Fans go crazy for hunky Swedish Eurovision host

Steamy pictures of Sweden's own Eurovision heart-throb Måns Zelmerlöw shedding his clothes for charity have had fans feeling the heat despite the cold Nordic winter.

Fans go crazy for hunky Swedish Eurovision host
Måns Zelmerlöw winning Eurovision 2015. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

A new issue of UK magazine Gay Times shows the 29-year-old Swede and other celebs showing off their abs as part of a charity campaign raising awareness of prostate cancer.

“I'm not very used to being naked, of course. But I think it's fun and I don't show much more than what I do when I go for a swim. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself,” Zelmerlöw was quoted by Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet as telling the magazine.

The campaign is run by organization Prostate Cancer UK and Gay Times. US model Austin Armacost, England rugby player Sam Stanley and US drag queen and artist Adore Delano are some of the other celebreties gracing the cover.

“I am a huge Eurovision fan, who isn't? It feels exciting to finally get Måns onto the cover of Gay Times. Especially without clothes, for something as important as this. I am happy that he was willing to get naked for Prostate Cancer UK and I am convinced that our readers around the world will be happy too,” said Gay Times editor-in-chief Darren Scott.

Zelmerlöw won hearts all over Europe when he took home the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden earlier this year with his hit 'Heroes'. He is set to return to screens in May 2015 when he will host the competition in Stockholm alongside Swedish comic Petra Mede.

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The Swedish artist first entered the spotlight when he came fifth in Sweden's 'Idol' in 2005. Since then he has been a familiar face in Swedish media and a popular teen pin-up.

He landed himself in hot water with the gay community after he said in a TV programme in 2014 that homosexuality was not natural. However, he has repeatedly apologized for his comments and has also hosted the QX Gala, Sweden's biggest gay awards night.


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.