Can you Guess the Lyrics? Rybak style!
How well do you know the words to Alexander Rybak’s Music? It’s time to put your mind to the test. See if you can finish these lyrics!
How well do you know the words to Alexander Rybak’s Music? It’s time to put your mind to the test. See if you can finish these lyrics!
Alexander’s greeting to all women on Woman’s Day, posted on his Facebook, and video of the beautiful tribute song played on the show “One to One” today. Enjoy!
“HAPPY 8th OF MARCH, GIRLS!
I say girls, not ladies. Because no matter what age you are, no matter if you’re a mother or grandmother, you still seem to always have fun. And that’s why you will always remain girls to me. 😉
Today is an important day, and yet we celebrate it so differently in different countries:
On Valentine’s Day, February 14th 2010, the Alexander Rybak International Fansite was opened as a Valentine’s gift for Alexander and his fans. “Fans for Fans” in support of our guy was our motto back then and it still is.
5 years later we´re still going strong with our mission to collect, record, translate and share news about our favorite violinist, singer and composer, the versatile Alexander Rybak .
So, what do you know about Alex? Take our Birthday Quiz and find out 🙂
Quiz made by Bita J. Anniversary picture made by Lulu Barcelo. Revision Katie Anderson
And how did you do? Share your result on FB, Twitter or Tumblr and let us now:)
What do you think about the Quiz, and what do you think about the Fansite? We will be happy for feedback in comments.
2014 will soon be over and we are summing up the new music released through the year where Alexander has taken part as composer, lyrics writer or performer. And we counted 24 new ones from 2014, not bad. Some songs are released worldwide, some only in Norway and some only as official videos on youtube so far. This is just a listing of the songs, click the links for more info on each song.
“Into a Fantasy” – Alexander Rybak link to more
“What I long for” – Alexander Rybak link to more
“Live It” Qatar Handball 2015 Official Anthem link to more
1. If you could play music to (or with) one of your favorite fictional characters, who would you chose and why? Emily B, England.
Mickey Mouse. Because everything he does, touches to gold
2. Hei Alex, do you know Dimmu Borgir? What do you think about their metal music? Jørn, Norway.
Love them! Lots of different moods. Actually I’m trying to get in touch with the vocalist. I have an idea.
red.an. Dimmu Borgir is a Norwegian symphonic black metal band from Oslo, Norway, formed in 1993.
Finally, after a summer or a winter depending on which hemisphere you reside, we proudly can present the answers to some of the questions you sent us in April. We were so happy with your participation, 160+ people from 36 countries posted more than 240 questions, on our English site here: and our Russian site here.Thank you so much, both for your questions and your patience.
A map that shows the countries where we got questions from.
It was no April joke from us, and it was first meant to be published in connection with the release of “Into a Fantasy”, but because of, among other things, a busy schedule it was postponed until now.
And here we present the selection of questions and answers. A big thank you to Alexander for those really great answers. Click on the questionary picture to get to the Q&A page.
Tonight it’s 5 years since Alexander Rybak won the Norwegian ESC selection, MGP with his Fairytale.To celebrate we asked for a little interview. So here it is, fresh from New York, where Alexander has a concert to conclude the seminar he has held for young talented children there this week.
Looking back at the last 5 years, have they turned out the way you hoped for, and what would you do differently if you won ESC today, based on the experience you have had?
AR: I may have trusted my instincts more, instead of doing everything as I was told to, by the book. But fortunately I understood this pretty fast, and now I am the master of my own life.
Today it’s been exactly 5 years since our favourite fiddler won Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian selection for ESC.
We celebrate the day with a look back on the night it happened.
Tonight our favourite Fiddler celebrates with a spectacular concert that is concluding a seminar in New York together with the children of the Trinity School.
Happy Valentine’s Day
… and Happy Birthday to Alexander Rybak International Fansite! 🙂
The fansite was opened on 14th February 2010 as a Valentine gift to Alexander and all his fans.
