Swedish broadcaster SVT reported earlier today that the nation’s 2015 Eurovision Song Contest entry Heroes’ music video has been pulled and is to be changed right before Eurovision Song Contest 2015 edition to be held in Vienna due to copyright claims.
Rumours have been going on since Zelmerlöw’s first appearance with Heroes performance on the popular Eurovision entry seeking show Melodifestivalen that it has similarities with another artwork, The Alchemy of Light by A DandyPunk. (Watch the performance by clicking here to make your own decision about whether it is plagiarism or only some innocent inspiration, and here to watch Zelmerlöw’s Melodifestivalen performance.)
On the other hand, however, the director of the Heroes music video Mr. Fredrik “Benke” Rydman does not thoroughly reject the claims saying; “Yes, I was inspired by the character and even if I decline that it was plagiarism, we have no time for taking care of this. After all, the look of the figure isn’t so crucial for me, so it’s easy to change it”. Måns Zelmerlöw has a few words to say, as well. “The character will have new clothes. It is spring now and he can’t have the same outfit as he had in February”.
All in all, we are sure of that the dwarf in the artwork shall be gotten rid of. Until then, we will have to make do with the lyrics video of Heroes.
Måns will be singing on behalf of Sweden on 21st of May on the 13th rank on the second semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna.