Updated – Follow Alexander Rybak in Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Two exciting weeks for Norway, Alexander Rybak and his fans.

Eurovision Song Contest 2018 has already started in Lisbon and will end with the Grand Final the 12th of May. 

Eurovision.tv. is ESC’s official website. Follow them also on:

               

On Eurovision.TV’s social media you will find everything you need to follow the happenings in Lisbon. They post a Daily Digest and upload a recap of the day on YouTube. There are plenty of ESC websites worth following, and we have listed some of them further down in this post. Continue reading Updated — Follow Alexander Rybak in Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Alexander Rybak in NRK’s “Lørdagsmagasinet” 28.04.2018

The last preparation before leaving for Eurovision

The Norwegian broadcaster NRK’s “Lørdagsmagasinet” (The Saturday magazine) dropped by when Alexander did his last preparation before leaving for Eurovision. 

Event: Alexander Rybak in the Norwegian talk-show “Senkveld” 4. May 2018

Alexander Rybak is a guest in “Senkveld” Friday 4. of May.

Alexander Rybak, Solveig Kloppen, Fredrik Skavland and Jon Nesbø are the guests in this second last show of “Senkveld”, broadcast on Friday 4th of May at kl 22.15 CET on TV2 , a Norwegian pay-TV.

If you subscribe on TV2 SUMO you may be able to watch it from the archive later HER

Since Alexander and the MGP-team are travelling to Lisbon 30rd of April, this show is most likely recorded before he leaves, or maybe TV2 taks the trip to Lisbon. Who knows 🙂 

Alexander has several times been a guest in “Senkveld”, and if you want to take a look back, just click on the links below 🙂 

Alexander in “Senkveld” februar 2009 (unfortunately the last part is cut off, but here is a video of some of it “Alexander & Bettan” 

Alexander in “Senkveld” December 2009 

Alexander in “Senkveld” i 2010

Alexander in “Senkveld – Sochi” 2013

Alexander in “Senkveld” 2014

Alexander in “Senkveld” 2015

 

Event: Hello Europe! – Norwegian documentary about Alexander Rybak

A Norwegian documentary about Alexander Rybak

Alexander Rybak is one of the biggest stars in the Eurovision Song Contests, and the thrill is huge when he now returns to the worlds biggest music competition.  We take a look back at his impressive career and follow him on his way to Eurovision in Lisbon.

NRK has made a 50-minute documentary  about Alexander to be broadcast before the semi-final 10th of May. In this we will become better acquainted with the artist, songwriter and  person Rybak. There will also be glimpse from the many preparations, and the two weeks in Lisbon.

Broadcast Thursday 10th May at 20.10 – 21.00 CET on NRK1, Norway.

The show will be available to watch from abroad at least from the archive. 

Link to watch online for those who can watch HERE 

Link to the archive HERE

Violin jam of Eurovision songs – Alexander Rybak

Alexander’s violin jam  of some Eurovision 2018 songs

Another masterpiece from this fantastic musician 

“Some Eurovision songs are so irresistible for the violin, that I can’t keep my hands off them.  Tell me which one of these jams did you like the most? I’m curious 

Alexander Rybak in the Ukrainian TV-show Svetskaya Zhizn 21.04.2018

Svetskaya Zhizn (Social life) in Norway – visiting Alexander Rybak.

With the song “Fairytale” Alexander Rybak set a record, winning the Eurovision Song Contest. So far, no one has been able to collect so many points! This year the Norwegian singer of Belarusian origin again takes part in the song contest. “Svetskaya Zhizn” went to Oslo to find out why and how the famous singer lives.

How does the famous bachelor live and why does he return to Eurovision again?

Alexander Rybak with a new crew in Lisbon

Lisa Børud handpicked as a dancer for Rybak

Almost Alexander Rybak’s entire crew has been replaced before the international finals of  Melodi Grand Prix (Eurovision)

Source: NRK.no, published 21.04.2018. Translated by TessaLa, revised by Anni Jowett

– It will be crazy exciting. I don’t think I’ll understand how big it really is before I get there” said Lisa Børud.

