Category Archives: Articles 2009

Interview with Alexander Rybak in the Norwegian magazine “Norsk Ukeblad” 25.03.2009

Alexander Rybak does strange things

Alexander Rybak is full of charm, but you wouldn’t want him as your neighbor.

Source: Norwegian magazine Norsk Ukeblad, published 25.3.09. Text Tommy Larsen.  Translated by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Katie Anderson.

His brown eyes charm through the screen and into the TV-living rooms in the country. He has truckloads of the “x factor”. He has taken the nation by storm and is our big international hope in the Eurovision Song Contest. Continue reading Interview with Alexander Rybak in the Norwegian magazine “Norsk Ukeblad” 25.03.2009

Alexander Rybak the Great – Interview in Dagbladet 20.02.2009

We cheer for Alexander Rybak

This is the most popular thing you have ever done. You can participate in Melodi Grand Prix with this.

Source: Paper issue of Dagbladet’s magazine FREDAG, 20.02.2009. Text by:  Anne Gunn Halvorsen. Photo: Lars Myhren Heland. Place: Vigra. Translated by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Anni Jowett. 

This is what Alexander Rybak (22) was thinking when he was standing on a mountain top outside Ålesund this summer. He brought out his violin to play a bit in the summer weather, and what came out was to become a huge favourite in tomorrow’s Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix final, the song “Fairytale”. Continue reading Alexander Rybak the Great — Interview in Dagbladet 20.02.2009

Here the fairy tale began – Alexander Rybak – Norway’s hope in ESC 2009

Here the fairy tale began

Alexander was a “king” on the piano. He loved it. But “war” broke out when his parents also wanted him to try he violin, recalls the grandmother. 

Text to picture: He is three years old and is going to have lunch at the family country house. Two years later, Alexander Rybak moves and has not been to Belarus since. VG Friday has met some of those who meant most  to «Sasha». Continue reading Here the fairy tale began — Alexander Rybak — Norway’s hope in ESC 2009


He is a unique artist

Author: Eirik Sivertsen  Published14.05.2009  Source:  Translation by TessaLa. Revision by Anni Jowett.

Alexander Rybak sees actor Dennis Storhøi as his artistic mentor. Dennis on his side is unabashed in tribute of his young colleague.

Back then Alexander had recently become the winner of NRK’s Kjempesjansen and was asked by director Svein Sturla Hungnes about taking the role as the Fiddler in the world-famous musical. Continue reading Dennis Storhøi: ALEXANDER IS A UNIQUE ARTIST

Interview with Alexander Rybak before the semifinal of ESC 2009 in Moscow

Source:  published 10.05.2009.


Translation by Tessa Lande. English revision by Anni Jowett

BLIR KJENT IGJEN: Alexander Rybak med to russiske fans utenfor Olympiastadion i Moskva. Foto: PÅL NORDSETH

 I became “Harry” (not trendy) overnight.

But Rybak believes it is 98 percent certain that he will go on to the Eurovision final.

MOSCOW (Dagbladet): On Thursday Alexander Rybak has to convince both the TV audience and the professional jury that he belongs in the final on Saturday.

With a dose of Drillo Mathematics, and the knowledge  that many people at home plan to follow Saturday’s finale on big screen in assembly halls and pubs, Rybak now estimates that it is 98 percent certain that he advances further from Thursday’s semifinal.

Continue reading Interview with Alexander Rybak before the semifinal of ESC 2009 in Moscow

Article: Million coup of Alexander Rybak. VG. 22.02.2009

Text: Camilla Bjørn and Marcus Husby

Photo: Espen Braata and Kristian Helgesen

Found by Marijke Arentsen. English translation by Jorunn Ekre. English revision by Katie Anderson and Anni Jowett.

Alexander gets the royalties: Million coup.

Alexander Rybak can laugh all the way to the bank after his record breaking victory in Melodi Grand Prix yesterday.

