Måns Zelmerlöw is Sweden's big hope to win Europe's favourite TV show this year. Today he arrived at the Wiener Stadthalle for the first rehearsal of his song Heroes.
When you see Sweden rehearse on stage, you may think it is incredibly effective but also simple. That is far from the truth! On the stage is a custom-made projection board and up in the rigging high above the stage, there is a sophisticated projector, which beams the stick-man images onto the board, interacting with Måns as he performs Heroes.
This has followed months of work creating the graphics but also the choreography to interact with them.
A new stick character
Since the Swedish national selection, a slightly updated stick character has been designed and will be used during the Eurovision Song Contest performance. Additionally the screen has changed and the performance incorporates more "black". The performance is further accentuated by the bursts of light and movement during the choruses, which compliment the graphic effects very well.Gallery: Sweden: First rehearsal in Vienna
The Swedish delegation were the centre of attention backstage when they arrived at the Wiener Stadthalle today. Of course Måns as the participant is hugely popular but Christer Björkman, who represented Sweden in 1992 with the song I morgon är en annan dag also attracted a lot of attention from volunteers and other delegations alike.
"We hope the performance will be more crisp"
When we asked Måns about his performance compared to the national selection, he told us the background will be black and not grey, which he hoped would make it "more crisp". He also mentioned that he has been so busy in the lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest that he hasn't had much time to think about it.Gallery: Sweden: backstage in Vienna