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Alexander Rybak in the street-magazine “= Oslo”, January 2010, by Kari Bu.

The street-magazine = Oslo ( erlik Oslo), is sold by – and benefits,  homeless and disadvantaged people in Oslo.

 The January issue had MUSIC as a theme and culture-editor, journalist and web-editor Kari Bu made an interview with Alexander Rybak.

On April 6th, the interview was available on the Internet, with English translation, and Kari Bu  posted the link on Rybak’s Facebook-page. A huge thanks to her and to = Oslo for this interview.

Link to the street-magazine = Oslo in translation:

Alexander Rybak – “Girls need to be protected from me!”

Kari Bu April 6, 2010 =Oslo (Norway)  – With this year’s Eurovision Song Contest just around the corner, =Oslo catches up with last year’s winner Alexander Rybak. After playing his violin to victory last May with the catchy ‘Fairytales’, the star has shot to European fame. Today, Alexander is a million miles from his childhood in Belarus.

He has gone from being a victim of bullying and performing on the streets to making the semi-finals of Idol and dominating Europe’s annual song contest. But Alexander doesn’t want to let it all go to his head, saying “Even though the public have got a clear picture of me, I’m still searching … It’s about understanding that this is one of the greatest moments of your life, and to keep all the good memories.”  Here, he speaks to =Oslo about his love for music, Michael Jackson and the opposite sex.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak in the street-magazine “= Oslo”, January 2010, by Kari Bu.

Alexander on the road – Interview in “Orkester- forum” Nr.1, March 22th, 2010


Orkester-forum has made an exclusive interview appointment with Alexander Rybak. After some days with calls and mail back and forth, comes the message we have been hoping for from the promoter Simen Eidsvåg:
–  Alexander will call you this evening at 18 CET – okay?
Of course, it´s okay.

Continue reading Alexander on the road — Interview in “Orkester- forum” Nr.1, March 22th, 2010

Alexander in TOPP, a Norwegian monthly magazine. March 25th, 2010

Big thanks to Elin Mangseth for translation from Norwegian to English.
Article Revision by Anni Jowett

Link to blog of AIR and translation of the interview:

Translation of the interview in TOPP

March 25, 2010

Dragonkiller & Heartbreaker

Are you a versatile person with a feeling for cute movies, Asian food and the metal band Keep of Kalessin? Then Alexander Rybak would love to take you on a date.

“I haven’t been exercising for a year or something,” says a stiff Rybak when we meet him. Yesterday’s workout demanded a lot of the former strength trainer, and he can barely lift his arms during the photoshoot with Topp. A hectic year with countless concerts both home and abroad has led to that Rybak uses all his energy on stage and gets little left for the workouts he did earlier today.

But what keeps you in shape then?
“I stress a lot. To yell at my managers from time to time takes a lot of my energy too, hehe.”

To become a teenage idol was something Alexander Rybak hadn’t imagined. Kids chasing for autographs and screaming teenagers weren’t something he had worked intensely to achieve.
“People must not think that I have worked with becoming a teenage idol for 2-3 years. I want to end this at the top.”

And you feel that you have reached that now?
“I was more at the top last year, actually. Now it’s more like a downhill.” But Alexander is soon about to climb up again. Rybak is dubbing the main character, Hiccup, in the animation movie How To Train Your Dragon. He is a young viking boy who stands out from the rest of the gang. All his life he has been taught to kill dragons, but one day when he gets the chance to kill a dragon, he becomes a friend with it instead. Rybak sees several equalities between himself and his character.

“I don’t care about what people think about what I do, just like Hiccup. I just do it. Before Grand Prix all my friends told me not to enter it in fear that it would ruin my career. Anyway I went against the flow and did things on my own,” says Rybak, who suddenly gets distracted by the room we are sitting in.
“I really don’t like this room. It’s so hot in here and it smells a bit weird. I almost feel like an autist now.”

Hehe, okay. Shall we change rooms maybe?
“Oh no! It’s fine,” says Alexander and laughs a little to himself.