– It feels great, and overwhelming. It`s so wonderful that I get the chance to be the fiddler I`ve always dreamt of becoming.- Rybak says to VG. Last night the heartthrob celebrated his crushing Grand Prix victory at Hard Rock Cafe, after having received the amazing amount of 747 888 audience votes (the highest amount in the history of MGP), and beating the seven other finalists with the song “Fairytale”.

Thanks his ex-girlfriend

Rybak and his Frikar dancers got 600,000 more votes than their arch rival, Tone Damli Aaberge, who became second.

Continue reading Article: Million coup of Alexander Rybak. VG. 22.02.2009

Article: “Fiddle-dee-dee!”. Feb 7th 2009

Article published on Schlagerblog  7.2.2009

Written by Schlagerboys. Link to original article here

Found by Tessa La
Article revised by AnniJo


 About The Schlagerboys: The Schlagerboys love Eurovision and were born on the day Alcazar and Shirley Clamp kicked off Melodifestivalen in 2005. Since then we have set ourselves the task of championing schlager at every opportunity; travelling to various National Finals and trying to get on TV as much as possible campaigning for key changes. We want to be Swedish or Norwegian and sometimes Maltese, depending on their Eurovision song for the year. Outside the Eurovision season the Schlagerboys live in Birmingham in the UK trying to inject a bit of glitter and glamour in to everyone’s lives!

February 07, 2009


The Schlagerboys won’t be watching the last Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix semi-final tonight as we’ll be sitting through 5 hours of Maltese songs waiting for Jade to come on halfway through… However, we’ll be sending schlager good luck wishes to Alexander, who’ll be fiddling his way through “Fairytale”, and hopefully to the final in two weeks…

Schlagerboys: How did you get involved with the Melodi Grand Prix?

Alexander Rybak: I met this funny little schlagergnome called Per, and the rest is history…

Continue reading Article: “Fiddle-dee-dee!”. Feb 7th 2009

Article: Fedje celebrated with Elisabeth and Alexander. March 24th 2009

Fedje celebrated with Elisabeth and Alexander.

Source:   published : 24.3.2009.
Text and photos by Hans Egil Storheim.

Found by Tessa Lande. Translation by Laila Solum Hansen
English revision by Anni Jowett

“Everything was cool!” decided Elise Blomvågnes (7) after the Grand Prix-concert at Fedje.
The answer from the seven-year old came after Elise and 400 others gave a standing ovation for Elisabeth ‘Bettan’ Andreassen and Alexander Rybak’s concert.

Together with their skilled musicians, the artists went around in the packed multi-use hall. And from the stage Elisabeth had given a clear attestation to the people of Fedje, who filled up most of the seats: – “Oh my…how you have struggled to raise the wreck of the submarine!”

Continue reading Article: Fedje celebrated with Elisabeth and Alexander. March 24th 2009

Alexander Rybak: “Working out gives me self confidence”

Article from Swedish newspaper “Friskispressen”, published in the 4th issue, 2009  Author: Gösta Elmquist.

Translation by Mary-Ann Hansson, English revision by Anni Jowett

AGE: 23 years.

PROFESSION: Musician / artist.

FAMILY: Single.

LIVES: Nesodden, outside Oslo.

LIKES 1: Jazz, classical, pop. And  film.

LIKES 2: “I like when girls touch my upper body when we talk.”

CURRENT: The CD “Fairytales”

IDOL: Gene Kelly (because he was such a versatile artist).

FAVOURITE MUSCLE: Arms and chest.

He lifts his violin, grabs his bow and – bang!  The show is running. Gym instructor Alexander whirls, jumps, kneels down. Every muscle is about to explode. Calves, thighs, stomach, back – everything is trimmed at Friskis & Svettis in Oslo. 

Alexander Rybak, 23, the fiddler who got the whole world at his feet, has found a trick that no other violinist could dream of.

– Working out at Friskis & Svettis.

