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Alexander’s interview to Tidens Krav newspaper, 9.2.11

Found and translated by Tessa La.

From dancing to romantic composition.

With empathy Alexander Rybak explained how his self-composed classical piece has to be played. Monday evening he was in Kristiansund to rehearse with the musicians of the opera ballet. Continue reading Alexander’s interview to Tidens Krav newspaper, 9.2.11

Alexander Rybak in TV-show “Things I have to do before I die” on NRK 29.1.11

Almost an hour-long and very interesting interview by Tore Strømøy, NRK,  covering a lot of subjects, like his personal tips for success, career, happiness, his views on afterlife, relations, music education, his childhood and his plans for the future. A shorter version of this interview was published on the Norwegian TV-show “Det må jeg gjøre før jeg dør” on  NRK 29.1.2011.

This longer version was found by Mari Andersen.

Unfortunately the video on YT has no subs yet. We had to reupload it to YT due to that our first videos were closed. Subs will be added, but it will take a little while.

The video is also available on our Vimeo account in three parts with subs. Just click HERE

English translation by Tessa La (parts 1-2 and half 3) and Sara Anja. Russian translations by Julia Bezbakh (who also made the subtitles for parts 1 and half 3), Sonya Luzina and Zhanna Sergueeva. Turkish translations by Alev Ct. Czech translations by Jitka Holanová. Greek translations, part of subtitles and video capture by Yannis P

Interview to FRIDA (Swedish teenage magazine, issue 2/2011)

Translated from Swedish by Laila Ulvseth

Website of the magazine

FRIDA has danced with Alexander Rybak

His fingers are used to dance over the violin strings with wonderful results, but how fast our Norwegian singer favourite can move his feet, is about to be documented during today’s dance lesson with Alexander Rybak. Going to the room where the singer exercises his abilities with his partner Malin Johansson, we pass some charming obstacles like a freshly showered Andreas Weise and Björn Ranelid eating lunch. He greets us with at least five “hej”. But today we are Team Alexander and hurry from his contestants.

Continue reading Interview to FRIDA (Swedish teenage magazine, issue 2/2011)

Alexander and Keep of Kalessin – Melodi Grand Prix 15.1.2010

Alexander performing the song “Divine Land” with the heavy metal band from Trondheim “Keep of Kalessin”, during the Norwegian Eurovision semifinal. He sang some vocals and it was the first time we saw him playing electrical violin!

Video from the Youtube channel of the band Keep of Kalessin, discovered by Sonya Luzina

Good article about Alexander from Vietnam (DatViet news portal, 3.1.2011)

Found by Yannis P. Thanks to Chu Thuy Van Huyen for the translation!

Original text:

The song “Song from secret garden” has long ended, but the room is dead silent. Hidden somewhere, everyone’s minds still linger the sound of a passionate, mentoring violin played by a 24–year-old Alexander Rybak. It makes people not want to break the atmosphere by the endless applause.

A full of enchanting violin.

Alexander Rybak ‘s musical path started when he was 5 years old. His family moved to Oslo, Norway when he was 3. Alexander’s parents, Natasha and Ignor are all trained musicians. So, it came so naturally for them to teach their son playing violin and piano. After a while, the young musician had to decide among two music equipment to pursuit, and Rybak picked violin. The young boy still keeps playing piano as a hobby. Since age of 5, Rybak has played violin on stage, and his talent is widely recognized. Alexander was immediately admitted to the Academy Barrat Due. At the age of 10, he met many young talent musicians like he is, and suddenly realized that he is not the only unique child that can play music amazingly.

Continue reading Good article about Alexander from Vietnam (DatViet news portal, 3.1.2011)

Videos from Alexander in “Let’s Dance” Sweden 7.1.11

Alexander’s introduction by the host, performance of a waltz under the music of Prince’s “Purple Rain” with Malin Johansson, rating by the jury, short interview after the performance.

Translation to English by Ingegerd Claesson. Translation to Russian by Olina Novikova. Translation to Turkish by Alev Canbulat. Access provided by Tessa La. Upload, Greek translation and sub-syncing by Yannis P.

Another short backstage interview: “Can Alexander speak Swedish?
Translation to English by Veronica Nord. Translation to Russian by Olina Novikova. Upload and sub-syncing by Yannis P.

