Sweden hails latest victor in the Eurovision song contest
STOCKHOLM - Hundreds of elated fans welcomed Eurovision Song Contest winner Mans Zelmerlow upon his return Sunday to Sweden, a mini-superpower in the world of pop music and six-time champion of the glitzy song fest.
Sleep-deprived and smiling, the 28-year-old singer-TV host arrived at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport draped in a Swedish flag and waving the Eurovision trophy.
“I’ve longed for this moment for 10 years, and now here it is,’’ said Zelmerlow, who won the contest Saturday in Vienna with the thumping club anthem “Heroes.’’
With two victories and two third places in the last five years, Sweden seems to have cracked the code of the competition, where voters across Europe pick the winner among entries representing various musical styles and traditions.
Five other entries in this year’s contest had Swedish songwriters or choreographers, including runner-up Russia. In 2011, Azerbaijan won the competition with a song written by Swedes.
The only country with more Eurovision wins is Ireland, with seven.
Part of Sweden’s Eurovision success can be traced to its long record of making pop music with a mass appeal worldwide. AP