Alexander Rybak talks about the insults to Belarus, “Milki” and the gadget iPhone 6s
Source: vgr.by. Text: ЭВИКА ОТТО. Published 9.11.2015 Photo from the personal archive of Alexander Rybak Translation to English by TessaLa. Revised by Sonya Luzina and Katie Anderson Found by Ulli C.
After an unsuccessful attempt to send the Belarusian girls from the group “Milki” to “Eurovision-2015” the Norwegian singer Alexander Rybak did not appear in Belarus for a while. The artist emotionally reacted to the “loss”, expressing resentment in a video on his Facebook page. However, a year later Rybak has cooled down and decided to return – this time with a tour. One of the first concerts will be held in the concert hall of the Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno on November 12. Continue reading Alexander Rybak talks about the insults to Belarus, “Milki” and the gadget iPhone 6s→
Alexander tells about his song “Accent” in the interview at the Palace “Ukraine”, where the Christmas concert with his participation took place in December.
Recording, translation and subs by Sonya L. Revision by Bita J.
Transcript of the interview:
Host: Alexander, hello! I’ve heard that you’ve become a producer now. You have your own group in Belarus, which you are preparing for Eurovision. Is that true? Tell us more.
AR: I also heard that I’ve become a producer. To be honest, I wrote a song. I have an idea for the number. I have an idea about the Belarusian accent.. you know when we sing in English, we all, Slavic people, have a funny accent. And instead of hiding it, I wrote a song about it.. the girls sing that “I will always love you, but if you take me, then my accent will have to stay with me”.
AR: I have a producer in Belarus, and he helps us. It’s he who will develop this group. I wouldn’t organise the casting and listen to 400 girls just for one song.Of course, we’ll continue to make songs for them and so on. But, first and foremost, I am a composer.
The Eurovision winner shared with “Komsomolka” who has upset him, what he doesn’t regret, and if he will continue working with Milki.
After the Belarusian national selection to Eurovision, most of the discussion was not about the winning duet of the singer Uzari and violinist Maimuna, but about Sasha Rybak, the triumphant Eurovision winner, a Norwegian with Belarusian roots- having been offended. In the past year, Alexander has not just been a passing visitor in our country, but one of our own, as the producer of the group Milki, and despite opposing predictions, he plans to continue his collaboration with the group.
Milki got 4 th place in Eurofest in Belarus. They came 2nd in televoting though. We´re sorry they did not make it to Vienna. We think Eurovision 2015 lost an attraction. We surely liked the idea behind the song. If Belarus don´t change their minds this year it will be the winner Uzari & Maimuna — “Time” that represents them.
Tomorrow, Friday 26th, is the final in Eurofest 2015, the national selection of Belarus’ song for Eurovision 2015. MILKI and “Accent” has got a lot of attention and seems to have good chances to win and get the ticket to Vienna.
Support MILKI by following them on Facebook, Instagram and vKontake, and watch the music video and Eurofest post cards on Youtube. You’ll find all the info here. There you also will find interviews and articles.
Alexander and MILKI preparing for Eurofest 2014 in Belarus, a lovely postcard video. Watch the girls get their fortune read. Will they make it to Vienna and Eurovison 2015? The video has subtitles in English.
Yesterday, the National Culture Palace,“Ukraine”, held a huge Christmas/New Year show with the participation of many of the best stage stars. During the show, Alexander Rybak gave us an exclusive interview.
Alexander Rybak’s Belarusian group “Milki” will participate in the first round of the Belarusian national selection for “Eurovision-2015” on December 4 or 5. The audition can be watched online via the Internet.
Live broadcast of the national qualifying auditions of the International Song Contest “Eurovision-2015” will be organized for the first time this year on the official website of Belteleradiocompany www.tvr.by
Rybak’s “girls” arranged a white-red-white photo session.
“Belteleradiokompania” has stopped accepting applications onNovember 21 from the participants in the Eurovision 2015 national selection.
We will find out at the beginning of December who will make it to the finals. For now, musicians have been furtively sending packages with documents and recorded songs to the organizing committee. Alexander Rybak openly plans to conquer not just Belarusians but all of Europe.
Onliner.by attended the music group photo session, and found out from the Eurovision 2009 winner what the song will be about and how they plan to surprise the jury and the audience.
Alexander Rybak, who was recently traveling around and auditioning in Belarus, has picked his girl band, which will compete for the right to travel to Eurovision 2015. On his FaceBook page, the musician has posted a video where he announced the names of the winners. “Znamenka” found out the girls’ reactions to the news, how they made it into Rybak’s quintet and also what they will have to go through to make their dreams come true.
Alexander Rybak will take part in the national selection for ESC in Belarus as a composer with the song “My accent”. The song will be performed by a girl band, and Alexander has been in Belarus for some days to have auditions in 4 cities across the country: Mogilev, Minsk, Grodno and Brest. There has been a lot of interest both for the auditions and from the media, and Alexander has been on several morning TV-shows, and radio shows, and given many interviews. Our Russians translators are the case. 🙂
Here is an English version of the interview in the TV-show “Morning. Studio of Good Mood” on channel CTV.
Winner of 2009 Eurovision Song Contest Alexander Rybak preparing Belarusian representative for 2015 competition