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22 year-old to represent Norway in Eurovision Song Contest. With 747,888 votes, Alexander Rybak sailed through to the 2009 final in Moscow. Never before has anyone received so many votes in the national finals. Is the name of the Norwegian contribution at this year’s contest. On Saturday, the 22 year-old was in a dream world of his own. NRK reports that they have never experienced an atmosphere like it. “We haven’t seen the likes of this voting since we began with telephone-voting”, said Stian Malme, the leader for Melodi Grand Prix at the Corporation.

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22 year-old to represent Norway in Eurovision Song Contest

Published on Monday, 23rd February, 2009 at 06:52 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 27th February 2009 at 19:48.

With 747,888 votes, Alexander Rybak sailed through to the 2009 final in Moscow. Never before has anyone received so many votes in the national finals.

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“Fairytale”

Is the name of the Norwegian contribution at this year’s contest. On Saturday, the 22 year-old was in a dream world of his own. NRK reports that they have never experienced an atmosphere like it.

“We haven’t seen the likes of this voting since we began with telephone-voting”, said Stian Malme, the leader for Melodi Grand Prix at the Corporation.

“Nobody has experienced this before; it’s historic…We have had clear winners previously in the 50 years that MGP has been going, but never so dominant as this. It will make it extra special to travel to Moscow with an artist who is already a big success at home”, he continued.

There were others, and from abroad

But Rybak will also have to share the success with the three dancers from the Frikar dance company he had on stage with him on Saturday evening, reports Aftenposten; something that the paper believes will be noticed when it comes to the international final.

“This gang has meant everything. I have only a small violin, it’s them who are the show”, said Rybak.

And then there were the international fans who travelled to Oslo to see the show.

“We try to see as many national finals as possible; it’s a social gathering. You meet new people and get to see other countries. But the Norwegian show is, however, in a class of its own; it’s become a professional show on a high level. By the way, this is the third time I’m at the Norwegian final”, Robin Scott from Northern Ireland told Aftenposten.no.

Somewhat kinder that what fellow-countryman Terry Wogan used to say when he was the programme host in the UK’s screening of the final.

Norvège zéro points?

So can he pull it off? Hanne Sørvaag, singer songwriter from Rogaland thinks so.

“I think he’s got fantastic chances. It can be difficult to know who will appeal to different countries, but I believe that he will succeed. He’s got charm, the song is catchy and the violin-playing is a nice effect”, she said to aftenbladet.no.

Norway has both won the contest twice, and received no points twice. It remains to be seen whether they can make it a hat-trick.



Published on Monday, 23rd February, 2009 at 06:52 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 27th February 2009 at 19:48.

This post has the following tags: eurovision, song, contest, zero, points, norwegian, nrk, rogaland.





  
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