Alexander Rybak in the concert “Our Romance”, Tapmere, Finland 16.10.2010

Alexander performances in the concert “Meidan Romanssi” (Our Romance)

The concert was in Tampere, Finland, and Alexander performed Fairytale, Europes Skies and also accompanied Tomi Metsäketo playing the violin in the song “Kohtasin teidät”


Polish review 5.01.2011

Translation by Zhanna Sergueeva

Found by Yannis Papadopoulos

Original Text

Alexander Rybak is back crossing all borders.

Rafał Grząślewicz

Rating: 4,5 of 5.

Alexander Rybak is a singer with Belarusian roots who lives in Norway. Just over a year ago nobody heard of his existence but today he is famous. The first Rybak’s album hit the bull’s-eye, and what about the second one?

Europe has heard about Alexander in May 2009 when he had won Eurovision Song Contest Moscow 2009 in grand style. No one has yet got such number of achievements at Eurovision. Rybak gained 387 points. Almost all radio stations played the victorious “Fairytale”, and his debut album sold like hot cakes. The huge success of the first album (in Poland, was certified gold) resulted in release of the next album which Polish premiere took place on 27 August 2010. CD entitled “No Boundaries” was earlier released of course in Norway. Like “Fairytales”, “No Boundaries” was issued by EMI Music.

Continue reading Polish review 5.01.2011

Short interview with Hamar Arbeiderblad, 18.12.2010

Found and translated by Laila Ulvseth


While Alexander Rybak was on stage at Scandic last night, he had Lisa Nybrott (21) as a guest artist and duet partner along with him.

For the very first time, Alexander Rybak is doing a Christmas tour. And when this ESC-winner goes on a long tour in Norway, he doesn’t just go alone. With him comes a large band. He also brings along a guest artist to each place he visits.

Continue reading Short interview with Hamar Arbeiderblad, 18.12.2010

Alexander Rybak – interview on “God Morgen Norge” TV2, 26.11.2010

Alexander Rybak promoting his Christmas tour “Swinging home for Christmas” in the Norwegian morning show “Good morning Norway” on TV2.

All videos recorded by Venche M

Interview including “Romsjulsdrøm” and “Let it Snow” at the end.

English translation by Tessa La, Russian translation and subs by Olina Novikova!

 “Romjulsdrøm” by Alf Prøysen
“Let it Snow”, by Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne, new arragement by Alexander Rybak

A review of “No Boundaries” from Slovakia

Alexander Rybak – No Boundaries

Source: 26. 10. 2010

Found and translated by Danka Čolláková.

Probably the sweetest Norwegian on the globe is back. We met him in May 2009 when he won Eurosong and in the history of the competition he enrolled with a record number of points. At that time, however, he had consecutive appearances in theatrical performances in Fiddler on the Roof, Operahouse in Oslo, and the Norwegian received the highest theater award. Such a big prize, at such a young age? No wonder. Alex grew up in a family of musicians – his mother played the violin, and the father is a pianist (sic)* and after the family moved from Belarus to Norway, young Alex Rybak started the music fully.

Continue reading A review of “No Boundaries” from Slovakia

Interview in the Ukrainian magazine “Твои кумиры” (“Your idols”).

The Ukrainian vacation of Alexander Rybak

Found and translated to English by Sonya Luzina, revison by Anni Jowett

He’s the favorite of millions of girls across Europe and despite his big popularity, he adores strawberry cocktails, he sees the world through childish naive eyes, and he smiles so sincerely and openly that you will start to believe in fairy tales!

The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, Alexander Rybak, continues his victorious journey across Europe. Ukraine doesn’t remain behind. Despite his busy schedule. Sasha has visited the place here already, at least three times, and he even has spent a small vacation somewhere and in the Ukrainian capital. The artist in secret has informed “ТК” [The Ukrainian magazine] that he prepares a pleasant surprise for the Ukrainian fans this autumn. What? He insisted not to tell, therefore we will only give a hint: there is a big tour of Sasha ahead.

– Sasha, it’s not your first time in Ukraine, not the first time in Kiev…

– But I feel like this is the first time. How many times I been? Three? Last year in the autumn I had a tour across Ukraine, but the schedule was very busy: interview, filming, performances, and the weather didn’t favor – it was very cold. And in the summer I came to perform only for three hours. There was no time even to see Kiev. And now everybody smiles warmly, girls in skirts.

– Did you take a walk in the city this time?

– Yes. Such beautiful buildings and architecture here! Kiev strongly differs from Moscow. It’s beautiful there too, but, probably, even with an overabundance. Over here buildings and historical monuments are where it’s suitable, therefore you estimate their beauty much more.

