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Frans

Frans (17) became popular at age 7 with a song dedicated to the football player Zlatan Ibrahimovic and made an explosive comeback in this year's Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song If I Were Sorry.

Frans Jeppson Wall was born on December 19, 1998 in Ystad, region of Skåne in Southern Sweden. He first gained recognition during the World Cup of 2006 when he released his now famed tribute track paying homage to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, all at the tender age of seven years old. The song, named Who's Da Man swiftly became a phenomenon and Frans was soon crowned "Zlatan- Frans" with and by the Swedish people. This year, 10 years after his original homage to Zlatan, Frans is now making an explosive comeback in the Swedish Song Contest Melodifestivalen with his new track If I Were Sorry.

The track is co-written by Fredrik Andersson, Michael Saxell, Oscar Fogelström and Frans himself. Frans performed the song for the very first time in Gävle during the fourth and last semi-final making it directly to the big final at the Friends Arena, Stockholm. The single was released immediately after the performance and ascended quickly in the charts. The song is currently #1 on the Swedish Spotify charts, number 1 on the Swedish national single sales chart and the track has since been streamed more than 4 million times – this despite stiff competition from other strong Melodifestivalen contributions as well as world famous artists including Zayn and Rihanna.

Things to know about Frans

What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?

  • It´s very simple, natural and authentic.

What are the three most impressive facts about you?

  •  I´m 17. My dad was crowned prince of Ogboh. I go to school alongside my artist career

Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

  • No, I often just have a pep talk with my team

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

  • It means a lot to me to represent Sweden.

The composers

Fredrik Andersson is a songwriter, producer and executive director of Cardiac Records. In 2015 Fredrik wrote and produced one of the most popular tracks in Sweden, Johnny G with the artist Badpojken. It was also Fredrik who in 2006 wrote the hit Who’s da man with Frans which stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks! Fredrik was awarded the Ystad Kommun Culture Prize last year. The prize was recognition for the initiative he had taken in founding the new music course at IMP - Institute of Music and Production.

Oscar Fogelström is a Swedish producer, songwriter, composer and originator. He’s been heard and seen throughout the world through his work with artists, in movies, commercials and creative writing. Oscar’s music and creativity has shaped and underpinned movies, TV shows and commercials for the past 15 years. His clients have included such names as Coke, Blackberry, Reebok and IKEA as well as award winning performers and movie directors.

Michael Saxell is one of Sweden's most versatile successful songwriters in recent years. With multiple gold and platinum awards in Sweden and internationally in the past three decades, he’s a firm believer in the magic of the moment and translating it into song form. Saxell’s songs have been recorded by Canadian rockers BTO, country music legend Dickey Lee, Procol Harum’s Keith Reid, Terry Jacks, jazz great Ulf Wakenius, as well as numerous other international and Scandinavian artists.

Lyrics of If I Were Sorry

I’d crawl thru the desert on my hands and knees
Rehearsin my pretty please
Climb the highest mountain
If I were sorry

Shout it from the top
Swim under water until my lungs exploded
Walk into the fire
If I were sorry

I'd run a thousand mile
Wouldn't stop until I dropped
Wouldn’t take a break to breathe until I got close
enough

Then Id do it all again
If I really had the chance
But I know deep inside for you its just another
dance

If I were sorry
I’d give you all the glory
If I were sorry

If I were sorry
It would be a different story

If I were sorry
If I were sorry oh

I’d hold my breath until my face turned blue
I’d rob a bank and the post office too
Swim across the ocean
If I were sorry

I’d take wow of silence
I wouldn’t say a single word
Until you really heard
If I were sorry

I’d run a thousand miles
Wouldn’t stop until I dropped
Wouldn’t take the break to breathe
Until I I got close enough

If I were sorry
I’d give you all the glory
If I were sorry


If I were sorry
It would be a different story
If I were sorry oh

Now did you ever realize
That your mistake had a prize
Oh you threw it all away
Cuz youre the devil in disguise

Now would you ever realize
The consequences of your lies
And would you save the falling tear or act as if
There’s nothing there

If I were sorry
If I were sorry

If I were sorry
If I were sorry

If I were sorry

I’d take a vow of silence
I wouldn’t say a single word
If I were sorry

If I were sorry

I’d be on my hands and knees
Beggin pretty please
If I were sorry
But I’m not sorry no