At the tender age of 17 he had already won the sought-after Melodifestivalen trophy. And he followed that up by representing Sweden on home soil at Eurovision 2016, landing in the Top 5 with “If I Were Sorry”.

Well now Frans has won over the people of Sopot, Poland with a beautiful vocal performance at the Top of the Top International Music Festival.

The 20-year-old — full name Frans Jeppsson Wall — performed his beloved ESC 2016 entry in front of thousands of fans. The touching performance won him the Amber Nightingale Award.

Known locally as the “Nagroda Bursztynowego Słowika”, the award is determined by SMS voting. Winning it implies that Frans could see more success on the Polish charts. You’ll recall that his Eurovision number topped the Polish Airplay Top 100 back in 2016.

Previous winners include fellow Swede Eric Saade, as well as Poland’s Eurovision queen Edyta Górniak. The latter also performed earlier the same day, as part of the “Love to Dance” programme. Later on she unveiled her new song “Król”, which she performed alongside Eurovision 2018 star DJ Gromee.

At times this felt like an episode of Eurovision All-Stars. In addition to Frans, ESC 2019 finalists Luca Hänni and Lake Malawi also battled for the award.

Afterwards Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence gave a moving performance of “Arcade”.

Frans’ win marks the fourth time a Swedish artist has taken the top spot. That makes Sweden the second most-successful country in terms of number of wins. Naturally Poland leads the table with 13.

The day after the contest concluded, Eurovision fans were treated to a great performance from Junior Eurovision winner Roksana Węgiel. She delivered her 2018 single “Obiecuję” with her signature edge, and went on to perform her latest release “Dobrze Jest, Jak Jest”, showcasing the vocal abilities that helped her win JESC.

What was your favourite performance of the Sopot International Festival 2019? Who would you like to see return to the festival in the future? Let us know in the comments!

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Joseph Shaulov

Bruh that shi 3 years old

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Ah Franz, he’s still not sorry. No.
Jokes aside, he does need to come back with new material, rejected or not.
P.S. Is it welcome to the new author, Åri Agam?

Ziv
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Ziv

Don’t quite understand……Why did he join the festival with a song three years ago? Didn’t he have other songs in these three years?

Polegend Godgarina
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they were all massive flops. rejected by the gp one by one, failed to chart etc. hence he went with the one he knew the ppl would like as it was huge in poland

Dawid
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Dawid

It wasn’t really fair to begin with. Frans’ song was all over the Polish radio for past one year and I’ve never heard “non-Swedish” Eurovision song being played here (with exception od polish ones ofc). No wonder that people have been biased towards Frans. People like songs they know

Kinga
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Kinga

Please write about a collaboration of Roksana and Kristian from Bulgaria.

Trash KAN
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Trash KAN

He looks like that flute player from KAZKA

Africavision
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Africavision

To me, he looks like Mariette Hansson in this picture. Just imagine him with dreadlocks.

Sara
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Sara

Wow so many great Eurovision artists this year! Love Luca, Lake Malawi and Duncan of course! I kind of rediscovered ESC 2016 and became a huge fan of Frans, hope to hear more of him soon 🙂

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Joe

Man, his hair looks way better than it did in Stockholm.