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.
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.
“Still Here” amazingly performed by Franklin Calleja and composed by Alexander Rybak, is now available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.com. Click on the icons below and you are directed to the actual websites.
Alexander Rybak is back – Namely in Malta! Franklin Calleja who has already been present at the preliminary decision for Copenhagen will sing a Rybak-ballad next weekend with the aim to travel to Vienna in May 2015: “Still here” is a classical ESC-ballad which in the course of three minutes rises to a big climax. We certainly want to know how that the Rybak-Calleja-Connection came about.
This weekend it’s the semi-final and final of Malta’s national selection for Eurovision 2015. Franklin will perform as number 3, and the semi-final starts Friday at 20.50 CET. Watch it online on www.tvm.com.mt/live/
Alexander Rybak, who is the composer of the song, said this about Franklin on his FB page recently:
“Whatever the competition, and no matter who wins in the end, I sincerely believe that Franklin Calleja has the strongest and most interesting voice in the country of Malta, and I hope that people will understand his great talent for music and help him to the world stage (he is just as amazing live as he is on this video). And if I can help him with this song, I’m truly happy!”
We wish both Franklin and Alexander the best of luck, and those of you who live in Malta; don’t forget to vote!
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.
Recently Alexander held auditions in four cities of Belarus – Mogilev, Grodno, Minsk and Brest, where he looked for talented girls for his new Belorussian group. The group will participate with a song composed by Alexander in Belorussian national selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2015. You can read more about Alexander’s project here. And today Alexander announced the winners of the auditions on his official Facebook-page with a sweet video-message which you can watch by clicking on this picture.
The video is in Russian, so if you don’t understand it, here is the translation:
AR: Dear friends, Alexander Rybak from Norway, Oslo, is with you. I thank you. I thank all of you who came to the casting for my project. Me and my team got to listen to a lot of interesting voices. And if you didn’t win, if you didn’t go through, it doesn’t mean that you’re not talented. I just have my own concept and I chose girls for my act. So, the winners of the casting are: Tatiana Stakhovskaya from Minsk, Anna Ray from Minsk, Victoria Nazarko from Grodno, Taisiya Serikova from Gomel’ and Marina Putnikova from Gorky. I congratulate all of you. And I hope that you will please not only Belarus, but also the whole of Europe. Good luck!
Juergen Boernig from Eurovision Radio International met Alexander Rybak for an interview during Alexander’s stay in Luxembourg for the ESC Gala Night 2014. The interview was aired in their 3 hour long live stream radio show on Wednesday 29th of October. It was a very good interview about his participation as a composer in the national selection for both Malta, with “Still Here” performed by Franklin Calleja, and Belarus with the song “Accent” performed by a girl band. They also played his new song “What I Long For”.
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
Alexander invites talented girls to the casting for competing in the national selection for “Eurovision 2015”!
AR: Dear countrymen, you know that I’m a big fan of Eurovision and I’m a big fan of Belarus, so I invite you all to the local auditions for my song for the national selection. Good luck. Yours Sasha Rybak.
Translation by Sonya Luzina. English revision by Bita Janz.
Alexander Rybak is in an active searching process. No, the winner of “Eurovision-2009” has no plans to look for his ladylove. This time, all thoughts of the 28-year-old musician are dedicated entirely to his new projects: the other day, he announced the all-Belarusian casting for a new girl band. Newfound Norwegian Meladze (a famous Ukrainian composer and producer) and his team will personally tour around cities and villages to find the most beautiful and strong-voiced Belarusian girls. In addition to Rybak’s patronage, these girls are promised one more substantial stake: this spring, the new girl band will go to Vienna to conquer the sixtieth anniversary of the “Eurovision Song Contest 2015”.
Alexander Rybak, Conchita Wurst and Linda Martin will perform at the Eurovision Gala Night at Casino 2000, Luxembourg.
Info from the organiser:
Join the 7th edition of the Eurovision Gala Night Luxembourg at the prestigious Chapito venue at Casino 2000 in Luxembourg on 25th October 2014. The event will welcome three legendary Eurovision winners: Alexander Rybak (Norway 2009), Conchita Wurst (Austria 2014) and Linda Martin (Ireland 1992).
All of them will grace the Eurovision Gala Night stage in Luxembourg and perform along the 16 finalists selected in a casting in May. These 16 finalists will compete in order to carry off the trophy at the end of the night. They will be judged by a panel of 16 international jury members and by the audience. The night will be a charity event and all proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.
Tickets cost 30 euros and can be purchased by sending a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the official website of the event: www.galanight.net.
Eurovision Galanight Ogae 2014 Luxembourg – Le concours de chant Eurovision Luxembourg
“I’m an old talent” – Alexander Rybak interviewed by Eurovision.be 29.06.2014.
