Article in Norwegian published by 12.05.2018

By Marit Sofie Strand

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Rybak and Teigen together during the Spellemann award in 2010. PHOTO: STIAN LYSBERG SOLUM / NTB SCANPIX

ESC veteran Teigen to Rybak: – You are historical!

LISBOA (NRK): Tonight Alexander Rybak goes on stage as number seven in the ESC final. 

The joy was great when Rybak received congratulation-wishes from Jahn Teigen himself.


“Now it is just to enjoy. You are historical! Hooray for you, just carry on as you always do! “

This is how Alexander Rybak received the message, from Jahn Teigen, before the big round of the evening in Lisbon. 

Rybak says he started the MGP adventure with Teigen as idol.

“It’s him, I have had as an inspiration here in Portugal,” Rybak told NRK.

He adds that it was therefore nice to read the message today.

“It’s the best energy injection I could get!

Teigen has participated fourteen times in MGP, and three times in ESC.

Alexander Rybak when he won the MGP final. Tonight he can go to the top for the second time in his ESC career.



Jahn Teigen has participated in the MGP fourteen times. PHOTO: ERIK THORBERG / NTB / SCANPIX / NRK

More good wishes

“Good luck today! You can do this very well. Just do what you do so well! You beat all the favorites on the experience and communication of both the song and you as a person. #ekte “,writes last year’s finalist Joakim With Steen (JOWST), in an SMS to Alexander Rybak.

JOWST etter at MGP-seieren er et faktum!
Jowst and Aleksander Walmann hand out points for Norway.PHOTO: JULIA NAGLESTAD

Together with Aleksander Walmann , JOWST shares the points from the Norwegian jury , this evening’s final.He says it’s nice to look back on last year in Kiev.

“It was so cool to join! he says.

He encourages Rybak to keep the mood up in the group, who is going on stage.

– Then, It will be a great experience no matter what!

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Hope for cooperation

Kjetil Mørland
Debrah Scarlet and Kjetil Mørland participated in the ESC in 2015.

In 2015, Kjetil Mørland was also in the final, together with Debrah Scarlet, he was singing “A monster like me”.

“I’m crossing my fingers and toes in England for Alexander to take home Eurovision next year,” says Mørland.

He adds that he is also looking forward to making music with Rybak.