Juergen Boernig from Eurovision Radio International met Alexander Rybak for an interview during Alexander’s stay in Luxembourg for the ESC Gala Night 2014. The interview was aired in their 3 hour long live stream radio show on Wednesday 29th of October. It was a very good interview about his participation as a composer in the national selection for both Malta, with “Still Here” performed by Franklin Calleja, and Belarus with the song “Accent” performed by a girl band. They also played his new song “What I Long For”.
This was actually my first time in Luxembourg, and I have to say I really enjoyed it!
One of the reasons was, of course Alexander. He performed 3 songs at the Eurovision Gala Night, “Roll with The Wind, “Into a Fantasy” and last but not least “Fairytale”.
Recorded by Ulli C
The atmosphere was absolutely gorgeous. Everybody was in a happy mood, especially when Alexander performed. After the whole show we got the chance to meet him, even though it was very short, as he was a bit tired.
Photo source: Ulli C
But hey, at least we could say hello, and it was fun as always when you meet the fiddler. So all in all it was a super great evening.
The Eurovision Gala Night is an annual event hosted by OGAE Luxembourg to bring the spirit of Eurovision back to Luxembourg since the country last participated in the song contest in 1993. It also promotes the idea that Luxembourg should participate again sometime in the future and the earned profit goes to charity. In fact, it is our own little Eurovision Song Contest: There are contestants representing different nations who perform former ESC songs. They are then later on judged by international jury members. Of course, the audience and the public can also vote and the scoring system is the same as for the ESC. Continue reading Alexander Rybak — ESC Gala night 2014, Luxembourg 25.10.14 — Report by Jessica Hilbert→
Alexander Rybak will take part in the national selection for ESC in Belarus as a composer with the song “My accent”. The song will be performed by a girl band, and Alexander has been in Belarus for some days to have auditions in 4 cities across the country: Mogilev, Minsk, Grodno and Brest. There has been a lot of interest both for the auditions and from the media, and Alexander has been on several morning TV-shows, and radio shows, and given many interviews. Our Russians translators are the case. 🙂
Here is an English version of the interview in the TV-show “Morning. Studio of Good Mood” on channel CTV.
Winner of 2009 Eurovision Song Contest Alexander Rybak preparing Belarusian representative for 2015 competition
Alexander Rybak takes part in the national selection in Malta ESC 2015 as a composer with the song “Still Here” performed by Franklin Calleja. Yesterday the song was released on YouTube, and revealed a powerful ballad that shows off Franklin Calleja’s amazing voice.
Alexander Rybak is working on his biggest project ever. A story about a troll who plays violin and hide in the forest.
– The freedom to do what I want, is both the best and the worst, says the still single artist.
Text to the main photo: Home-loving: – Nesodden means two things for me. Family and Thomas. They are two important factors in my identity. Mom and Dad reminds me of how ambitious I am, while Thomas reminds me how great guy I am, and how much fun I can have with a best friend.
ON THE DOOR BELL PANEL on Bryggetorget at Aker Brygge there is no “Alexander Rybak”. A Russian-sounding name is, so I try that one, but no one opens the door. Then comes the 28-year-old with long strides across the town square. Tall and dark and slender and handsome, with a brown McDonalds bag in his hand.
– I removed the nameplate because there were so many people ringing the bell, he explains.
Photo: Stig Karlsen, NRK – From the rehearsal for The Hit on NRK
Friday 10th of October Alexander Rybak will be one of the two artist who perform in the songwriter competition The Hit on NRK. Five songs are so far ready for the Grand Final the 24th of October, and tomorrow Alexander Rybak and Trine Rein will perform the songs they have chosen among their six alternatives.
If you want to read more about the concept and see the list of songwriters and artists, you find it all here.
The five song that are already in the final, you can listen to here
Alexander chose two songs already in early June, and tomorrow he will be reveal which one of them he has decided to release as his new song.
You can listen to the 6 songs he could chose between here.
Alexander will this autumn be a host in the classical Norwegian radio show “Min favorittmusikk” (My favourite music). Thursday 18.09.14 was his first programme broadcasted, and he presented us many beautiful pieces of music and interesting stories connected to them. We are looking forward to the upcoming programmes. Here you can listen to his favourite classical pieces, and the video has English subs for those who don’t understand Norwegian.
Dear readers, finally you can enjoy the Questions and Answers:)
Finally, after a summer or a winter depending on which hemisphere you reside, we proudly can present the answers to some of the questions you sent us in April. We were so happy with your participation, 160+ people from 36 countries posted more than 240 questions, on our English site here: and our Russian site here.Thank you so much, both for your questions and your patience.
A map that shows the countries where we got questions from.
It was no April joke from us, and it was first meant to be published in connection with the release of “Into a Fantasy”, but because of, among other things, a busy schedule it was postponed until now.
And here we present the selection of questions and answers. A big thank you to Alexander for those really great answers. Click on the questionary picture to get to the Q&A page.
“Klart eg kan” (Of course I’ll manage) is a TV-documentary serie about children who do things they hope to manage for the first time.
This episode is about Olianna who plays the violin and will play a concert together with someone she thinks is really good, namely Alexander Rybak who won the Eurovision Song Contest. But will she manage to play correct? And will she get the chance to meet Alexander?
The programme was recorded 11th of January this year, when Alexander had an orchestra concert in Førde, Norway.
