At Eurovision 2016, the myth of the influence of so called “bloc voting” was debunked once again. From Scandinavia, only host nation Sweden was in the grand final. Frans gave the reigning country another top 5 result with “If I were sorry”.
It was the first time the contest only had one Scandinavian/Nordic country in the final. Denmark, Finland and Iceland all failed to qualify for the second year in a row, whilst Norway did not reach the final for the first time since 2011. Sweden of course was in the final, being the host nation, but probably would have qualified anyway, since Frans got a lot of points throughout the continent.
Together with Russia, Sweden is the most succesfull country at the contest in recent years, getting a top 10 result nearly every year. The format of Melodifestivalen is solid, and because of the popularity of the contest in Sweden, the big stars of the country are all willing to take part.
The 17-year old Frans was the winner this year, and immediately was one of the favourites of the bookmakers with his song that has strong similarities to “Catch and release” by Matt Simons. Sweden placed fifth in the final, scoring 261 points: 139 points from the televoting and 122 points from the juries.
In the weeks after the appearance the song charted in the Spotify Viral charts in Switzerland, Taiwan, Iceland, Uruguay, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Spain, the United States, Norway, France, Denmark, Turkey and Germany. Frans was speechless with the result: “What a night! The audience at the Globe was amazing. I find no words, I’m just so grateful,” says Frans.
One of the reasons of the Swedish success is the way they approach the contest and review it. They take it overly serious, stating the standard at Eurovision is higher than at Melodifestivalen. “Sending modern music does the trick at Eurovision, we will take a lesson from this success. In the top 5 of this year, at least four songs are possible current radio hits in Sweden,” states SVT’s Gustav Dahlander in his expert blog.
Another Swedish victory only seems a matter of time…