Category Archives: Articles 2011

A brief interview of A. Rybak from the book “Paparazzi-2” by Alexander Zhdanov

Found and translated by Sonya Luzina, edited by Julia Bezbakh and Bita Janz

A year ago Alexander Zhdanov [Russian photographer] published the book “Paparazzi”, where he reveals some secrets about show business. And now comes it’s continuation «Paparazzi-2: stranger success ». The following is a small passage from the book, with the revelations of the singer Sasha Rybak (interview was taken in Moscow  before the final of Eurovision 2009).

“Paparazzi-2”: With a celebrity at MacDonald’s

– Hi! – I said, remembering that the artist was down to earth. – Can you give me a short interview?
– I can, – he answered. – But I’m hungry. Let’s go to McDonald’s. We can talk there, ok?
I was stunned. He wants to talk in McDonald’s? But then again, when else would I have another chance like this?… Continue reading A brief interview of A. Rybak from the book “Paparazzi-2” by Alexander Zhdanov

Article in “Se&Hør” about Alexander Rybak’s vacation in USA

An article from Friday’s issue of “Se&Hør” (08.04.2011) is found and translated by Sara Anja Ruske.

Saved the love with luxury-vacation

Text: Per Sigve Kleppe. Photos: Thomas Engstrøm

The yellow headline:

“Rybak escaped from the country after the shocking pictures”

Headline on the left upper corner:

Alexander Rybak and his doctor girlfriend Maria Strøm Slyngstad enjoy each other’s company. They are madly in love and they are determined they will stay together through thick and thin, says a friend of the couple. Continue reading Article in “Se&Hør” about Alexander Rybak’s vacation in USA

Alexander Rybak’s interviеw to Ukrainian magazine “”

An article found by Katya Zagreba in Ukrainian magazine “”, which tells about healthy food and lifestyle. It’s an issue from March 15, 2011.

Translated by Sophia Khodorovskaya and Julia Bezbakh

Alexander Rybak: “My mottos is – a healthy lifestyle!”

– Alexander, we tell readers about organic products and their advantages in our magazine, we draw attention to a healthy lifestyle and positive thinking. We’d like to ask if you know yourself, what is organic food?

– I can guess. These are the ones, which are grown in ecologically clean conditions without using any chemicals, right? Then, of course, I know it. It is popular thing all over the world.

– Which food do you prefer?

– I love buns (laughs). I’m kidding, of course. Actually the main thing for me is the food should be fresh. Also, due to the lack of time, I prefer meals, which are quick and easy to prepare. For example, I like chicken with rice, pasta. Unfortunately I absolutely don’t have time to prepare something special. Continue reading Alexander Rybak’s interviеw to Ukrainian magazine “”

An article about the possible reasons why Rybak left “Zirka+zirka-2” show

An article from Ukrainian Internet issue of “Komsomolskaya pravda” paper. 22 March 2011

Link to the original article:

Found and translated by Zhanna Sergueeva.

Alexander Rybak left the project “Star+Star-2” because of the illness?

It is not excluded that one of the reasons for his leaving was difficult temperament of his partner.

Yesterday’s broadcast of the channel’s “1 +1” project “Star+ Star-2” once again ended with a surprise unexpected by  everybody. Neither jury, nor producers, nor Alexander Rybak’s partner actress Katya Kuznetsova expected that. The Norwegian star not even hitting the nomination “to drop out” requested the microphone from the host Yuri Gorbunov and announced that he concedes his place in the project to a vote loser trio of Sergey Gorobchenko and girls NeAngeli. And this is despite the fact that the duo Rybak-Kuznetsova was not even in a number of potential outsiders of the broadcast …

In fact, there were three pairs who got the least amount of points: Anastasia Stotskaya – Oskar Kuchera, Fagot – Tala Kalatay, Gorobchenko and NeAngeli. But since one can vote only for two pairs, the jury retained by it’s will Stotskaya and Kuchera. And the results of voting showed that Gorobchenko and NeAngeli should leave the project. And then Alexander spoke. Continue reading An article about the possible reasons why Rybak left “Zirka+zirka-2” show

Alexander Rybak’s interview in Ukrainian weekly gossip columnist “Boulevard of Gordon”

Alexander Rybak is tired of being a star

Translation by Zhanna Sergueeva

Interview by Anna Shestak

– Recently I lived in a tense mode: each month I went to Kiev because of working in the project “Star + Star” which I have recently left. Only after recording four programmes I’ve understood what the judges and the producers want from me: the main thing is not how do people sing but emotions, a show.