She was handpicked to be one of Alexander Rybak’s new dancers in the semi-final and most likely the international final at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon Saturday, May 12th. Continue reading Alexander Rybak with a new crew in Lisbon

Alexander Rybak’s preparations for Eurovision in Lisbon

This is how they work with Alexander Rybak’s stage show in Lisbon

Source: Published 20.04.2018 on escNorge.net  in Norwegian Text: Anders Maritinius Tangen. Translated by TessaLa, revision Anni Jowett

It’s just about week before Alexander Rybak and the rest of the Norwegian delegation have their first rehearsal on the stage in Lisbon. We at escNorge have checked out a little about how the preparations are going, how the stage show will be and what Alexander Rybak will do to raise awareness for the Norwegian entry “That’s How You Write a Song”. Continue reading Alexander Rybak’s preparations for Eurovision in Lisbon

Event: Alexander Rybak in the Ukrainian TV-show “Svetskaya Zhizn” 21.04.2108

Alexander in the Ukrainian TV-show “Svetskaya Zhizn” (Social life) 

Last week a TV-team from Ukraine visited Alexander in his apartment in Oslo and also his  mother home at Nesodden and made an interview .  Saturday 21. April at 23.10 (local time) the interview will be broadcast on “1plus1.ua”.

 Link to watch onlinehttps://1plus1.video/ru/tvguide/1plus1/online

The TV-show starts at 23.10 (local time) 22.10 CET (central Europe time)

Teaser from the TV-show:

 

Event: The play “Soot-Spelet 2018” – Alexander Rybak plays the role of Ole Bull

Alexander Rybak plays the role of Ole Bull in the  play “Soot-Spelet 2018”.

Premier 22nd. of June 2018 at 19.00

  • 10 shows between 22nd of June and till 1st of July (no show the  25.6.)
  • Place: Ørje Sluser i Ørje, Norway. Some hours drive south-east of Oslo, close to the Swedish border.
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster.no
  • Website Soot-Spelet and  Facebook

Continue reading Event: The play “Soot-Spelet 2018” — Alexander Rybak plays the role of Ole Bull

Alexander Rybak: I have changed. Dagbladet post MGP Interview and article 11.03.2018

Alexander Rybak: Had a nervous breakdown and reached the end of his limits: I have changed.

 

MGP WINNER: Alexander Rybak won the Norwegian MGP finale, and will represent Norway in Lisbon in May. The former Eurovision winner received a text message from a very special person after the triumph. Reporter: Linn-Christin Marthinussen / Video / clip: Ørjan Ryland

Alexander Rybak thinks he is better equipped for Eurovision now than he probably was nine years ago.


– It has sunk in now. The victory feels good, says a quiet but obviously satisfied Alexander Rybak (31) when Dagbladet meets him on top of Oslo Plaza on Sunday afternoon.
The artist made history when he won the Eurovision final in 2009. Nine years later the 31 year old could once again rejoice when he won the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix on Saturday.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak: I have changed. Dagbladet post MGP Interview and article 11.03.2018

Alexander Rybak rebelled against classical music-VG newspaper article 7.4.2018

My rebellion was playing jazz

Alexander Rybak about his youthful rebellion

Our Eurovision hope in May would probably not have been where he is at today without his youthful rebellion against classical music.

Source: Paper issue of VG and vg.no 07/04/2018. (Online original article HERE)
Text: Stein Østbø, Photos: Mattis Sandblad
Translated by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Anni Jowett.

Saturday night the winner of Melodi Grand Prix, Alexander Rybak (31) is the interval act in NRK’s “Virtuos” which can be described as Eurovision for young soloist talents within classical music. And even if Rybak says he is a 100% classical at heart- it was after all where he began- he is well known for mixing every possible genre outside of the classical music into his music. Continue reading Alexander Rybak rebelled against classical music-VG newspaper article 7.4.2018

Canceled – Event: Alexander Rybak with concert at the Summer Festival in Budapest, Hungary, 9.6.2018

Alexander’s performance has been canceled due to his recent surgery. Read more HERE

  The Festival will take place as planned.

Alexander will be guest performer of the gala concert at the Summer Festival in Budapest, the 9th June 2018 (Saturday) 7 p.m.

