Alexander Rybak is moving closer to taking his second Eurovision victory as he moves to second favourite to win this years contest in Lisbon, Portugal.
Following his first rehearsal this morning Alexander Rybak has moved in to second position with bookmakers. The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 is now being tipped as a potential winner of this years contest on May 12th. Over the course of the past three days the Norwegian has moved from 7th to 2nd in the booking odds.
The current top five in the betting odds is as follows:
- Israel – Netta – Toy
- Norway – Alexander Rybak – That’s How You Write A Song
- France – Madame Monsieur – Mercy
- Australia – Jessica Mauboy – We Got Love
- Bulgaria – Equinox – Bones
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”.
Source: Eurovision World
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.