The magic is that this gift is still bringing new #SmallPleasures almost daily.
So if you don’t get any other presents today, like many of us, you at least can enjoy the fansite.
We hope you do:)
Team Alexander Rybak International Fansite
Today, 7th February, exactly 5 years ago, the first public performance of Fairytale was shown on Norwegian TV. The occasion was the semi-final of the Norwegian ESC selection, Melodi Grand Prix.
We celebrate the 5 years with 7 different performances of Fairytale from around the world. They are not selected because they are the best, but because they are in different settings.
Since the Olympic Games in Sochi starts today, we wish everybody good luck with the games.
February 7th 2009, at the Melodi Grand Prix semifinal in Skien, Norway.
Alexander captured many hearts this night.
So over the weekend we asked the fans “Do you have any favourite TV-performances from our Fiddler?” And we got many replies, 25 different performances of other songs than Fairytale were suggested. We present a little selection here and will come back with another posting with the performances of Fairytale.
Here are the videos in chronological order with info about each occasion and comments from the fans:
May 23rd, 2009 – appearance at the show of Paul de Leeuw “Mooi! Weer De Leeuw” (Great! De Leeuw again), Almere (Netherlands)
Anna, Poland. If I had to choose my favourite I think it would be the improvisation with Paul de Leeuw: I was sooooo impressed when I saw it for the first time long time ago and I still am
Ellen, The Netherlands. His improvisation is so impressive, amazing. Every time again I get goose bumps watching and hearing it and I’m proud they performed it in my country
Laila, Norway. This is a true gem.
Marijke, The Netherlands. My favourite is ‘ ‘t is of De Wereld Vergaat’. The improvisation with Paul de Leeuw. It was one week after ESC that Alexander was in the Netherlands. He did not know the song but he just improvised in such a beautiful way. It was amazing!
Marit, Norway. My reason for this is that I was so impressed. I am not so convinced today that he had not heard the song before, but the performance is beautiful anyway. His innocence is still there.
September 11th, 2009 – appearance as guest at TV-show “Go’kväll” (Good evening), Umeå (Sweden)
Ebba, Sweden. LOVE this one!!!
Mary-Ann, Sweden. His best performance ever of my favourite song Funny Little World in Swedish show Gokväll (2009). Actually it was this special moment that made me run to buy his CD… and the rest is history.
Sara Anja, Norway. The best version ever of FLW.
October 23rd, 2009 – appearance at the anniversary concert of Alexandra Pakhmutova and the first performance of song “Stariy Klion”, Moscow (Russia).
Jorunn, Norway. His performance of Stariy Klion is also wonderful.
Kirsten Marie, Norway. The most charming performance.
Marit, Norway. My first thought went to Stariy Klion . He performs in Russia at a songwriter’s birthday. She sits by the piano and he is not dressed at all for the occasion. Do you know what I mean? I think he sings beautiful and fills the stage. And looks handsome.
May Elisabeth, Norway. It’s one of my favourites, too.
December 9th, 2010 – Guest performance at the anniversary-concert of the composer Michael Tariverdiev, Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow (Russia).
Erica, Lithuania. One of my favourites is Ya sprosil u yasenya, because it’s a very emotional performance.
Hilde, Norway. One of my favourites is this one. I loved this song on the concert videos coming to YouTube from the first concerts in Ukraine, and so did the wife of the composer of the song. So he was invited to do this on the memorial show for the great Russian composer Michael Tariverdiev. Lovely and emotional performance of Alexander.
Susanne, Germany. Alexander’s wonderful and emotional performance made me love this song so much that I started to learn Russian.
January 15th, 2011 – Guest appearance at Norwegian MGP semi-final together with “Keep of Kalessin”, Ørland (Norway).
Sara Anja, Norway. This blew me away.
Anni, England. Alexander Rybak proves once again there are no boundaries when it comes to handling any genre. He totally rocked that stage.