– You were born in Belarus, you live in Norway, now you often have to tour in different countries of Europe. Do you have a favorite city, a favorite country?

– My favorite country – Norway. Because I know very well the culture of this country, this nation, it is my family. And from the CIS countries, Baltic is very interesting to me. I’m inquisitive, to me everything is interesting: culture, architecture, history monuments. Besides, there are special people, very honest. In Norway, for example, people always smile to you, but most likely because it is so accepted. And they come with all their heart to you, sincerely. And it is visibly an unaided sight. And still, next to Norway and Belarus, I would place Finland. I love this country very much.

Continue reading Interview in the Ukrainian magazine “Твои кумиры” (“Your idols”).

Alexander’s concerts in China were cancelled due to politics

Alexander was going to perform in China on 1, 2 and 5 November for the musical “Some Sunny Night” by Thomas Stanghelle, where he portrays Ketil Moe, a respected figure among Norwegian athletes, who gave a personal fight against cystic fibrosis. His parents would participate as well.

Unfortunately, the concerts were suddenly cancelled by the Chinese Department of Culture yesterday, in the context of the general anger of the Chinese government against Norway, after the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiabo, a dissident and political prisoner in China. No other Norwegian artists are known to face similar problems in China so far.

Alexander talked to NRK and TV2 about this issue. Links found by Marianne Saietz (who also pays the subscription to let us watch TV2!) and Vigdis Ar. Uploading by Yannis Papadopoulos. Many thanks for the translation to Tessa La!

More articles about the cancellation here:

Found by Hege Anita SteinvikVG Newspaper

Found by Sara Anja RuskeDagbladet Newspaper

Found by Vigdis ArSide2 website

Alexander Rybak in the October issue of “Rusfri”- Norwegian Blue Cross magazine 2010

The fiddler Alexander Rybak asks:

What is the big point of alcohol consumption?

Source: Published: October 2010
Thanks to Tessa La and Laila Ulvseth for the great translation!

The Norwegian fiddler, Alexander Rybak says he enjoys the role model status he seems to have achieved among children and adolescents. He regularly looking for good questions when the topic of alcohol and drug use is on the agenda.

It is not easy to get an interview with the famous son of Nesodden, Alexander Rybak. But in the end we got an one-hour talk in Oslo, on a nice sushi restaurant right next to Rybak’s apartment at Aker Brygge. The weather was so summary that we could sit outside – and with that we got a slightly view both of the Oslo Fjord and his childhood home there in the distance. Continue reading Alexander Rybak in the October issue of “Rusfri”- Norwegian Blue Cross magazine 2010

Videos from Alexander’s visit to Malta, September 18th, 2010


Alexander visited Malta for a private gig at the Russian Embassy and got invited by the popular show “Clint on One”, simulcasted by radio and TV, thanks to contacts made by facebookie Milena Windmill!
Performance of “Europe Skies”, uploaded by SuperBerenika.
Interview to ESCToday at the Russian Boarding School, researched by Tessa La.
More videos from ESCToday to be found here:
The interview to “Clint on One”, recoded and uploaded by Yannis P.
Interview to Maltastar, uploaded by Ronja Laupitaja.
Report from the 19:30 news program on channel One. Recorded by Simone Fey and uploaded by Yannis P.


Concert in Harstad Culture House, 02.09.10 – Harstad Tidende newspaper

Retrieved from the printed edition of the newspaper and translated by Sara Anja Ruske

Written by Kåre Torvanger, Gives 5 out of 6 points.

Alexander Rybak has control over the instruments when he is on stage. He knows what he does, is active and plays on many strings that have appeal. Therefore, he had a firm grip on the audience who clearly appreciated the concert. He spoke warmly about the beautiful nature and the nice and friendly people in Harstad, and believed that the city had the best conditions for hosting part finale of MGP.

Continue reading Concert in Harstad Culture House, 02.09.10 – Harstad Tidende newspaper

Meet & Greet in Tønsberg in VG, 31.7.2010

(Translation to English and photos by Tessa La)

Stole a kiss from the hero!

Alexander Rybak hugged his Facebook fans for two hours yesterday. However, only Victoria A. stole a kiss from the hero. Victoria A. was one of about 100 women and a man from 20 countries, who via the Facebook site of Rybak fans had gathered in the city to watch the hero play last night.