“It is the spice that makes my show exciting. I have more energy and self-confidence”, he says.

 Three years ago, Alexander got his license as a gym instructor. In the beginning it was easy to book instruction time with him on the F&S in Vika, Oslo. Today, it is not. Alexander has taken time off from instructing at Friskis & Svettis to become a world artist.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak: “Working out gives me self confidence”

NRK-article from ESC 2009 by Hege Bakke Riise – 14.05.2009

“The last rehearsal went great!”

Alexander Rybak is just done with his last rehearsal before tonight’s semifinal. And the mood in the Norwegian delegation is pretty high. 

Article found and translated by Tessa La.
English revision by Anni Jowett

Alexander Rybak was just on stage in Olympiyski Arena for the last time before tonight’s big semifinal. He is very satified with his own performance in the rehearsal.
– The last rehearsal went great, he cheered.
It’s in fact a bit scary, because I’m used the dress rehearsals going badly, and that the show goes well. If the show is even better than the rehearsals this time, I will be very, very happy.

His last rehearsal showed real joy of music and infectious humour, and Alexander and Frikar were rewarded with the concert hall’s loudest applause.

Fun with audience

Also, they who share the stage with Alexander, are well satisfied.

– We have just got better and better in each rehearsal, and now we think we are just at the level we should be, the three boys in the dance group Frikar say.

It was very nice to have audience at this rehearsal, we could hear them cheer when we kicked off the hats. That was fun, they said.

Alexander Rybak ESC 2019 backstage NRKThe Norwegian delegation is following the other countries during the dress rehearsal Thursday afternoon.

Not nervous

The atmosphere is good in the dressing room, but still quite calm. Outside the hall half the delegation are following the rest of the rehearsal on the monitor. Aren’t they getting nervous?

– I didn’t sleep well last night, and had lots of thoughts that buzzed in my head, backing singer Karianne Kjærnes said. But right now I feel nothing. Now I just want to get started. Although it will probably start to tingle a little bit pretty soon.

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Back up singer Karianne and makeup artist Marianne Hommo relaxing in the dressing room after the dress rehearsal. 


Kjærnes has participated in five international Grand Prix Finals, which certainly helps with the nervousness. But the ESC debutants in Frikar are calm before tonight’s semifinal.

– I’m surprisingly calm, says Sigbjørn Rua. The excitement builds up from the time you wake up in the morning until you are on the way with the first rehearsal, but when that goes well, you tend to calm down. We have been on stage so many times now that we begin to feel at home there. Now it’s stretching and showering for the Frikars, and then the whole delegation will go out for dinner before returning to the hall to get ready for the broadcast.

Frikar ESc 2009 backstage NRK

I’m looking forward to do the salto tonight, Hallgrim Hansgaard in Frikar says. 

Hat problems

Delegation leader Stian Malm is almost satisfied, but is upset with a close up of a hat, who returns back in the production.
We have got most of it in order now, but I was watching the television pictures of the last rehearsal, and it is an image that comes back repeatedly, and we are trying to get it removed.

Now I have contacted EBU one more time, and hope that they comply with our wishes. There is no crisis, but I would like to get it fixed.

Broken PC

The delegation leader speaks as he goes, and keep a much higher tempo than the bunch that will be on stage tonight.

Are you nervous before tonight’s broadcast?
-No, I’m not. But we are many people at work now, so it happens a lot all the time. We have a commentator who did an excellent job on Tuesday, and who will be in action again tonight. Now, suddenly the computer she was going to use is broken, so we are working with finding a solution. These kind of things happen all the time, and it takes a lot of time. But Alex does a great job together with Frikar and our talented choir. This is going to be fun!

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Completely surreal – Article about Alexander Rybak in Farsund’s Avis May 23rd 2009

Completely surreal – Article about Alexander Rybak in Farsund’s Avis May 23rd 2009 with appendix from June 20th 2009

Article published on 23.05. 2009.
Written by Anders Fjellestad.

