Alexander Rybak, the hero of Moscow Eurovision made it to Lisbon not without good reason
Source: mk.ru Published: 23.04.2018, Text: Artur Gasparjan Published in the paper issue №27673 “Moskovsky Komsomolets” on the 27th April 2018.
Translated by Mónika Menyhért, revised by Karina Solberg and Anni Jowett
Any day now, the first rehearsals of the Eurovision Song Contest-2018 will start in Lisbon. The current theme of the musical “Olympics” “All Aboard” symbolises not only the completion of the nightmare for the organisers because of last year’s squabbles around the “Crimean greetings in a wheelchair” from Russia, which led to a boycott by the very same Russia of the contest in Kiev, but it has other, more pleasant meanings: for example, a record number of countries – 43 –, including the same Russia with the same Julia Samoylova, who will finally realise her pink dream of participating in the contest, as well as the presence of extremely iconic characters of the Eurovision circus. One of these cherries on the cake was the appearance of the famous Norwegian-Belarusian Alexander Rybak among the contestants.
Alexander Rybak performed at the “Victoriadagen” concert.
“Victoriadagen” (The Victoria Day) is a tribute to Crown Princess Victoria’s birthday. The celebrations usually take place on the island of Öland, where the Swedish Royal family spends their summer holiday. This year Alexander was one of the artists who performed at the concert for the Crown Princess.
Here is a playlist of Alexander’s performances, “Fattig Bonddräng” together with Kalle Moreaus, “Jealous” and “Song From a Secret Garden”.
Alexander also gave a short interview to the “Victoriadagen” Magazine.
How does it feel to perform in Sweden again and this time even for the Swedish Royal Family?
-What I like the most in life is to travel and play together with other people. And finally get to play at Øland (Sweden) for the Crown Princess together with great Swedish artists, is in fact a dream that came true.
-Some Swedes may remember me from the TV-show “Let’s Dance”, but most of my career has not been about dance but about violin play. I am still practising 3-4 hours per day to develop my talent.
What other career plans do you have in addition to perform at the “Victoriadagen”?
-In Norway it is soon the premier of my own musical, which is based on my children’s book “Trolle”. I like to work with children and have had the pleasure to take part in several music seminars in Sweden, where I have tried to inspire children and show them new ways of playing and experience music genres.
Tell us about your new song.
-My latest song I have called “Mamma” (Mom), because it is written for my Mom, but I’m not sure if that is the right song for the Crown Princess’s birthday. I will perform something special for both the Crown Princess and the audience in Borgholm.
The “Kjempesjansen”- winner Alexander Rybak shows the way in “Urørt’s” Grieg project. He has recorded his own music inspired by Grieg, but will not make a pure style-copy
NRK.no’s Urørt/Grieg-project has started. From 13th. February 2007 you can upload music you have made yourself on NRK.no/Urørt.
Article from nrk.no, published 12.2.2007. Text and photo: Anne Christine Bratt / NRK. Translated by TessaLa, revised by Anni Jowett
One who already has been inspired by Grieg to make new music is the “Kjempesjansen” -winner Alexander Rybak from Nesodden. He won the talent competition on NRK with self-made music where he both sang and played violin. The song he performed seemed more influenced by American music than the essence of Norway, but Alexander tells that through the years he has been inspired by a lot of different music, including Grieg. Continue reading Listen to Alexander Rybak’s music inspired by Edvard Grieg→
Source:Тelegid.com. Published: 23.04.2018., Text: Yegor Yelkin; Photos provided by the press-service of Alexander Rybak
Translated by Mónika Menyhért, revised by Evghenia Skripnik
Never say never — it’s about our hero. He himself could not imagine that after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 he would again enter the stage as a contestant. But the fate gave him yet another chance — the singer again represents Norway.
— Alexander, does the song “That’s How You Write a Song” really reflect your approach to writing tracks?
— Sometimes, in order to convey the meaning and message, you need to simplify the text. Writing a song is actually just a metaphor of faith in your ideas, whether it’s about sports, business, music or something completely different! I give people confidence in themselves and their strength!
This is how they work with Alexander Rybak’s stage show in Lisbon
Source: Published 20.04.2018 onescNorge.net in Norwegian Text: Anders Maritinius Tangen. Translated by TessaLa, revision Anni Jowett
It’s just about week before Alexander Rybak and the rest of the Norwegian delegation have their first rehearsal on the stage in Lisbon. We at escNorge have checked out a little about how the preparations are going, how the stage show will be and what Alexander Rybak will do to raise awareness for the Norwegian entry “That’s How You Write a Song”. Continue reading Alexander Rybak’s preparations for Eurovision in Lisbon→
Alexander Rybak: Had a nervous breakdown and reached the end of his limits: I have changed.
