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Alexander Rybak – Interview in the German magazine “Centaur” (2009)

The success route of Alexander the Great

Translated by Anglesina Est English revision by Anni Jowett

Yes, the name conqueror suits him right! With his song “Fairytale”, which he introduced in May at the ESC, the whole of Europe was captured within 3 minutes. Such a clear victory hasn’t been taken by any other artist before!

Centaur: You arrived today from Minsk in Belarus to Berlin to rehearse for a TV show. You were born in Minsk, but you live near to Oslo since you were 4. Did you recognise your place of birth at all?

Alexander Rybak: I remember the park, the lake and the town. I still like it, today I think, it is even more beautiful. My family was not wealthy, rather poor. We lived in just a little apartment.

C: Do you still feel at home in Minsk?

A.R.: A little, and I also speak Russian. But today I feel at home everywhere around Europe .

C: How did it happen, that you came from there to Norway?

A.R.: My dad is a classical violinist and that time back then he received an engagement from an orchestra in Norway. A wealthy Norwegian family supported him in the beginning  overseas because he was very talented. My mother worked this time as a journalist at the television station in Minsk. Two years later my dad brought us both over.

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