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🇦🇺 Måns Zelmerlöw on Aussie Eurovision chances: “Everyone’s a fan of Australia, just like Sweden”

Ahead of flying over to Australia’s Gold Coast for this Saturday’s final of Eurovision – Australia Decides to be part of their jury as well as the interval act, 2015 Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald on Australia’s future Eurovision prospects as well as whether he would launch a potential Eurovision comeback of his own.

“Everyone likes Australia!”

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, the “Heroes” singer is very confident in Australia’s Eurovision prospects for the future and believes the famous Eurovision trophy could be heading down under sometime this decade. As well as having great songs, Måns believes that Australia’s likeability is also a great factor to have.

I promise you Australia will win within five more years. You’ve had great songs every year since 2015 and Eurovision is so much about having a good song, as well as a good story behind the artist and a great performance on the night.

There’s no problem with bias for Australia, either. Everyone likes Australia. It’s a bit the same with Sweden – nobody is angry with Sweden!

Eurovision is becoming “more contemporary and accepted”

The three-time Melodifestivalen contender also explains how Eurovision is going from strength-to-strength each year, with song quality increasing with every passing contest.

It’s becoming more contemporary and accepted every year, and more songs make the charts and have a life outside the Eurovision bubble. Sure, the kitsch factor still needs to be there. Let’s have old women baking bread or a man running around in a giant squirrel wheel, but ideally only three or four of those acts. There will always need to be some kitschiness but what we really need is more fantastic songs.

Regarding what he believes Australia should look for in their 2020 Eurovision entry, it seems Zelmerlöw thinks taking the opposite approach to 2019 winner “Arcade” could be the successful ingredient:

I think Europe might be in the mood for up-tempo!

A Eurovision comeback for Måns?

But could Máns return to the Eurovision stage once more? He doesn’t rule it out but would need a song certain of winning Melodifestivalen:

“It’s been such a great stepping stone and has made so many dreams come true for me, so it’s always great to come back to Eurovision, whether you’re competing or not. Who would turn their back on so much fun and an audience of 200 million people?

Do you agree with Måns and believes Australia’s first Eurovision victory is very much on the horizon? Let us know in the comments!

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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