January 21st, 2012 – TV-appearance in the final of the Danish MGP as guest-performer and chairman of the Norwegian jury. Gigantium, Aalborg (Denmark).
Aneta , Poland. I like this one because of the melody of “Satellite”.
Marianne, Denmark. It’s in my country and it was a great surprise to hear this first version of his medley.
April 5th, 2012 – Musical performance in the TV-show “Påskekveld”, live-broadcasted on NRK1 from Geilo ( Norway).
Jorunn, Norway. His performance of Dagdrøm from Påskekveld on NRK1. I have always loved this song, and I always enjoy hearing it live, too.
Larissa, Germany. I love this performance of Alexander on TV, because it took place when I had my 16th birthday and this song touched my soul very much. It’s a wonderful piece of music which enchants me again and again every time I listen to it.
May Elisabeth, Norway. The very first public performance of this beautiful piece, and I was watching it live on NRK. He was playing outdoors in freezing temperatures. I have loved that piece from this moment.
Venche, Norway. Without doubt.
Dear friends! Exactly 3 years ago Alexander won Norwegian MGP final with “Fairytale” and everything turned upside down in his and ours lives!:)) The majority of his fans all over the world got to know him a bit later, when he won International Eurovision Contest in Moscow, but many Norwegians should remember that day, 21st February 2009;)) Happy anniversary, Alexander!:)))
So, we’d like to celebrate this date and to present you, guys, the video from the Final of Norwegian MGP 2009, the whole story, from his first appearance, through all the exiting voting and to the winning performance:) Enjoy!
Recording and video editing by Venche M. English translation by Tessa La. Russian translation by Zhanna S. Subs by Julia B.
drawing by Angelina Udalova
Today we are having 2 year anniversary of the Official Fansite of Alexander Rybak! 14 February 2010 it was opened to the world, and we have been working hard to update you all with the fresh and interesting information about Alexander! Continue reading Happy Birthday FACEBOOKIES.ORG!
It was Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2010, when our funny little world began its journey on the internet. This site was started by the Facebookies, friends of Alexander who met each other online, with the ambition to create the top Official International Fansite of Alexander, to gather every single piece of information related to him and to help people get acquainted with his incredible music, personality and talent.
Today, our funny little word is still here, always fresh with the latest news, translations, photos, fan art and videos. It counts almost 45.000 individual visitors from 131 countries, 565 posts and 2256 comments. And the most important, it keeps connecting people from all around the world through Alexander and music.
who kept this project alive throughout the year with your contributions, your comments and your love!
And of course, our thanks goes to Alexander, who brought us together and changed our lives!
Hello our dear Rybak Planet News’s readers!
Our newspaper-boys are already out in the streets of the Rybak Planet, delivering the very fresh 4th issue!! If you are interested in reading it, please send an e-mail with your name and your e-mail address to:
and it will be send to you right away!
We hope you will enjoy reading it, as much as we had making it for ALL of you!!
The Editor Renia Thenou
And to make you more curious, as always please see the page from fresh issue;))
Check the RPN’s video too:
A new amazing video by Mirridin Din, with material from three Facebookies, Julia, Ira and Lilya, who were at Alexander’s music video shooting in Yalta, Ukraine!
by Anna Ivonina
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”).
Composed by Irina Ischenko
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
Yes, yes, yes, we are celebrating today! The very first anniversary of our beloved thread on Alex’s Official Facebook page!
It was started on 30th June 2009 and it became the place, which has united so much Facebookies together! It is the place where our first “missions” were born…..It is the place where we all met, communicate a lot and became a real friends:) So, it is officially announced a big PARTY today!:)) Continue reading HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the NB-Thread!!!!!!!!!
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Dear friends, FaceBookies, shadow readers and newcomers!
Dear Fiddler’s Bunch!
Dear Team Rybak!
The Team FaceBookies.Org wishes you all a Happy Easter!