This is a birthday concert and opening event organised on the 80th anniversary of  Margaret Island’s Open-Air Theatre 
“Barefoot in the Park”
on the Margaret Island’s Grand Meadow

The evening program also includes an attempt to break the world record for the most people dancing the waltz at the same time, and setting aglow the summer lights
Featuring: The Hungarian State Opera House Orchestra

The program is free.
Event description in English and in Hungarian.
The concert’s event-page on Facebook 

And HERE you can join a fan group created for fans attending the concert

Venue: the Grand Meadow
 

Alexander Rybak fan reports from Oslo and the Melodi Grand Prix 2018

Fans fly over Europe skies to support Alexander Rybak’s return to Melodi Grand Prix in 2018: Stories from Oslo

No mistaking this silhouette on the big “reveal” day.

Nine years after his victory at the Eurovision Song contest in Moscow, it was revealed in January that Alexander would return to the Melodi Grand Prix (MGP) stage to compete for the chance to represent Norway again in the Eurovision song contest. This caused a wave of excitement amongst his fans, and some started making their plans immediately to travel to Oslo for the 10th March to be there to show their belief in his talent and support him at the live show.
Fans came not only from many parts of Norway, but many other countries including Germany, UK, Hungary, Russia, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic and Estonia. And some of those fans have shared their adventures with us.
Continue reading Alexander Rybak fan reports from Oslo and the Melodi Grand Prix 2018

Event: Alexander Rybak guest in the talkshow “Skavlan 16.03.2018

Alexander Rybak in the talkshow “Skavlan”

This Friday Alexander will be guest in the popular  Norwegian/Swedish TV-show “Skavlan”. The show is broadcast both in Norway and Sweden the same day. 

Guests of the evening will be Alexander Rybak, Benjamin Ingrosso, Sweden’s ESC-finalist, billionaire and cartoon lover Johan H. Andresen, Mia Skäringer from “Solsiden” and the artists Father John Misty. Continue reading Event: Alexander Rybak guest in the talkshow “Skavlan 16.03.2018

Everyone wants a piece of Alexander Rybak, Aftenposten 11.03.2018

Alexander Rybak looks forward to the stress that awaits him.

The MGP winner Alexander Rybak’s management is making a plan towards the final in Portugal. It’s about saying no more often than yes when it comes to requests.

Text to the picture:  As long as I’m prepared for what awaits me tomorrow, it often goes well says Alexander Rybak.

Source: Aftenposten.no, published 11.03.2018. Text og photo: Arve Henriksen. Translated by Jorunn Ekre, revised by Anni Jowett.

Smiling and fresh, with a half rusty voice, Alexander Rybak met a selection of the press for a conversation the day after the victory in the MGP final on Saturday night. His song “That’s How You Write a Song” went to the top in the Melodi Grand Prix final at Oslo Spektrum. Continue reading Everyone wants a piece of Alexander Rybak, Aftenposten 11.03.2018

The winner of Melodi Grand Prix 2018 – Alexander Rybak

AND THE WINNER IS!!!!

Alexander Rybak took home the victory in the Norwegian selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with his song “That’s How You Write a Song”.  What a show and what an energy! Spektrum concert hall exploded when Alexander performed. Such a worthy winner!

The performance from the final,

 

And the winner’s performance


Many fans from all over Norway and Europe gathered in Oslo to attend the live show . You can read about some of their experiences and emotions HERE.

Alexander Rybak: His own chaos pilot

Alexander Rybak has learned how to handle a racing mindset and depression

He experiences an eternal mindset, can suddenly be depressed. And smiles less than before. Still, Alexander Rybak (31) has never felt better.

Source: VG Published on VG+ 26.02.2018 – Updated 02.03.2018. Published in VG paper issue 3.3.2018. Text by  Lena Storvand. Photo: Gøran Bohlin
Translation by Jorunn Ekre and TessalA. Revision Anni Jowett
 
A few hours more now, and it will be over . Then the forehead suddenly will feel so easy. Then the heavy mind will be replaced with joy. He knows it well, it’s like this every time the soul darkens. He never knows when the light is muted, that’s what sucks, that there’s no explanation for it.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak: His own chaos pilot

Event: Alexander Rybak on TV and radio the week before the final of MGP 2018

Alexander Rybak will appear on both radio NRK P1 and NRK1 TV the week before the  final of Melodi Grand Prix 2018.