In the early days I became totally lost: those who sang badly but in funny costumes and wigs – they received twice as many points than those who tried so hard and were dressed in normal clothes. But I decided that I would nevertheless perform in normal clothes. People should understand: all right I love your culture and what you call a creative but I also love the Scandinavian culture.

Ukrainian fans will upload a video on the Internet and Norwegians will laugh at me after looking that. How could I – a musician – start to jump around in underpants on stage? It’s not accepted for us to shock the audience like that. Not to upset the producers I’ve put on a pair of wigs and tried on a fisherman costume but then I said: “Here on the change in my image ends “. Continue reading Alexander Rybak’s interview in Ukrainian weekly gossip columnist “Boulevard of Gordon”

Alexander Rybak’s interview to Russian magazine “If only…”

Alexander Rybak: “I will never take part to Eurovision again”

An article found in the student’s magazine “If only…”

Interview by: Nadezhda Golovina

Translated by Sophia Khodorovskaya.

Everyone remembered him: even those, who didn’t watch, didn’t interest, didn’t know. And those, who didn’t like the idea of the ESC in Moscow, and all other “did not”s. Smile, which makes you weak; shining eyes, sounds of a violin, funny plot, dizzy amount of countries which voted for the song “Fairytale” – and norwegian singer and violonist with Belorussian roots became famous in one single moment. Rybak has recorded a Russian album, and records video on it in Ukraine. Cosmopolitan Alexander Rybak has told to the magasin “If only…” about his life after Eurovision, why he didn’t want to take part in Eurovision again and for whom he is going to write music in the future. Our meeting with Alexander was held in Moscow, he came there for only one day to perfom at the concert, which was dedicated to memory of great composer Mikael Tariverdiev.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak’s interview to Russian magazine “If only…”

Alexander Rybak’s interview to Ukrainian magazine “Serial”

Article was found by Valeria Platonova, translated by Sonya Luzina

Alexander Rybak plays on two fronts

Norwegian handsome fiddler manages everything: he shoots the video clip,  tours through Europe with concert, participates to the talent shows … even to two  shows simultaneously: Swedish show “Let’s Dance” and  Ukrainian show “Zirka+zirka-2″ [” Singing with the stars”].

My dance partner is always with me

– Sasha, have you immediately agreed to participate to the show “Let’s Dance”?
– I hesitated a bit before confirming. When I was a teenager I danced a little in the styles which were popular in the 90’s. Some videos can even be found on YouTube. But I was very interested to try out different styles. Now I am invited to the similar shows in other countries, for example to Russia. But I dance only in Sweden yet, and rehearse in Ukraine in between recording of “Zirka + zirka-2”
– So, your dance partner Malin Johansson comes with you? Continue reading Alexander Rybak’s interview to Ukrainian magazine “Serial”

Article from Aftonbladet about Alexander and Maria

Translation by Ingegerd Claesson

Rybak’s secret flirt

Journalists: Jessica Isaksson and Elina Wessman

Photo: Magnus Sandberg

Kissed and cuddles behind the scene of ”Let’s dance”: Her name is Maria.

After vomiting attacks and depression- hear is Alexander Rybak with a new love.
Norwegian Maria got a lot of kisses and hugs behind the cameras during the ”Let’s dance” broadcast last night.
– Her name is Maria, the best name in the world, he says.
In Nöjesbladet[section of Aftonbladet] yesterday Alexander Rybak,24, told the truth about the vomiting collapse during last week’s ”Let’s dance”. The stress and demands to always perform had almost broken him and caused depression, stomach disease and insomnia.
But all that are like blown away during the break at ”Let’s dance” yesterday, when the Norwegian kissed and cuddled with a Norwegian blond. A noticeable delighted Alexander Rybak hugs Norwegian Maria, who shyly wants to avoid attention.
– Do you want to? Or should we wait a while? Asks Alexander and eventually comes with the reporter from ”Nöjesbladet” on his own.
– You have to be two for this. But if the world allows it there will be more than reason enough to tell about it in due time, says Alexander Rybak.

Sat in the front
In yesterday’s ”Nöjesbladet” he answered cryptically whether he had a girlfriend:”I will know in two days.”
But Friday night the love seemed to be in the air, Maria sat in the front in the section for close kin, next to the boyfriend of the participant Jessica Andersson. During the break they sneaked backstage to socialize, and they sure had a hard time keeping their hands off each other.

”Hopes she is pleased”
Alexander Rybak doesn’t want to confirm their relation status, or give any details tonight.
– If one doesn’t want to talk then the other one can’t start talking. The pictures have to speak for them selfs, he says, but he can’t prevent himself from answering what the girl’s name is.
– Maria- the best name in the world!
On the other hand Alexander Rybak confirms willingly that he is feeling much better than last week.
He is radiating with energy and greatly impresses the jury with his joyful Charleston dance.
– I’m very pepped. If I had tried to be very happy before when I was realy depressed then I wouldn’t be able to be so happy for real as I am today, he says.