[And risking her grand career as a Rybak’s FaceBookie and her top manager position on the FaceBookies.Org – actually, her life, as well -, Irena wishes Happy Easter to Didrik Solli-Tangen!
*dialing the number of FBI (FaceBookIntellegence) to apply for the witness protection program right this moment*]
Composed by Irina Ischenko
View Where und When and We? in a larger map – made by Milena W
blue smiley = Facebookies were there
figures = that’s us!
smiley = past event of Alex
red exclamation mark = fans from these countries wrote on the Official Facebook Page of Alexander Rybak (from 80 countries by now)
If you would like to mark your country or youself here, please write to the FaceBookie Milena 🙂
(written by Irena Bay)
“EUROPE MEETS THE FIDDLER“
Once upon a time, there was a fiddler from the North.
The fiddler was poor and had only a dream, a fiddle and a song. But he had yet another thing: He had love. Once he heard of a princess living in a country behind the seven seas and the seven mountains called Russia. It was said that the love of this princess was magical: Her love could make your dreams come true … It could lift you up where you belong … It could heal you … It could give sense to your past, present and future. (At least, this is what some people believe). Without having met her, the fiddler fell head over heels for her and thought of her night and day. He was determined to win her over, come what may! (Hey, I am rhyming again, hahaha!)
He took his dream, fiddle, song and love and walked by foot around the whole wide world to find her. When he arrived in the village called Moscow, the people were in the middle of big preparations. He asked a village woman what they were going to celebrate and she replied euphorically, “The wedding of the princess!” The fiddler stopped breathing for a while! He felt as if his heart shattered in his chest into million glass pieces. He asked the woman, “Whom is she marrying?” “Well, nobody knows! Not even she! Her father, our king, was unhappy for a very long time, because she never had fallen in love. She rejected all the suitors from all over the world: there were princes and knights and Academy Awards winners, but no one could touch her soul. Her father started to give up hope. But then,” the face of the woman illuminated, “she announced that she had dreamt of the ONE! In her dream, she looked up to the blue moon and saw how the stars started to move and to twirl, faster and faster, and then suddenly they came together in the shape of a white, silverly-shining dolphin on the dark-blue nightly sky. The dolphin jumped over the full moon, swam through the air to the princess and told her wordlessly that she should invite all young men to compete with each other with a song, unknown to the world, and that she shall marry the winner!” (“What a nonsense!” the princess thought after waking up that night, “I should never eat spicy Thai food that late at night!” But since she was bored, she decided to do as the dream dolphin had told her to.)
As the fiddler heard this, the sun of hope came out through the clouds and he jumped to the woman and kissed her! “He’s nuts!”, she shrugged and continued to clean the fish in her hands watching the boy running to the castle, bumping into people and falling over things.
That night, all the singers assembled in the castle before the king’s throne in the big, luxurious, modern hall. Those who did not find room in the hall, pressed their noses on the window panes from outside, chewing popcorn and awaiting the contest. After each song, million of heads turned in sync to the princess to check her reaction. But she looked bored and sad.
Then the fiddler came out in a white shirt and a black vest. He walked through the crowd clinging firmly to his violin and biting nervously his lip. Here he was, after all those sleepless nights of dreaming and hoping, finally at the end of his journey. He went up to the king and then he saw Europe: Seeing her face took his breath away! There, in her face, he saw himself! He *bonked*! He ran with his hand through his hair, took a breath and started to play his song.
When he was done, there was a complete silence in the whole country. A minute passed … and then another minute. And then Europe jumped from her throne and ran over to the fiddler to embrace him in a passionate, all-consuming, perfect kiss!
They married that night and the magic star dolphin exploded in multi-colored fireworks in the sky over their heads. (Next day, the fiddler had the worst hang-over of his life, but he didn’t mind and gave interviews anyway! :P)
Since the fiddler had to go on tour through the world, Europe felt lonely and missed the fiddler a lot. So the king Kjell Arild created a page on facebook called “The Official Facebook Page of Alexander Rybak” for Europe to keep contact with the traveling fiddler. The fiddler would send sms and little videos from his journey to the king, and the king would post them on facebook for Europe to read, see and RollOnTheFloorLaughingHerButtOff.
