The next artist featured in our “Who Is” series for the Eurovision 2018 season is Alexander Rybak from Norway.
In March, it was decided that Alexander Rybak would once again represent Norway at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after he won Melodi Grand Prix. Let’s get to know a bit more about him.
Alexander Rybak was born on 13th May 1986 in Minsk, Belarus. When he was young, his family emigrated to Norway, and at 10 years old, Alexander became a student at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. He started learning how to play piano and violin at the age of 5. The singer first entered the public eye when he took part in Idol: Jakten på en superstjerne, the Norwegian version of Idol, in 2005. He went on to reach the semi-final. A year later, he won Kjempesjansen (“The Great Opportunity”), a talent show on NRK. In 2007, he went on to play the fiddle in Fiddler on the Roof in Oslo Nye Teater, and won the Hedda Award.
Alexander became popular globally when he won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 with his song “Fairytale”. He holds the record for the most amount of points using the older voting system, finishing the contest with 387 points, 169 points ahead of runner-up Iceland. After the contest was over, he released his first album “Fairytales”, and went on to tour Norway and Europe. In the years after his victory, he released many singles, and composed several entries for Eurovision national final participants including Belarus’ Milki, and Malta’s Franklin Calleja.
Alexander Rybak will represent Norway at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest this May. He was selected after he won Melodi Grand Prix 2018 with “That’s How You Write A Song”.
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.