Eurovision 2015: The winner’s press conference.

Eurovision 2015: The winner’s press conference.

Right after the final performance, the winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest returned to the press centre at the Wiener Stadthalle for the established usual press conference after the victory. The Swedish delegation joined the press and fan audience at the press conference stage to answer the first questions.

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.  I am so proud, so excited, so full of joy.”

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 said. “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 journalist 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.

To the question Will Måns Zelmerlöw host the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest? he answered: “If the opportunity arises I’d be honoured to do something like that.”

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.”




Angelo D.

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