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
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
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 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
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.
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 2018 Norwegian MGP finalists are revealed! Fans Report from the Press conference
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
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
NAME IN THE NEWS – ALEXANDER RYBAK
Found his girlfriend on Tinder
Who: Alexander Rybak (31)
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
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
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
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 🙂