Stig Karlsen promises great promotion on NRK.no and in social media during the last week before the final.

Both the radio show and TV show are available from abroad.

During the week the artists will be guests in “Nitimen” , which is broadcast on NRK P1 between 09:00 and 11:00 Monday to Saturday. Who will be there when is not announced yet. Link to listen live.  Link to the archive.

In addition, the live evening show “Norge Nå” (Norway now) moves into Oslo Spektrum  and have MGP as the topic for the whole week.  First show will be aired Monday at 20.15 and last to 20:55. Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday  the show will last for 30 mins. and starts at 20:25. There will be interesting guests and stuff related to the big final. In addition, says Karlsen, all the artists will be guests and be allowed to present themselves. There is no info which artist will be when yet, but you can watch the show live from this link  or from the archive.

 

Alexander Rybak as guest performer at concert of the Virtuosos-talents in Hungary 27.02.2016

Alexander’s concert with the young musicians of the Virtuosos Talent Show, 27.2.2016

“I LOVE this show!   (Alexander) – or: a stylish entry.

After have introduced in Hungary with a performance in the Open Air Theater on the Margaret Island in August 2015, Alexander returned to Budapest and gave a concert together with the finalists and winners of the previous series of the Hungarian Virtuosos Talent Show (in Hungarian: “Virtuózok“) in the Várkert Bazár.

Before arriving, he sent this video message to his Hungarian fans:

Continue reading Alexander Rybak as guest performer at concert of the Virtuosos-talents in Hungary 27.02.2016

His thoughts have given Alexander Rybak some challenging downers, Aftenposten 22.02.2018

The racing mindset (Tankekjøret) 
Alexander Rybak, the artist

His thoughts have given Alexander Rybak some challenging downers. Now he returns to Melodi Grand Prix.

An explanation:  The Norwegian word “Tankekjør” has no  has exact English translation. They are not even sure of the definition in Norwegian. But some dictionaries suggest “Racing thoughts, racing mindset, my brain is racing, and so on. In this article we have chosen to use “racing mindset”

– I apologise for being a bit hushed. I have a typical Monday feeling. Many things that are pressing, says Alexander Rybak (31).
He has many of these Mondays. He begins to recognise them now. Continue reading His thoughts have given Alexander Rybak some challenging downers, Aftenposten 22.02.2018

The Melodi Grand Prix’ comeback-kids – VG newspaper 19.2.2018

Melodi Grand Prix’ comeback-kids :
Good friends compete for the victory

Three of this year’s contestants in Melodi Grand Prix stand out from the rest : Stella Mwangi (31), Aleksander Walmann (32) and Alexander Rybak (31).

All three of them have previously represented Norway in the international Eurovision finals. But none of them thinks that they can have overly high opinions of themselves just because of that… Continue reading The Melodi Grand Prix’ comeback-kids — VG newspaper 19.2.2018

Per Sundnes about MGP 2018 and Alexander’s return 16.01.2018

“Musikkfrokost” on Alexander Rybak in MGP 2018 – 16.01.18

Per Sundes about MGP 2018, Alexander’s return and the musical family Rybak in the radio programme “Musikkfrokost” (Music breakfast) on radio NRK Klassisk.

They also played the musical piece “Spurven” (The Sparrow) by the Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen, performed by Alexander, in the age of 12, and his mother Natasha Rybak. A reording from the CD “En Julefortelling” (A Christmas Tale). 

The interview with Per Sundnes with English subs.

Alexander and Natasha Rybak performing “Spurven” (The Sparrow)

 

 

Natasha and Alexander Rybak about their close relationship, Her og Nå 13.2.2018

Alexander Rybak and his mom have always got along

So glad that you’re my Mom.

Alexander Rybak without his Mom Natasha is like his violin without strings. 

