Single: Måns Zelmerlöw – “Cara Mia” (2007)

Oh poop, my dear Måns wasn’t revealed to be the host of Malmö’s Eurovision Song Contest this year. I don’t know why I like him so much, he just seems good-humoured, has a decent voice, and is super hot. Actually that pretty much explains it, as does being responsible for this amazing pop song.

Måns Zelmerlöw Cara MiaWritten for Melodifestivalen – Sweden’s spectacular Eurovision selection show – back in 2007, it sadly came third in the final, behind eventual Swedish representatives The Ark (who didn’t do very well) and piece of the Melodifestivalen furniture Andreas Johnson, famous in this country for his 2000 hit “Glorious”. Well I SAY famous but I can’t imagine anyone can remember it immediately, the chorus goes “SHEEEEEEeeeEEEEE”. You’d know it if you heard it.

Anyway young Måns put in a great performance, complete with dance routine, even if he did bail out on the glory note at the end. Despite its Italian title, this is full-blown Swedish schlager. At a slim 3 minutes, it wastes no time to bust right into that awesome chorus, and an expertly-deployed key change towards the end.

It’s a song of desperation, trying to win back a love that seems to have plans to leave. The verses are brief, they know they are only the stitching between the amazing choruses. It’s just magic really, and criminal that it didn’t make it to Helsinki’s song contest. Surely that might have stopped Sweden from their run of poor luck that started in 2007?

Either way, I’m keen to hear more music from Måns, given that his last album “MZW” was released over 3 years ago now. Come back! I’ve discovered this song on PS3’s Singstar too, I must invest! Incidentally I’ve reviewed both of his albums on this blog, “MZW” and Cara Mia’s parent album “Stand by for…”.

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