Homeboy Frans was sticking with what worked, keeping the same Melfest staging for his song “If I Were Sorry”.

If you’ve seen Frans’ Melfest performance, then you’ve seen his Eurovision performance. Frans is keeping it low-key, relying on his boyish charms while he sings the song against a largely black background with words lit up in gold. Once again he rocked a casual look — jeans and a white top with a beige jacket, emphasising the “anti-Eurovision” style of the performance. The perfect foil to the ever-larger staging we’re seeing this year, this number draws on simplicity to elicit complex emotions.

There were no obvious adjustments or changes to the performance, and Frans was keeping his vocal relaxed. It seems that Sweden are very happy with the “If I Were Sorry” staging and Frans is set to deliver a confident performance on home turf.

SWEDEN: SECOND REHEARSAL AT EUROVISION 2016

FRANS: PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER FIRST REHEARSAL

SWEDEN: REACTION TO FIRST REHEARSAL

READ ALL OF OUR EUROVISION REHEARSAL REVIEWS

Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

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Malin
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Malin

No! The internationelljuries only get on instruktion from SVT. Only one, and that one is very clear. Their task is to vote for the song they belive will get the best result in ESC. That is the only one, Said Christer Björkman to Expressen this year.

Malin
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Malin

Hmmm.. Eugene! You may have right about that we dont’t know if the internationall juries in sweden has the same criterias as they have in ESC. I have only heard that their task is to chose an entrie that they think will have a good chanse in ESC. I have to se i I find somthing written! Became curious!

@EugeneESCUK
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Malin :-

It’s human nature to disagree, if you disagree make your point, it’s fine, move on. What I don’t like is when people blatantly lie to influence. Just be honest.

On your point of the Melfest juries, we don’t really know if they have any criteria, but we do know the juries do have criteria set by the EBU.

Thanks for you kind words, they are appreciated.

Malin
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Malin

EugeneESCUK
I like to read about your opinion and your analyces. Everyone can se that you really have apassion for ESC and have a lot of knowledge. Therfore i think it’s more interesting to give my point of view if it is diffrent from yours. I respect yuor knowledge.
Eugene, don’t stop tell us your opinion, even I will disagree! ????
By the way, check this up! ????

http://kworb.net/spotify/track/6oDkCmfVcSd9NXAKk1b4Ll.html

@EugeneESCUK
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Okay Denis :- Since you can’t understand what I was doing, I will explain it JUST for you!! I think it was very self-explanatory actually. First of all it’s MY choice what I write and OF COURSE it is not fact it is MY opinion, like everyone else gives their opinion on here……..okay? During the Wiwi Jury reviews I gave my scores based on the SONG. Here I am scoring and reviewing the songs, AND the vocals AND the staging. THAT is the difference and it is based on the guidelines to the juries………………..and that is all!! It is part… Read more »

Go Sweden
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They say its the best songs for many year. If it is, what are Russia and Ukrane do in the topp of betting odds. This are the to song who are the worst this year. Russia are Russia, it dosent matter what song they have, they always be in the topp. And the same for Ukraine. I will only cry.

Malin
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Malin

In the swedish national selection there are an international jury from 11 countries whith the same task as in Eurovision. Unless all the other songs in the Mellodifestivalen was bad, which the juries said wasn’t the case, the swedish song should have a good chance to get points from the juries. Our of 27 songs was 12 songs left in the final. This is the points from the international jury:

Bosnia 12
Cyprus 12
Belarus 0
Nederlends 10
Estonia 10
Israel 8
Italien 10
Slovenia 6
France 12
Norway 6
Australien 0

Denis
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Denis

I don’t understand why Eugene goes around typing “jury criteria” everywhere?
It’s not at all any jury’s criteria. It’s just your opinion dude, not a fact. No one can know for sure how the jury will vote for a certain entry until we get the full voting results.
Don’t go around turning your opinions into statical facts and don’t turn them into truths. I don’t go around pretending to know what other people will vote and like

Steven Keenan
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Steven Keenan

I’ve been a fan of Frans from the start but this is just getting so BORING. He has no energy on the stage and he seems much closer to the light board than at Melfest. Not sure it’s going to capture the audience anymore especially since lots of countries are going with subtle staging rather than the big technology.

Stan
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Stan

Last year: Mans got the gay vote and the kid’s vote… this year that will be split up with the kids (and espacially the teenage girl vote) going to Frans. He’ll do well. But second is the best place anyway: you did well, don’t have to answer phone calls from journalists every year and the broadcaster isn’t organising!