Source: Paper issue of the Norwegan celebritry magazine Her og Nå. Published 13.02.2018. Text: Lise Lotte Winther-Bay. Photo: Morten Bendiksen, Private.
Found and translated by Jorunn Ekre. Revised by Anni Jowett.

– It’s important to me to listen to Mom, asserts Alexander Rybak in his natural charming way.
– She sees who I really am. For instance she can say:  “I know you are good at playing, Sasha (his mom’s pet name for him, editorial remark) but you can be even better. Thanks to her honesty and love I have grown a lot. 
It’s about respect for each other, he thinks. And about having had a good upbringing.

Continue reading Natasha and Alexander Rybak about their close relationship, Her og Nå 13.2.2018

Fans Report: MGP presentation of Alexander Rybak as one of the 2018 Artists

The 2018 Norwegian MGP finalists are revealed! Fans Report from the Press conference

Oslo 15.1.2018

The 10 acts competing in Norway’s national final for Eurovision, Melodi Grand Prix 2018 , were announced on 15th January during a special press conference held by the Norwegian national broadcaster NRK. Press, celebrity guests and members of the public were invited along to be present in the TV studio during the live broadcast which revealed this year’s participants. Stine and Trine are two Norwegian MGP fans were present at the event and give us the inside scoop from the studio… 

Continue reading Fans Report: MGP presentation of Alexander Rybak as one of the 2018 Artists

I like to experience music, without boundaries of genres – Alexander Rybak

Alexander Rybak interviewed by Eurosong.hr

Eurosong.hr has recently interviewed Alexander Rybak about his return to Eurovision and asked him some interesting questions.  We bring part of the interview here. The full version you can read HERE, and the Croatian version you’ll find HERE

Source: Eurosong.hr, published 20.1.2018. Text: Bartol Stopić
Found by Mónika Menyhért 

Continue reading I like to experience music, without boundaries of genres — Alexander Rybak

Event: “Soon MGP” on radio NRK P1 – Alexander Rybak and Nicoline 10.02.2018 at 12.03 CET.

The MGP artists Alexander Rybak and Nicolina Berg Kaasin in “Snart MGP” (Soon MGP) on Norwegian radio NRK P1.

Ten artists are ready to participate in Norway’s biggest music competition. Who wins Melodi Grand Prix 2018, and will have the honour representing Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal?  Kåre Magnus Bergh present the artists and their entry.

The radio programme is available from abroad and starts at 12.03 CET and you can listen to it HERE or later from the archive HERE. 

 

 

Grandmother of Alexander Rybak told about her grandson

 Grandmother of Alexander Rybak, in Vitebsk, told about her grandson to the reporter of “Vitbichy”

Published: 6.3.2014.
Source: vitbichi.by Text and photos: Natalya Drozdova
Translated from Russian by Mónika Menyhért

I went to visit the grandmother of Sasha Rybak, a charming Norwegian guy with Belarusian roots, who wasn’t famous when waking up that day, but  he was when falling asleep on the night of his triumphant victory with the piercing song Fairytale at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 in Moscow. Maya Borisovna watched her grandson’s performance on television exactly in this apartment on Chernyakhovsky Avenue in Vitebsk, along with her sister Natasha, and … she is thinking back now:

Continue reading Grandmother of Alexander Rybak told about her grandson

Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts Fan Reports From Czech Republic

“On the Go in our Tourist Shoes” in the Czech Republic

 

Fan Reports from the Alexander Rybak & Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts in Ostrava and Plzen 

Attending Alexander Rybak’s concerts always gives his fans the opportunity not only to enjoy his music, but to travel and to explore different places together. This was certainly the case last autumn when Alexander returned to the Czech Republic and he went on a mini tour with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra.
Find out more about the concerts HERE

The concerts took place in Ostrava on the 4th October and in Plzen (Pilsen) on the 5th October 2017.
Two of our “Roving Reporters” shared of their adventures in the Czech Republic with us. Read on for the fan reports of Jorunn (Norway) and Bożena (Poland).   Continue reading Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts Fan Reports From Czech Republic

Here the fairy tale began – Alexander Rybak – Norway’s hope in ESC 2009

Here the fairy tale began

Alexander was a “king” on the piano. He loved it. But “war” broke out when his parents also wanted him to try he violin, recalls the grandmother. 