But Europe was not a girl, even though she was a princess. Europe actually was many many people from all over the world, who started to meet on the Official Facebook Page of Alexander Rybak and have a great time. They called themselves Rybak’s FaceBookies.
After a while, it was not enough for them to talk to each other on facebook and they wanted to meet in real life.
They started to meet each other in groups in the Russian-speaking countries to greet the fiddler, when he would come for promotion appearances and concerts to Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
Three FaceBookies from the Czech Republic, whom we call the “Czech Musketeers”, took a car and drove with it through the whole Europe to the north and followed the fiddler and his bunch on their Norway concert tour in the summer.
Meanwhile, nearly 30 FaceBookies got inspired by the fiddler’s story and his music, and decided to make him a gift that would show him the influence he had on their lives. They wanted to say “thank you” to him for the joy he spreads in the world and for the fact that they had found each other on his Official Facebook page. So they, who had never met each other in their lives, set together in a virtual secret cave on facebook and wrote a BOOK for him and about him. They named it “Alexander Rybak’s story Retold by Rybak’s FaceBookies”. In October 2009, they travelled to Olso to go to his concert together and to give him the BOOK.
By the way, if you want to have your own copy of the Book send your request here and you will receive it on your e-mail in PDF.
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After that, many other Rybak’s FaceBookies from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus met each other at the end of November and shook down the concert hall in Moscow singing with the fiddler.
The FaceBookies were on the spot to greet the fiddler in New York City, too! (And they traveled to NY all the way from California and Canada!)
Shortly after that, the Russian-speaking group called “Alexander Rybak’s Facebook Friends” and the original Rybak’s FaceBookies officially united under the name “Rybak’s FaceBookies” and got the logo designed by the “Russian Bunch” – you won’t be suprised to find out at this moment in my story that the logo shows – what else? – a magic dolphin! 😀
In December 2009, the Western European FaceBookies were planning to meet each other in Berlin/Germany for yet another concert. But unfortunately, things went wrong and the concert was cancelled. The FaceBookies were very sad about that, since they had been looking forward to it (for some of them, it was the only chance to see the fiddler on stage, and they even had had to get a visa – and if the fiddler can’t come to your country, you must go to where the fiddler is, right?).
They decided to go to Berlin any way, even though the concert had been cancelled: to meet each other again or for the very first time. An incredible thing happened then: the fiddler (who was sad about the cancelled concerts in Germany, too) heard about the meeting of the FaceBookies and decided to drop by and hang out with them for an hour! :)))
Now, we are dreaming of a even bigger FaceBookies meeting! Some place where the Western European and the Russian-speaking FaceBookies can meet and go together to a concert of the enchanted, enchanting boy!
And, if it happens (and it will happen, for sure, some day!), then we will return to facebook to write our reports for everyone who could not come, as we have been doing it up till now! We will write our story of how we met the fiddler, describe the magic of his playing on stage and the fun we had with each other.
And how many are we? We are way too many to be counted! There are active FaceBookies and less active FaceBookies. There are shadow-reading FaceBookies, who jump out of the shadow once in a while, and then there are silent shadow-reading people whose giggle we hear, but whom we never see. So, maybe you, yourself, are a FaceBookie! There is an easy way to find that out! Do this little questionnaire:
Am I a FaceBookie?
If you answer “yes” to the following questions, then you have been Rybak’s FaceBookie all along:
1. Does Alexander Rybak bring joy into your life?
2. Do you hang out on his Official Facebook Page?
3. Do you have fun there?
Result: You are, indeed, a Facebookie!! :DDD
What do Rybak’s FaceBookies do?
