What is the favorite song of the people anyway?

Zelmerlöw: "It's nice that the people come for our songs"

Status: 29.09.15 11:45 p.m.

The ESC winner Måns Zelmerlöw is currently touring Europe with his current album "Perfectly Damaged". The Swede also gives five concerts in Germany, and was also a guest in Hamburg's Grünspan on September 30th. Eurovision.de met him there.

You were just in Vienna on your tour. Was it special to go there after your ESC victory to perform again?

Måns Zelmerlöw: That was it! The last time I was there, it was just a very special moment in my life. The concert now took place in the Ottakringer Brewery, in May the Euroclub. The concert now was completely different, the audience was great and it was just there to hear our songs. In general, that's the nice thing about this tour. When I perform at the Melodifestivalen, people are less interested in the other songs that we still have. At our own concerts, people know our albums and want to hear exactly those songs.

You are on tour with the album "Perfectly Damaged". Do you have a personal favorite song on it?

Zelmerlöw: I love "Should've Gone Home" the most and "Hearts Collide", the song I play for the first time on this tour, only with my little synthesizer. The song would never be released as a single and can only be heard on the album - but people still like it, I'm happy.

What about "The Stickman", your stick figure, is he on tour?

Zelmerlöw: (Laughs) Sure, he's there. He's just not into interviews, he's already backstage and getting ready for the gig.

Three days ago Munich, then Vienna, now Hamburg. Do you even see anything of the cities?

Zelmerlöw: Rarely, but here in Hamburg I happened to see a little more than originally planned. We had a day off and I was jogging in the park - I guess I got lost somehow. I actually only wanted to run four kilometers, but in the end it was ten. But sure, there is usually never enough time to look at each other.

Is this your way of relieving stress by jogging?

Zelmerlöw: Yes, I can relax while doing sports, jogging or tennis, paddling or football, we do that together with the whole band, we are all very active. Otherwise I read or we play Playstation on the tour bus. We spend 18 out of 24 hours on this bus every day, so you have to come up with a little something to pass the time.

You posted a photo of the book "438 Days" on Instagram, which is about two journalists who were captured and spent 438 days in prison. A true story that doesn't sound that relaxing.

Zelmerlöw: That's right, it isn't necessarily. But it's an exciting book and it really saved me on the trip to Hamburg. It was supposed to take twelve hours, but then we were on the road for 18 or 19 hours. I was trapped on that bus, these two journalists in the book in jail - I was really glad that the book was so captivating.

With "Heroes" you became a hero for many people in Vienna in May. Do you have a hero yourself?

Zelmerlöw: Yes, I have a foundation and we support three schools in South Africa, one in Kenya and we are building one in Ethiopia. These children who go to school there are my heroes. Many of them live under really bad conditions, but still look positively and full of hope into the future and radiate a lot of joie de vivre - for me these are really little heroes. It means a lot to me to see that I am a part of their future and their life for them and it just feels good to do something meaningful.

Participating in the ESC was a big dream of yours and you made it. Do you have a new big dream now?

Zelmerlöw: The ESC gave me a lot, but just because I'm touring Europe a little now doesn't mean that I've established myself as an artist across Europe. I'm working on it and I'm fighting for it now. I would love to tour Europe once or twice a year in the future - and outside of Europe too. I've already been to Asia, two weeks ago to Shanghai. China is a big market, I would like to go back there, to Tokyo too - and a tour of the USA would be a big dream of mine.

You once said that the ESC is the Super Bowl of music events. You’re going to host it for the next year, right?

Zelmerlöw: That has not yet been finally decided, but it would be a huge honor for me. But at least with "Heroes" I'll be back next year - and it's great that the contest is taking place in the city where I live, that will be great weeks.

Conchita floated on stage in Vienna last year. What are you going to do, let yourself be shot on stage in a huge bomb?

Zelmerlöw: (Laughs) That would be a possibility, I definitely have to come up with something like that. But of course it also depends a bit on the budget whether I can top Conchita's performance.

Your tour ends in Barcelona at the beginning of November. Then it's back to Sweden. What will be the first thing you will do there?

Zelmerlöw: The first thing I do is grab my dog. I miss him especially, I'll spend a few days with him in particular - I'm already looking forward to that.