“Fairytale” by Alexander Rybak won the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with a violin-folk piece he had written himself. The Norwegian was actually born in Minsk, Belarus before growing up near Oslo. Rybak was a runaway success hotly tipped before the competition even began. He has previously performed in a stage production of “Fiddler on the Roof” and won a talent competition in his own country with another song he had written himself. He seems set for a glittering career on the European stage.
The top five were as follows:
- Norway 387 points
- Iceland 218 points
- Azerbaijan 207 points
- Turkey 177 points
- United Kingdom 173 points
The United Kingdom had made a concerted effort by employing the help of Andrew Lloyd Webber to write a song and a reality TV program “Your Country Needs You” to find a suitable performer. Jade Ewen won out and filled the Moscow Olimpisky Indoor Arena with a belting performance.
AySel & Arash from Azerbaijan were good fun and had a great pop song called “Always”. Germany employed the help of Dita Von Teese for their musical-inspired number “Miss Kiss Kiss Bang”. The famous burlesque star from America wore a corset suit, veil and fifties hair and strode up to a leather sofa which she then mounted, holding a whip. Dix points for effort.
Russia’s entry “Mamo” was out of tune and quite depressing as well as surrounded by controversy, because her billionaire father was said to have played a part in gaining her entry.
Romania’s thinly veiled appeal to its neighbours, “The Balkan Girls” sung by Elena would be a good candidate for a remix as its catchy dance style could really catch on. Moldova were similarly entertaining, with “Hora Din Moldova” which means “Dance from Moldova”. Dressed in modernised traditional costume, Nelly Ciobanu and her team of elastic dancers got the crowd going.
The 50% jury voting seemed to eliminate some of the bloc voting and the top five were all solid performances of excellent songs.