a fairytale win for norway; alexander rybak conquers eurovision

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It was an eventful weekend for Norway as Alexander Rybak conquered the 54th Eurovision Song Contest with a historic landslide win in Moscow Saturday, eve of the Norwegian national day. We held a Eurovision party at our place in the company of great friends. Fellow blogger Yed arrived in Oslo that day as part of his European trip in time for the party and the national celebrations the following day.

Hotly tipped as this year’s winner, Alexander charmed all of Europe with his self-composed “Fairytale” as he received points from all 42 voting countries. Even more staggering was receiving 16 12-point votes, the highest possible score to give. In the end, Alexander broke all-time record and ran away from 24 other final contenders with 387 points. Runners-up Iceland and Azerbaijan were more than 160 and 180 points shy from Norway, respectively.

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Moscow gave a truly amazing show, and I felt that all the songs/countries in this year’s finals deserved their place. There was no single bad song in essence. Clearly, gimmick performances (ehem, Czech Republic, Serbia and Belgium) got weeded out. Rock songs didn’t make the cut either. Iceland was a deserving 2nd placer – her song was amazing and her performance flawless. United Kingdom (5th) was quite a surprise for me – she really shone for three minutes and her vocal range was unbelievable. Favorite Greece (7th) never appealed to me as he was so mechanical and a bit too jerky. It didn’t help that his singing was awful too. France’s (8th) Patricia Kaas showed what a world-class artist she was. Ukraine (12) got robbed of a better placing in the finals as she was truly a sight on that stage. Her song had a catchy hook, her act raunchy and raw. Portugal (15) deserved a better placing too – she was a breath of fresh air. Germany (20) had a guy with a hot body and Dita Von Teese’s crazy waistline. That’s about it. I felt sorry for Sweden (21) – somehow their formula ain’t working. Maybe they tried to do too much – alternatively basking Malena’s act in blinding white light, which reminded me of Charlotte Perelli’s grey-skinned entrance last year. Spain (24) must feel terrible falling hard when Soraya proclaimed from her national finals win that she was gonna take the night and had a huge rolling intercontinental campaign. Norway never did a PR junket. Alexander gave his all on the one night that mattered and secured a fairytale win for the elf-looking 23 year old Alexander.

Congratulations to Alexander! I’m proud to be living in Norway, as we are hosting next year’s competition. I’m sure Norway will pull all stops to deliver a contest to remember.

Here are some pics Vanessa and I took from the party, look out for the Eurovision cake (thanks to Neil’s baker and my graphic design skill, lol).

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Fun, fun. fun! Coming up – Norway’s 17th of May celebrations.

P.S. My blog stats went bananas since Alexander won. It had more than 5,200 views yesterday and today it’s counting at around 3,500. Crazy!

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12 Responses to “a fairytale win for norway; alexander rybak conquers eurovision”


  1. 1 RennyBA May 18, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    No wonder your blog stats went bananas – this is a great post!

    Looks like you had a great party too and what a cake!

    Hope your 17th of May celebration was fine too – the day after :-)

    • 2 freshmess May 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you Renny! Everyone loved that cake. Hehehe. Hope you had a nice 17th of May. I had a totally different experience of it from years past. I’ll make a blogpost later this week. :)

  2. 3 Traveloholic May 19, 2009 at 2:54 am

    awwwwww…i heart the song from Norway…. obviously, Eurovision didn’t even create a buzz here in the US but I was intrigued with this. I viewed the top 3 and based on first impression…Norway is the most memorable and original… love the back-up dancers and singers too….cute as a button… I’m viewing the video for 20x now.

  3. 5 irene law May 19, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Hi,

    You have a nice blog.

  4. 7 K May 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    I thought he was amazing. I saw his youtube you posted before.

    That’s a wonderful cake, you designed it? Bravo!

  5. 9 bagaholicboy May 25, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Wait a minute… that’s an actual cake? Gosh!

  6. 11 yed May 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    it’s not just the cake that made raves. there is everything else. the details mark and knut did with the party is really fantastic. even the big screen was framed with russian dolls or the like. the food with the flags representing the contestants…the list goes on. it was such a great pleasure being invited to such a gathering. it was really one of the highlights of my trip. :) thanks, mark!

    • 12 freshmess May 26, 2009 at 6:34 pm

      awww, thanks yed and you’re most welcome! it was really awesome having you over for the party. who would have thought that we’d party together in oslo?! this was only our 2nd meeting, and definitely not the last either. :) it was my pleasure showing you and your brother around town. there are many others places we could have gone to, but crunch time. there’s probably a next time anyway… have fun the rest of your trip! i’ll email you photos from norway. :)


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