On the go in my Eurovision shoes … a fan’s journey to Lisbon.
Anni Jowett (United Kingdom) reporting.
I’ve been a fan of the Eurovision song contest for as long as I can remember, and I always hoped I would actually get to go to experience the contest in the host city someday. So when Alexander Rybak was selected to represent Norway for a second time in March 2018 I had no doubt that this year would be THE year to pack my bags and head for Eurovision in May.
A Royal Fairytale performance: Borgholm, Sweden 14/7/2018
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Borgholm is a beautiful small Swedish city on the island of Öland in the Baltic Sea.
It’s a nice place to visit. With the houses and the nature, you really feel like you are in an Astrid Lindgren movie. It is one of the most popular summer resorts in Sweden. The Swedish Royal Family’s official summer Palace can be found just a couple of kilometres outside the city centre.
This year we travelled to Sweden for our summer holidays, and were able to visit Borgholm on 14th July to attend the Victoriadagen. Victoriadagen is an annual event on the island and is a tribute to the Crown Princess Victoria’s birthday. This year’s celebration was extra special for me because Alexander Rybak was one of the seven artists invited to take part in the 2018 concert.
Fans fly over Europe skies to support Alexander Rybak’s return to Melodi Grand Prix in 2018: Stories from Oslo
Nine years after his victory at the Eurovision Song contest in Moscow, it was revealed in January that Alexander would return to the Melodi Grand Prix (MGP) stage to compete for the chance to represent Norway again in the Eurovision song contest. This caused a wave of excitement amongst his fans, and some started making their plans immediately to travel to Oslo for the 10th March to be there to show their belief in his talent and support him at the live show. Fans came not only from many parts of Norway, but many other countries including Germany, UK, Hungary, Russia, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic and Estonia. And some of those fans have shared their adventures with us. Continue reading Alexander Rybak fan reports from Oslo and the Melodi Grand Prix 2018→
The 2018 Norwegian MGP finalists are revealed! Fans Report from the Press conference
The 10 acts competing in Norway’s national final for Eurovision, Melodi Grand Prix 2018 , were announced on 15th January during a special press conference held by the Norwegian national broadcaster NRK. Press, celebrity guests and members of the public were invited along to be present in the TV studio during the live broadcast which revealed this year’s participants. Stine and Trine are two Norwegian MGP fans were present at the event and give us the inside scoop from the studio…
“On the Go in our Tourist Shoes” in the Czech Republic
Fan Reports from the Alexander Rybak & Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts in Ostrava and Plzen
Attending Alexander Rybak’s concerts always gives his fans the opportunity not only to enjoy his music, but to travel and to explore different places together. This was certainly the case last autumn when Alexander returned to the Czech Republic and he went on a mini tour with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. Find out more about the concertsHERE
Fan Reports from Alexander Rybak’s Meet and Greet in Athens, Greece 19.08.2017
This summer Alexander took a few days vacation in Greece, during his visit he made time to meet up with some of his Greek fans.
“I am sick and coughing all the time. So if you’re crazy enough to meet me tomorrow, bring some vitamin C with you, so you don’t get sick as well.” – Alexander Rybak
Athina and Marthina attended the Meet and Greet, and were among the first to excitedly post their photos on Instagram. They are very happy to share their experiences of meeting up with Alexander, keep reading to hear their stories.
Alexander Rybak invited his fans to a Meet & Greet in Warsaw, Poland.
Some happy fans who got the chance to meet him want to share with us their great moments from this meeting with Alexander. Enjoy reading these nice reports 🙂
“I’m ready for hugs. Wednesday, after a hard days studio work, I’ll be hanging around hotel Indigo, Warsaw (Smolna 40) ca.19.00 NO MORE MORE PRESENTS PLEASE, I just want to see some new and old Polish mafia members.”-Alexander Rybak
After a busy day of working with music producers SOF productions, Alexander had some free time to meet his Polish fans. Despite feeling a little sick he was determined not to let his fans down and took along lots of vitamins and medicines to boost his fans immunity after meeting him. However I don’t think we can ever be immune to his charm. As you can read below for yourselves in this collection of warm reports from fans who were present… (and an extra report from one who was not). Continue reading Fan reports from the Meet and Greet, Warsaw, Poland 16.08.2017→
Fan reports from Alexander Rybak’s Meet & Greet in Istanbul, Turkey.
