Alexander Rybak has spoken for the first time after winning Melodi Grand Prix 2018, as the Eurovision 2009 winner returns to the contest this May.
Speaking with NRK after being selected to represent Norway for a second time at the Eurovision Song Contest, Alexander Rybak expressed his shock and gratitude for being selected by the Norwegian public last night. Speaking about the moment he was announced as the winner, Rybak commented;
I heard my name, was it that I went out, or did I win?
With questions already being asked about whether he could win for a second time for Norway, he stated;
I know it will be difficult. There is little chance that an artist will win for his country twice in a row. It’s just Johnny Logan who has done and he has a birthday the same day as me. I just want to try to make Norway proud.
Alexander Rybak’s mother, Natalia Valentinovna Rybak was in the audience throughout the show to support her son. Natalia was full of pride and joy at her son being selected again, saying;
It was a lot harder today than it was the first time. I was much more nervous. It’s much easier the first time. Now he came with a status that is very demanding. So I’m very easy and happy. I love his song.
The return of the former Eurovision winner to the competition has already made headlines across Europe. Media outlets in the United Kingdom, Finland, the Netherlands and Spain are all reporting about Alexander Rybak’s return.
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.