Text: Linn-Christin Marthinussen Translated by Jorunn Ekre, revised by Anni Jowett.
MGP WINNER: Alexander Rybak won the Norwegian MGP finale, and will represent Norway in Lisbon in May. The former Eurovision winner received a text message from a very special person after the triumph. Reporter: Linn-Christin Marthinussen / Video / clip: Ørjan Ryland
Alexander Rybak thinks he is better equipped for Eurovision now than he probably was nine years ago.
– It has sunk in now. The victory feels good, says a quiet but obviously satisfied Alexander Rybak (31) when Dagbladet meets him on top of Oslo Plaza on Sunday afternoon.
The artist made history when he won the Eurovision final in 2009. Nine years later the 31 year old could once again rejoice when he won the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix on Saturday.
Alexander Rybak has learned how to handle a racing mindset and depression
He experiences an eternal mindset, can suddenly be depressed. And smiles less than before. Still, Alexander Rybak (31) has never felt better.
Source: VG Published on VG+ 26.02.2018 – Updated 02.03.2018. Published in VG paper issue 3.3.2018. Text by Lena Storvand. Photo: Gøran Bohlin Translation by Jorunn Ekre and TessaLa. Revision Anni Jowett
A few hours more now, and it will be over . Then the forehead suddenly will feel so easy. Then the heavy mind will be replaced with joy. He knows it well, it’s like this every time the soul darkens. He never knows when the light is muted, that’s what sucks, that there’s no explanation for it.
The racing mindset (Tankekjøret)
Alexander Rybak, the artist
His thoughts have given Alexander Rybak some challenging downers. Now he returns to Melodi Grand Prix.
An explanation: The Norwegian word “Tankekjør” has no has exact English translation. They are not even sure of the definition in Norwegian. But some dictionaries suggest “Racing thoughts, racing mindset, my brain is racing, and so on. In this article we have chosen to use “racing mindset”
Alexander Rybak without his Mom Natasha is like his violin without strings.
Source: Paper issue of the Norwegan celebritry magazine Her og Nå. Published 13.02.2018. Text: Lise Lotte Winther-Bay. Photo: Morten Bendiksen, Private.
Found and translated by Jorunn Ekre. Revised by Anni Jowett.
– It’s important to me to listen to Mom, asserts Alexander Rybak in his natural charming way.
– She sees who I really am. For instance she can say: “I know you are good at playing, Sasha (his mom’s pet name for him, editorial remark) but you can be even better. Thanks to her honesty and love I have grown a lot.
It’s about respect for each other, he thinks. And about having had a good upbringing.
Eurosong.hr has recently interviewed Alexander Rybak about his return to Eurovision and asked him some interesting questions. We bring part of the interview here. The full version you can read HERE, and the Croatian version you’ll find HERE
Grandmother of Alexander Rybak, in Vitebsk, told about her grandson to the reporter of “Vitbichy”
Published: 6.3.2014. Source: vitbichi.by Text and photos: Natalya Drozdova Translated from Russian by Mónika Menyhért
I went to visit the grandmother of Sasha Rybak, a charming Norwegian guy with Belarusian roots, who wasn’t famous when waking up that day, but he was when falling asleep on the night of his triumphant victory with the piercing song Fairytale at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 in Moscow. Maya Borisovna watched her grandson’s performance on television exactly in this apartment on Chernyakhovsky Avenue in Vitebsk, along with her sister Natasha, and … she is thinking back now:
Who: Alexander Rybak (31) What: Artist. Why: Participates in MGP with the song “That’s How You Write a Song”.
Source: Dagsavisen.no Text: Espen H. Rusdal. Photo: Julia Nagelstad. Found by Ulli C. Translated by Tessa La
Now you’re in MPG again. Is it like returning to familiar ground?
– Hee, hee certainly not. The only thing in common for 2009 and 2018 is that Oslo Spektrum seems as awesome as before. And I really look forward to joining Norway’s biggest music festival. Continue reading Alexander Rybak ready for MGP 9 years later→
Alexander Rybak was in a deeply romantic mood when he wrote “To Julie” for his girlfriend Julie Gaarud Holm.
Julie turns 23 years old today and was overwhelmed early this morning by her artist boyfriend.
Source: VG.no Text: Stein Østbø. Photo: private
English translation Jorunn Ekre. Revision: Anni Jowett
– Getting a music piece by Alexander on my birthday was really fantastic. How lucky I am! When I saw the music video, I was so shocked that I became speechless and let the tears speak for themselves, Julie Gaarud Holm says smiling.