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Måns Zelmerlöw: "I am proud, excited, and full of joy"

24 May 2015 at 03:49 CEST
Right after the final performance, the winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest returned to the press centre at the Wiener Stadthalle. The Swedish delegation joined the press and fan audience at the press conference stage to answer the first questions after their victory. Watch the conference again in our WebTV Player!

Måns Zelmerlöw first stated on his feelings: "It was absolutely amazing. I didn't hear it when they first said it - Christer Björkman told me a few seconds later. I thought Russia or Italy would win it. But then I did it, and I was so happy. My feelings are now all over the place. I am so proud, so excited, so full of joy."

Stina Gustavsson, a little girl, had prepared a present for Måns Zelmerlöw, resembling the little man on his projection, which was handed to him by a journalist.

Ten years ago, Måns Zelmerlöw had his first TV appearance in Swedish Idol - it was with Enrique Iglesias' Hero. "It's a very funny coincidence", he explained. "When I first listend to Heroes for the first time, I thought it was an amazing song - this is what I wanted to do. Maybe it's fate."

A representative of Mango TV in China, who were broadcasting the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest live, asked if he would come to China. "I would love to come to China - I was there once but I was too young to remember it but I would definitely like to come back", he stated.

Is it actually easier to win Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selection (where Måns Zelmerlöw participated three times), than winning the Eurovision Song Contest? "Melodifestivalen has a high quality and we have a tradition of songwriting in Sweden. But in the Eurovision Song Contest we have 40 countries, and a lot of good songs, and I doubt I would have won here with any of my other songs. So yes, Eurovision is harder", he stated.

Is Sweden now the main destination of modern pop music in Europe? "We are proud of our music in Sweden, and we are proud of our singers and songwriters", he said.

How is it to work with a stick figure on stage instead of a real person? "He is supposed to resemble me as a kid. I am playing him, and that stick man is supposed to be me when I was ten years old. It's really a fun act to do - I had the feeling it was perfect today", Måns Zelmerlöw stated.

"We tried all we could - we gave them twelve points. It was fantastic having Australia in - they made this journey for us, we are friends. It's a shame they cannot be there next year", Christer Björkman stated on Australia's one-off participation in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Will Måns Zelmerlöw host the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest? "If the opportunity arises I'd be honoured to do something like that."

What has been the toughest part for Måns Zelmerlöw? "There were so many rehearsals, and the arenas were full on most of them. You always have to improve yourself. Yesterday I felt I didn't know what I could still do better. So I was tired last night. But today in the rehearsal I thought: OK, let's just get out there and have fun with the audience. I think that made my performance tonight better."

On hosting the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, Christer Björkman from SVT stated: "We will start preparing on Tuesday already. There will probably be a bid to host the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, and we will invite all interested cities to enter their bids. We have our experiences from hosting just two years ago, and we will talk to ORF as well to get their advice how to do it. We are absolutely prepared."


Gallery: Sweden: Winner's press conference

A journalist said to the winner: "You're a great ambassador for your country", the singer replied: "I'd like to represent, I said on stage, we all are heroes, no matter what we are or what we represent, we can help society be stronger and I hope that this message could impact people."

What is his next thing to do in Austria? "I will always remember Vienna, and we are go to Badgastein to ski every year - we will definitely come back here for sure", Måns Zelmerlöw stated.

"I didn't cry when I had actually won. But when I passed Russia for the first time and the whole arena exploded, I shed a few tears", Måns Zelmerlöw explained his feelings.

What was his favorite among the other entries in the contest? "Australia was definitely my favourite, and it will be a huge hit in Sweden", Måns Zelmerlöw said.

Will a new album come out by Måns Zelmerlöw? "I am releasing the album on June 5th and I'll go on a big summer tour through Sweden and Finland", he said before singing a part of his next single to be released.

"Believe in you, and be exactly who you are. We are all perfect the way we are", Måns Zelmerlöw said refering to having been bullied as a teenager.

In the end of the conference, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand congratulated Måns Zelmerlöw on his victory and thanked this year's host broadcaster ORF for their excellent efforts.