Eurovision 2016: Måns Zelmerlöw’s Heroes to open contest

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The winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest and one half of the 2016 hosting duo, Måns Zelmerlöw, will be opening the first show of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on the 10 May.

Described as powerful by the singer himself, Måns Zelmerlöw will perform his 2015 winning Eurovision entry, Heroes, on the Globe Arena stage next month, but with a special twist.

With a stand-out performance in last year’s contest including cleverly choreographed production, Zelmerlöw’s interactive stick-figure will come to life in his new acoustic version of his performance, with the stick-figure being replaced by a real boy along with an entire children’s choir.

This is not the first time this version of Heroes has been performed in public, having originally made its premiere during the final of the 2016 Swedish national selection, Melodifestivalen. Speaking of the upcoming performance, Zelmerlöw revealed to SVT:

Basically it’s the same number we did in Melodifestivalen, so it is about how we convey the same hopeful feeling. This time around it begins very dark, which will then burst into even more hopefulness.

In the original performance, the boy known as Billy was lifted into the air by 2 people appearing invisible against a dark screen. However in the Eurovision 2016 performance, Billy will actually fly during the performance, in which he will be lifted by 2 wires.

Fredrik ”Benke” Rydman, the man behind the choreography for the upcoming number, spoke of the opening act:

The key here is to get the emotions and to make it visually interesting. The children come on as a child army, though sweet and cute. You will get a warm feeling in your chest.

Måns Zelmerlöw will open the first semi-final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on the 10 May at the Globe Arena, going on to host each of the live shows alongside co-host, Petra Mede.