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!