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Victor Hondal


12/Dec at 11:45



Alexander Rybak, Norway - © Penelope Films
© Penelope Films

Spektrum surrendered to him

Rybak stars at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Alexander Rybak, the latest winner of the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway, gave an impressive performance of his hit Fairytale yesterday evening at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, held at the Oslo Spektrum. Rybak shared the stage with other nine acts.

The concert was hosted by the American actor and singer Will Smith and his wife, the actress and singer Jada Pinkett. The show featured a total of ten acts that performed in front of an absolutely crowded Oslo Spektrum.

Alexander was one of the guest artists yeasterday evening. He gave a fascinating performance of Fairytale, the song that brought him success both in his home country, Norway, and abroad. The other nine acts that performed in Oslo were the Irish band Westlife, Natasha Bedingfield, Wyclef Jean, Donna Summer, Toby Keith, Lang Lang, Luis Fonsi, Amadou & Mariam and Esperanza Spalding.

This year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, President of the United States Barack Obama could not attend the concert, although the hostess of the show, Jada Pinkett, said that Mr Obama "would love to be here tonight, but he is absolutely here with us in spirit".

Watch Alexander Rybak's performance yesterday evening at the Nobel Peace Prize Concet beneath:

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Lina !!! [56410]
Mon 14 Dec 2009 15:24:18

how and they didnt choose American singer :O i m supriced ;)

Melissa Kutcher [60257]
Mon 14 Dec 2009 04:43:50

I live in the United States, and if President Obama had stayed for the concert, his critics would have lambasted him and his wife Michelle for attending the concert instead of working on improving the economy and reforiming health care.

Now that is taken care of, I admire Alexander's spirit in continueing the show after he dropped his violin. The cameramen covered it very well by focusing on the dancers. The violin did not sound the same after that, but he went on anyway.

Hopefully Toby Keith, who is one of the United States biggest music acts, recognizes Alexander's talent, and Toby may help Alexander here in the USA!

Shane Heneghan [39730]
Mon 14 Dec 2009 02:08:15

There is an active campaign to bring back the orchestra, or at the very least to remove the outright ban on live instruments on stage. It is available at the following links.

Please sign the petition and/or join the facebook group if you support this idea and if you don't well some of the major problems people have with the orchestra/live music being brought back are dealt with here... http://esclivemusic.(...)troducing-live-music

Layla Al-Magnuna [58775]
Mon 14 Dec 2009 01:17:26

I don't think it is ignorant, it is an opinion, which everyone is entitled to. The masses might be the majority, but that doesn't necessarily make it right, lol. :P

Lena Larsson [38528]
Sun 13 Dec 2009 15:32:12

Congrats..but I don't like him!

Chris P. . [42145]
Sun 13 Dec 2009 11:46:46

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't mourn the loss of the orchestra, BUT it''s irrelevant in the 21st century.

I disagree with this completely. Equate orchestra with "live music" and based on what I know of people of all ages, live music is preferred when they go to a gig or concert. The loss of the orchestra owes far more to cost cutting than being "irrelevant" in my opinion.

Zohar ... [10195]
Sun 13 Dec 2009 09:16:18

I LOVE the orchestra, and the only reason I bothered watching this video, is because of the anticipation of hearing Fairytale totally live, and I loved it :), but just because I love live sound doesn't mean the rest of the world wants to hear it like that. Today the standards are totally different, and the public wants something else than what I want. I could live in my little bubble (which by the way I do) or be realistic and move with the times.

I certainly have no right to call the people of today shallow & dumb. One vs a billion is just ignorant on my behalf, and I have ore serious conflict with the world concerning what is called "Entertainmant" !

Layla Al-Magnuna [58775]
Sun 13 Dec 2009 08:30:27

But I guess the shallow, dumb people of today would rather spend their time focusing on what clothes to wear, which dancemoves to use, what their hair should look like, styling, fashion and stupid superficial stuff like that. Like Lene Alexandra this year who said some of what she looked forward to most was to be styled by stylists, dress-up and play. That kind of thinking and the fact that ESC does playback music is a bit embarrassing. People must be pretty airheaded.

Layla Al-Magnuna [58775]
Sun 13 Dec 2009 08:25:58

@Zohar ...
Miss-balance? Irrelevant? Did you even watch the video? Fairytale sounded BETTER with an orchestra on it! Any real performer would be able to perform LIVE so there will be no risking "miss-balance" if they are true performers! Orchestras will never be irrelevant or "outdated".

Zohar ... [10195]
Sat 12 Dec 2009 22:26:27

Aaaaahhh, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't mourn the loss of the orchestra, BUT it''s irrelevant in the 21st century. I doubt any contestant would risk the danger of a miss-balance for the prestige of performing to a big live orchestra.

I am not going to tell ESC-Today what to publish on their site, but it would be interesting if they would ask every participant for 2010 if they would like to sing to live orchestra, or backing tape, or a mix, or play live on top of pre-recorded tracks, or any other option. The site has many editors and connections, it Would be interesting to settle this once and for all.

Pera [55652]
Sat 12 Dec 2009 17:40:26

WOW! This was great! I want orchestra back!

Layla Al-Magnuna [58775]
Sat 12 Dec 2009 17:38:52

Please update with the Belarusian NF news! 5 new songs and a jury's choice.

Layla Al-Magnuna [58775]
Sat 12 Dec 2009 17:38:00

OMG, YES! It sounded MUCH better live with an orchestra behind him as well. Much better performance than in ESC. He also sings better now. He's improved. This should prove that an orchestra does not sound outdated and it makes the music richer and more authentic and real. BRING IT BACK!

I hope his performance in ESC again will be similar, but a little more mystic/folky. :)

What a shame he dropped the violin though so that it sounded false afterwards, poor guy, lol.

Rita Markovich [38115]
Sat 12 Dec 2009 17:34:41

Rybak-Ata me'anyen li et ha tachat!

Michael UK [23926]
Sat 12 Dec 2009 13:44:23

wonder if will smith had ever heard of esc before?

Deyan Petrov [51569]
Sat 12 Dec 2009 13:03:24

WESTLIFE will be there too

Phantom Matt [60175]
Sat 12 Dec 2009 12:57:24

I really hope the EBU brings the orchestra back to eurovision, his song sounds so much better without playback.

Ben Gray [44512]
Sat 12 Dec 2009 12:41:14

What an honour for Alexander to play at this concert! Many congratulations to him. This performance was so much better with live music and more people on stage. I hope a similar performance will be prepared for the opening of Eurovision 2010!!

pedro martin [10432]
Sat 12 Dec 2009 12:40:14

amazing with the orchestra!

Pablo Hern�ndez [17229]
Sat 12 Dec 2009 12:20:57

Oh my God! It sounds amazing with live music!

Kris JJ [54615]
Sat 12 Dec 2009 12:09:06

woowwww!!!! even better than in eurovision

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