Eurovision artists walk red carpet in Stockholm

Eurovision artists walk red carpet in Stockholm
Sweden's Eurovision contestant Frans Jeppsson-Wall. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT
It was all glitter and glam when Sweden officially kicked off Eurovision week in Stockholm as the contestants gathered for the big red carpet opening ceremony right next to the Royal Palace.

Stockholm showed itself from its very best side at Sunday's opening ceremony, bringing out the big hits in the form of those long Swedish summer evenings as well as temperatures topping 20C earlier in the day.

Frans Jeppsson-Wall with his fans. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Cheered on by the crowds, the contestants walked the almost 100-metre red carpet lining the street next to Stockholm's Royal Palace, where a temporary Euroclub party zone for fans has been set up.

UK artists Joe and Jake at the red carpet ceremony. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

“It feels like the Oscars gala,” commented artist Måns Zelmerlöw, who is co-hosting the event live on television this year after taking home the crown for Sweden with his mega hit 'Heroes' last year.

Sweden's contestant Frans Jeppsson-Wall followed closely behind Zelmerlöw and his co-host Petra Mede. He smilingly told the TT newswire: “I am here to enjoy it. You could call it an ego boost.”

Frans Jeppsson-Wall, Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Earlier in the day, he had nailed most, if not all, of his performance of 'If I Were Sorry' at the second day of rehearsals for Sweden and the so-called 'Big Five': Germany, Italy, France, UK and Spain.

Jeppsson-Wall's family was at the Globe Arena for the rehearsals to support the 17-year-old star.

“They help bring me down to earth,” Jeppsson-Wall, or Frans as he is simply known in Sweden, told reporters at a press conference attended by The Local and large groups of international media.

If Frans tells you to dance, you dance. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The curtains go up for the first of the semi-final on Tuesday in Stockholm, with the big final taking place on Saturday. Sweden is already qualified for the final, as the title holder and host nation.