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Alexander Rybak – This book is my child

Rybak: The violin is my mistress, and this book is my child.

Text to the header photo: BOOK DEBUTANT: Alexander Rybak likes that the tiny Trolle resembles himself.

 Source: VG.no  Published 12.06.2015. Author: Cathrine Gonsholt Ighanian. Photo: Jan Petter Lynau and Cappelen Damm. 
 Translated by TessaLa, revison by Katie Anderson.

 Alexander Rybak (29) believes that with his new project he is a big step closer to the dream of a family life.

 The 29-year-old has become calmer and better about choosing what he will say” yes” and “no” to. For the last three years Rybak has dedicated the necessary time between battles to design the project close to his heart. Continue reading Alexander Rybak — This book is my child

Alexander Rybak debuts as author

Alexander Rybak author debuts with an outcast troll and a magic fiddle.

– This is not far from the reality.”

Source: db.no , published 12.06.15 Author: Pål Nordseth Photo Benjamin A. Ward and Cappelen Damm. Translated by TessaLa, Revision by  Bita J.

“Trolle og den magiske fela,” Alexander Rybak’s author debut, will be released in September. It is a semi-autobiographical children’s book about a lonely and outcast troll with a musical instrument that has the ability to completely bewitch its audience, and this becomes a curse for the owner. Continue reading Alexander Rybak debuts as author

Alexander Rybak – New song “Blant Fjell”

Alexander Rybak has released a new song “Blant Fjell” (Among Mountains”. This is a song from the CD that follows his upcoming Norwegian audiobook “Trolle og den magiske fela” (Trolle and the magic fiddle).


Download “Blant Fjell”  from Klicktrack Music Store here. You can download  it in both Mp3 and CD (Flac) quality.
From iTunes here

The  audiobook  will be released September 19th, and can be  ordered from Tanum.no (Norway only) and  worldwide from Haugenbok.no. You can pre-order it already now 🙂


If you have Spotify, you can listen to the song here:

VG reports from the recording of «Hver gang vi møtes»!

Article from www.vg.no, published on 31.08.2013

Author: Thomas Talseth. Photographer: Robert S.Eik

Found by Tessa Lande. Translated by Laila S.H. English revision by Anni Jowett.


HERE THEY MEET”: This year’s ‘Hver gang vi møtes’-participants gathered at Vestre Kjærnes farm in Våler. From left: Lars Lillo Stenberg, Samsaya, Øivind Elgenes, Anneli Drecker, Sigvart Dagsland, Simone Eriksrud and Alexander Rybak. 

«Hver gang vi møtes»: “Like being invited to Skaugum!”

(Translator’s comment: Skaugum is the home of our crown-prince Haakon and his family)

(VG) Anneli Drecker (44) was very happy when TV2 finally called and asked if she wanted to be in “Hver gang vi møtes”.

Continue reading VG reports from the recording of «Hver gang vi møtes»!

What’s up in “Hver gang vi møtes” – first report on TV2!


Teary eyed gang. Here’s this year`s participants in “Hver gang vi møtes”.

 I start cryin just by talking about it

Article published at tv2.no on 31.08.2013
Author: Astrid Dyson. Photographer: Tore Waskaas.
Found and translated by Jorunn E. English revision by Anni Jowett.

The artists from “Hver gang vi møtes” can`t hold back their tears  this time either.The recording of the third season of “Hver gang vi møtes” is underway at Vestre Kjærnes farm outside Moss. On Saturday the press got to meet the artists Alexander Rybak (27), Simone Eriksrud (43), Sigvart Dagsland (49), Anneli Drecker (44), Lars Lillo-Stenberg (51), Samsaya (33) and Øyvind Elgenes (55). 

Continue reading What’s up in “Hver gang vi møtes” — first report on TV2!

Article: “Per Sundnes pulled Rybak off the stage”. Baku – May 22nd 2012

 Article published on www.kjendis.no 22.05.2012.

Written by Merethe Skogrand and Jan Thomas Holmlund. Photos by Håkon Eikesdal and Stella Pictures.

Link to original article here

Translation by Venche M. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn

Bad sound: Per Sundnes tells, that it was he, who rejected Rybak to continue playing at the concert Friday. Photo: Stella Pictures 

Per Sundnes pulled Rybak off the stage

BAKU (Dagbladet): On Friday Alexander Rybak was going to perform at the Norwegian Embassy in Baku, in connection with his visit to the Azerbaijani capital.
Swedish newspapers that were present at the event, wrote that Rybak stormed off the stage and that he was badly prepared.
But Eurovision General Per Sundnes has a different version of the story.

The girls choir and Rybak sparkled! Article in Kragerø Blad. Feb.21st 2012

Article found in paper-edition of “Kragerø Blad” 21.2.2012. Text and photos by Jimmy Åsen.

Found and translated by Tessa Lande.

A spectacular evening with the Girls Choir

The concert of Kragerø Girls Choir and Alexander Rybak will be remembered for long.

There was a huge interest to hear the Eurovision- winner play and sing with Kragerø Girls choir.
About 400 were present and allowed themselves to be charmed by a choir that showed high artistic class and an artist who gave of himself. And who sparkled along with the girls.

Continue reading The girls choir and Rybak sparkled! Article in Kragerø Blad. Feb.21st 2012

MGP-winner Tooji gets advice from Alexander Rybak. Feb. 12th 2012.

Article published on www.vg.no 12.2.2012. Written by Martine Lunder.

Link to original article: http://www.vg.no/musikk/grand-prix/artikkel.php?artid=10043478

Translation by Marianne Saietz

WON. Tooji Keshtkar won the norwegian MGP-final superior. Photo: Jan Petter Lynau/VG 

“It still hasn´t dawned on me”, Tooji says about the victory.

