Norwegian media are reporting that Alexander Rybak will make his comeback to MGP 2018, nine years after he won the Eurovision Song Contest with “Fairytale”.
Rumours began circulating about Rybak’s possible return to MGP after an interview on God Morgen, Norge on TV2, directly after Portugal’s win in this year’s contest. He explained:
“There’s a production company that offered me millions to represent Belarus next time in Eurovision, but I would rather do it for free for Norway.”
Rybak, who was born in Belarus, composed the song “Accent” which was sung by MILKI in the Belarusian national selection in 2014. The song finished in fourth place. This summer, he appeared on Allsang på grensen alongside two-time Eurovision winner, Johnny Logan. He also posted a photo on Instagram with Logan with the comment: “Makes me want to go for Eurovision all over again!”
Rybak is not the only former Norwegian Eurovision participant rumoured to be making a comeback to MGP in 2018. Other artists rumoured to be making a comeback include Aleksander Wallmann (2017) and Stella Mwangi (2011). Norwegian newspaper VG is also reporting that Ida Maria, Vidar Villa and Alexandra Rotan will be taking part in the competition. All mentioned declined to comment.
Stig Karlsen project manager and music director for MGP, commented:
“It is always exciting with rumors and speculation, but I do not comment on the artist or songwriter names before publication. We are holding a press conference on January 15th and are looking forward to presenting a solid collection of composers and artists.”
MGP will take place in the Oslo Spektrum on March 10. Silya Nymoen and Kåre Magnus Bergh will present the event, where 10 songs compete for the chance to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon.
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
Norway debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960, and have won the contest three times – in 1985, 1995 and 2009. The country has the dubious record of finishing last the most times, eleven in total, and have received nul points four times. Norway last won the contest in 2009 when Alexander Rybak broke all records with his song “Fairytale”. He scored 387 points in the final, receiving 16 sets of 12 points and scoring points from every country.