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On May 17 Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak arrived at Oslo’s Gardermoen International Airport, where a mob of screaming girls was waiting. After carefully reviewing Alex’s reaction to said mob, Wiwi Bloggs is happy to report that Alex is still, like, totally nice. “It’s just unbelievable,” he told Norwegian news reporters. “I don’t understand. I hoped for 20 to 30 people.”

Ahead of the Eurovision final he appeared on Norwegian TV and apologized to fans for not being able to respond to their texts. Since winning Europe’s largest song contest, he’s received a few more messages. “Famous people are sending me texts,” he said. “I don’t know how they get my number.” If any of you do, please send that number to Wiwi!

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Norway's fiddle-playing boy wonder turns 23 years old today. Alexander looks all of 15, and Wiwi strongly suspects that he should be competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This all has shades of the Chinese women's gymnastics team from Beijing, non? Just kidding. Happy Birthday Alex!

Norway’s fiddle-playing boy wonder turns 23 years old today. Alexander looks all of 15, and Wiwi strongly suspects that he should be competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This all has shades of the Chinese women’s gymnastics team from Beijing, non? Just kidding. Happy Birthday Alex!

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Alexander Rybak, Norway’s hippest folk artist, can finger that fiddle as well as anyone. But can he handle pop? Watch Alex take on Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” on Norwegian TV, and then compare with the real thing. Wiwi prefers Alex’s interpretation to Jason’s. What do you think?

 

 

Jason’s turn:

 

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Is Alexander Rybak Actually Cute?

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Shortly after winning Norway’s Melody Grand Prix contest, violinist Alexander Rybak vomited. He reveals this and other juicy tidbits in the video below (don’t worry, the interview has English subtitles). He says that he no longer has contact with the woman he sings about in Fairytale, and he reports feeling sad that he doesn’t have “the time or the strength” to respond to all of the congratulatory texts he receives. However, he did recently respond to an 11-year old violinist who sought advice on what to do about bullies. (Ladies: text him saying you play the violin and are bullied. Include a photo. Who knows what will happen!)

Alexander Rybak Sings Jason Mraz

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Chiara Eurovision 2009 MaltaChiara has revealed to Eurovision TV that she isn’t rehearsing, that she still works a day job and that she thinks Norway’s much-ballyhooed Alexander Rybak resembles Harry Potter.

Here are the highlights of the interview:

(1) Chiara wants to be well-rested ahead of her trip to Moscow. She took a week off, but now it’s “one appointment after the other until [May] 2nd, when we leave to Moscow.”

(2) She doesn’t have any plans to rehearse her act, which makes sense given that she isn’t known for her dancing or acrobatics.  “I’m always alone on stage, so there’s not really so much preparation. Usually it comes with what I feel at the moment and that comes usually when I go on the stage of Eurovision, so I cannot really rehearse it at home.”

(3) Despite being an incredibly talented singer known throughout the Mediterranean, Chiara still has a day job. As a secretary. “In Malta, unfortunately, we don’t have a music industry. You know, it’s a very small island. . . so most of us singers have to do a normal job in the morning and my normal job is a secretary. Yes, the full thing with glasses and everything. I’m there.”

(4) She’s only listened to two other entries: Spain and Norway.

“The one of Spain because I met it on the Internet. I liked the one of Spain I must say even though it’s in Spanish. To my ear it sounded very nice.” And Norway? “The one of Norway reminded me a lot of Harry Potter.”

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(5) While acts from the U.K., Ukraine, Sweden and elsewhere have been performing all over Europe to promote their songs, Chiara is staying home. “In 1998 I did not go to any place for promotion and I came third. In 2005 I went to a whole lot of places and I came second. I believe, yes, you have to make promotion, but I believe today the most important part of promtion is Internet. That is the thing you have to push.”

(6) Any fears? “I’m worried about slipping.”

(Click here to see how Chiara did at Eurovision 2009)

Here’s the full interview:

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Photoshop and camera tricks do not a true beauty make. Alexander Rybak has been heralded as Norway’s answer to Zac Efron, but Wiwi Bloggs can now reveal that Rybak is totally DCI—he deteriorates on closer inspection.

Here’s the image Rybak’s management wants you to salivate over:

Cute

Cute

But here’s what he actually looks like:

Not as cute

Not as cute

Wait, it gets worse. . .

Reality is such a letdown.

Reality bites.

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From the folk dancers who appear to be doing Russian aerobics, to the blond backup singers dressed as Greek goddesses, Norway’s entry is full of what-the-f*ck moments. At the center of it all is Alexander Rybak, a Russian-born violinist who, by all accounts, is incredibly sweet and lovable. He celebrates his 23rd birthday on May 13—smack in the middle of the two Eurovision Semi-Finals. Will voters deliver him a present? (Update: On May 16 they did!)

Why Norway May Win:

First, his song Fairytale is catchy and has mass appeal: he takes gypsy-style folk music popular in Eastern Europe and translates it into something that will appeal to Western voters. Also, 75% of the entries are ultra-modern dance numbers that are hard to distinguish from one another. Norway is upbeat but different—like a gypsy DJ was set loose in the discotheque!

Second, Rybak looks like he’s from the Balkans—certainly that won’t hurt his chances in places like Serbia, Macedonia and Albania, all notorious for bloc voting. (Of course, he may not be as cute as everyone thinks. See images here.)

Third, this act has got so much spectacle! In the Norwegian final there were plenty of back flips and all sorts of things exploding. Last year Russia won with a world champion figure skater doing circles around the singer, so you really do need something special.

Finally, Rybak speaks fluent Russian—he lived in the USSR until he was four—so watch for him to make pleas on Russian-language stations throughout the former Soviet Republics and in Mother Russia.

Why Norway May Not Win:

Bookies have listed Norway as the favorite for more than a month, so voters may well be sick of him by the time the finals roll around. That could open the door for Greece, currently second among oddsmakers. Rybak may look like he hails from the Balkans, but Sakis Rouvas actually does! Expect the odds on Greece to narrow as the competition grows near.

And despite being more folksy, Fairytale still qualifies as a dance number—and those dance numbers really do start to sound repetitive during a two-hour broadcast. It’s possible voters will prefer a standout ballad, like It’s My Time from the U.K. or Malta’s lovely entry What if We? from Chiara Siracusa.

What do you think? Does Norway deserve to be the favorite? Can anyone stop this boy wonder?

Alexander Rybak Sings Jason Mraz

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