Norway is celebrating a third Eurovision Song Contest victory after Alexander Rybak's fairytale won the Eurovision Song Contest by a landslide. The song that has been a runaway favourite since before even winning Melodi Grand Prix did not disappoint, and broke the record for the number of points gained by a song and the winning victory margin.
As the Eurovision Song Contest voting came to a conclusion, the clocks in Norway passed midnight and Norway's national day began. Traditionally a day of national celebration and pride, today, Norway is celebrating twice as hard.
Last night, the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, who is currently in Spain before travelling to Russia stated "it’s a great holiday and I should say that it will be particularly pleasant for me now to visit Moscow next Tuesday". The Minister for Culturesignalled that the government would work closely with NRK to stage the 2010 Eurovision SongContest, stating "It’s simply fantastic. We are already thinking where to hold the event next year".
The first videos of street parties following Alexander Rybak's victory are now appearing online. Below, you can see some of the crowds coming out on the streets of Norway to celebrate their victory. Alexander Ryback joins Bobbysocks and Secret Garden in the Eurovision hall of fame, as the third winner to take the Eurovision Song Contest to norway.
If you have videos from your Eurovision parties last night, or videos of the reaction in Norway, please email the link to [email protected] and we will show them on esctoday.com
- Join the esctoday Facebook page here.