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But now let's talk about the winner!
Although it was said that Måns' song was very similar to a music by David Guetta, it didn't stopped the 11 international jury's plus the Swedish people to choose him.
The song is called "Heroes" and the main message in the song is that people can be a hero if they want. In a way it also encourages the respect of nature, like in:
The crickets sing a song for you
Don't say a word don't make a sound
It's lifes creation
Now go sing it like a hummingbird
The greatest anthem ever heard
Now sing together
For the complete lyrics go here
I was really impressed to see the technique of video mapping in a contest like this. For the folks who don't know what video mapping is, its a projection technique where usually buildings, important monuments or even bodies are illuminated using one or more projectors which can have an animation or recorded video or even live footage. It's not a completely new technique but it exists since some time ago. I was not expecting to encounter video mapping on a performance at Melodifestivalen, because this technique that require a lot of time to prepare; it's required time to set up the projectors and the objects, in this case, the wall and the bench, and it's needed time to map those objects into a software, for eg. Resolume. Next the animations are created and then synced with timecode so that it triggers at the time of music.
The graphics and animations were interesting and I think they made justice to the lyrics of the song.
If I had to define this performance in one word it would be INTERACTION. Måns is always "interacting" with the animated fellas. It was nice!
Without wind machines, fog machines or even confetti machines, this performance is going to revolutionize the contest!
The lyrics are interesting, and I'm looking forward to see how Sweden is going to bring "Heroes" into Eurovision. Will they use holograms?!? We will have to wait to see...
Good luck Sverige!