur had the nerdy persona who dished out a lot of facts, Alex worked with his charm and Volodymyr used his big personality and dance moves.
Last autumn Måns Zelmerlöw, together with his co-host Petra Mede, were voted the most popular presenters of the Eurovision Song Contest between 2010 and 2016. In a future poll, perhaps we will see the three hosts from Ukraine listed amongst the favourites.