If airplay and chart rankings are the real measures of success, then Sweden’s Frans could be considered the winner of Eurovision 2016.
As summer winds down, it’s clear that his folk-poptronica number “If I Were Sorry” is the most commercially successful song of this year’s edition — and one that appears to have staying power.
The singer’s 20-date Tour de Frans wrapped on August 27, so it’s the perfect time to reflect on the hitmaker’s momentous turn at Eurovision.
He’s not sorry
The song emerged as the hot favourite to win Melodifestivalen 2016 the moment it was revealed during the fourth heat. Within weeks Frans had stormed several international Spotify Viral charts, charting in the top 10 in various European countries, but also in Uruguay and Taiwan. “If I Were Sorry” even made the top 30 in the Spotify Global Viral Chart.
Frans narrowly lost the international jury vote at Melfest to Oscar Zia. But it was clear where the public’s will lay, as he earned 14.4% of all votes in the 12-song final, making Frans the winner of Melodifestivalen 2016.
Let’s be clear: From an international perspective he was not the most popular winner.
Plenty of fans accused his songwriters of plagiarism, citing Matt Simons’ hit “Catch & Release”.
The song also got a mixed review from our Eurovision 2016 Wiwi Jury. It backers praised it for being “chit-chatty, charming and quietly powerful,” while critics wrote it off as “a lazy pop effort”.
Even with the mixed feedback, Sweden convinced the bookies that Frans was here to stay — and slay — and for months he remained neck-and-neck with the bookies’ ultimate favourite Sergey Lazarev.
Following his fifth-place finish at Eurovision, Frans continued to clock up the accolades.
It was one of the most downloaded Eurovision songs on iTunes this year, together with pre-contest favourite Sergey Lazarev and his track “You Are The Only One” and jury winner Dami Im with “Sound Of Silence”.
wiwibloggers William and Deban predict a Top 5 finish for Frans at Eurovision:
Frans also experienced more chart success than any other Eurovision contestant after the contest.
“If I Were Sorry” charted in twenty different countries, including Sweden (where it topped the charts for five weeks and went 4x platinum), Germany (where it was the most-played song on all radio stations the last week of July) and Austria (where it remained in the Top 10 for seven weeks).
But this was not just a Western affair. The song also had a huge impact in countries including Estonia, Lithuania and Poland, where the song entered the charts in mid-June and, as of the the end of August, remained one of the most-played songs on Polish radio.
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