Alexander Rybak at the opening ceremony of the Eurovision Song Contest ESC 2018 Lisbon
The opening ceremony took place 6th of May on the Lisbon riverside, next to MAAT, the Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia.
With the theme of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest revolving around the oceans, the organisers chose to replace the traditional red carpet with a spectacular blue carpet.
Alexander and his team were nr 30 to walk the carpet, but were the last one to finish 3 hours after they started, and it was already dark. Most of the interviews made on the Blue Carpet, you’ll find in the playlist below.
Eurovision royalty graces the Blue Carpet in the form of Alexander Rybak!
Alex is also wearing the male uniform of black trousers and black shirt, but he wears a dark teal jacket to match with his team and give him a more distinctive look. His tie is noteworthy, as it was especially made for the occasion by the Norwegian fashion designer Peter Løchstøer. information from ESCTODAY.com
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!
Alexander Rybak’s first stage rehearsal in Lisbon 1.5.2018.
There will be many interviews, pictures and articles from the 1st rehearsal. Below we will gather most of them so you easily can get an overview of what is written about Alexander’s first rehearsal. This post will be updated with more information during the day 🙂
Eurovision has provided us a 45 second video from the rehearsal and a photo gallery. There will also be several interviews with the many ESC groups that is present. This post will be updated during the week.
And the video:
The review from the many who followed the rehearsal was a wow!. And he got applause in the press centre.
Alexander Rybak is one of the biggest stars in the Eurovision Song Contests, and the thrill is huge when he now returns to the worlds biggest music competition. We take a look back at his impressive career and follow him on his way to Eurovision in Lisbon.
NRK has made a 50-minute documentary about Alexander to be broadcast before the semi-final 10th of May. In this we will become better acquainted with the artist, songwriter and person Rybak. There will also be glimpse from the many preparations, and the two weeks in Lisbon.
Broadcast Thursday 10th May at 20.10 – 21.00 CET on NRK1, Norway.
The show will be available to watch from abroad at least from the archive.
Svetskaya Zhizn (Social life) in Norway – visiting Alexander Rybak.
With the song “Fairytale” Alexander Rybak set a record, winning the Eurovision Song Contest. So far, no one has been able to collect so many points! This year the Norwegian singer of Belarusian origin again takes part in the song contest. “Svetskaya Zhizn” went to Oslo to find out why and how the famous singer lives.
How does the famous bachelor live and why does he return to Eurovision again?
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 in the Ukrainian TV-show “Svetskaya Zhizn” (Social life)
Last week a TV-team from Ukraine visited Alexander in his apartment in Oslo and also his mother home at Nesodden and made an interview . Saturday 21. April at 23.10 (local time) the interview will be broadcast on “1plus1.ua”.
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’s performance has been canceled due to his recent surgery. Read more HERE
The Festival will take place as planned.
Alexander will be guest performer of the gala concert at the Summer Festival in Budapest, the 9th June 2018 (Saturday) 7 p.m.
This is a birthday concert and opening event organised on the 80th anniversary of Margaret Island’s Open-Air Theatre “Barefoot in the Park”
on the Margaret Island’s Grand Meadow
The evening program also includes an attempt to break the world record for the most people dancing the waltz at the same time, and setting aglow the summer lights.
Featuring: The Hungarian State Opera House Orchestra The program is free.
Event description in English and in Hungarian. The concert’s event-page on Facebook
And HERE you can join a fan group created for fans attending the 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→
Alexander Rybak took home the victory in the Norwegian selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with his song “That’s How You Write a Song”. What a show and what an energy! Spektrum concert hall exploded when Alexander performed. Such a worthy winner!
The performance from the final,
And the winner’s performance
Many fans from all over Norway and Europe gathered in Oslo to attend the live show . You can read about some of their experiences and emotions HERE.
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.
Alexander Rybak will appear on both radio NRK P1 and NRK1 TV the week before the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2018.
Stig Karlsen promises great promotion on NRK.no and in social media during the last week before the final.
Both the radio show and TV show are available from abroad.
During the week the artists will be guests in “Nitimen” , which is broadcast on NRK P1 between 09:00 and 11:00 Monday to Saturday. Who will be there when is not announced yet. Link to listen live. Link to the archive.
In addition, the live evening show “Norge Nå” (Norway now) moves into Oslo Spektrum and have MGP as the topic for the whole week. First show will be aired Monday at 20.15 and last to 20:55. Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday the show will last for 30 mins. and starts at 20:25. There will be interesting guests and stuff related to the big final. In addition, says Karlsen, all the artists will be guests and be allowed to present themselves. There is no info which artist will be when yet, but you can watch the show live from this link or from the archive.
After have introduced in Hungary with a performancein the Open Air Theater on the Margaret Island in August 2015, Alexander returned to Budapest and gave a concert together with the finalists and winners of the previous series of the Hungarian Virtuosos Talent Show (in Hungarian: “Virtuózok“) in the Várkert Bazár.
Before arriving, he sent this video message to his Hungarian fans:
“Musikkfrokost” on Alexander Rybak in MGP 2018 – 16.01.18
Per Sundes about MGP 2018, Alexander’s return and the musical family Rybak in the radio programme “Musikkfrokost” (Music breakfast) on radio NRK Klassisk.
They also played the musical piece “Spurven” (The Sparrow) by the Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen, performed by Alexander, in the age of 12, and his mother Natasha Rybak. A reording from the CD “En Julefortelling” (A Christmas Tale).
The interview with Per Sundnes with English subs.
Alexander and Natasha Rybak performing “Spurven” (The Sparrow)
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.
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…
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:
“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
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→