Found and translated by Marianne Saietz.
English revision by Anni Jowett

Alexander Rybak achieved the victory of all time in the Eurovision Song Contest last weekend. But the Grand Prix-hero  has also had many performances behind him in our area. Photo Indrek Galetin. ( EBU).

The friends about Alexander:
“Completely surreal!”

Last weekend, Alexander Rybak fiddled himself into the hearts of all Europe. We have talked to three people who are close to the super-talent.

Alexander Rybak has been a steady summer guest in Spind together with the Stanghelle family. Here he wrote songs, here he fell in love, and here he gave some of his first concerts. We have looked through our archives and present you now some glimpses from our local memories of the Grand Prix winner, all the way back from the first concert in Espeland Schoolhouse July 1996. Continue reading Completely surreal — Article about Alexander Rybak in Farsund’s Avis May 23rd 2009

Alexander Rybak – Interview with Poplight 13.05.2009.

Alexander Rybak: “I am a product”

Alexander Borodin, Alexander Rybak and  Björn Nordlund

Original article in Swedish on

Translated by TessaLa, revised by  Anni Jowett

Journalist: Alexander Borodin. Photo: Niclas Brorsson

Alexander Rybak, is the man on everyone’s lips right now. The (betting) odds have pointed to his advantage ever since it became clear that he would be Norway’s representative in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. “Gylleneskors” (Golden shoes) Bjorn Nordlund, Alexander Borodin and Irina Karelina met up with him when he was on a short promotional stop in Stockholm before leaving for Moscow. It became a different kind of interview where Rybak told with his own words about what has happened so far, what goes on, and what he thinks about Eurovision. Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Interview with Poplight 13.05.2009.

Alexander Rybak – Interview in the German magazine “Centaur” (2009)

The success route of Alexander the Great

Translated by Anglesina Est English revision by Anni Jowett

Yes, the name conqueror suits him right! With his song “Fairytale”, which he introduced in May at the ESC, the whole of Europe was captured within 3 minutes. Such a clear victory hasn’t been taken by any other artist before!

Centaur: You arrived today from Minsk in Belarus to Berlin to rehearse for a TV show. You were born in Minsk, but you live near to Oslo since you were 4. Did you recognise your place of birth at all?

Alexander Rybak: I remember the park, the lake and the town. I still like it, today I think, it is even more beautiful. My family was not wealthy, rather poor. We lived in just a little apartment.

C: Do you still feel at home in Minsk?

A.R.: A little, and I also speak Russian. But today I feel at home everywhere around Europe .

C: How did it happen, that you came from there to Norway?

A.R.: My dad is a classical violinist and that time back then he received an engagement from an orchestra in Norway. A wealthy Norwegian family supported him in the beginning  overseas because he was very talented. My mother worked this time as a journalist at the television station in Minsk. Two years later my dad brought us both over.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Interview in the German magazine “Centaur” (2009)

Interview of Alexander Rybak in Norwegian magazine Fredag (Dagbladet), 18.12.09

Original article published in Norwegian magazine “Fredag”, 18.12.2009.

Translated by Laila Ulvseth
English revision by Anni Jowett

Alexander Rybak has a very special theory about love:

1) He wants to say “Yes, please” to all the girl affairs he gets.

2) At the same time he wants to fall asleep with a girl he is already in love with.

It’s no wonder Alexander Rybak says things like “It’s stupid to say no with dinner with a cute face just because I might have something going on with some girl in Norway” or “I have a responsibility. A responsibility for all of Europe.

Because a night in May this year four million Norwegians raised their arms and lifted “Rybakken” on a national throne. He is still sitting on it. 2009 was Alexanders year.

Grown men with neckties make “lion’s claws” towards him and try to be funny. Elderly ladies giggle and ask for a cell phone picture.

– Hey, I really need such a blue pen, can I have it? Alexander asks. He is standing in the post office in Bærum to mail 50 letters to fans all over Europe.

