NORWAY – Alexander Igoryevich Rybak is a Belarusian-Norwegian singer-composer, violinist, pianist and actor. Representing Norway in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, Russia, Rybak won the contest with 387 points—the highest tally any country has achieved in the history of Eurovision under the old voting system—with “Fairytale”, a song he wrote and composed. His debut album, Fairytales, charted in the top 20 in nine European countries, including a No. 1 position in Norway and Russia. Rybak made a return to Eurovision in 2012 and 2016, playing the violin during both interval acts.
Rybak was born in Minsk, Belarus, which at that time was the Belarusian SSR in the Soviet Union. When he was 4 years old, he and his family moved to Nesodden, Norway. Rybak was raised in the Orthodox religion. At the age of five, Rybak began to play the piano and the violin. His parents are Natalia Valentinovna Rybak, a classical pianist, and Igor Alexandrovich Rybak, a well-known classical violinist who performs alongside Pinchas Zukerman. He stated “I always liked to entertain and somehow that is my vocation”. Rybak bought a new apartment and lives now at Aker Brygge (Oslo, Norway). Rybak speaks Norwegian, Russian and English fluently, and has performed songs in all three languages. Rybak has also performed in Belarusian and, with Elisabeth Andreassen, in Swedish.
In 2010, several incidents of uncontrolled anger caused commentators to question whether Rybak has an anger control problem. During the trials for the ESC 2010 finals in Bærum, Rybak became so infuriated when a sound technician was not doing what he wanted that he smashed his own hand, breaking his fingers. Also, during trials for Swedish television in June 2010, he smashed his violin on the floor. His appearance was then cancelled. According to his manager, Kjell Arild Tiltnes, Rybak does not have an issue with aggression. Tiltnes stated that “as long as he abreacts on objects and on himself, I see no reason for this to be something that he needs help dealing with.” Rybak said, “I never raised my voice before, and that’s why I did what I did. I’m just a human being—and perhaps not the glossy image many believe. So it was good to get out frustrations so I could go on. It’s only me that goes beyond the same.”
|PARTICIPANT(S)||SONG TITLE||INTL’ JURY||PUBLIC||RESULT||SUPER FINAL||OIKOTIMES POLL|
|Alexander Rybak||"That's How You Write a Song"||4||Gold Final||1||Predicted to Win|
|Rebecca||"Who We Are"||3||Gold Final||2|
|Stella & Alexandra||"You Got Me"||2||Gold Final||3|
|Aleksander Walmann||"Talk to the Hand"||1||Gold Final||4|
|Nicoline||"Light Me Up"|
|Tom Hugo||"I Like I Like I Like"|
|Charla K||"Stop the Music"|
|Alejandro Fuentes||"Tengo Otra" ( I have another )|
|Vidar Villa||"Moren din" ( Your mother )|
NORWAY – Norway is getting ready for the 2018 final fo Melodi Grand Prix and wee will know who will represent the country in the Lisbon Eurovision Song Contest. Among the ten participants we see Alexander Rybak, Aleksander Walmann & Stella Mwangi, three former Eurovision participants (one of them winner of Eurovision) trying again to represent their country.
Butt why do they wish so much to return to Eurovision? Alexander Rybak, Aleksander Walmann & Stella Mwangi explain themselves to the public
“This time I do not see MGP as a place where I can promote myself, but rather an arena where I use myself to promote my music.”
Stella Mwangi says
“I feel very confident in myself now. This is part of my musical journey and in many ways, it’s just a new day at work.”
Aleksander Walmann says:
“I had never been able to set up entirely on my own this year without all the experience I did last year. Just joining this competition is a victory in itself.”
It is interesting to see that those three artists have developed a great friendship together. After all they have big memories as a common. Although Rebeca seems to be the MGP 2018 favourite according to the bookies, she is still second behind Alexander Rybak in our poll in which you can still vote by choosing up to three of your favourite finalists of MGP 2018.
NORWAY – An intereresting video published today by one of the contestants in the MGP 2018, the show through which Norway will decide its representative in the Eurovision Song Contest. It seems that Alexander Rybak is the first ever national final participant who pays a tribute to all of his fellow contestants showing that there is respect among the competitors.
The 2009 Eurovision winner through his video makes the MGP 2018 final anticipation gearing up more in our hearts. Below you can see the songs he presents in the video posted in this article.
00:03 – Aleksander Walmann [Talk To Hand]
00:55 – Nicoline [Light Me Up]
01:28 – Vidar Villa [Moren Din]
02:20 – Charla K [Stop The Music]
03:03 – Rebecca [Who We Are]
03:47 – Stella og Alexandra [You Got Me]
04:40 – Tom Hugo [I Like I Like I Like]
05:22 – Alejandro Fuentes [Tengo Otra]
05:56 – Ida Maria [Scandilove]
It is no secret that Rebecca is the top favourite to win the Norwegian national final next Saturday but we all know that up to the last minute anything can happen. In the meantime remember you can vote up to three of your favourite finalists in our poll
NORWAY – Jowst and Kristian Kostov are releasing a brand new single together called Burning Bridges and thee song will be released in March. Jespen Jenset is co-author of the song. “Burning Bridges” will be available from all major streaming services and download stores on Friday 9th March.
In the meantime Jowst and Alexander will join forces once again at the MGP final next Saturday. One of the most beloved entries in thee 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Since it’s only one week left until Burning Bridges is on the radio, I will follow everyone who shares a photo of a burning paper 📝 with “Burning Bridges – 7 Days” on. I’ll repost 10 of them on Instagram. Remember to tell me who to tag 🙌🙌 @KristianKostov_ and I are excited 😊
— JOWST (@JOWSTMUSIC) March 2, 2018
Joakim With Steen, better known as Jowst, is a Norwegian music producer and songwriter. He represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Grab the Moment”, along with vocalist Aleksander Walmann finishing in 10th place.
NORWAY – Norwegian broadcaster revealed today the ten finalists for MGP 2018 which will take place on March 10th. Lots of Eurovision stars are returning to the national selection including the winner Alexander Rybak. The team of oikotimes.com has opened the poll for the Norwegian final. Listen to the songs and vote up two three of your favourites below. The poll automatically closes on March 10th.
|PARTICIPANT(S) / SONG TITLE||VOTES||RESULTS||OIKOTIMES POLL|
|Charla K - Stop The Music|
|Alejandro Fuentes - Tengo otra|
|Alexander Walmann - Talk To The Hand|
|Stella Mwangi & Alexandra Rotan - You Got Me|
|Vidar Villa - Moren Din|
|Tom Hugo - I Like, I Like, I Like|
|Ida Maria - Scandilove|
|Rebecca Thorsen - Who We Are|
|Nicoline - Light Me Up|
|Alexander Rybak - That's How You Write a Song|