The 17 year old won 12,643,275 viewer votes, a new record, which translated into 135 points. Second place finisher Oscar Zia was the favorite of the international jury, with Ace Wilder coming in third.
“It was a good show, it was an exciting show, and above all it was a very close show,” says Radio Sweden’s Eurovision expert Kris Boswell.
“A lot of the songs that made it to the finals had become big hits over the weeks here in Sweden. But the guy that everyone thought was going to win, went and won, so there were no surprises there.”
Frans is the youngest winner of the Swedish contest since 16 year old Carola Häggkvist won with “Love isn’t Love” in 1983.
He wrote “If I were Sorry” together with Swedish Eurovision veterans Oscar Fogelström, Michael Saxel and Fredrik Andersson.
The Swedish final was held at Stockholm’s Friends Arena, but Frans won’t have to go far to the nearby Globe Arena to represent Sweden at the international Eurovision Song Contest on May 14.
Wilder, Bengtsson head to Melodifestivalen final1:11 min 1:11 min
SVT: We want Europe to come together for Eurovision3:41 min 3:41 min