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Rybak paid tribute to Stella at MGP-Show
The former winner sings Stella Mwangis MGP-hit
Article posted on www.vg.no 11.02.2012. Author: VG-nett/AP
Link to original article here: http://www.vg.no/musikk/grand-prix/artikkel.php?artid=10043425
Translation by Marianne Saietz. English Revision by Anni Jowett .
Paid tribute to Stella. Alexander Rybak had, of course, the fiddle with him to Oslo Spektrum. He sang and played several MGP-hits, but had a special greeting for last years winner Stella Mwangi. Here from the MGP-final of 2009 and 2011. Foto: Krister Sørbø / Markus Aarstad/VG
Last year’s MGP-winner Stella Mwangi should have been on stage during the final. However, Alexander Rybak had to step in since Stella lost her father, Jeff Mwangi Kwirikia, in a car-accident recently. Rybak performed, not unexpectedly with both fiddle and dancers at the MGP- final, but sang not only his own winning song “Fairytale”. He played and sang a medley of several well-known Eurovision – and MGP-songs like Didrik Solli-Tangens ” My Heart is Yours” and Swedish Carolas ” Fångad av en stormvind”.
– “This is for you Stella”, Rybak smiled, before he played a part of her Norwegian winning song “Haba Haba”, while the audience danced. Also this year’s participants are full of praises for the last year’s winner.
– “It’s incredibly sad that she is not here. At the same time, it is important, that she prioritises herself now. “Haba Haba” is a fantastic joyful song and we send her lots of warm thoughts this evening”, said Tommy Fredvang to VG Nett.
– Rybak is so professional, so it is a really great show, says project leader Stian Malme.