The grand final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2016 took place yesterday March 12th, where 12 finalists battled it out for the chance to represent their home country at Stockholm. Fourth heat finalist Frans was hotly tipped to win on the night with his song ‘If I Were Sorry’ and he did! So who is this fresh-faced young man? Here’s ten quick facts about Frans.
Who is Frans? His full name is Frans-Jeppson Wall from Ystad, Skane, in Sweden.
How old is he? If you think he looks young, that’s because he is. Frans was born 19th December 1998, which means he’s just 17. (Aw, bless!)
Star sign: Being a December baby, Frans is in the zodiac house of Sagittarius. By nature, Sagittarians have charm, showmanship and a fearless, strong nature. These traits are already evident in his performance and will take him far.
Birthday boy: Frans shares his birthday with movie actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond and magician Criss Angel.
Football: As a child, Frans was football mad. Ironically, it was football which would give him his big break into the music business.
Elias: In 2006, an 11 year-old Frans collaborated with the band Elias on a football anthem ‘Who’s The Man?’ dedicated to Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimović. The song became a huge summer hit and stayed at the top of the Swedish singles chart for 13 weeks.
Fotbollfest: Continuing with the soccer theme, Frans released another football anthem ‘Fotbollfest’ in 2008. Again, the song made number one but this time for only one week. Check out the video. How cute is he?
Singles: Frans has also released singles some songs that are not about football. ‘Kul Med Jul’, a Christmas song, was released in 2006 and his Eurovision entry ‘If I Were Sorry’ in 2016.
Sweden: Frans has some big boots to fill if he makes it through to the grand Eurovision final in Stockholm, following in the footsteps of such Eurovision greats as ABBA, Loreen and Mans Zelmerlow.
Winner: Sweden has won the Eurovision a total of six times since its first participation in 1958. If they win again, they will match Ireland’s record of seven wins. Can he do it? All the eyes of Sweden will be on him. No pressure, Frans!