Text/Photo: Hans Botnen Eide
LOTS OF JOKES: Didrik Solli-Tangen did not get to perform “My Heart is Yours” in peace. Elisabeth Andreassen and Alexander Rybak interrupted often with bits from their own Eurovision songs.
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Not less than three Eurovision finalists held a concert together in the Ibsen house last night.
It was naturally a lot of Eurovision talk when Elisabeth Andreassen, Alexander Rybak and Didrik Solli-Tangen stood together on the stage.
– “Remember when I participated with ‘La det swinge’?” asked Bettan.
– “YES” the audience answered
– “We were not even born then,” Rybak and Solli-Tangen smiled.
The ultimate Eurovision song
The jokes continued with what Andreassen called “The ultimate Eurovision song”: Didrik Solli-Tangen’s “My Heart is Yours” mixed with pieces from both ‘La det swinge’ and ‘Fairy Tale’.
Later there was less joking, and the three artists got to present both their own and other’s songs. The three went through a variety of genres before the evening was over.
On home ground
Extra attention was given to Didrik Solli-Tangen, who was almost on home ground. The Porsgrunn boy participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010, and his brother is participating this year. Rybak and Andreassen believed they were on the home ground of all three of them.
– Home ground? Second hand import from Sweden and a Belorussian (white Russian)? joked Solli-Tangen.
– I feel more white than Russian, said Rybak.
– I feel more second hand than Swedish, replied, “Bettan”.
The Ibsen house was nearly sold out for the occasion, and the audience was served about 90 minutes of musical highlights from the three artists.
Author/Photo: Marie Edholm Andresen
Found by Ulli Cologne. English translation by Hilde M.
Revised by Anni Jowett.
Threesome drama at the Ibsen House
It was a musical and also a nice threesome drama that unfolded at the Ibsen House last night. Didrik Solli-Tangen, Alexander Rybak and Elisabeth Bettan Andreassen joked, amused and enjoyed themselves through a musical evening where everything was based on their own careers.
There was no doubt that the two heartthrobs and buddies were gossiping about this and that and Grand Prix especially, while Bettan was trying to hold the boys by the ears.
The three singers had more than enough to offer, and they impressed. More than 600 spectators had shown up, and they got to hear everything from Didrik’s “Best kept secret”, Bettan’s “Dance towards spring” and Rybak enchanting fiddle.
Didrik ensured resounding applause and laughter on home ground last night.
– Now I’ll take a song that Anders (Vangen) taught me. Then I taught it to Alexander, and that’s when the adventure started . Yes, I can say that it was when you got the proper ignition, Alexander?
And they continued that way. They gave from themselves and created an entertaining and diverse show for a very pleased audience last night.