Måns Zelmerlöw today turns 30 years old, and though a new name to most across Europe – Måns has featured on Swedish television for over ten years as an artist, presenter, dancer, and general personality. Måns first appeared on Swedish screens as he came fifth in the second series of Swedish Idol, performing the hits of Enrique Iglesias, Magnus Uggla and Roxette, ending in the bottom three on three separate occasions over the eight week period.
From there Måns’ place in the Swedish music scene was almost set in stone, and after winning the series Let’s Dance 2006, Måns went on to follow the natural career progression for most Swedish artists; Melodifestivalen.
Debuting in the 2007 edition with ‘Cara Mia’ and finishing in third place, Måns participated for a second time in 2009 with ‘Hope and Glory’ finishing fourth. Måns also co-hosted the 2010 edition.
After several appearances on ‘Allsång på Skansen’ and after the release of three albums, Måns went on to become the sixth presenter in the show’s now 81 year history. Entertaining a host of artists and celebrities from across the globe, Måns packed it all in just two years later in 2013, saying that he didn’t always want to be known as a host, but as an artist. Petra Marklund took on the role the following year.
After a short break in working with Swedish song writing duo the Debs, Måns returned to Melodifestivalen in 2015, winning the show and representing Sweden with ‘Heroes’. Finishing in first place in Vienna, Måns went on to host the 2016 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest alongside close friend, Petra Mede. One month after the contest, Måns celebrates his 30th birthday on June 13th.