The episode will be broadcasted on NRK Super 7th of October at 18.20 CET, and rebroadcasted 2nd of November at 08.05 CET. Link to watch online here, and link to watch from archieve here. We don’t know if the live broadcasting will be possible to watch from outside Norway, but last seasons epiosdes in archive can be watched from abroad, so we guess this season will be too.
The musician Alexander Rybak (28) has his debut as a host on the radio NRK Klassisk tomorrow morning at 9 am. He will be on TV in “The Hit” on NRK in October.
Source: dagsavisen.no Author: Geir Rakvaag. Photo: Anne Liv Ekroll/NRK
Translation: Jorunn Ekre, Revision Anni Jowett
What will it be like to be a host in “Min Favorittmusikk” (My favourite Music) on NRK Klassisk?
-This is the perfect programme for me where I can try out the role as a host. It’s classical music, my audience get to know me through new stories and I have enough time to prepare each programme.
Alexander Rybak was a guest-host at the Norwegian sing-along TV-show “Allsang på Grensen”, broadcasted on TV2 Thursday 7th of August. Here your can read two interviews from two local news papers, Halden Arbeiderblad and Fredrikstad Blad.
A preview of the music show “The Hit” that will be broadcasted on NRK1, 8 weeks in a row, starting 5th of September. This part of the show is pre-recorded already back in June, and shows how the artists pick their songs among the six songwriters they can choose among.
Recorded and translated by TessaLa, revised by Bita Janz
Alexander tells in this video why he takes part in the Norwegian music show “The Hit”. Alexander will perform his chosen song in the show broadcasted Friday 10th of October, starting 20.05 CET. More Info about the show and link to book tickets here
Recorded by Ulli C, translated by Jorunn Ekre, revised by Anni Jowett.
Today it was revealed that Alexander Rybak is one of the 14 famous artists that will take part in NRK’s new music concept this autumn. The show will be broadcasted 8 Fridays in a row starting 5th of September and ending with a grand final the 24th of october. If you want to be in the audience, click here to book tickets, and chose the actual show date.
You can follow The Hit on Instagram here, Facebook here and Twitter here
You can read more about the concept, show dates, list of songwriters, their songs, the artists and details about the broadcasting on this page “THE HIT”.
The list of the artist that will take part in the show:
Alexander Rybak was the Sunday guest in the Swedish morning show “Nyhetsmorgon” on TV4. He performed songs from his album “Visa Vid Vindens Änger” the one he made in collaboration with Mats Paulson, “Träden i Villa Borghese” and “Visa Vid Vindens Änger”. And also his new song “Into a Fantasy”, soundtrack on the DreamWorks animation movie “How to Train Your Dragon”.
Alexander Rybak was the guest-host on today’s show “Allsang på Grensen” on TV2. He also perform “Into a Fantasy”, Fairytale and feated Rita Eriksen and Vidar Johnsen in the well-known Norwegian Wamp song “Tir n’a Noir”. You can watch all three performances and the full show in the vidoes below.
Videos from Alexander Rybak’s concert at the City Day of Pervouralsk at Pobedy Square in Pervouralsk, Russia, the 19th of July 2014.
Thanks to Sonya Luzina and Persk.org for uploading videos from the concert on YouTube. The videos are posted in the playlist order, and only “Roll with The Wind”, performed before the “Eurovision Medley”, is missing. Sonya Luzina also made a playlist, so you can watch them all in a row.
On his promo tour in Kiev, Ukraine, Alexander Rybak had an almost one hour long online-conference at E-moition.tocha.net the 18th of June 2014. He got a lot of questions from his fans, and there were many interesting and good questions and answers. So enjoy this online-conference that has been made understandable for us non Russian speaking fans thanks to our Russian translation team.
Pictures from the online-conference you will find here
Translation by: Zhanna Sergueeva, Inna Farrington and Rozalia Muzhaeva. Revision by Anni Jowett. Subsby Anni Jowett/TessaLa. Recorded by May Elisabeth Nipen
“I’m an old talent” – Alexander Rybak interviewed by Eurovision.be 29.06.2014.
Provided and translated by Olivier Vanhoutte and revised by Anni Jowett. Link to original interview here.
Alexander Rybak : “I’m an old talent”
Five years after his victory at the Eurovision Song Contest, Alexander Rybak tours again around Europe. This time to promote the movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2″, and his song on the soundtrack “Into a Fantasy”. The Eurovision victory was the beginning of everything. “Fairytale” is my business card, “says the 28-year-old singer.
“In countries where I am not so well known, people point at me and sing “Fairytale” without knowing my name. The song is more famous than I am, but I find that good.” The classically trained musician just wanted to escape from classical music when he won the Eurovision Song Contest. He looks back with satisfaction to his victory, but remains very calm underneath: “In this business you need to be happy with the chances you get and stay loyal to yourself.” Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Interview on Eurovision.be about “Into a Fantasy”→
Interview on the radio program “Filmpolitiet” on NRK radio P3 about giving the voice to the main character, and his contribution to the soundtrack with his new song “Into a Fantasy” for DreamWorks Animation’s movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2”.
Recorded by Hilde M. Translation and subs by Tessa Lande.English revision by Anni Jowett.
Alexander Rybak tells about his new song and music video “Into a Fantasy”, one of the soundtracks in DreamWorks Animation movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, on the Norwegian summer talk show on TV2, broadcasted from Aker Brygge in Oslo. At the end of the video he plays with the duo Elsa & Emilie. You can read more about them and watch one of their videos here