Victoria had travelled the longest of them all, from Canada. And when Rybak entirely surprising invited all participants of “Rybak Facebook-tour” to a Meet & Greet at the Klubben Hotel before the concert, Victoria knew what she wanted. A kiss from the hero. With a fan to keep her head clear, she leaned forward and gave Alexander a kiss on the tip of his nose when it was her turn in the two hour-long hugging queue. Continue reading Meet & Greet in Tønsberg in VG, 31.7.2010

Alexander’s appearance at the Norwegian show “Sommertid”, TV2, July 23th, 2010


(English translation by Tessa La, Russian transalion and subs by Olina Novikova)


Interview and short violin performances

Alex performs a piece from Ole Bull, jazz and Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”


Live performance of “Europe’s Skies”

Alexander in FHM (For Him Magazine) August 2010

 Alexander Rybak

The fiddler reveals his darkest secrets…

Alexander Rybak FHM magaziine

(Found by Gesine Riech and translated by Hildebjørg Haugan and Tessa La.)

We tried to get an interview with you right after you won the Norwegian national ESC-final last year. Your manager said that they would probably try to make an appointment, but somehow we never got an interview. Did you hear anything about the interview?

No, and that is one reasons why I have changed manager. I was also scheduled to perform at a children’s festival. Suddenly it was gone from the calendar, and when I asked why, I was told that they would not have me after all. I called them to check, and was told that they wanted me, but that 200 000 NOK was too much for them. It’s okay that people are megalomaniac, but not that they are dishonest. I become directly evil when I do not get what I want…

Evil? Define evil, eh, please?

It is more proper to say I become like a spoiled little child. Prior to the ESC this year, NRK and my former management decided that I should fly down to the stage. I did not want to do that. When I got zero response to my complaints, I chose rather to go to VG [newspaper] and tell that they wanted me to fly. Thus, the news was released, so they had to drop the idea. But it sucks that I need to burn bridges to get what I want.

Continue reading Alexander in FHM (For Him Magazine) August 2010

100.000 members on Alexander’s page!

Aquarelle painting by Ingegerd Claesson

Since 22 July 2010, 13.52 CET, the official Facebook page of Alex has over 100.000 members!

Of course the actual popularity of Alex is much bigger, as the other pages about him on Facebook make a total of about half a million members. Still, this is a remarkable moment for all of us, who met each other on this page and became friends (hence the name “Facebookies”).

Happy birthday, “Fans own poems and lyrics” thread!

Calliope, the Muse of Poetry

On 15  July 2009 a new thread was created on Planet Rybak, a newborn then. It was the thread called “Fans own poems and lyrics”, made by Marianne Saietz. During the last year this thread has inspired many Facebookies to express their feelings by creating hundreds of excellent poems! It has also given birth to four SONG BOOKS released by the Facebookies so far, and counting! It has been the earliest sign of the world-famous Facebookies creativity!

On 15 July 2010 we are celebrating its birthday. You are all invited to leave a rhyme, a limerick, a poem, anything 🙂

Link to the thread (threads have been closed by FB, so the link doesn’t work anymore):


Sample poem, by Marianne:


And finally, the fans will sleep And no one will the facebook keep The latest topic now must wait The wild ideas can hesitate The cleaning-people sweeps the floor clean up the links and threads and more The lights go out and all is shade And even words stay up too late

Congratulations, Alex!

Alexander won one MUZ-TV award in Moscow tonight! Best Breakthrough 2009! Congratulations from all your Facebookies!

Video of Alexander receiving the prize, recorded and uploaded by Rybachka1.
Article from NRK (Norwegian TV), researched by Sara Anja Ruske and translated astonishingly fast by Marianne Saietz.
Alexander Rybak won the award for “breakthrough of the year” at the distribution of the high-prestigeous russian music-awards in Moscow tonight.
by Morten Ruud – 11.6.2010
He got the award for last years European Song Contest-winner «Fairytale».

Happy Birthday, Alex!

Rybak’s Facebookies are wishing «Happy Birthday» to Alexander Rybak with a special gift!

From April 15th to May 12th people from ALL OVER THE WORLD donated money to support the project «Playing for a Future» by the «Valdres Sommersymfoni» a distinguished music school in Norway, which offers scholarships to underprivileged children for musical education and thus a chance for a better life.

The result:

Until May 12 the collected donations were a good bit more than 20.000 NOK (almost 3000 Euros). But the best thing is that the account will remain open and will continue to receive donations to support the cause. Happy Birthday, Alex!

Continue reading Happy Birthday, Alex!