Will Eurovision star Måns host next contest?

Rumours are swirling that ‘Heroes’ Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlow will present the next contest in Stockholm in 2016. But Swedish broadcaster SVT has so far denied the plan.

Will Eurovision star Måns host next contest?
Måns Zelmerlöw after winning Eurovision 2015. Photo: Ronald Zak/TT

Swedish pinup Måns Zelmerlöw is no stranger to presenting, having previously hosted Stockholm’s legendary outdoor singalong show Allsång på Skansen.

While he’s been tipped as a possible Eurovision 2016 host for months, Swedish tabloid Expressen this week quoted a source suggesting he is “one of two names [Swedish broadcaster] SVT wants”.

Meanwhile the Aftonbladet newspaper has reported that he had already accepted the assignment.

“It is not true, but there is a list of a number of interesting names,” Lili Assefa, a press officer for SVT’s Eurovision 2016 show told Expressen on Tuesday.

But she added that a number of candidates had been approached to confirm their availability, should they be formally offered the job.

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The other presenter being tipped by the tabloids as a possible co-host for Zelmerlöw is Petra Mede, a Swedish comedienne, dancer and television host who previously worked on Melodifestivalen, the annual talent contest that decides on Sweden’s Eurovision entry. 

The Globe Arena in Stockholm was announced in June as the venue for the next Eurovision competition, which will take place three years after Malmö in southern Sweden organized the show.

Måns Zelmerlöw's victory with his track Heroes, was the Nordic country's sixth Eurovision title, with only Ireland scoring more wins (seven) in the history of the competition.

Sweden's most famous group of all time, Abba, gave the nation its first taste of success in the contest back in 1974.



Sweden among favourites after leaping through to Eurovision final

Cornelia Jakobs, Sweden's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, burst into tears and jumped onto presenter Mario Acampas, after shooting through to the final on Thursday night.

Sweden among favourites after leaping through to Eurovision final

Jakobs was emotional at the press conference after her victory, telling the story of her progress from an “largely unknown” indie artist to the Eurovision stage. 

“There are a lot of feelings right now in this little body, an extremely large amount of feelings that can’t really fit in, so they’re exploding,” she said, before beginning to cry. “But I’m so happy and overwhelmed by all the support I’ve got from all these fantastic countries.” 

When the time came to pick lots for which half of the final she would appear in, she leapt onto Mario Acampas, the presenter asking questions at the press conference, wrapping her legs around his waist and clasping herself tightly to his torso. 

He then walked her over to the bowl where the lots were lying. 

“I want you to choose the second half,” she said to him. “Imagine that I have a pistol here and on the count of three I’m going to shoot you if you don’t choose.”

He refused to pick for her so she took one herself and got the second half. 

Jakobs, with her song, “Hold me closer”, was the clear favourite to go into the final, and will go through alongside Finland’s The Rasmus, and his song Jezebel, Serbia’s Konstrakta with “In corpore sano”, as well as entries from Belgium, Czechia, Azerbaijan, Poland, Estonia, Australia, and Romania. 

You can see her performance on Thursday in the video below. 

In the final, she will meet the other favourites, which include Ukraine, Italy, and the United Kingdom. 

The final will be shown on Sweden’s state broadcaster SVT at 9pm on Saturday.