The 2009 Eurovision Song Contest winner Alexander Rybak releases his Christmas album today. The album contains 12 classic Christmas songs, all in English, and is likely to put his fans into the right spirit leading up to the big holiday in just one month.
When the annuly Norwegian Christmas tour Stille Natt Hellige Natt kicks off on the 27th of November it will be with three former Eurovision Song Contest participants involved, two of them winners. Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Alexander Rybak will bring the Norwegian into the right spirit.
Since winning Eurovision in 2009, you'd have thought Alexander Rybak had quite literally lived the fairytale. With fame however, comes attention, some of it most unwanted. Rybak's newest single, out tomorrow, tells of the nightmare he has been experiencing lately with an obsessed fan trying to get too close.
Tone Damli Aaberge came oh so close to representing her native Norway back in 2009, but was stopped in her tracks by the overwhelming victory of Alexander Rybak and Fairytale. She did however go on to achieve some success in the US wtih her second placed entry Butterflies. Now, she feels it's time to give it another go.
Winner of this year's Eurovision Song Contest Loreen almost sparked a diplomatic crisis whilst in Baku as she made her views known against the regime in Azerbaijan, taking part in the Sing For Democracy rally. Since then however, the artists appears to have softened her stance somewhat, choosing to perform for one of Europe's most notorious dictators.
With three widely diverse performers such as Bettan, Alexander Rybak and Didrik Solli-Tangen on stage, something for practically every taste is almost guaranteed. The three artists combine their styles and talent to bring concertgoers a unique experience in July.
With the rare exception, the United Kingdom has had little to show of its former glory at the Eurovision Song Contest. Some fans blame a lack of interest on the part of the BBC, others claim that the rest of Europe has it in for the UK while Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has talked about his own theory as to the lack of British success.
Young Alexander Rybak managed to persuade viewers, pundits and sceptics alike when sweeping to victory in 2009. Would he be able to have the same effect on his examiners when he graduated this week from the Barratt Due Institute of Music?