Saturday, May 23, 2015
ESC 2015: maybe our winner is Sweden
There was something dark and moody about it that I was instantly attracted to. A melancholy, a darkness, an edge. Happy but not cheerful. Slightly sad but hopeful. I loved it at once.
I still think it is the best song out of all forty, with the added bonus of being performed by somebody who really comes alive on stage.
Måns Zelmerlöw was born to do this. When the camera lands on him it is easy to think this is his sole purpose in life - to deliver a song in the most perfect way. He adds gravity, soul and a playfulness this song really needs. The song and singer is a match made in heaven.
The back story isn't necessary but adds an extra layer to the whole thing. Måns has spoken in interviews about a time when he felt lost and alone and needed someone to guide him right. The animated man in the background is a teenage Måns in search of someone to look up to.
If Conchita was the message we needed last year, maybe this is the message we need now. If we just do our best to be good people others can see that, look up to us and follow our example. I'd be very happy if that message was strong enough to win.
Sweden only have one silver medal through the years, but nevertheless - the dream placing is #1.
Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes (Sweden 2015)