51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 18: Alexander Rybak – Fairytale

I’m so excited! No, I’m not singing the lyrics to a well know ‘Pointer Sisters’ song, I’m so excited because we’ve entered the month of May, which means ‘The Eurovision Song Contest’ is drawing near. How could I not include some ‘Eurovision’ in this music feature?

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I’ve landed the music time machine in the year 2009, so we can meet the artist who, until 2016, held the record for the most number of points awarded to a song in the history of The Eurovision Song Contest. Take it away, Alexander…

I don’t know why, but Alexander has one of those faces I’d like to slap. Does anyone else think so? Anyway, my eyes were also drawn to the two guys dancing in the background. How did they manage all those moves? Did they believe they were at the gym? Did anybody else notice them, or were your eyes transfixed on Alexander’s fiddle?

Alexander said the song was based on an ex-girlfriend of his, but also admitted that a beautiful female creature from Scandinavian folklore was also on his mind when he wrote it. I’m not sure what I would have thought about that, but I suppose he at least said the creature was beautiful.

Here’s a clip of the song from the night Alexander performed it for Norway at The Eurovision Song Contest.

The song did very well on music charts around the world getting to the number one spot in seven countries including, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark. In the UK, it scraped into the top ten at number ten which, for a winning song from The Eurovision Song Contest, was magnificent for the time.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. Thank you to Ruth, Marie, Barbara, and Kat who joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song, and to Terri who linked one of her posts to this feature.

Do you have a favourite song from The Eurovision Song Contest?

Want to join Hugh in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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