Alexander Rybak – ESC Gala night 2014, Luxembourg 25.10.14 – Report by Jessica Hilbert

Yesterday night’s Eurovision Gala Night in Luxembourg

I was asked to tell a little more about the evening so let me first tell you about the event itself.

ESC Gala Night 2014

Picture source: Luxemburger Wort

The Eurovision Gala Night is an annual event hosted by OGAE Luxembourg to bring the spirit of Eurovision back to Luxembourg since the country last participated in the song contest in 1993. It also promotes the idea that Luxembourg should participate again sometime in the future and the earned profit goes to charity. In fact, it is our own little Eurovision Song Contest: There are contestants representing different nations who perform former ESC songs. They are then later on judged by international jury members. Of course, the audience and the public can also vote and the scoring system is the same as for the ESC.

Yesterday, the 7th edition of the event was hosted. The first part of the evening consisted of 16 contestants performing their songs. All in all, they did a good job and there were some stunning talents among them! After a break the second part began. The time had come for the performances of 4 former ESC participants.

One of them was Marion Welter who was the Luxembourgish ESC contestant in 1992 with her song “Sou fräi”.

Alexander Rybak ESC Gala Night 2014

Alexander was the first of 3 ESC winners to perform on stage. He charmed the audience and mentioned our country with nice words. He then made us sing along to “Roll with the Wind” by signalling whenever we had to sing the “Ay ay ay” part. It seemed as though the people really liked singing along to his songs, or at least that was my impression. After that, he told us about the work he’d done for DreamWorks’s “How to train your Dragon 2” and why this song is so special to him. Alexander taught the audience the lyrics of the background vocals so that we could also sing along to this song, which we did.

Of course he also performed his winning song of the ESC 2009 and after some more nice words, he left the stage to make way for Linda Martin who won the ESC for Ireland in 1992. She too talked a bit about her stay here and performed 5 songs.

The atmosphere changed completely with Loreen’s performance. She managed to make the audience stand up and dance while singing “Euphoria”, which is a great achievement considering that here in Luxembourg audiences (people in general) usually have quite a bearish attitude.

 Loreen >ESC Gala Night 2014

After these performances the jury gave their votes and the winner of the contest, Inês Pinto for Portugal, was determined. The winner of the previous year handed her the trophy and so the actual event had come to an end and was followed by an after show party.

Inês Pinto ESC Gala Night 2014

I must say I enjoyed the evening very much! For me it was amazing and touching to see and hear an entire room full of people sing along to the songs of one of my favourite musicians. Especially, here in my home country. I’m glad and I thank him for accepting the invitation to come to this tiny little country to delight an audience that was probably different from the people for whom he usually performs.

 Thank you Alexander!

Jessica Hilbert

Jessica Hilbert

2 thoughts on “Alexander Rybak – ESC Gala night 2014, Luxembourg 25.10.14 – Report by Jessica Hilbert”

  1. Thank you for such a lovely report about this event and Alexanders Performance there. It sounds a really great show.

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