Aleksander Rybak Norway wins 2009 Eurovision Song Contest

Writing a blog about Norway and the Nordic countries, it would be a disgrace not to tell the world about this victory: Tonight Norway won The European Song competition with the song ‘Fairytale’:

That’s the third time Norway has won: in 1985 with Bobbysocks and 1995 with Secret Garden was the last time.

For those of you who are not that familiar with what the whole Europe has seen on TV tonight (they are talking about 100 mill viewers):
Without interruption, the Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since 1956, which makes it one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. In 2003, the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place, while the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated her 50th anniversary 2005. Viewers picked ABBA’s Waterloo as best ever Eurovision Song Contest song. In 2007, Europe could see the first ever Eurovision Dance Contest.

The 2008 we saw a record of 43 represented countries, as Azerbaijan and San Marino joined the family. The competition has been broadcast throughout Europe, but also in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States, even though these countries do not participate. In 2009, an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be launched.

That’s the best start for tomorrow, since its Norway’s Constitution and National Day. So stay tuned; there will soon be more celebrations! And it will be a hell of a party I’m sure!!

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  1. Except Norway won in 1985 and 1995.

    Your so right Linda – thanks for the correction – I’ve updated the post.

  2. gratulerer norge!!!!

    an exciting contest this year, the UK didn’t come last!!!! thats worth celebrating i think? well done norway, a very good song indeed.

  3. Congrats !
    I think Belgium never won ! :-(

    Enjoy today’s celebration ! I am sure I will read all about it in your blog ! :-)

  4. Congratulations x millions Norway! And I’m sure you’ll have a h*lluva party today – happy national day!

    I’m very happy for Iceland to come so high up in the top too, since they haven’t had so much luck with their contributions earlier.

    Sweden? Well, what can I say: Malena is a top singer and the song is great, but maybe not so fit as a Eurovision contest song :-)


  5. As many of European people I was with Pierre in front of the tV! Patricia Kaas was in the race for France but won only the 8 th place. Perhaps she should sing this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GKPDDVxmfU
    where she moves more and is not so static! I really discovered with the eurovision she was very loved and famous in Russia. I enjoyed hearing Aleksander and his violon. Congratulation Norway!

  6. I had never thought that this Eurovision was so popular until I arrived Norway in May… Aleksander Rybak was on every phrases almost… But I really realized the extent when they put speakers out on the windows from a champagne party at the christian socialist youth organization in Oslo… and people were dancing in the streets!

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