“I’ve decided to meet y’all and say hello and give you a hug” – Alexander Rybak
On 10th August 2017, Alexander delighted his European fans by the sudden announcement he would be arranging three meet and greets in the next week since he was having business meetings and studio sessions in Europe.
The first one was in Turkey on 13th August where he made the bold promise:
“I will be hugging each and every one who comes tomorrow to the beautiful roof of Mr.Cas Hotel on Istiklal Street, Istanbul at 8pm”. – Alexander Rybak
The event was well attended and judging by the reactions and photos posted on Instagram I think he actually managed to keep that promise.
Now we’d like to share with you some of those stories and photos from a few of the fans who were present…
During the Summer of 2016 Alexander Rybak celebrated his 10th anniversary as an artist with a musical show ” Entertainer” in Bølgen, Larvik. Here is a fan review written by Anni Jowett straight after she attended the Premiere show. She enjoyed the entertainment so much she returned back to Norway two weeks later to watch the last two shows. Continue reading Alexander Rybak’s “Entertainer” premiere: fan review→
Alexander Rybak trad op bij het Cystic Fibrosis benefietconcert “Tusen Takk” in Boxmeer, Nederland op 30 oktober 2016.
Verslag van Anni Jowett / foto’s en Nederlandse vertaling door Remonda C. English verison
Een aantal jaar geleden, toen ik jonger was, viel ik min of meer onder de musicale betovering van een jonge muzikant uit Noorwegen. Jaren later is hij een beetje ouder…en ik ook. Maar ik was niet de enige, er waren er meer die onder dezelfde betovering waren gevallen en de meeste zijn nog steeds gevangen op de dag van vandaag. Continue reading Tusen Takk — Fan Verslag van Anni Jowett→
Alexander Rybak performed at the Cystic Fibrosis charity event “Tusen Takk” in Boxmeer, The Netherlands 30th of October 2016.
Fan report by Anni Jowett / Photos by Remonda C.
(For Dutch version click here)
A few years ago when I was younger , I kind of fell under the musical spell of young musician from Norway, years later he’s a bit older… and so am I. But I was not alone, there are many who fell under the same spell, and most still remain captive to this day. Continue reading Tusen Takk — Fan report by Anni Jowett→
Karlshamn all the way and back again, a musical trip 15.07 – 17.07/2015 by Ebba Raab and Annika Petersson
All photos are taken by Ebba and Annika
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I found out about the concert in Karlshamn in february/march by a friend who’s in the orchestra. I was still living in Newcastle by then and I did not know if I’d be able to go. But what a temptation it was! A while later I unfortunately had to move back home again but it meant that I could see the concert. Karlshamn is a place full of memories, my first concert took place there and a few months later I was there again. Continue reading Meeting Alexander in Karlshamn — a Fan Fairytale→
Thanks to Alexander’s participation in the show “One to One”, many of his Russian fans have the opportunity to not only see this amazing show live, but also to meet Alexander! Some of the girls wrote very nice and touching stories about meeting him! Thank you all! 🙂
This was actually my first time in Luxembourg, and I have to say I really enjoyed it!
One of the reasons was, of course Alexander. He performed 3 songs at the Eurovision Gala Night, “Roll with The Wind, “Into a Fantasy” and last but not least “Fairytale”.
Recorded by Ulli C
The atmosphere was absolutely gorgeous. Everybody was in a happy mood, especially when Alexander performed. After the whole show we got the chance to meet him, even though it was very short, as he was a bit tired.
Photo source: Ulli C
But hey, at least we could say hello, and it was fun as always when you meet the fiddler. So all in all it was a super great evening.