VG Nett.)  Tooji Keshtkar ( 24 ) won a superior victory at MGP 2012. Backstage, he got advice by Eurovision-winner Alexander Rybak. VG meets Tooji the day after he won MGP with 155.480 votes ahead of both Nora Foss al-Jabri, Bobby Bare & Petter Øien and Plumbo.

” It hasn´t dawned on me yet. Everything is just surreal. I couldn´t sleep last night, even though I tried very hard. The head was just filled with pictures from the night – Mom, who is cheering, the fans who are screaming and my name, being announced”, says Tooji, who sung the song “Stay”.

Continue reading MGP-winner Tooji gets advice from Alexander Rybak. Feb. 12th 2012.

Rybak made the audience join on “Haba Haba”. Feb.11th 2012.

Source: adressa.no 11.02.2012.  Written by Veronika Søum. Photo: Ernst Vikne/Wikimedia Commons, Translation by Marianne Saietz.

Rybak made the audience join on “Haba Haba”

Rybak included the winner-song of last year in the intermission-act at the MGP-final.

Stella Mwangi chose to be with her family instead of at Oslo Spektrum, during the Melodi Grand Prix-final Saturday evening, after her father died in a car-crash last week.
Instead, it was the Grand Prix- favorite Aleksander Rybak, who stood for the intermission-act at Oslo Spektrum.

Continue reading Rybak made the audience join on “Haba Haba”. Feb.11th 2012.

Performance at the Norwegian MGP- final 11.02.2012

All rights belong to NRK. Uploaded by Yanis B.  Subtitles by Julia Bezbakh. English translation by Tessa Lande. Russian translation by Zhanna Sergueeva. German translation by Sabine Fundel. Dutch translation by Marijke Arentsen. Croatian translation by Karolina Pavlov.

Link to the same video on Amara (possible to watch from Germany)

Rybak paid tribute to Stella at MGP-Show

The former winner sings Stella Mwangis MGP-hit

Article posted on www.vg.no 11.02.2012.  Author: VG-nett/AP

Link to original article here: http://www.vg.no/musikk/grand-prix/artikkel.php?artid=10043425

Translation by Marianne Saietz. English Revision by Anni Jowett .

Paid tribute to Stella. Alexander Rybak had, of course, the fiddle with him to Oslo Spektrum. He sang and played several MGP-hits, but had a special greeting for last years winner Stella Mwangi. Here from the MGP-final of 2009 and 2011. Foto: Krister Sørbø / Markus Aarstad/VG

(VG Nett) Alexander Rybak (26) paid tribute to Stella Mwangi (25) in Oslo Spektrum playing her Winnersong “Haba Haba”.

Continue reading Performance at the Norwegian MGP- final 11.02.2012

“Rybak spicing up MGP in Denmark”. VG. Jan. 17th 2012

Article published on www.vg.no 17.01.2012. Link to original article: http://www.vg.no/musikk/grand-prix/artikkel.php?artid=10075779

Written by Catherine Gonsholt Ighanian and Marcus Husby. Photo: Mattis Sandblad

Found by Ingegerd Claesson. Translated by Marianne Saietz

MGP: Alexander Rybak, here in Germany during the ESC last year – still takes part in the game. Photo: Mattis Sandblad

Rybak spicing up MGP in Denmark. Has made his own ESC-medley for the danes.

Rybak keeps sailing in good tailwind from MGP –  Almost 3 years after he stole the show in Moscow.  Now, the danes are tempting the TV-viewers with the norwegian, who they describe as ” The alltime biggest international MGP-winner”. Danish www.dr.dk  announces, that Rybak will be guest-artist in the MGP-final in Gigantium in Ålborg this Saturday. In addition, the 25-year-old will have influence on which song, that wins. New this year is, that the danish MGP- team includes juries from the countries who won the last 4 years: Russia, Norway, Germany and Aserbajdsjan.

Continue reading “Rybak spicing up MGP in Denmark”. VG. Jan. 17th 2012

Interview of Alexander Rybak to Norwegian Dagbladet/Magasinet, July 9th 2011

Published in the paper-issue of “Magasinet”- an appendix to Norwegian “Dagbladet”, 9.7.2011

Written by Eivind Sæther. Photos: Jørn H. Moen.

Found by Susanne Berlin.  Article and pictures scanned by Tessa La.

English translation by Marianne Saietz
Revision by Bita J.


“The Wake Up”

Alexander Rybak (25) is no longer dependant on sleeping pills. Now, he dreams of being able to trust people once again.

Text to photo: Alexander Rybak doesn´t trust anyone, and shares that he functions best when he isn’t attached to anyone. “I don’t want to become dependant,” the album releasing 25-year-old says to Magasinet.


At the moment: He has released an album in Swedish: ” Visa vid vindens ängar”
Family:  An only child. In relationship with Maria Slyngstad.
What he drives:   – I usually borrow cars from my friends, so I drive a lot of different cars.
Favorite gadgets: – I play a lot of video games. Perhaps I should answer a question about that?
Last cultural experience: – I watched “Mad Men” on DVD. It’s fantastic. I dream about being Don Draper.
-I don´t trust people. –
Alexander Rybak has dark circles under his eyes as he watches guests in the restaurant at Aker Brugge, Oslo. He arrived home at 2  in the morning last night, after signing autographs for almost 3 hours after a show, and then driving on the E18 alone in the dark. Continue reading Interview of Alexander Rybak to Norwegian Dagbladet/Magasinet, July 9th 2011

Alexander med fela ( Alexander with the fiddle.) Documentary from NRK, April 2009

Uploading to Youtube and english subtitles by bardo0007

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

You can read the interview with Per Sundnes, NRK, about the making of the documentary here.