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Alexander Rybak receives Platinum trophy for his MGP song – NRK.no 17.8.2018

Platinum Trophy for Rybak’s MGP song

The song “That’s How You Write a Song” has received good streaming figures after the ESC.

Source: NRK.no , published 17.08.2018, Journalist: Jon Marius Hyttebakk
Translated by Anni Jowett

WON MGP FOR A SECOND TIME: Alexander Rybak won MGP 2018, and represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest. (PHOTO: JULIA MARIE NAGLESTAD / NRK)

Alexander Rybak won this year’s MGP final with a big margin and represented Norway for a second time at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon in May.

Now, his MGP contribution, “That’s How You Write a Song”, has reached platinum status based on high streaming rates. Continue reading Alexander Rybak receives Platinum trophy for his MGP song — NRK.no 17.8.2018

I have learned to control myself better – Alexander Rybak to Moskovsky Komsomolets 27.04.2018

Alexander Rybak, the hero of Moscow Eurovision made it to Lisbon not without good reason

 
Source: mk.ru Published: 23.04.2018, Text:  Artur Gasparjan
Published in the paper issue №27673 “Moskovsky Komsomolets” on the 27th April 2018.
Translated by Mónika Menyhért, revised by Karina Solberg and Anni Jowett
 

Any day now, the first rehearsals of the Eurovision Song Contest-2018 will start in Lisbon. The current theme of the musical “Olympics” “All Aboard” symbolises not only the completion of the nightmare for the organisers because of last year’s squabbles around the “Crimean greetings in a wheelchair” from Russia, which led to a boycott by the very same Russia of the contest in Kiev, but it has other, more pleasant meanings: for example, a record number of countries – 43 –, including the same Russia with the same Julia Samoylova, who will finally realise her pink dream of participating in the contest, as well as the presence of extremely iconic characters of the Eurovision circus. One of these cherries on the cake was the appearance of the famous Norwegian-Belarusian Alexander Rybak among the contestants.

Continue reading I have learned to control myself better — Alexander Rybak to Moskovsky Komsomolets 27.04.2018

Alexander Rybak’s mother and girlfriend in Lisboa to support him.

Alexander Rybak’s girlfriend
was not prepared for the success

Source: NRK.no, published 11.05.18. Text: Tiril Mettesdatter Solvag of Caroline Tolfsen. Translation by TessaLa, revision by Anni Jowett. 

– Alexander is going to completely charm everyone on Saturday, says Julie Holm’s girlfriend to NRK.

He can become the second artist in the world to win the international version of the Melodi Grand Prix twice. Continue reading Alexander Rybak’s mother and girlfriend in Lisboa to support him.

Natasha and Julie about Alexander Rybak to VG – Eurovision 2018

Alexander Rybak’s girlfriend in Lisbon: “That’s why I fell for Alexander”

Source: VG.no. Text: Stein Østbø , published 11.05.18. Interviewer: Morten Hegseth. Translation by TessaLa, revision by Anni Jowett

Alexander Rybak’s closest supporters, mother Natasha Rybak and girlfriend Julie Gaarud Holm, are in Lisbon and ready to cheer for their dear one in the Eurovision final. Continue reading Natasha and Julie about Alexander Rybak to VG — Eurovision 2018

Julie is the anchor in my life, says Alexander Rybak

-I feel like Peer Gynt. Now I have my “Solveig” to come home to, tells Alexander Rybak, who also reveals that he has a trollish dream…

Source: paper issue of “Her og Nå”, published 15.5.18. Text: Tommy Halvorsen. Photo: Tomy Halvorsen, Lasse Eriksson and NTB Scanpix. English translation by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Anni Jowett. 