Okay… But how do you think it was to dub How To Train Your Dragon?
“You know what, my dream is to work with movies. Not as an actor, but to hire people. I haven’t had a vacation in a year, but working with this movie five hours a day was like a vacation for me. I really feel that this is something I really want to do.”

But the dream of the artist career hasn’t been put on ice yet, even though he is dreaming of a movie career. Alexander is now doing different music projects and has exchanged the group Frikar with three girls from the celebrity-factory Barratt Due.

Who are these girls?
“I have been flirting with all three. Hehe, no. They are the three cutest girls at the school that I have a history with. Therefore I have chosen to write a love song to each of them. The first is Kathrine who I have been constantly trying to get on a date since I was 17 to 20 years old.”
Hehe, what was the tactic to ask her out?
“Oh dear, I used the typical “boy way” to do it. I sent her three different sms’s. One day I told her how gorgeous she was, in the next I reacted with anger because she didn’t answer, and in the last I apologised for my behaviour.”
What about the other girl?
“Maria was actually my first kiss.”

Wow, how did that happen?
“There was some alcohol in the picture, to put it that way, hehe. But I sing to her in a way that I know that I am going to cry when she marries the man of her dreams. But she should know one thing; even though there are a bunch of cool, hot and funny men out there, I was the one who stole your first kiss.”
And your last flirt?
“Well, Moa is Moa. She is that type of girl that makes me want to quit being a pop star and move to the country instead. There is a pop song about not knowing… Are you in love or are you not…”
Are you in love at the moment?
Alexander smiles, laughs a little, before he answers. “Yeah, yes, no, or, we try to keep it in a professional level.”
So you are flirting?
“Let’s just see in a year from now!”

This summer Rybak was dating many fans, and he thinks that a trip to the movies is the perfect date.
But what type of movies would you bring your date to?
“A horror if I want to get close to the girl.”
If you’re not at the cinema with a girl, what would you like to do?
“Eehh.. can I say that in Topp?”
“If you like a person then it’s only natural that you want to be alone with that person on a Saturday night…”
What type of girls do you like?
“They must be versatile. I often feel that I match a girl in every situation, but suddenly it shows that they don’t agree to some things. I think there is a curse over me. I am too versatile.”
Like how?
“If we see Moulin Rouge together we are both agree that it’s a very good movie. Or when we eat Asian food, we agree that it’s delicious. But when I see the metal band Keep of Kalessin, and the girl says: “Huh, do you like that kind of music?” that’s so stupid. Hello! It has to be possible to like different things! That’s why it’s better when a girl matches wide than really good on one thing.”

– AIR – elin

The concerts in Japan. Bergen Youth Orchestra with Alexander Rybak as solo-violinist. March 29th – April 3rd, 2010

Google-translation from Japanese. Thanks to Milena Wiatrak for all the links.

Alexander will take part in the 2 concerts on April 1st, 2010 and April 3rd, 2010


PROGRAM Continue reading The concerts in Japan. Bergen Youth Orchestra with Alexander Rybak as solo-violinist. March 29th — April 3rd, 2010

Facebookies meeting the fiddler in Moscow. March 7th 2010. By Irina Kuvaldina.

Europe spies: Moscow operation

That day in Moscow was surprisingly sunny. And we know why:)) The fiddler arrives! FaceBookies (me, Yanis, Anton, Snezhanna, Margarita, Viktoria, Lena Snetkova and Lena Star) met each other at the airport. We didn’t know exactly the flight, but hoped to welcome our dear guests in the afternoon. While we were searching for some information airport staff has already understood who we’re waiting for=))) It was very kind of them to open the secret where Alex was. Firstly we didn’t believe them, but fortunately they were honest and really wanted to help us. We were so touched and thankful that we bought chocolate for that girls afterwards! Continue reading Facebookies meeting the fiddler in Moscow. March 7th 2010. By Irina Kuvaldina.

Report from concert in Tallin, Estonia. March 8th 2010

Report from an Estonian fan 🙂 

So, here is my report.

