Alexander Rybak Rants About Eurovision Politics, Betting, Voting, Jamala and Sergey
Everyone has something to say about last weekend’s Eurovision contest – that was in my opinion #Amazing! You will have spotted the 2009 Fiddling Winner Rybak as part of the half time show.
He seems to have a lot to get off his chest so luckily for him Facebook doesn’t limit you to a few characters like Twitter.
What did the ‘Fairytale’ singer have to say on politics?
“First of all, PLEASE stop talking about politics! This is a SONG contest, and it just so happens that Ukraine and Russia had both good SONGS this year.”
Betting has been a part of Eurovision for as long as I can remember. Like most sporting or entertainment contests there has been betting since time began. However Alexander thinks differently !
“Second, I really hate how betting has slowly ruined the fun in Eurovision. I was a betting favorite in 2009, and I hated it back then, too! ESC should not turn into a hype- and popularity-contest, and everyone should be given a fair chance. Belgium, Netherlands, Armenia, Spain amongst others suffered from being underrated in the betting. It will never be fair as long as there is betting.”
Well Rybak had a pop at people who are having a pop at the voting system. Actually his comments are somewhat incorrect about the voting system being the same since 2009. The EBU have a lovely video Alexander that explains how the voting is actually different and sees that by splitting out the votes has a huge impact on the voting. Just ask Michal Szpak about that!
“Third, no reason for bitching about the voting system. It’s the same 50/50 that has been for years since Moscow 2009. Last year, Italy was the televiewers favorite, but came 3rd because the juries didn’t think the song was good enough.”
He continues by saying the following
“Let’s face it: The audience will always vote for the best overall impression, while the juries are there to make sure the good songs (which maybe can’t afford an expensive show) get a fair chance too. It just happens that Måns had both an amazing song and act. Good for him. So..”
Well juries are asked to score based on composition, vocals, presentation and what could be a commercial success. So….Not sure what his point is here.
Ok Alexander we love you again. We are in agreement on his assessment of Jamala and the importance of her win to the contest. We would put it up there with Conchita’s win as a social and musical triumph.
“WINNER: Ukraine was both a viewer’s favorite and a jury favorite. No wonder, because it was a sincere performance that transcended all cultures. And believe me, this victory is VERY important for the future of Eurovision, as people now see that it’s possible to win with a serious song. Obviously, I’m not against party songs or power ballads, but I think already next year will be much more diverse because of Jamala’s success. Bravo!”
Ouch – Alexander gives Sergey a rather backhanded compliment. Saying that he had an “AMAZING” stage show but with a more “updated song and some better (please) lyrics” he could do better. Well “Everyday we started fighting, every night we fell in love” versus “Thunder and Lightning is getting exciting” #JustSaying
“TELEVOTING WINNER: Россия ПОЗДРАВЛЯЮ! As an artist and composer, I think that pleasing millions of hearts is the most important in Eurovision! And Sergey won the most hearts! Although the juries wanted a more modern song this year, nobody can argue that this guy had the best show! The music was typical Eurovision, but that’s why I watch Eurovision! Also, having the richest producer and the most expensive promo campaign and show doesn’t help if you don’t do a great performance. And Sergey’s performance was AMAZING! With a more updated, modern song and some better (please) lyrics, you can definitely win again, both the jury and the people!”
Ok Alex – I think I can call you Alex as we are friends by now. We have to agree with you here. Dami Im was #WOW and I don’t mean ‘Walking On Water’. Her voice and performance was world-class!
“JURY WINNER: This is hands down the best voice I’ve ever heard in Eurovision. And since there was no clear winner song this year, I can understand why the jury went for this one. I’m just so happy that when new countries are getting invited to participate in Eurovision, they give their best! Thank you, Australia!!!”
Ok. Alex this is getting good now. We agree – we ADORE Poli too. ‘If Love Was A Crime’ had us jumping for joy too. What a winner that would have made for the contest! HOWEVER the EBU may disagree with you on some of your points! Running Order you say played a part in Bulgaria not scoring higher. Well according to the EBU the producer led running order has no impact on the results on the show. I say that with a HUGE pinch of cynicism too!
Did the betting sites ruin Poli’s chances? Not sure how I see that one. Poli was Top 5 by the week of Eurovision and all broadcasters were saying that on their commentary and therefore pushing people to pay more attention to her song. So not sure what the point is there?!?!
Then by “popular country” I am assuming you are talking if Diaspora? Being a land locked country they have plenty of neighbours! Hey even the Irish Jury – miles away from Bulgaria – gave our girl Poli 10 points.
“MY WINNER: Bulgaria! This is what’s so fun about Eurovision: people can nag about what should have won, who deserves this and that, but we will always have songs that touch our hearts. And for me, it was suddenly all about Bulgaria. In the end of the final, I was rooting as a mad man for this girl and her catchy song, and now I’m doing my duty as an ESC fan and making my conspiracies about how much more points she would get if she were to sing closer to the end of the program, if the betting sites would not ruin for her, and if Bulgaria was a more popular country in Eurovision. But because of this 4th place, Bulgaria is now taken more seriously, and I really hope we get to see this princess again on the Eurovision stage.”
Petra and Måns
Well we are in agreement again that Petra and Måns were amazing BUT take a ticket and join the queue for the fangirling procession!
“Last of all, I’m in love with Petra and Måns. They should have a baby, and call it Metra. Now it’s only one year left till the next Eurovision!!!”
So what do you think of Alexander’s comments? Is he right? What country’s national selection will he send in an entry for next?
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : Alexander Rybak Facebook