Provided and translated by Olivier Vanhoutte and revised by Anni Jowett. Link to original interview here.
Alexander Rybak : “I’m an old talent”
Five years after his victory at the Eurovision Song Contest, Alexander Rybak tours again around Europe. This time to promote the movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2″, and his song on the soundtrack “Into a Fantasy”. The Eurovision victory was the beginning of everything. “Fairytale” is my business card, “says the 28-year-old singer.
“In countries where I am not so well known, people point at me and sing “Fairytale” without knowing my name. The song is more famous than I am, but I find that good.” The classically trained musician just wanted to escape from classical music when he won the Eurovision Song Contest. He looks back with satisfaction to his victory, but remains very calm underneath: “In this business you need to be happy with the chances you get and stay loyal to yourself.” Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Interview on Eurovision.be about “Into a Fantasy”→
Once upon a time, 5 years ago when we were younger, the Fairytale started. Alexander won the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow with a record high number of points and he won our hearts. Today, 5 years later, his record is still standing and our Fairytale Fiddler is still capturing our hearts. We celebrate by looking back on some golden moments from 2009, which were never published here before 🙂
Article published before the start of 1st Semi-Final on 12.05.2009
Translated by Tessa Lande. English revising by Katie Anderson.
IT CAN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS
Whatever happens, Alexander has already won.
Whether Alexander Rybak wins Eurovision or not, he has already won the hearts of all on behalf of himself, Norway and all those who stand out in the crowd.
He had already jumped through the screen in Kjempesjansen with his own song “Foolin'”. And made viewers gasp for breath, thinking: Wow, what is this?It is incredibly rare to experience a top-trained classical musician with such a natural and heartfelt ability to communicate. He was not an old fellow when he closed his ears to the skeptics’ attempts to get him to limit himself to a career as a classical violinist. He wanted to perform the music as he felt it, both his own and others. Because when Alexander Rybak plays Rolf Løvland’s “Secret Garden”, It’s hard to remember to breathe. Continue reading Alexander Rybak — A Fairytale in Moscow — 5 years anniversary→
Tonight it is Eurovision Song Contest Final in Copenhagen, and that brings us memories from 5 years ago, when the Final of Eurovision was in Moscow and… you all know what happened back then. To make a symbolic celebration of the 5 years since Alexander’s victory, we’d like to introduce you to this documentary, made by NRK back in 2009, first broadcasted on 16.5.2009 as a pre-party for the final. So here it is in full HD and with English subs.
Recording by May Elisabeth. Translation and subs by Tessa Lande. English revision by Anni Jowett.
Alexander Rybak was a guest in Russian talk-show “Live” on Russia-1 channel, which was broadcasted before and after the 1st Semi-final of Eurovision Song Contest 2014 on May 6th. He performed his hit “Fairytale” and participated to the live discussion about Eurovision. Here we gathered all parts with him in one video 🙂 Enjoy!
Upload, video edition and subs by Julia B. Translation by Inna F. & Julia B. English revision by Anni Jowett.
Alexander Rybak helps Belarus warm up for Eurovision
Former Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak usually has rather busy time of it in the run up to Eurovision each year, and this year is no exception. Not only has young Mr Rybak been busy featuring in a popular TV series in Norway, he’s apparently heading East for Easter.
Having wowed audiences at home in Norway with a number of superb renditions of other people’s hits in the smash series Hver Gang Vi Møtes, Alexander Rybak is spending his Easter where it all started. Following his landslide victory at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with Fairytale, Eastern Europe welcomed Rybak with open arms, with his place of birth Belarus in particular becoming one of his major markets.
Text to photo: To Belgium : Tonight Alexander Rybak will be onstage in Belgium in connection with Eurovision. He will be performing with children. Photo by Nina Hansen
Article published in Dagbladet on 16.03.2014 Author: Merete Skogrand. Photos: Nina Hansen Translated by Jorunn Ekre. English revising by Anni Jowett.
I always try to find a new incentive to play Fairytale.
Tonight Rybak will be onstage at Eurovision again.
Yesterday Lars Lillo-Stenberg did a new Version of Alexander Rybak’s song “Fairytale” in “Hver gang vi møtes” and the reviewer in Dagbladet gave 6 on the dice.
The song became an immediate hit and a door opener to the 27 year old when he won the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow in 2009, and has given him an enormous success. Rybak has played the song numerous times since, but feels he will never get tired of the pop song with a violin sound.
Article published in paper issue of “Hufvudstadsbladet” on 01.02. 2014
Author: FNB-SPT/HEIDI HAKALA
Provided by Senni MM. English translation by Tessa Lande. English revising by Anni Jowett.
YOU HAVE TO DARE TO TAKE A CHANCE: If you want to succeed in music it is important to dare to try new ways,- says Alexander Rybak.