1. They spend a lot of time liking the smurf aka the fiddler.
2. They spend a lot of time cracking jokes on his Official Facebook Page and RollingOnTheFloor
3. They search for information/news on the fiddler, translate it for each other and share it with each other.
(See at the Rybak’s Facebookies group on Facebook or visit Youtube channels of the Facebookies, for instance. But but there is so much more! Just check the Fan’s wall on the Official Facebook Page.)
4. They meet each other traveling great distances and go to the fiddler’s concerts!
5. Now point Nr. 5 is very special !!! This is what makes us different from other fan groups: We write our reports about meeting and/or seeing the fiddler on stage!
By now we have a huuuuuuuuge library with such reports from all over the world and, our communication system is growing every day! Hardly ever, a concert goes by, which was not attended by one of our “spies” :))) In other words, if there is a concert — the FaceBookies are there and will report soon with their pics and videos. We are the first to know! (I heard that we know it sometimes before Kjell and even Alex himself know it!! On the other hand, maybe it’s just a rumour, who knows, who knows … 😀 )
And now it’s your turn:
Tell us your story of meeting the fiddler! We can’t wait to read it!
(Written by Irena Bay)
Once upon a time, there was a boy who had a dream of making people smile – a dream of telling them a story with his song. His dream came true!
It was on May 16th, 2009, in the Russian capital Moscow, when Alexander Rybak’s song, smile and fiddle enchanted the hearts of the people of Europe. It won him the Eurovision Song Contest trophy and awarded him with the highest number of points ever achieved in the contest: 387! Ever since that day, mobile phones all over Europe, and in the rest of the world too, ring the melody of “Fairytale” into outer space! 🙂
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and to be loved in return!”
Alexander Rybak was born as a cute, stubborn and talented baby on May 13th, 1986, in Minsk, Belarus (which was part of the Soviet Union back then) to pianist Natalia and the violinist Igor. When Alexander was three years old, his father Igor went touring with a musical ensemble, and before he realized what had hit him, he helplessly “left his heart in Norway”! He decided to stay there. Strange times began for the little family: the mother Natalia was left alone in Belarus with the little boy, while the father Igor worked very hard in Oslo for a few years to save up money so that he would be able to bring his family over to this Scandinavian country. It must have been a lonely and difficult time for all of them.
But then the BIG day arrived! Alexander, who was five years old, and his mother took a train to Oslo. They traveled for two days through the heart of Europe to be greeted by Alex’s father and the fresh Norwegian air. Soon, they found a house in Nesodden – a district on the peninsula Nesoddtangen in the Osloer fjord (which is a salt-water lake). They still live in Nesodden to this date, by the way.
Throughout this time, Alexander was taught how to play the piano, and when they arrived in Norway, his father started to teach him how to play the violin. Very soon, Igor realized that his son had great potential in music, and decided to direct his son’s focus onto the violin.
While most Norwegian kids would be busy playing outside, Alexander had to stay in and play the violin for hours on end each day. “This stinks!” he would think. “I don’t want to!” he would tell his parents. It was no use. At times, this caused Alex to become very frustrated and angry. To calm him down, his parents bought him LEGOs to play with. That made it a bit better! 🙂
Life was not so easy for the young fiddler. He did not speak Norwegian, and thus could not understand the kids at school and they could not understand him. This made the little boy sad. Some of the kids weren’t so nice to him either – he looked different, dressed different, and played the violin aaaaall theeee tiiiime! Unfortunately, some children bullied him because of this. Luckily, he did manage to find a couple of close friends, and they helped him get by each day.
Later, when he reached the age of ten and started attending the music school in Olso called “The Barratt Due Academy”, Alex was making lots of friends. How did he manage to do so, you ask? By cracking jokes! That’s why he is so funny today – he’s been goofing around ever since he was a child;) And that’s one thing what we like about him: his sense of humor!
But cracking jokes was not enough to make the girls like him. He thought about that a lot. So, he decided to become a singer! (Well, you know, ’cause the girls like singers! ;)) But how could he do that? He thought some more.
