Måns Petter Albert Sahlén Zelmerlöw is a Swedish pop singer and television presenter. He took part in Idol 2005, eventually finishing fifth, won the first season of Let’s Dance, and scored a hit with his 2007 song “Cara Mia”, which was his entry in that year’s Melodifestivalen. Zelmerlöw was the host of Allsång på Skansen from 2011 to 2013. He participated in Melodifestivalen in 2007, 2009 and won in 2015.
He represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song “Heroes”, and won the contest with 365 points, the third-highest score in the history of Eurovision Song Contest.
Born in Lund, Måns Zelmerlöw is the son of Birgitta Sahlén, a professor at Lund University, and surgeon Sven-Olof Zelmerlöw.Zelmerlöw studied music in high school in Lund and was part of a school choir project. In 2002 he played one of the brothers in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Slagthuset in Malmö.
Zelmerlöw entered the public eye in 2005 when he took part in season 2 of the Swedish version of Idol, which was broadcast on TV4; he came in fifth overall, being eliminated on 11 November after eight weeks on the show. He was placed in the bottom three in the weekly shows after the performance and twice and the bottom two once.
In 2015, Zelmerlöw once again participated in Melodifestivalen with the song “Heroes” which scored 288 points and won the final. In the same festival he co-wrote the entry “Det rår vi inte för” performed by Behrang Miri, which made it to the second-chance round.
On 11 May 2015, Zelmerlöw revealed the artwork and tracklist for his fourth studio album Perfectly Damaged which will be released on 5 June 2015.
On 17 May Zelmerlöw performed the song “Heroes” in Belgrade during the first live show of X Factor Adria.
Leading up to the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, Zelmerlöw was predicted as the winner by more or less all the betting companies. Zelmerlöw participated in the second semifinal on 21 May, where he came first and qualified for the final. Zelmerlöw won the Eurovision 2015 final scoring 365 points, which made “Heroes” the third-highest-scoring song in the history of the contest.