We arrived in Solaris center a few minutes before the signing session was to begin and went to the long line, where we met with another girl from Facebook, Kylcella. Alex arrived soon and teenager girls, who weren’t in the line, just stormed to him. Alex looked a bit tired at the beginning and had a kind of sad expression, even while smiling. But soon he looked much better and happier, so, it must be true, what he has always said about the signing sessions – that this is, where he gets his energy from. 🙂 The line was moving very slow because of those teenage girls, who weren’t standing in the line at all, but just pressing through. And the time went fast and the session was about to end – it was set from 16.45-17.30 only and the line was still pretty long . . . We realized with Kylcella, that we have to act more rude now, too, and pressed us through the crowd. The security was doing the best to protect him from fans, on the cost of politeness – they were rude to the crowd . . . happy, that Alex didn’t understand, what they were saying. :S Soon it was told to Alex, that the signing is over, but he looked at the long desperate line and said, he want’s that everyone gets the autograph.

Continue reading Report from concert in Tallin, Estonia. March 8th 2010

” Funny little Prague ” – A report of the meeting in Prague (Feb. 2010) by the FaceBookie Marion K.

When I met Alexander in Berlin in December (2009) I really couldn’t imagine that I would meet him again so soon. We spoke to him about having a concert in Prague but I never thought that this would really happen but then the concert was announced a couple of weeks ago and for me it was sure that I had to be there NO MATTER WHAT! Continue reading ” Funny little Prague ” — A report of the meeting in Prague (Feb. 2010) by the FaceBookie Marion K.

Video: Concert-videos from Prague-concert Feb. 25th 2010

The Concert

Springleik – by Julia

Roll with the Wind – By Alev

Dolphin – By Marion K.

Continue reading Video: Concert-videos from Prague-concert Feb. 25th 2010

Facebookies in Prague. Feb. 24th- 27th 2010 report by Marianne S.


An ordinary week in a Facebookies life. Monday: Work, school-meeting. Tuesday: Work, money-exchange, packing.

Wednesday feb.24th: Leaving, train to Cph. airport, flight to Prague. At arrival in Prague airport, being met, hugged and kissed by facebookies. In Prague airport, meeting more facebookies. Feeling warm and happy to see them. Hugging, laughing, kissing, going to Prague center by train. Feeling happy, to see Prague again. Getting off train, walking to hostel, meeting more facebookies, more hugging, kissing, greeting, laughing, checking into rooms. Rest of the evening: Meeting more facebookies. Having dinner. Looking at Lucerna Music Club, 500 m from the hostel. Checking out the bar in the courtyard of the hostel. Checking the quality of czech beer. (Approved). Continue reading Facebookies in Prague. Feb. 24th- 27th 2010 report by Marianne S.

Concert in Prague Feb. 25th 2010. Almost 1000 tickets are sold!

(rybakomic by Dr. Renia)

The concert in Prague was expected to be a small concert, since the Lucerna Music Bar have room for ca. 400 people. Our reliable Czech FaceBookies have just reported that all tickets were sold. The demand for concert tickets has been so huge, that the music bar has expanded the room, by opening the balconies and now, almost 1000 tickets are sold. This is very good news for Alexander Rybak and his crew. It is also good news for the Czech fans, ’cause it shows, without doubt, that Rybak has an audience in Czech Republic.

A big part of the credit for this sucess should go to the fans on Alexander Rybak’s Facebook Page,who worked hard together to promote this concert by contacting czech radio-stations, TV-stations and other media and persuade them to play Rybaks music and announce the concert! Especially one radio DJ should be mentioned: Monika on Radio Fajn North Music who was so kind to play ” Fairytale” and to announce the concert EVERY second evening for 2 weeks.(author Marianne)

(rybakomic by Dr. Renia)

(Translation: Alexander Rybak in Prague! 1000 tickets were already sold for a Prague concert thursday 25th of February!!!)

(rybakomic by Dr. Renia)

(Translation: 1) Is Alex gonna be in Prague, for sure?! That is a real fairytale!
2)Really!! I have read about it at It´s gonna take place on the 25th of February in Lucerna Music Bar in Prague. It´s told, that they already sold 1000 tickets.
3) If there were no Facebookies, nobody would know about him in Bohemia.”)