Picture by LEHTIKUVA/Ves Moilanen
Rybak cracked the music code.
Just in time for the Finnish Eurovision finals the 2009 Norwegian Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak will visit Finland. For next year’s race, he would like to write a song for a Finnish artist.
Many will recall Alexander Rybak, 27, as the guy who along with his violin took Europe by storm with the song Fairytale at Eurovision in Moscow in 2009. Rybak is happy about the lift that Eurovision gave his career, with more than over half a million fans today following on Facebook. “But the Eurovision victory is not a wave you can ride on forever”,- he says.
Alexander was a guest in the audience at the Final of the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Finland. The host interviewed him after the winner was announced. Here is the video:
Alexander made a gift for his fans all over the world – a new music video called “5 To 7 Years”!
“This is a Music Video I made for my 600.000 +++ fans on Facebook. So share it with all your friends. I love each and every one of you. Alex”
Produced by Alexander Rybak
Music & Lyrics by Alexander Rybak
Guitar, bass and programming by Knut Bjørnar Asphol
Drums by Martin Hystad
Mixes and Mastered by Knut Bjørnar Asphol
Directed, Shot and Edited by Joakim Kleven
Found by Ulli Cologne. Translated by Karolina Pavlov. Revised by Katie Anderson.
Marija Šerifović posted a status on a social network a couple of minutes ago that she’s recording a duet with the Norwegian star and winner of Eurovision 2009, Alexander Rybak. Underneath the photo that she posted she says: “Officially, Alexander Rybak is the first guest on the album”. According to information we received later, this excellent musician wrote the music for the song on the upcoming album of this singer.
Exclusive: Marija Šerifović and Alexander Rybak recorded a duet.
The only Serbian winner of Eurovision, Marija Šerifović, posted a photo on Twitter a couple of minutes ago with the Norwegian star, Alexander Rybak, and wrote: “Officially, Alexander Rybak is the first guest on the album“. The pop star is working hard these days on a new project called “Ispovest“ (Confession), which should be released by the end of the year. Alexander, winner of Eurovision 2009, is participating in a remarkable collaboration with our singer and it’s not surprising that she chose him specifically for a duet.
English version of the interview provided by Alexander Rybak, with previously unpublished questions, omitted due to lack of space.
The Turkish version of the interview was published in the April issue of the Turkish magazine “Go Girl”.
-How did life change for you after your Eurovision victory in 2009?
AR: It was the biggest privilege for an artist: To be heard. Now, if I want to cooperate with another artist or producer, I just call them. And then they do everything they can to arrange something nice. But I never take anything for granted, so when I don´t write music I sit down with my computer and send mails to people around the world. Non-stop. I´m hungry as a wolf.
Found by Sonya Luzina. Translated by Erika Jasiūnienė.
Revised by Katie Anderson.
Alexander Rybak: “Participation in Eurovision – it’s like courting a girl: you just need to worry less and then you will be more successful.”
Sunday evening, in the TV3 television project “Battle of Choirs“ the commission seat was occupied by 2009 Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak from Norway, calming the Lithuanians: “Participation in Eurovision – it’s like courting a girl: you need to worry less and then you will be more successful.”
Huge announcement came from the Belarusian camp tonight: The ace is revealed!
Alexander Rybak will star in the official Belarusian Eurovision 2013 music video, which is currently being recorded in Istanbul. Very soon Alyona Lanskaya will present the clip of “Solayoh” to Europe, which will feature the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 winner, Alexander Rybak!
Here you can watch to Alyona’s first live performance with the song “Solayoh” at the Romanian ESC Final on March 9:
Written by ARNA VIKANES SØRHEIM. Photo by PÅL NORDSETH
Translation by Tessa Lande. English revision by Anni Jowett
I became “Harry” (not trendy) overnight.
But Rybak believes it is 98 percent certain that he will go on to the Eurovision final.
MOSCOW (Dagbladet): On Thursday Alexander Rybak has to convince both the TV audience and the professional jury that he belongs in the final on Saturday.
With a dose of Drillo Mathematics, and the knowledge that many people at home plan to follow Saturday’s finale on big screen in assembly halls and pubs, Rybak now estimates that it is 98 percent certain that he advances further from Thursday’s semifinal.
Alexander was invited to perform at Greek national ESC Final together with Greek singer Kostas Martakis. They performed “Fayritale” in duet. Also Alexander was interviewed on stage, together with other 3 ESC stars Dima Bilan, Ruslana and Marija Šerifović. They all have tried to tell several words in Greek.
Duet with Kostas Martakis “Fairytale”
Recorded by May Elisabeth.
Interview of 4 ESC winners
Recorded by May Elisabeth. English translation by Mary Mastrogianni.