– I have sent you messages on Facebook, but you never reply, a Swedish girl said in the new DVD about his life after the victory.

Well, that is because he is answering letters from tightly filled carrier bags along the walls at home with mom and dad at Nesodden.

– I have spent 40.000,- just on stamps.

– Tihi, says the curly headed lady behind the desk before her colleagues come crawling asking for autographs for their grandchildren, after which they received a “eh, yes, okay”, says “poor boy”.

Continue reading Interview of Alexander Rybak in Norwegian magazine Fredag (Dagbladet), 18.12.09

Kinder with the ladies – Dagbladet 24.12.2009

Original article published in “Dagbladet”, Norway, 24.12.09.

Found and translated by Laila Ulvseth.
Refound by Tessa Lande. English revision by Anni Jowett

 Kinder with the ladies

Name of the year-nominee Alexander Rybak has stopped taking revenge on his ex-girlfriends.
2009 has been a fabulous year for Alexander Rybak. Since he won the ESC with “Fairytale” he has been touring in Norway and abroad, released a CD, received nearly 5000 fan letters and met a number of celebrities.
– “It feels as if I have lived half a lifetime in 6 months. I have been worn out and unable to absorb it all. First now I understand what I have experienced. There are lots of good memories”, says Rybak.

Continue reading Kinder with the ladies — Dagbladet 24.12.2009

Greek articles and reviews about Alexander Rybak from 2009

Alexander Rybak in Greece 2009

Below you’ll find 2 interviews from Greek media, a Greek review of Alexander’s album “Fairytales” and 2 Vlog videos he made when he was there. 


  1. Review of the album “Fairytales”
  2. The interview : The flying Norwegian
  3. The interview: I will not be a pop idol at 45
  4. Two Vlogs Alexander made when he was there.

Found and translated by Yannis Papadopoulos
Revision by Anni Jowett

Continue reading Greek articles and reviews about Alexander Rybak from 2009

Three interviews to the Greek press in 2009

Found and translated by Yannis Papadopoulos
Revision by Anni Jowett


1) «I move forward when everybody tells me to stop»

2) «I would like to be in Greece all the time»

3) «I just put my feelings into a song. I never regretted it»

(in chronological order)

Continue reading Three interviews to the Greek press in 2009

Per Sundnes about Alexander Rybak to 13.04.2009

Alexander Rybak won the Norwegian MGP 2009 and quickly he became one of the favourites for the international final in Moscow in May. Photo: Johannessen, Sara ( SCANPIX )


He is a musical missionary

MGP-general, Per Sundnes, is impressed by Alexander Rybak

Per Sundnes. Photo: Linn de Lange

Author: Elisabeth Norheim. Photo: Linn de Lange. Published on 13.04.09

Translation by Marianne Saietz  Article revised by Anni Jowett

– “Alexander is very smart. At many of the concerts he starts by playing a Norwegian folk-tune, before he sets in with the monster-hit “Fairytale”. He is very cunning in that way. He challenges people with new stuff, instead of making them feel, he forces stuff upon them”,-  NRK programme leader Per Sundnes, explains. He has made the portrait of the MGP-winner.

Continue reading Per Sundnes about Alexander Rybak to 13.04.2009

Meet the room-mates of Alexander Rybak in Norstrands Blad, May 20th, 2009

Karin Madsen and Megan Sørlie in front of the piano where Alexander Rybak has conjured up Fairytale.

Meet the landlady and room-mate of ESC-winner Alexander Rybak.

Link to original article by Ivar Brynhildsen:

Translation by Marianne Saietz,  revision by  TessaLa and Anni Jowett

In the living room of Karin Madsen at Ljan, stays the piano where Alexander Rybak conjured “Fairytale”. Megan Sørlie (20) has followed the process from the first tone.

Continue reading Meet the room-mates of Alexander Rybak in Norstrands Blad, May 20th, 2009