Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow Wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2015by Emily Tan | PopCrush
From ABBA to Ace of Base and Robyn to The Cardigans, Sweden has been known for good pop music. And another fellow Swede has proven this yet again by winning the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday (May 23).
Mans Zelmerlow took this year’s victory for his native Sweden by singing the heart-thumping electro track, “Hero.” As he sat in front of a blank screen, different white animations from fireworks emitting from his fingertips to an army of sketched characters appeared behind him as he performed. Singing “We are the heroes of our time,” the song is quite uplifting and could possibly be an anthemic chart-topper.
“I’m so happy and I want to say thank you for voting for me,” he told the crowd after his win. “I want to say we are all heroes, no matter who we love, who we are or what we believe in – we are all heroes.”
Zelmerlow’s win makes it the sixth victory for Sweden and is one win away from tying with Ireland, which currently has seven titles to its name.
Russia took second place while Italy took the third spot. Belgium followed in fourth place, and Australia, which had a special invite to the competition in honor of its 60th year, rounded out the competition’s top five.
The singing competition is the longest-running TV show in the world and brings out people’s nationalistic pride who show their support by wearing creative and sometimes outrageous costumes. Taking place at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna following Austrian pop singer Conchita Wurst’s win in 2014, around 200 million people around the world tune in to see the nations battle it out in song, BBC reported.