This year 43 countries will be present at this years Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Lisbon in May. With less than two weeks to go until all of Europe descends on Portugal's capital, Eurovoxx will introduce you to each country that will be participating.
Who Is Alexander Rybak?
If you think you have seen Alexander before, you probably have. The Belarussian- Norwegian singer is most famous for representing, and winning the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway in 2009. The Peter Pan of Eurovision is 31 years old, having been born in 1986. He is an accomplished singer, songwriter, composer, actor, pianist and violinist, He can pretty much do most things.
His winning Eurovision entry "Fairytales" in 2009 scored 387 points, which under the old voting system was the highest scoring entry ever. The song charted in 29 countries, and landed the number one spot in five countries including Norway and Russia. Europe clearly fell in love with him.
He was born in Belarus, but moved to Oslo when he was ten years old. Prior to his success at Eurovision, he entered a number of talented shows including the Norwegian version of idol that saw him progress to the semi finals.
Since Eurovision he has debuted as an actor in "Black Lightening", along with six other movies, including one depicting his Eurovision experience. He has released 5 albums, and over ten songs which have charted very well. Alexander has won numerous awards, and prizes, but could the Eurovision 2018 trophy be his next one?
Check Alexander Rybak's Eurovision Entry, "That's How You Write A Song" Here:
How Was Alexander Chosen?
This year Norway stuck to its traditional 'Melodie Grand Prix 2018', which was broadcast live on the 10th March 2018. The edition saw one show comprised of ten artists fight it out to be in the next round of the show. This national final was popular as it contained at least four artists that had represented Norway in the past.
The first heat saw an international jury select the four songs they wanted to progress to the "silver dual". This dual saw four artists become two, and was decided by SMS votes. Alexander Rybak came first with 133, 164 votes, nearly tripling the amount of votes for his nearest rival Rebecca.
The final heat, the "gold dual" saw both fight it out to become Norway's Eurovision representative this year. Again, the winner was decided by SMS votes, and ultimately it was Alexander who won the vote with 71% of the vote compared to Rebecca's 29%. His song, "That's how you write a song" will be Norway's entry this year in Lisbon.
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Norway At Eurovision
This year will mark Norway's 57th Eurovision entry. They first debuted in the contest in 1960, and have only missed two shows since. They have won the competition on three occasions, the first came with "Bobbysocks" back in 1985 with, "Lat Det Swing". Ten years later saw "Secret Garden" win the Eurovision in 1995 with "Nocturne", with their final victory coming in 2009 with "Alexader Rybak" and the song "Fairytale".
Regardless of these wins, Norway have also won two other titles. The first being the country that has come last the most. They have achieved this 11 times, of which four of these have scored "Nil Points", which is the second title they have won.
Regardless of this the Nordic nation has made it into the top ten on no less than 23 times, and since the introduction of the semi finals, they have only failed to make it to the Grand Final on three occasions. Can Alexander show the rest of Europe how to write a song this year? In a weeks time we shall find out.
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