Måns Zelmerlöw

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Måns Zelmerlöw
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Zelmerlöw in Stockholm in November 2010
Background information
Birth name Måns Petter Albert Zelmerlöw
Born (1986-06-13) 13 June 1986 (age 28)
Rosengård, Sweden
Occupations Singer, Actor
Years active 2005—present
Labels Warner Music Sweden
Website Måns Zerlmerlöw Official Site

Måns Petter Albert Sahlén Zelmerlöw (born Zelmerlöw 13 June 1986) is a Swedish pop singer. He is probably best known for taking part in Idol 2005 finishing fifth, for winning the first season of Let's Dance and for his 2007 song "Cara Mia," which was his entry in that year's Melodifestivalen. Since 2011 he hosts Allsång på Skansen.


Idol and Let's Dance[edit]

In 2005 Zelmerlöw took part in the Swedish version of Idol coming in 5th overall when he was eliminated on 11 November after 8 weeks on the show. He was placed in the bottom 3 twice and the bottom 2 once due to which he was eliminated.

Week # Theme Song choice Original artist
Audition N/A "Hero" Enrique Iglesias
Final Qualifier N/A "Flying Without Wings" Westlife
Week 1 My Own Idol "Millennium" Robbie Williams
Week 2 80's "The Look" Roxette
Week 3 Swedish Hits "Astrologen" Magnus Uggla
Week 4 Pop Hits "Escape" Enrique Iglesias
Week 5 Disco "Relight My Fire" Dan Hartman
Week 6 Cocktail "It's Not Unusual" Tom Jones
Week 7 (1) Rock "Beautiful Day" U2
Week 7 (2) Rock "The Reason" Hoobastank

In 2006 he took part in Let's Dance, where with dance partner Maria Karlsson, he triumphed and took 1st place. As well as appearing as Danny Zuko in the Swedish version of the musical Grease, Zelmerlöw signed a record deal with M&L Records, a division of Warner Music Sweden to release an album.

Melodifestivalen 2007 and debut album Stand by For...[edit]

In November 2006 in was announced that Zelmerlöw would compete in Melodifestivalen 2007, Sweden's competition to determine their Eurovision entry for the corresponding year. He competed with the song "Cara Mia" in the 3rd semi-final on 17 February 2007 in Örnsköldsvik where he progressed to the final in Stockholm. In the 10 March final at Globen, "Cara Mia" finished in third place behind winners The Ark and runner-up Andreas Johnson. "Cara Mia" was released as a single and Zelmerlöw's debut album Stand by For... followed shortly after. The album performed very well, reaching number one in Sweden and being certified platinum by IFPI. The album produced four singles, all reaching the top 50 in Sweden. Stand by For... has also been released in Poland in September 2007. In 2007 he also starred in the musical version of Footloose.

Melodifestivalen 2009 and MZW[edit]

In 2008 Zelmerlöw went back to the studio to write for his second solo album MZW. On 18 November 2008, it was announced that he would once again compete in Melodifestivalen, this time with the song "Hope & Glory". The 2009 edition of Melodifestivalen featured many former Melodifestivalen entrants including Sarah Dawn Finer, Sofia, BWO, and Amy Diamond. Zelmerlöw took part in semi-final 2 on 14 February 2009 where he once again progressed to the final at Globen. At the final on 14 March, "Hope & Glory" won 4th place despite receiving the most votes from the Jury. In late March 2009, Zelmerlöw released his second album MZW which has so far been certified gold by the IFPI and has reached number one on the Swedish album charts, the album has also been released in Poland. In 2009 he played a summer tour of Sweden performing songs from both albums.

Melodifestivalen 2010[edit]

On 10 November 2009 it was revealed that Zelmerlöw would host Melodifestivalen 2010, alongside Dolph Lundgren and Christine Meltzer. He hosted the first Semi-Final and the Final with Lundgren and Meltzer, and the remaining Semi-Finals with only Meltzer. In the opening of the Second Chance round he performed the Duran Duran song "A View to a Kill," and in the Final he sang the Survivor song "Eye of the Tiger" with his fellow presenters.

Barcelona Sessions (2013-present)[edit]

In March 2013, Zelmerlow revealed plans for his third studio album Barcelona Sessions by unveiling new single "Broken Parts". He since performed a new track on Swedish television called "Run For Your Life". In September 2013, Zelmerlow uveiled the second single from the new album, called "Beautiful Life" and has since performed another album track entitled "Parallels". The album will be released on 5 February 2014 preceded by single 'Run For Your Life'

Personal life[edit]

Zelmerlöw has one younger sister. He enjoys football, tennis and golf.[1] He was in a well publicized relationship with Marie Serneholt 2008–2011.


Måns Zelmerlöw discography
Studio albums 2
Singles 7
Music videos 5
B-sides 4
Collaborations 1
Tours 1

The following is a complete discography of every album and single released by Swedish Pop music artist Måns Zelmerlöw.


Year Information SWE
Sales and Certifications
2007 Stand By For...
Swedish sales: 48,000

IFPI: Platinum

2009 MZW
Swedish sales: 34,000

IFPI: Gold[3]

2010 Christmas with Friends
Swedish sales: N/A


2014 Barcelona Sessions
Swedish sales: N/A



Year Title Chart positions Album
2007 "Cara Mia" 1 4 Stand By For...
"Work of Art (Da Vinci)" 16
"Brother Oh Brother" 7 12
2008 "Miss America" 47
2009 "Impossible" 48 MZW
"Hope & Glory" 2
"Hold On" 22
Featured Singles
2007 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (with Agnes Carlsson) 3 Single only
2010 "Precious to Me" (with Maria Haukaas Storeng) Single Only
Other non-charted songs
2007 "Maniac" Stand By For...
2009 "Rewind" (Polish release only) MZW
2013 "Broken Parts" Barcelona Sessions
"Beautiful Life"
"Run For Your Life"
Preceded by
Let's Dance winner
Season 1 (2006 with Maria Karlsson)
Succeeded by
Martin Lidberg & Cecilia Erling
Preceded by
Slovenia Saša Lendero
OGAE Second Chance Contest winner
Succeeded by
Sweden Sanna Nielsen


  1. ^ "Måns Zelmerlöw - Biografi". Mzw.se. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  3. ^ Swedish IFPI certifications of 2009
  4. ^ "Måns Zelmerlöw officiella hemsida". Mzw.se. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Finnish Charts Portal". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 

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