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Born in Ystad, Sweden in 1989, Frans Jeppsson Wall's first brush with fame came when he was seven years old and featured on the Swedish chart hit "Who's Da Man" by Elias. Released to coincide with the Euro 2006 soccer tournament, the single paid tribute to Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimović, and remained at the top of the Swedish singles chart for some 13 weeks. At the end of 2006, Frans released his own single, "Kul med Jul," although it didn't fare as well his previous single, the track still reached the singles chart and was featured on his Universal-released debut album Da Man. Two years later, Frans returned with another soccer-themed hit, "Fotbollsfest," which once again reached the top spot on the Swedish singles chart. It wouldn't be until 2016 that Frans re-entered the limelight, though, with his entry into Melodifestivalen 2016. The competition -- which finds the artist to best represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest -- saw Frans taking the top spot with the judges and viewers. The song "If I Were Sorry" placed fifth at the final Eurovision show in Stockholm yet went on to place high in the singles charts across Europe. ~ Rich Wilson
December 19, 1998 in Ystad, Sweden