Norway wins Eurovision Song Contest 2009!

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Tonight, the 54th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was held. 25 countries competed and in the end the televoters and the juries decided that Alexander Rybak from Norway is the winner with the song Fairytale written by himself. Norway has won the contest for the third time following victories in 1985 and 1995.

Alexander Rybak won by a landslide with 387 points, the highest amount of points ever, ahead of the representatives from Iceland and Azerbaijan.

The complete results are as follows:

  1. Norway – 387 points
  2. Iceland – 218 points
  3. Azerbaijan – 207 points
  4. Turkey – 177 points
  5. United Kingdom – 173 points
  6. Estonia – 129 points
  7. Greece- 120 points
  8. France – 107 points
  9. Bosnia & Herzegovina – 106 points
  10. Armenia – 92 points
  11. Russia – 91 points
  12. Ukraine – 76 points
  13. Denmark – 74 points
  14. Moldova – 69 points
  15. Portugal – 57 points
  16. Israel – 53 points
  17. Albania – 48 points
  18. Croatia – 45 points
  19. Romania – 40 points
  20. Germany – 35 points
  21. Sweden – 33 points
  22. Malta – 31 points
  23. Lithuania – 23 points
  24. Spain – 23 points
  25. Finland – 22 points

Alexander Rybak was born in Minsk,Belarus, but he grew up in Norway. He started playing the violin and the guitar at the age of fiveand he also bebgan singing and writing his own songs. He hit the stage soon andperformed with famous artists like Morten Harket of a-ha (Eurovision Song Contest 1996 host), Hanne Krogh (Norway 1971, 1985, 1991) and Arve Tellefsen.

Having already taken part in Norwegian Pop Idol in 2005,Alexander took part in the second edition of the talent search Kjempesjansen, a Norwegian TV showthat is looking for young talents in music and dance, in 2006.He could win this show with his own composition Foolin'.He later won the Anders Jahres award and became a conductor for Norway's most famous orchestra of young musicians. In 2007, he starredas fiddler in the Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick musical Fiddler on the roof in Oslo.

In 2009, Alexander took part in MGP 2009, the Norwegian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. He qualified from the semi final and could win the national final by a landslide. At that time, Fairytale was already the number one in the Norwegian charts and it was therefore the first MGP entry ever to top the charts before the final was held. To date, the single has sold to triple platinum.

Hjertelig til lykke! Vi sees i Norge i 2010!

  • Norway -Grand Final performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIamYlYGomQ&rel=0
  • Interview with Alxender Rybak http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyDd3GZe6Vo&rel=0

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