Måns Zelmerlöw reveals changes to Eurovision performance
About a month ago, Swedish national broadcaster SVT decided to make changes to the performance of Melodifestivalen winner and Swedish Eurovision representative Måns Zelmerlöw.
The visuals used for Melodifestivalen were too similar to a 2012 performance by a dandypunk and were potentially copyright infringing.
Chubbier, with new accessories
Now, details about what changes are coming are being revealed, as Måns spoke to Kulturnyhetarna about the upcoming performance.
The stickboy, who represents a younger and more insecure Måns, and is named Måns Petter like Måns himself, has received a new look and new accessories for the Eurovision performance in Vienna next month. He was further asked to draw what the new Måns Petter looks like.
The new stickboy is chubbier than the old, shaped more like a pear. Måns jokes that the boy gained weight following a lot of eating over Easter. He will wear a beret instead of the triangle hat that was previously seen, since its spring, and the umbrella that carries the stickboy in the beginning of the performance has been replaced by a balloon. It also looks like he will wear a shirt or sweater.
In the interview Måns recognizes that the stickboy was very similar to the one from 2012, and the changes were made to avoid further trouble. He is now aiming for the Grand Final.
Not a homophobe
Måns also touched on the allegations of homophobia that have been directed at him since he called homosexuality a deviation in an episode of Pluras Kök. “In a way, I think it’s good that it’s being brought up now, so I can say it like it is: I am not a homophobe, I have never been a homophobe, and I never will be a homophobe. It was a stupid thing of me to say.”
Since winning Melodifestivalen, Måns and Sweden have been the bookmakers favorite to win Eurovision in Vienna. He will perform as song number 13 in the second semi-final.
Photos: SVT Kultur