Alexander Rybak, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, has turned down an offer to perform at Spain’s Eurovision 2017 selection tomorrow.
Alexander Rybak won the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, Russia in 2009 with his song “Fairytale”, and holds the record for most points received under the pre-2016 voting system. The Norwegian singer revealed today on Instagram that he had been contacted by the Spanish national broadcaster to perform at tomorrow’s Spanish national final. In the post on Instagram, Alexander Rybak stated:
Spanish media have rumoured that instead tomorrow we will see former Eurovision participants perform as interval acts, such as 2016 Spanish representative Barei.
Six entrants will be competing to win the Eurovision ticket on the 11th February. The show will start at 22.05 CET and it’ll be aired online on rtve.es as well.
Spain was drawn to vote in the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest along with the other Big 5 countries like Italy and the United Kingdom.
The running order of the Spanish national final Objetivo Eurovision is as follows:
- Manel Navarro – “Do it for your lover”
- Leklein – “Ouch!!”
- Paula Rojo – “Lo que nunca fue”
- Mario Jefferson – “Spin my head”
- Maika – “Momento critico”
- Mirela – “Contigo”
Source: Alexander Rybak
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Spain debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has competed annually since. Spain has won the contest on two occasions the first being in 1968 and the second time in 1969. 1969 is the only year where more than one song has won the contest, the 1969 contest saw a four-way tie between Spain, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Since 2000 Spain has only managed to finish in the top.10 on five occasions, the last time being in 2014 with Ruth Lorenzo. However, the country has finished 20th or below on eight occasions, the worst placement being 25th in 2013.