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Måns Zelmerlöw: “The UK will win Eurovision within 10 years, I’m sure!”

The media coverage is building ahead of next Friday's UK selection show!

We are now just over a week away from Eurovision: You Decide 2019 in which the United Kingdom’s representative for May’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv will be chosen! Naturally, the media hype amongst British media outlets is beginning to build. One example of which is in TV Choice magazine in which editor Graham Kibble-White interviews You Decide host Måns Zelmerlöw.

“I can’t wait to start our banter!”

For the second year in a row, 2015 Eurovision winner Måns will be joining co-host Mel Giedroyc to host the UK selection show. This year, for the first time, the show will be hosted at MediaCity UK in Salford. Speaking about Mel, Måns says:

“I can’t wait to start our banter over the script. We had so much fun last time and everything felt very easy with her.”

“I love how Eurovision makes people come together”

Three-time Melodifestivalen finalist Måns has always been a Eurovision fan. Undoubtedly, the slogan of the 2016 contest which he co-hosted with Petra Mede was the perfect one for him:

“I’ve always been a fan, and it was such a precious moment as a child, sitting with my family, judging the performances. I love how it makes people come together, how it’s for everyone. Plus, the fact it’s still a great stepping stone for new artists.”

“You Decide is getting better and better”

This year, You Decide has mixed up its format. Six artists will be split into three groups of two. Michael Rice and Holly Tandy will sing different versions of Bigger Than Us. Jordan Clarke and MAID will take on Freaks. Whereas, Kerrie-Anne and Anisa will deliver their takes on Sweet Lies. Måns is optimistic regarding the format changes:

It’s very interesting, I’m certain that hearing a song in two different versions will give us a better sense of how good it is.

I haven’t actually [heard them] – despite begging our production team to let me! So I’m still in the dark, but I understand they’re great. I feel Eurovision: You Decide is getting better and better, as are the songwriters and artists who are competing. The UK will win within 10 years, I’m sure!

Of course, Kibble-White’s interview with Måns would have taken place prior to the song releases last week. However, do not worry! The Swedish star has certainly heard them now!

Are you looking forward to Eurovision: You Decide 2019? Let us know in the comments below!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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