Meanwhile, being a student of the music school, the fiddler realized that his teachers and parents wanted him to perform music in a more conventional manner. That wasn’t exactly what he wanted to hear. So, he fought with them, trying to play music they way it was supposed to be played according to his heart. Sometimes he won the fights; at other times, he was not heard.
Alexander soon began to realize the three important things which would influence his life forever:
Most people did not believe in Alex’s vision of how music should be played, and so one of the greatest obstacles he faced was to actually get people to listen to him. However, once he managed to do so, the surprise on his audience’s faces – the eyes that sparkled with dreams and the smiles that illuminated the entire room – was the greatest thing he had ever witnessed! The feeling that overcame him when he could make people smile in such a way was “fantastisk” (Norwegian for “fantastic”). He reached the conclusion that one must always do what their heart urges is best, despite what all others might claim.
“Someday, you all will see it!” And he was right: we all see it now. 🙂
Things are very complicated in life. For example, he was born in Belarus, but lived most of his life in Norway. Is he Belarusian or Norwegian? He would always be considered Norwegian to the Belarusians and Belarusian to the Norwegians. Very confusing, as you see. There are no right or wrong answers, so how does one answer them? The trick is to keep it simple! “My roots are human!” Alexander realized that the most beautiful things in the world are often simple: the air up in the mountains of the Norwegian island Giske, for instance. Or Norwegian folk songs and old Soviet movie soundtracks: their melodies are beautiful because they are simple. Or girls smiling: just a smile, a simple smile, and he lost his head again! Yes, yes – he thought a looooot about girls!
When you try new things, you are bound to make mistakes – ’cause you’ve never done it before! That makes sense. He will make mistakes, and learn from them. He knows that he should never lose faith in himself, try to be someone he’s not, or says things that other people want him to say. It’s better to make mistakes rather than to stop being truthful to one’s self.
So years passed by and the desire to fulfill his dream became stronger (while his interest in girls also became stronger – LOL, I am sticking to my theory here, people. Why? See point nr. 3). Alex was very lucky, ’cause he turned out to have grown into a really cute teenage-boy. (Well, yes, he had pimples, too, but he still was really handsome). And he started developing greater interest in singing and jazz music. Ever since he was a young boy, he has been composing songs and it was only natural that one day, he would want to share his music with the world. He wanted to be seen! He wanted to be on stage! So he decided to test the waters of the pop music world.
You can imagine the shock he gave his parents (who were classical musicians) and his music teachers with this grand decision, especially since he was such a gifted violinist. He had even won numerous competitions in classical music, including the “Annual Anders Culture Prize” in 2004. They tried to talk him out of it. But it was a good thing that he had already established his three-point-theory in his heart – at least, that is what I believe. 😉
As a first step, he tried auditioning for the Norwegian TV show “Idol” and sang “My song”. He stank and was rejected. (Maybe he was rejected because it was not really “his” song?) Anyway, he knew that he stank, so he practiced some more and tried out for Norwegian TV competition “Kjempesjansen” in 2006. This show basically screamed “This is THE freaking chance of your life, Alexander Rybak! Show us what you’re really made of. It’s now or never!”
By this time, Alexander was fully fluent in Norwegian, so he understood the meaning of “Kjempesjansen”. He went home and composed his jazzy song “Foolin’ ” This time, he had listened to his heart. Point #4 was added to the list: To tell people a story! A story about himself. And so, on this show, he accompanied himself on several instruments and sang a song which was truly “his” song- and he won gloriously!
Things began to look good for the fiddler! He was becoming recognized for his own unique music (points 1, 2, 3 & 4). He impressed a few folks in the music business in Norway and was invited to perform in the musical “The Fiddler on the Roof” – but that wasn’t all: he was considered such a precious talent that the producers of the musical wrote a part specially for him! A part that was not in the original production! He gained a lot of experience at the theater (with 97 performances) and proved that he was not bad in acting either. His performance in the musical was awarded with the “Hedda Prize” in 2007, and that led to the offer of a supporting role in the children’s movie “Yohann – Barnevanderen” where he played a gypsy.
