Rybak paid tribute to Stella at Grand Prix final
Author: Stian Haraldsen. Photographer: Håkon Eikesdal
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Translation by Tessa Lande
(Dagbladet): Alexander Rybak provided a great break performance before tonight’s Grand Prix show winner was declared.
After the Plumbo, Nora Foss Al-Jabri, Tooji and Petter Øien and Bobby Bare had passed thorugh to the golden final, the stage was set for the Eurovision Medley in Oslo Spektrum.
Rybak sang songs by both the artists, Johnny Logan and Olsen Brothers, before he made the entire audience to stand up.
– This one’s for you, Stella! Rybak said, before he started last year’s winning song “Haba Haba”.
Stella Mwangi was suppose to be on stage tonight, but withdrew after his father, Jeff Mwangi Kwirikia was killed in a car accident on Tuesday last week. He was hit by a motorist who ran away from the place, but a person turned himself in later and are now charged in the case.
Yesterday he was buried in Ullensaker church, and he will later be buried in his native country of Kenya.
– Now I’ve really hit the ground, and I do not know if I manage to get up again. But I hear dad’s voice say “stand up”, “stand up,” Stella said in the church.