Text to picture: He is three years old and is going to have lunch at the family country house. Two years later, Alexander Rybak moves and has not been to Belarus since. VG Friday has met some of those who meant most  to «Sasha». Continue reading Here the fairy tale began — Alexander Rybak — Norway’s hope in ESC 2009

Alexander Rybak ready for MGP 9 years later

NAME IN THE NEWS – ALEXANDER RYBAK

Found his girlfriend on Tinder

Who: Alexander Rybak (31)
What: Artist.
Why: Participates in MGP with the song “That’s How You Write a Song”.

Source:   Dagsavisen.no     Text: Espen H. Rusdal. Photo: Julia Nagelstad. Found by Ulli C. Translated by Tessa La

Now you’re in MPG again. Is it like returning to familiar ground?
– Hee, hee certainly not. The only thing in common for 2009 and 2018 is that Oslo Spektrum seems as awesome as before. And I really look forward to joining Norway’s biggest music festival. Continue reading Alexander Rybak ready for MGP 9 years later

Alexander Rybak is back in the MGP circus, HerogNå 23.1.2018

Julie is my main support

Alexander Rybak experienced that people around him were considering the pros and cons, but Julie was determined that her boyfriend deserved a place in MGP.

Source: Paper issue of HerogNå 23.1.2018 Tekst: Marianne Thorshaug Kristiansen Photo: Svein Brimi, Lasse Eriksson, NTB Scanpix
Found and translated by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Anni Jowett.

Alexander Rybak (31) took the world by storm after his superior victory in the Eurovision final in 2009 with the song “Fairytale”. Continue reading Alexander Rybak is back in the MGP circus, HerogNå 23.1.2018

Event: Final of Melodi Grand Prix 10th of March 2018

Alexander Rybak in the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2018

Saturday the 10th of March the final of the Norwegian selection for ESC will take place in the Oslo Spektrum arena , and Alexander is one of the 10  artists who will compete. 

Alexander’s entry, “That’s How You Write a Song“,  is a cheerful funky pop song with groove and references to the 70ies discofunk, maybe a song that will surprise many. Continue reading Event: Final of Melodi Grand Prix 10th of March 2018

Event: Choir seminar and a closing concert in Mo i Rana, Norway 2.- 4. February 2018

Alexander Rybak and Prima Music School – Future talents meet

The weekend 2. to 4. of February Prima Music School arrange a choir seminar and Alexander Rybak will take part as an instructor.

Featured image: Alexander and Violette Sørensen (Prima Music School) at one of his earlier seminars. 

Sunday 4. of February there will be a closing concerts. Alexander will bring his pianist, and he will have both his own concert part and perform with the choir. 

The concert is held in Gruben church at 15.00 and last for about 1,5 hour. Tickets can be bought at the entrance.
Tickets 200,-/50,-.

 

Event info on Alexander’s Facebook page

The organizer’s event info, you will find here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/404395106648495/

Alexander Rybak in the Norwegian talk-show Lindmo 20.01.18

Alexander Rybak guest at Lindmo 

Alexander was a guest in the Norwegian talk-show Lindmo on NRK1, Saturday 20. January 2018.  The show was pre-recorded 16. January. It’s the first time Alexander visited this popular talk-show, and the occasion was Alexander’s participation in Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian selection for Eurovision Song Contest. You can read more about his participation in MGP 2018 HERE

May Elisabeth Nipen has recorded the interview and TessaLa and Anni Jowett have seen to that the video now has English subs 🙂 

 

 

 

That’s How You Write a Song – Alexander Rybak

Alexander Rybak’s entry in the Norwegian Eurovision selection, Melodi Grand Prix 2018

I’ve been working with this song and its message for a very long time, and I’m very excited to return to Melodi Grand Prix again. This way I will get my message out to a lot of people!” Alexander

Stream and download the song from: 

             

“A firework. A bit jazzy, with a Blues Brother flirt, Incredible dance able and modern. Not least, it is quite original.” ESCNorge about the song

“That’s How You Write a Song”

 

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