The Eurovision Gala Night is an annual event hosted by OGAE Luxembourg to bring the spirit of Eurovision back to Luxembourg since the country last participated in the song contest in 1993. It also promotes the idea that Luxembourg should participate again sometime in the future and the earned profit goes to charity. In fact, it is our own little Eurovision Song Contest: There are contestants representing different nations who perform former ESC songs. They are then later on judged by international jury members. Of course, the audience and the public can also vote and the scoring system is the same as for the ESC. Continue reading Alexander Rybak — ESC Gala night 2014, Luxembourg 25.10.14 — Report by Jessica Hilbert→
So once again many had travelled to see Alexander Rybak perform. About 20 Facebookies from around the world. And the occasion was to see Alexander reunited with Frikar for a last performance of Fairytale together at the Folk music Festival in Ål, Norway. The home of Ulf-Arne Johannnesen, from Frikar and he was also the manager of the festival. Continue reading 20 hours in Ål with Alexander Rybak — A video report by Hilde M.→
This comes really late but here is my report of the concert in Göteborg. We arrived to Gothemburg about 1 hour late. Never count on SJ to be on time… I decided it was no idea to go to the hotel and instead I hurried to the info to get a map over the town, It was my time in Gothemburg not spent at the station. The girl at the info heard I was from Stockholm and asked what I was doing in Gothemburg. I told her about the concert, she had no clue who Alexander was, but told me to enjoy it. I got to the place I thought was the concert hall but wondered if I was right.
A while back we asked if you had any questions for Alexander, and we also wanted to hear your stories of How you discovered him. So here we present some of your stories and the songs connected to them.
Hello Alexander! Maybe you do not know anything about this little country in South America, anyway I want to thank you because while everything is a chaos here, I can dream and be happy just listening to your music. I dream with finding a place where I can feel comfortable, a place that I can call home. For that reason, “Europe’s Skies” is a very special song for me, because somehow it says what I feel. Yazly, Venezuela
The way I got to know your songs. Last year I heard Europe’s skies in a forum in someone’s profile and then fell in love with it…then Fairytale and the Eurovision stage it was so exciting. Now I think there isn’t any video of u on YouTube that I haven’t seen and 24/7 is your songs…for getting rid of confusion of my lessons and calming down a bit… Mahdiyeh, Iran
Hi Alex! When I heard your music first, I was searching on the net. It happened 2 years ago. My favorites are the Fairytale, Europe’s skies, Roll with the wind… but the best is Europe’s skies. Virág, Hungary
Original: Blog written June 5th, 2013
Text: Karla Pouya
Photos: Aviva Klein
The Fiddler from Norway: Alexander Rybak comes to Toronto !
First off, before I go any further and begin my endless crazy fan girl mode, I will be breaking up this review into two parts, the first being the actual review of the concert, from the time i got there up until the meet and greet. The second part will be of a more personal nature, like, inspiration, motivation and….most importantly..FAN GIRLING! 🙂 ****Just a friendly warning**** You are warned, that from this point on there will be excessive fangirling, reader discretion is highly advised! Enjoy ! 🙂
Alexander Rybak gracefully took to the stage on February 23rd, coming way across the pond to make his Canadian debut, performing an exclusive one-time concert in Toronto’s Centre for the Arts in North York. North American Eurovision Song Contest and Rybak fans had a chance to come out of hiding, and out of hiding they certainly came, including a duo who flew in from Texas for the Norwegian violinist. Continue reading A review about Alexander Rybak’s performance in Canada→
Report by a Brittish Facebookie about her journey to Norway for the Tønsberg Summershow, July 7th 2012
Text and photos: Emily Boycott
Thursday 5th July
Mum and dad drove me to Birmingham late at night, I was so excited, I actually exploded (At least, that’s what dad blamed the nosebleed on!) Lillian picked me up from there, and I said goodbye to my parents before we embarked on an all night long trip to John Lennon airport where to my amusement there was actually a yellow Submarine… We had a cup of tea and a doze before meeting Anni and Dave at about 5am. Currently lacking sleep and over excited – funny combination!
I can see Norway!!!
Friday 6th July
We got to Torp at about half Nine, I decided that Norway looks like someone put a country in a blender with all the islands and what not, but so pretty and awesome! After a short train vs. taxi dispute, we chose the latter.