Do you think you impressed Maria?
– We will see about that, I hope she is pleased, says Alexander Rybak with a shy smile.

Interview of Alexander Rybak to Aftonbladet

”I was very depressed”

– Alexander Rybak

By  Jon Forsling, published in March 4, 2011
Thanks to Ingegerd Claesson , who found and translated it.

Rybak has vomited several times during ”Let’s dance” – now he speaks out about the drama. The dramatic vomiting during the live broadcast wasn’t a one-time happening. Now Alexander Rybak,24, choose to speak about what caused the drama in ”Let’s dance” last week.
– I have been very, very depressed, he says.

It was last week the Norwegian Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak, 24, unexpectedly interrupted an interview with David Hellenius in TV4’s ”Let’s dance”. He had just finished his dance performance with his partner Malin Johansson when he suddenly excused himself.
– Dear jury and David, can you entertain Malin for a minute? I just have to run to the bathroom, he said during the live broadcast and rushed out.

Start competing for real now

Afterwards he revealed that he had to go to a toilet to vomit. The reason given was a temporary stomach disease or food poisoning, but Alexander Rybak now chooses to tell Nöjesbladet[section of Aftonbladet] the truth.

– It has been like this the last weeks, I just have managed to hide it.

Do you mean that you have vomited several times during this period?

-Yes, yes. But I’m feeling much better now.

Then he starts talking and tells that the time in ”Let’s dance” have been full of physical and emotional problems:

– I haven’t had a vacation for three years. I have started to say no to some things now, but before I was trying to be an ”alpha-male” and be able to do many things at the same time. Now I’m happy that I didn’t try to be happy during those periods when I was very, very depressed. Now it feels like I can start to compete for real. ”Let’s dance is like a long distance race, now I have a completely different attitude.

Only breaths through the mouth

What was it that made you feel bad?

– It was many factors that impacted it. Private stuff that I don’t want to talk about, at the same time it was all the jobs I was doing. It didn’t give my any time to think about private matters until I was going to bed. Then I started to think about my private problems and couldn’t sleep. Then there’s a medical problem which makes it only possible to breath through my mouth, I’m getting treatment and eats a lot of tablets. I have only been healthy for ten days this year.

Have you gotten any help for this?

– Yes I have sought more professional help than I ever thought I was going to need.

Are you talking with someone or is it more of a medical help?

– Both. Everyone has stated that I’m normal. I’m just Norwegian(laugh).

What does your family say?

– It was dad who convinced me to continue with ”Let’s Dance”.
He said; ”It’s good that you listen to the doctors , but if you quit now you will always feel the pressure, because you once quit a job”.

Were you seriously thinking about leaving ”Let’s Dance”?

– Everyone around me said I should do it. But I made the best out of the situation.

After ”Let’s dance” Alexander Rybak plans to take it easier.

-I hope I will able to leave the pop-star life for a while. I have made two albums in two years, and I’m very privileged. That part of being famous is fun.
– But I do not feel that I am accomplishing anything great in the world by dancing.


Name : Alexander Igorevich Rybak. Age : 24. Lives : Oslo. Profession : Artist and composer. Family : Mother Natasha and father Igor. When asked if he has a girlfriend, Rybak answers cryptically: “I will find out in two days”. Breakthrough : On a broad front in 2009 when he won the Eurovision song song test with the song “Fairytale”. Has released two albums: “Fairytales” in 2009 and “No boundaries” in 2010. Current : Competes in TV4’s “Let’s dance” tonight, together with Malin Johansson.

Interview of Alexander Rybak to magazine “Samaya” (“The Most”)

Scan of original article:

Translated from Russian by Zhanna Sergueeva

Norwegian musician Alexander Rybak makes a very good impression – an open, smiling, slightly shy young man who simply discourages by his sincerity and naivety. And at the same time Alexander talks wisely and sensibly about a lot of things. In an exclusive interview with “Samaya” (“The Most”) the musician spoke about his new Russian album, why he doesn’t want to fall in love ever more and why he likes Americans.

Love has to flow out from friendship.

I wouldn’t like to fall in love anymore. I clearly separates these two feelings – love and affection. Being affected a man doesn’t clearly realize whether he really needs an object of his dreams but yet loses control over his emotions. This feeling is destructive. It is impossible to build a true relationship on it’s basis. Therefore I think that love should flow out from friendship. This is the only way to create strong family.

