Article about Alexander Rybak’s Day in HGVM

Article published in Side2.no on  15.03.2014

Author: Vibeke Johnsen

Found by Venche M. Eanglish translation by Laila S.H. English revising by Anni Jowett.

Alexander Rybak is tonight’s host of "Hver Gang Vi Møtes". Photo: TV2

“You could have got me to the altar now”

– I am not easily touched,- Alexander Rybak said in “Hver Gang Vi Møtes”. But the best interpretation of the night touched everyone.

This song was written during a time when I still trusted blindly in people,- Alexander Rybak said in tonight’s “Hver Gang Vi Møtes”. And it was Sigvart Dagsland who touched and surprised the most when he in tonight’s program had rewritten the ballad “13 Horses” in Norwegian.

It’s as it is welling up in the eyes of the never-crying Rybak.
You could have got me to the altar now,- he says to big laughter from the others.

Rybak is an old soul in a young body. He has worked harder than the most of us. He has got a self-discipline that doesn’t know any borders, Anneli Drecker says to Side2.
While Rybak got glistening eyes and Simone Eriksrud dried her eyes, Dagsland jumped to the top of  Twitter.

Would surely have made the same mistake.
In the program he told both of his childhood, the success and the breakdown he had some years ago, when he smashed his violin on stage in Sweden and put out relatively incoherent messages on Facebook. He had then been at home for five days during one year.

Alexander Rybak struggles to keep the tears back when Sigvart Dagsland performs "13 Horses"


He tells that his openness and his willingness to share happiness, love and downfalls is deliberate.

From the time I had success, I decided to share much of myself in good and bad. Then people could make up their own mind. I feel that I am better at playing violin than talking. But I sensed the idyll, it was a very harmonic mood,– Alexander Rybak said to Side2 when we met him.

It’s healthy for me in Norway
Rybak has a big audience out there, but he has no plans of leaving the country soon.
It’s very healthy for me here in Norway where I am told as it is, and not being driven around in big limousines, and can use the subway,- he says.

Alexander Rybak explained that it took some time before he realised that other Norwegian children didn’t go home to practise every day after school.

Alexander Rybak is showing new sides of himself in HGVM

Remembers the discipline
He remembers little from the time in Belarus. He was five-six years old when he came to Norway after his musician father defected.
What I remember to be different in Belarus, was the discipline. In kindergarten there were no picnics in the park. You had to learn, “løkkeskrift” (a certain type of handwriting) and everything. They fostered soldiers – almost.

Simone: That he would be so cool, inspiring to be with, I hadn’t imagined beforehand.

-I had the Belorussian discipline and went home to practise when the others played. It’s no sad story from my childhood, it was done with love. Early in primary school I understood that it was not usual to know what you would become. The first time I got LEGO it was a trick from my parents. They understood that I had been talking to other, normal children. But I was fine all the time.

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