Report written by Marianne Mata Hari Saietz and The Facebookies. Photos: The Facebookies.
A video-clip from “Skogheim flytter inn” where Alexander talks about the Facebookies and the Farm-meeting. Broadcasted on Tv2 Norway- 28.02.12
This is a report about a fairytale, that happened long ago in July 2011. No reports have been published about the Farm-meeting until now but in the TV-program “Skogheim moves in” (28.2.2012), Alexander told about his meeting with 80 Facebookies from 30 countries at a private farm after the Giske-concert. Since this piece of information could make people curious or confused, we decided to write a short report and tell some more facts about it. Continue reading The Farm-Fairytale. A Facebookies report. July 29th 2011→
Concert in Karlshamn 25.2.2012 with Alexander Rybak, Mats Paulson, Barfotskvartetten and other artists. By Marianne Mata Hari Saietz.
The first photo shows the wonderful bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö. It is 16 km long and was built in 2000. Before that, we only had ferries!
I left my town at noon and arrived in Karlshamn around 15.30 after a long drive with one coffee-break. Karlshamn is a pretty little town by the coast and It was easy to find the Stadsteater, a big building next to a public school in a quiet street. I parked my car in the street and went to the theater to look for the Smurf. All entrance-doors were locked and the place seemed empty, but as I went around the building, I heard music from inside. It was “Fairytale” and I could hear Smurf singing.
After having listened for a while, I decide to walk to the town-centre ( 5 min. away ), find a place to buy some lunch and use a bathroom.
On the street-corner, I bumped into Madde and EbbaJ . They had just arrived by train from Stockholm. Madde had travelled for 8 hours and Ebba for 5 and they had paid incredibly much for their train-tickets. So being the foreigner among them, I had had the easiest and cheapest journey.
A Facebookies report from january 11th 2012 – Denmark
Written by Marianne Saietz
“What would you say, if we invited him in tomorrow”?
I stared at the comment from “Aftenshowet” under my posting on their facebook-page. I felt like if somone just opened a bottle of champagne inside my head. It was Tuesday January 10th and there had been some hints about Alexander coming to my country but all I had learned, so far, was: Continue reading THE SMURF WAS IN MY COUNTRY. Denmark, Jan.11th 2012→
Written by Laila Ulvseth on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 at 21:51
Two days ago, I got a message. We who had been at Bø church for the Vinterbilder concert, and not seen Alexander, got a chance now. It was an offer too tempting to refuse! So I had a chat with Hildebjørg who offered me a bed for the night, and went.
We came to the church 30 minutes before the concert and sat in the car because it was cold. Two minutes later, a car drove up beside us, and I nudged Hildebjørg. Isn’t that….?
Dear reader! December 1st. is the birthday of Kjell Arild Tiltnes! He is a good friend and manager of Alexander Rybak, but also the person, responsible for the opening of Alexanders facebook-fanpage in may 2009 and for being the contact-person between Alexander and his fans, a job that has given him many friends among the fans. This year, we decided to give him a very special birthday-present: A book with memories from a discussion-thread, we opened on the fanpage: A fanclub-thread about Kjell Arild. Continue reading A Birthday-present for Kjell Arild. Dec.1st. 2011 Part 1→
Meet & Greet with Alexander Rybak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Group picture by K. M. Z.
It does not happen often that Alexander visits Asia. But on Friday 14.10. 2011 he arrived in Malaysia after a long journey from Norway, to give a concert at the annual Norwegian seafood-dinner of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.
Many of Alexanders fans in Malaysia got the chance to meet him the day after in the lobby of the hotel Mandarin Oriental where he stayed.
Here you can read some of the comments from the fans who met him and see some of their photos!
Let me introduce you one of the first group, made by Russian-speaking fans of Alexander on Facebook. It contains a lot of pictures, videos and, of course, a loooooot of reportings about meeting Alexander:)
This group, called “Surprise”, was created by several Russian-speaking Facebookies in August 2009 with the purpose to collect the memories about meeting Alex. Now it became a really huge group, containing 49 threads with reports written by fans (in Russian language), hundreds of unique pics and videos, made by fans in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.