Don’t hesitate to smile at strangers.

Recently my new album “Europe’s Skies” has been released. I recorded entire six songs in russian. I wanted somehow to make a special declaration of love to the beautiful country of Russia and I decided to do it that way. The creation of the album was inspired by nature. It’s a nature that mostly inspires me generally but not women for example. I like to travel. I have been to many places, but I liked America most of all. I am impressed that people there don’t hesitate to smile at each other in contrast to Russia. And yet in America they don’t worry too much for trifles, there they think globally.

Fairytale in reality.

Music to my most famous song “Faitytale” I wrote within just five minutes standing on top of one norwegian mountain. For the creation of this music I was inspired by nature itself. When I was writing the text on this music I was remembering somehow my failed first love. All my songs I first show my mother: she likes almost everything I do. My father is much stricter, so when he liked the song “Faitytale”, I realized that I had written a real hit. And immediately I began thinking about how it would be cool to go with this song to Eurovision Song Contest. By the way many people ask me if I was scared to perform at the Eurovision. The answer is: not scared at all, because I’m a violinist and I used to perform much more complicated stuff like the classics. Therefore a performance of this easy song was just an amusement for me.

I want to be like the wind.

I really like the crazy rhythm, I want to keep up everywhere. And that my feature once have been noticed by my girl friend. She told me so: “You are like the wind, you want to be everywhere, to embrace everything!” And I was very pleased that she has understood me. Perhaps it was the most pleasant words I ever heard to my address. And I am happy when people tell me about my kindness, that I am attentive to the people, not indifferent to them.

True friendship.

Since I became famous I have got many friends. But they constantly request me about something: someone wants to sing a duet with me, someone asks me to promote his album and stuff like that. Don’t think that it offends me: I think it’s quite ok. But I have one friend, also a violinist, who never and in no way tries to use me. Its him I consider as my best friend. We share almost everything, always call up. We like to play together computer games very much and dedicate at least two hours a day to it.

How to train your dragon.

Recently I had an interesting experience: I voiced the role of the protagonist in the Norwegian version of the cartoon “How to Train Your Dragon”. And I was invited to voice two versions of this movie at once – russian and norwegian. But with the russian one it went wrong, I’m not very fluent in that language often mispronouncing words. I have realized that I can’t speak Russian correctly and give my soul to it simultaneously. Therefore I had to refuse from working on the Russian version.


  • Favorite fairy tale – “Finist – Bright Falcon.”
  • Favorite dish – dried fish.
  • Favorite songs – “Komarovo”, “Old Maple”, “I asked an ash-tree”.
  • Favorite hobby – computer games.
  • Favorite city – Minsk.

Interview of Alexander and Malin to

Many thanks to Vera Bernäng, who found and translated it.

“It feels like hell”

By Emelie Molinder

Alexander Rybak has many strings on his violin. In “Let’s Dance” has the norwegian showed that he can both dance in high heels and charm the swedish TV viewers.

Are the costumes important?

-Yes, it wouldn’t have been so fun to dance walz with Malin if she wore a salsa skirt. Everything should be right.

You’ve danced in high heels, how is that?

– It feels like hell. It’s hard to wear high heels and at the same time try to look masculine. It’s like trying to wrinkle your eyebrows and look happy at the same time.

– I think that a man is the most masculine when he has a feminine side,- said Alexanders dance partner Malin.

Continue reading Interview of Alexander and Malin to

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

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)

Nights in Stockholm. Rybak and others from Let’s dance


The article  was published in “Sport Baldet”, January 20th, 2011

Link to the original:

(English translation by Mary-Ann H., Russian translation by Sofia Khodorovskaya)

Frank Anderson and Alexander Rybak gamble on horse races at Solvalla.

– I won SEK 10 000, said Frank Anderson.

Throughout the week Frank Anderson, 54, and Alexander Rybak, 24, practicing jive and tango for “Let’s Dance” on Friday. Continue reading Nights in Stockholm. Rybak and others from Let’s dance

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)

Article about ALexander in “Let’s dance”. Norwegian paper issue “Her og Naa”, 10.11.11

(found and translated by Tessa La)

Rybak and his dance partner deny romance rumors

Before and after Alexander Rybak’s dance debut in Sweden, the romance rumors were swarming. To the Her and Nå he denies that there is any romance.
“Here Alexander is flirting wildly”,- wrote the Swedish newspaper Expressen after Alexander Rybak and his dance partner Malin Johansson had performed their English waltz in the opening program of “Let’s Dance” on Swedish TV4 on Friday night. Continue reading Article about ALexander in “Let’s dance”. Norwegian paper issue “Her og Naa”, 10.11.11

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