Måns Zelmerlöw of Sweden is the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest this year. Performing ‘Heroes’ in the finale, he won over Russia with a total of 365 points in the 60th anniversary of the annual competition which had a record number of 27 participating countries and was held in Vienna, Austria.
Yes, the winner is Måns Zelmerlöw, a 28-year-old pop music star in his native Sweden. He’s a veteran of singing competitions having first drawn notice in the Swedish version of Idol ten years ago. He also took part in ‘Let’s Dance’ in Sweden. But this time around he’s a winner on the world stage at the Eurovision Song Contest with his mesmerizing performance of ‘Heroes’ which you can see below.
Coming in second place was the was Polina Gagarin of Russia who performed “A Million Voices” and received 303 points. The third-place finisher was the opera trio Il Volo from Italy performing “Grande Amore” and racking up 292 points.
As is always the case, the Eurovision Song Contest took over social media and became an international phenomena. You did not have to be anywhere near Austria to know that the closely watched song competition was underway. It draws out passions and nationalism and many — and we do mean many! — are transfixed as the competition unfolds.
Sweden has won five times previously, most notably in 1974 which saw the now legendary band ABBA winning with their song “Waterloo.” But impressive as a new total of six wins might be, Sweden is still bested by Ireland, as the country reigns with a grand total of seven wins over the 60-year-history of the competition.
Thankfully in this day and age thanks to YouTube we can all relive the moment or witness it for the first time.
See the video highlights below from the grand finale of third place and second place finishers and, of course, Måns Zelmerlöw of Sweden, the Eurovision Song Contest winner!
Måns Zelmerlöw of Sweden, ‘Heroes’
Polina Gagarin of Russia, “A Million Voices”
Il Volo of Italy, “Grande Amore”