@ eugene: that whole “according to jury criteria” is still just your opinion, right. don’t confuse people, it’s just you

sonic0201
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sonic0201

@Denis
And Mans has never listened David Guetta…
The similarities with Catch & Release are almost as blatant as Lovers of the Sun Heroes.

sonic0201
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sonic0201

I guess the Frans stans will never understand, so we have to wait one more week… This is not spotify, youtube, neither a popularity contest. This is the Eurovision Song Contest, where 50% of the points come from jury. You need to present a song that can compete with the others musically, technically, and vocally. You can’t say “I can sing, and I’ve got a huge voice anyway, it is just this song doesn’t contain big vocals”. The jury doesn’t care. This is a contest, you have to show what you’ve got, put your best effort into it, otherwise don’t… Read more »

davve
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davve

I am of the opinion that everyone can write whatever they like about songs as long as they keep it somewhat civil.

But on the other hand I find it interesting that the people writing “hate” about for example Frans then gets butthurt and offended by other people pointing it out. 😀 Its just really ridiculous that people can write really strong reasonings for hating Frans. But you get offended if the hate is pointed out to you 😀

Hi
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Frans are a great Singer. But Jamala, no no no. France And Sweden are best.

o.p
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o.p

Esc 2016= 40 countries with boring songs and Sweden and France.
Paris 2017!

Malin
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Malin

À question EugeneESCEUK.
In what way are the juries tast when they judge the vocal capability? Is it in relation to the type of song? Is there any consideration if the voice has a unique expression that fits the song! I don’t medan to be rude. I’m really interested in your opinion!
I have been thinking that if Frans vocal capability is that bad how come that the internationell juries in the mellfest could give him that high score?

Denis
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Denis

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s Frans’ motto. And why not? Most top candidates had the same motto. Not to mention the winners:) I find it funny that people here analyse based on jury criteria. This is just a rehearsal. To say what the juries will focus on is wrong because no one knows that. The rehearsal doesn’t even count a jury criteria, only the general rehearsal counts since that’s what the actual juries go for. The public of course gets to see those thing live of course and whether you like it or not Frans is great… Read more »

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. “

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@@EugeneESCUK
You are great and professional , so dont listing to haters please.. i have to tell u that i disagree with u about Ukraine, but i respect you and your opinion..
regards from Israel 🙂

@EugeneESCUK
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Olga :-

I live in London, not far from Croydon actually.

Vocal capability is one of the guidelines to the juries…………it matters to the juries but not the public of course.

Surely I can choose to write what I think and not what you think I should say? Sort yourself out!!

Huh
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Huh

Funny how some people here are getting personal over people hating on Frans and his song. You do no help so get out! lol

davve
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davve

Great performance. This will stand out in the final… top5 for sure.

Go Sweden
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Babychops: that you saying are for Russia. He is coold , and hes voice are not good.

EugeneESCUK: He can sing. Have you herd Ulraina. She is only screeming., for 3 min. If you think he sing ” if i was sorry” 21 times. Have you herd Australia. The only she sings ate ” sound of silence” 2 million times.

gal
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gal

just awful!!! it deserve last place from 42 .. i dont understand why is it in 4 place at odds .. just because its Sweden .. its a shame and Discrimination to other states…

Olga...(the one from Latvia)
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Olga...(the one from Latvia)

Eugene , you look like Broadway lover, so what do you know about “gangsta speak”? Does all songs need to be vocally challenging? No. Does all songs need strong vocals? No. For this song Frans vocals are just perfect, nobody could sing it better. I know your statistic is close to be true, but you’re putting too much of your personal opinion in it. Comments that are full of statistic and facts should be more open. I understand that you’re considering your comments as personal opinion, but for a random person who reads it, it doesn’t sounds so.

Babychops
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Babychops

Sorry Frans, you are up against too many better songs. singers and most of all personalities .You have to try to be warm to people.You come across as if you are not bothered about this amazing opportunity you are getting.

Malin
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Malin

From the telewotes I think sweden could be as high as third best an at least top ten. How the juries will vote is more of an open book I think. If they want somthing that is klassik or mordern. If they think a unik voice whith personality is importent or looking for the best voice. (Then we should send our operasingers. ) Im convinsed that If I were sorry will get a lor of telewotes from UK, it has now been streems 2 miljon times in UK. I also belive that sweden will get a lot of televotes from… Read more »

Bhrister Cjorkman
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Bhrister Cjorkman

Even if most people hate the song it does not matter as long as Frans captures his unique group of audience. Winning is a far-stretched but I can definitely see a top 10 or even top 5.

