Alexander Rybak: Eurovision 2009 Winner

May 17, 2009

Meet Alexander Rybak, Eurovision 2009 Winner. See photos, video and a biography here of the violinist and singer who performed ‘Fairytale’ and brought victory to Norway in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

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The 54th annual Eurovision Song competition finals took place on May 16, 2009 in Moscow at the Olympic Stadium with 42 competing countries, 25 of which reached the finals.

Representing Norway, Alexander Rybak sang and performed on violin, the song, ‘Fairytale.’ He wrote the music and lyrics of the song which takes its inspiration from Norwegian folk music.

The song winner was determined by public voting and a jury. Reaching the finals in the competition, (which was seen by an estimated 100 million viewers throughout Europe) the song won with 387 points, the most ever in the entire history of the competition for Alexander Rybak the Eurovision 2009 Winner.

“Thank you so much, Russia. You are just great, thank you,” proclaimed a weepy Rybak, speaking in Russian from the stage after the result was announced Saturday night.

“You are the greatest public in the world,” he said before launching into a repeat performance of the light-hearted love song Fairy Tale.

Later in a backstage interview, the 23-year-old Alexander Rybak Eurovision 2009 reflected upon his victory.

“To be honest, I still think I’m far from being the best singer in this year’s competition…But I just had a story I wanted to tell. And I guess people liked that story and I also had a violin. I guess that helps.”

The song was selected in the Norwegian festival Melodi Grand Prix 2009 in February, winning in the biggest landslide of the contest’s history. It was Norway’s third Eurovision Song Contest win.

Eurovision has launched the career of numerous music artists including Celine Dion (Switzerland), ABBA (Sweden) and LuLu (U.K.).

As a biography, Alexander Rybak was born on May 12, 1986 so his age is 23. He was born in Minsk, Belarus. At age four his family moved to Norway. His parents are both musicians; his father, Igor Alexandrovich Rybak, is a well-known classical violinist and his mother, Natalia Valentinovna Rybak, is a classical pianist.

Alexander Rybak got his start in music at age five, playing piano and violin. In 2004 he was awarded the Anders Jahre Culture Prize.. He competed in Norway’s version of Idol in 2006 and reached the semi-finals. He is also an actor; he portrayed the fiddler in Oslo Nye Teater’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Alexander Rybak’s debut studio album, Fairytales will be released in Norway on June 2, 2009, and elsewhere in Europe on varying dates. He wrote the majority of the album’s track.

The album’s lead single is his Eurovision winning song Fairytale. It has topped singles charts in Greece and Norway and reached the top 5 in the U.K.

Here are Alexander Rybak photos. Watch video of the exciting ‘Fairytale’ performance by newly crowned Alexander Rybak: Eurovision 2009 winner below.

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13 Responses to “Alexander Rybak: Eurovision 2009 Winner”

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    Alexandri Says:

    Eurovision certainly did not launch the career of Lulu..the others yes. It did help launch the short career of Gina G who without actually being a winner went on to have the biggest hit record from the show since Abba possibly, aroundf the world and even in the US! But the sad truth is that very few careers have been launched by this show which in fact exists outside of the real music world, over such a huge span of time it is quite extraordinary how dew careers it has launched. It’s little wonder that the British, who produce so much great internationally succesfull music treat the show as just once a year kitsch fun and with such friendly disdain.

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    166lu Says:

    Alexander Rybak was the most beautifule person in eueovision…..He was so comfortable in the stage and i liked him… ALEXANDER I LOVE YOU and i’m very happy who you won…With love GALINI MAGKINA….from GREECE!!!!!!!

  3. 3
    166lu Says:

    Sorry for the mistakes (eurovision),(beautiful)….ALEXANDER I’M CRAZY FOR YOU AND I LOVE YOU SO MUTCH!!!!!!you are so cute and sexy!!!ALEXANDER AND GALINI=LOVE.FOR.EVER….FROM GREECE(XANTHI)

  4. 4
    miia Says:

    alexander you are sou beautiful and cool boy. Ilove you

  5. 5
    Aleks fans Says:

    Aleks you are a good boy and you merit this win.
    I am a fans from Albania.

    Aleksander ishe i shkelqyer!!!!
    URIME URIME URIME nga Albania


  6. 6
    GrG Says:

    heyzz..ALEXANDER RYBAK is so beautiful and cutiee.!! I LOVE YOUU..

    I am in love with aa FAIRYTALE..
    c0z I dont care if I lose my mind..
    i am in love with youu!!

    ALEXANDER RYBAK <3 till the bone..

    From Georgia and Athina <3

    ILY ILY ILY ILY ILY <333333333

  7. 7
    GrG Says:

    CYPRUS loves ALEXANDER RYBAK till the end of timee!!


    [ Georgia & Athina ]

    ILY ILY ILY bbee!!

  8. 8
    mary Says:

    hi i love you let be friends
    im fro newyork my parents and myv brothers and sisters are from russia to

  9. 9
    Valeriee Geerinck - Belgium Says:

    Alexander Rybak’s songs are just A-MA-ZING!!


    Keep Going!!
    You Have A Amazing Voice!
    And You Can Play aLSO Piano And Violin!!

  10. 10
    alexanderfan Says:

    i love him hi ismy fairytale!!!!and my future husband!!!!! me and myfriendswelove him

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