Eurovision winner enters Irish top ten as Swedish TV confirm they’re targeting Ireland’s iconic record in 2016
SWEDEN’S latest Eurovision winner is the highest placed new entry in this week’s Irish charts, despite Ireland not even featuring in the final.
Man Zelmerlow’s ‘Heroes’ landed at number ten in the Irish top 40 this weekend.
The singer, who won Sweden’s sixth Eurovision title last weekend, also looks set for a massive hit on the continent as well – and could be in the running to enter the top five of the British charts.
The track looks set to be the most commercially successful Eurovision winner since Sweden last won in 2012 – Loreen’s ‘Euphoria’ sold over two million copies.
Meanwhile the boss of Sweden’s Eurovision selection has said that the country now has Ireland’s iconic Eurovision record in sight.
Ireland has won the competition seven times; Sweden’s latest victory brings their total to six – placing them second on the all-time leaderboard.
France, the UK and Luxemburg are all joint-third, with five wins each.
Next year will mark 20 years since Ireland last won the competition, and Swedish TV station SVT are hoping to snatch the record on home soil.
Their mammoth selection process Melodifestivalen takes place over six weeks in an arena tour – the final taking place in front of an audience of 50,000 people.
Speaking to Eurovision.tv after the country’s latest victory, Melodifestivalen boss Christer Bjorkman said:
“ We try hard and we love to do it. We love this competition, we take it so seriously, and when it pays off it’s wonderful.
“Now we are this close to tying with Ireland. And since the latest one counts more than the latter ones, we would be number one if we get another one – so that is definitely the goal.”