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Frans wins “Amber Nightingale” at Sopot Festival 2019 beating other Eurovision stars

Frans represented Sweden on homeground in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with If I Were Sorry. He didn’t win, but finished in a very respectable 5th place with 261 points. However, just a few days ago Frans once again competed with If I Were Sorry, but this time for the Amber Nightingale award at the Sopot Festival 2019.

“Nagroda Bursztynowego Słowika”

The Amber Nightingale Award, known as the “Nagroda Bursztynowego Słowika” in Polish, is a part of the annual Sopot Festival, in which a handful of international artists compete for the award. This year saw several Eurovision stars competing to win:

  • Alma (not the French Alma – this is a different, Bulgarian Alma!)
  • Frans (Sweden 2016)
  • Lake Malawi (Czech Republic 2019)
  • Christopher
  • Luca Hänni (Switzerland 2019)

During the event, Frans, Lake Malawi and Luca Hänni weren’t the only Eurovision stars on stage. Duncan Laurence performed as the interval act and managed to wow the crowd yet again.

It can also be seen from the above list that there were performances from Edyta Górniak (Poland 1994), Margaret, Cleo (Poland 2014) and Roksana Wegiel (JESC Poland 2018).

There could only be one winner, and in the end this was Sweden’s Frans. See his performance here! On the TVN website, you can also find the performances of Duncan Laurence, Luca Hänni and Lake Malawi.

Out of the Eurovision artists competing, would you have selected the same winner? Do you think Frans deserved to do better in Eurovision 2016? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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