After that, the fiddler took his fiddle and went “loffen” (or something like that) on the island Giske again – he likes to do that in the summer time. “Loffen” is a Norwegian tradition where the wanderers knock at people’s doors and, in exchange for some help with chores, they can spend the night at their house, get something to eat and get to know the hosts. This is where the fiddler learned that flirting with the girls in front of their fathers is not such a good idea.
Anyway, since the fiddler can’t really build cupboards and is not so good with doing the dishes, he played his violin and sang for the hosts. By then, he was quite popular in Norway, so after some time on his trip, people started to follow him like in the movie “Forrest Gump”. 🙂
One day, the fiddler stopped to rest from hiking on a mountain. The view was incredible! The nature was overwhelming! The warmth of the sun made you feel alive! (LOL, I am talking like I was there! FYI: I wasn’t). Alex took his fiddle out of its black case and let his hands do whatever they wanted. After some time of playing and drifting off into a little daydream, he heard himself playing a melody. “That’s sounded nice! What is it again?” It was only later that he realized that the melody was his own creation! The following days, he walked and hummed it. Bit by bit, word by word, a song was born. A song about a lost first love and a song about the faith in love! A fairytale! He went through his four-point-plan of his “Fulfilling Your Dreams” project and stopped at number 2.
It was clear to him very early on that he had to perform this song at a place where it could get the recognition it deserved: The Eurovision Song Contest!
It was as if destiny had laid the path out for him: that very year, the contest would be taken place in Moscow! He, who was born in the Soviet Union, should participate in a contest in front of the people who were connected to him by history, culture and language! So much destiny that it can freak you out, to be honest. So he sweat blood and tears practicing non-stop during those six months before contest.
There was another wondrous “written in the stars” element about the Eurovision fairytale: his path was crossed by a group of dancers who preserved the tradition of Norwegian folk dances, “The Frikar Dance Company”. Their presence on the stage behind this boy who was once strange and but enchanted by the world – while he, himself, had the power to enchant the world – would lift up the simple melody that swings the chords of magic.
The rest is history, my friends! 🙂
He came. He saw. He won.
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and be loved in return.”
“What’s up with the quote, Irena?”, you ask. Well, life goes on…after some time, the three-point program of the project “Live Your Dreams” becomes a four-point program … then, with new dreams, a six-point project…you get the idea.
So, this is not the end of a fairytale …
…THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING !
* Date of birth: May 13th, 1986
* Place of birth: in Minsk (Belarus)
* Mother: Natalia Gurina
* Father: Igor Rybak
* Immigration to Norway: 1991/1992
* Student of classical music and violin at “Barrat Due Academy” in Oslo
* Concert director of the “Ung Symfoni” orchestra in Bergen (Norway)
* “Anders Award” 2004
* Participation in the TV show “Idol” in 2005
* “Kjempesjansen” 2006 with the self-composed song “Foolin'”
* “Heddaprisen” for “Fiddler on the Roof” 2007
* Supporting role in the movie “Yohan” (released in 2010)
* ESC 2009: 387 points of a total 2436 points which is a record in the history of Eurovision Song Contest … 15,89% voted for him
* For ESC.today: Best Male Performance Award 2009 at ESC with 47.8% of the votes.
* “Marcel Bezencon Award: Press Award 2009” at the ESC
* The video of his performance of “Fairytale” in ESC on youtube has over 60 million views
* On May 18th, “Fairytale” reached # 1 on iTunes
* leading role in the opera-musical “Some Sunny Nights” in 2009
* Lent his voice for the animated movie “How to Train a Dragon” (DreamWorks) in 2010
Languages: Russian, Norwegian, English
Instruments: violin, piano, guitar, violin as banjo 😉
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