Daniel E.
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Daniel E.

Is this the most boring performance of all or what? This is the only video from the 2nd rehearsals that I actually didn’t have the patience to watch…

chessguy99
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Nothing new here, and I didn’t expect much change from Melfest. SVT doesn’t want two Eurovisions in a row, and putting this out there guarantees it will not be in Sweden next year. Depending on the juries, this could be right side of the scoreboard.

hasa
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hasa

I love listening to a good song and this is one of them. The pitch black background and the “fireflies” also blend very well. Frans just needs to channel a little bit more enthusiasm.

@EugeneESCUK
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Davve :- Well you have changed your tune from………”Sweden will win”………………now that IS your usual “full of crap” self, hehe!! Now it’s “Top 5”!!

I’m hedging my bets of course, I want to see the iTunes charts in a few days…………it could well be Top 5? And it depends on his live vocals, he could bottle it.

davve
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davve

our dear Eugene is his usual “full of crap” self today 😀

no but seriously everyone are entitled to their opinion, but I think Eugene will be sadly disappointed after next saturday. a placement outside the top10 is almost impossible for Frans.

davve
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davve

Frans will be top5 for sure…

@EugeneESCUK
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T :-

You are entitled to your opinion, I respect that, I gave mine. As always you do not have to agree. We shall see how the markets react.

We love stars, flowers, pyros and blue and red leds
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We love stars, flowers, pyros and blue and red leds

Will be the right moment to go for a wee! More blue again and again! Still dont know why it’s do high in the odds. Would be nice to see the origin of the bets, so easy to buy a place on the top now everybody considers the odds as synomin of fav!

Chpp
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Chpp

It smells like a flop. If I want a modern and chill song, I would listen to Amir’s song. At least, he got a voice.

T
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T

Score based on jury criteria : 10/10 Eugene, your comments makes no sense. Frans came 2nd in the jury vote. One points less than Human. Is that a bad sign? He came 2nd out of 12 entries, one point less than the winner. Sanna Nielsen came 2nd in the MF international jury vote 2014 too, with 7 point less than Ace. Was that a bad sign to? lol. This is very original. Do you think generic songs like You Are The Only One are more original? And his staging? We saw his staging last year when Mans won and we’ve… Read more »

Leo
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Leo

There are for more modern and stronger songs in the contest ,he will flop 100%

This is my opinion (TIMO)
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This is my opinion (TIMO)

Oh please say na more …Just like that message on screen behind frans STOP then ENOUGH from the lyrics of the song hahahahaha sweden taking a piss it’s obvious they are sending message to Europe don’t vote for us that they can’t host another eurovision next year there for they put STOP and ENOUGH on that screen lol but don’t worry sweden you already pick a song making sure sweden doesn’t win with it that’s so funny sweden song is about contest if we’re sorry no sweden are not sorry they don’t want to win

Lenor
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Lenor

Sweden did it again . I dont f****ing care what arrogant esc hardcore fans say. For me it smells like a victory. All my votes definetly go to SWEDEN . GO FRANS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@EugeneESCUK
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Score based on jury criteria :- <5/10 Vocal Capacity :- Frans is one of the weakest singers of all 42. The song is not challenging enough and it lacks any vocal moments and is really Karaoke level. Some may not get that London “Gangsta Speak” accent either. Composition and Originality :- It is a very simple song with simple structure and using simple lyrics and rhymes. The song provides little variation and it is just repetition which is a bit lazy. Frans says “If I were sorry” over 20 times!! There is no strong message either. Although this is something… Read more »

bella
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bella

I have seen both Frans and Amir rehearsals in youtube and both of them were very good.Well done guys! Victory for Amir and top 3 for Frans.

LIZ
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LIZ

GO FRANS !!!!!

Sabi
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Sabi

This is the most chart-friendly song in this years contest. It has passed 30 million streams on Spotify and BBC Radio 1 played it the other day. All the ESC fans can say what they like, this is an obvious hit. Just because it’s not a fan-wank-type-of-song with a bombastic chorus doesn’t mean it’s bad. If you want a chill and modern song, you’ll vote for this. There’s no other song like If I Were Sorry this year and that will work in his favour. My vote goes to Sweden this year 🙂