Alexander Rybak has sent out a message to the participants of Eurovision Young Musicians.
After appearing at the Norwegian selection show for Eurovision Young Musicians, singer Alexander Rybak has recorded a message to show his support to the participants of this year’s contest. The Eurovision winner and 2018 participant states:
All of us are in the same creative family. Support each other, believe in your talent, and write down your ideas.
Virtuos, the national final show took place on Sunday, which saw 15-year-old Birgitta Elisa Oftestad being selected to represent Norway at the contest, which will be held in Edinburgh this year.
NRK has used Virtuos to select the Norwegian participant in Eurovision Young Musicians since 2006, the format has seen Norway take victory at the 2012 contest in Vienna, Austria. In 2016 Norway was represented by 17-year-old Ludvig Gudim who performed Carmen Fantasie by Franz Waxman, he did not place within the top three.
Alexander Rybak won MGP 2018 in March with his entry “That´s How You Write a Song”, and will represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 for the second time after he won the contest in 2009 with the song “Fairytale”.
Eurovision Young Musicians has been held bi-annually since 1982. The contest was based on the format of The BBC Young Musician of the Year in the United Kingdom. Performers in the contest must be aged under 18 years and are selected by their participating broadcaster. Each performer performs a piece of classical music of their choice accompanied by the local orchestra. The winner is decided by a jury made up of classical music experts and talents.