 Once again Alexander Rybak charmed the TV viewers of Europe. Unlike last time he was part of the Eurovision circus, the charmer, who turned 32 the day after the final, managed to enjoy the experience more.  Continue reading Julie is the anchor in my life, says Alexander Rybak

Alexander Rybak on the Blue Carpet in ESC 2018 Lisbon 06.05.2018

Alexander Rybak at the opening ceremony of the Eurovision Song Contest ESC 2018 Lisbon 

The opening ceremony  took place 6th of May on the Lisbon riverside, next to MAAT, the Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia. 

With the theme of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest revolving around the oceans, the organisers chose to replace the traditional red carpet with a spectacular blue carpet.

Alexander and his team were nr 30 to walk the carpet, but were the last one to finish 3 hours after they started, and it was already dark. Most of the interviews made on the Blue Carpet, you’ll find in the playlist below.

Photo by Vyacheslav ProkofyevTASS via Getty Images

 

Eurovision royalty graces the Blue Carpet in the form of Alexander Rybak!
Alex is also wearing the male uniform of black trousers and black shirt, but he wears a dark teal jacket to match with his team and give him a more distinctive look. His tie is noteworthy, as it was especially made for the occasion by the Norwegian fashion designer Peter Løchstøer.  information from  ESCTODAY.com 

 

Continue reading Alexander Rybak on the Blue Carpet in ESC 2018 Lisbon 06.05.2018

I thought I was Superman, says Alexander Rybak, interview TV2.no, 05.05.2018

Will do it differently  this time

Source: TV2.no, published 5.5.2018. Text:   Translated by TessaLa. Revised by Anni Jowett.

It went wrong last time, this is what Alexander Rybak will do differently this time if he wins.

I thought I was Superman, says Alexander Rybak (31)

Norway’s Eurovision hope, Alexander Rybak (31), has been open about that much went wrong when he won the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow 2009. 

He went from being a well-known violin talent in Norway, to become the main person of a giant European fairy tale.

It just became too much, and the massive stress made him “hit the wall”.

Continue reading I thought I was Superman, says Alexander Rybak, interview TV2.no, 05.05.2018

Enthusiasm for Alexander Rybak’s new stage show

Alexander Rybak had his very first rehearsal with new stage outfits on the Eurovision stage in Lisbon today.

Text to the picture: First rehearsal: Alexander Rybak during the first rehearsal at this year’s Eurovision.

Source: nrk.no., published 1.5.2018. Text: John Marius Hyttebak and Ingvild Silseth. Translated by Jorunn Ekre. Revised by Anni Jowett.

It was a relieved Alexander Rybak who spoke to NRK right after the rehearsal was over.

– This was 40 kg off my back. The feeling I got when I saw it myself afterwards, it’s what I live for, he says and adds that it’s not that important whether Norway reaches the final or not. Continue reading Enthusiasm for Alexander Rybak’s new stage show

Pictures and videos – 1st rehearsal in Eurovision Song Contest 2018 – Alexander Rybak

Alexander Rybak’s first stage rehearsal in Lisbon 1.5.2018.

There will be many interviews, pictures and articles from the 1st rehearsal. Below we will gather most of them so you easily can get an overview of what is written about Alexander’s first rehearsal. This post will be updated with more information during the day 🙂 

 Eurovision.tv’s photos from the rehearsal:

Eurovision has provided us a 45 second video from the rehearsal and a photo gallery.  There will also be several interviews with the many ESC groups that is present. This post will be updated during the week. 

And the video:

The review from the many who followed the rehearsal was a wow!. And he got applause in the press centre. 

Video from the press conference:

 

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. 

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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’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:

 

Great news! Alexander Rybak takes part in Melodi Grand Prix 2018.

What great news! Alexander is taking part in MGP 2018

Alexander Rybak was presented as one of the 10 artists/composers who will take part in Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian selection for Eurovision 2018.

The presentation was broadcast and streamed live and below you’ll find a playlist of videos with subtitles from the presentation and several interviews  made at the press conference.  And of course his song 🙂

Some fans were in the audience at this event and gave us the inside scoop from the studio on this very exciting day! Please click HERE to read their report.