MILKI — Alexander Rybak’s hotly-tipped act for EuroFest 2015 — rode a wave of enthusiasm into last night’s national selection EuroFest. But by the end of the night the runaway favourite had stalled at fourth place. The group came a very respectable second with the public, but didn’t fare as well with the jury. For Alexander Rybak, who put the group together and wrote their song “Accent”, it appears to have been too much to bear. After the contest he took to Facebook to say that he’s taking a break from it all, and that he’s disappointed the jury failed to deliver him a win. “I really hope that I will never again see this jury because it will be very difficult to pretend that I’m happy and that I want to smile,” he says.
I go on tour to many places around the world and everywhere Europeans say so much dirt about my homeland, Belarus. And I defend it, defend it. I say that it has a good system. And they say, “What kind of system? It’s all bought/ bribed” And I keep defending it. But I don’t even know anymore what I am defending. Every year, I meet the Belarussian delegation and they keep saying, “Sasha, please, write us a song. What do we need to do to win in Eurovision?” And so I wrote a song, spent so much time, so much money. I found some unique and talented girls and I wrote a song about pure and authentic Belarus, how I see it. And then the jury failed it. I even sacrificed by not celebrating Christmas with my parents. But it’s not even about that. Everywhere in Europe, people supported us; experts; fans of Eurovision, and here the jury decided to fail us. I saw this jury before. I’ve met everyone. I remember when I was sick, one guy from the jury came and said to take a picture, one chance with the kids. I smiled and took a picture and he said, “We will always support you.” And this is how they support, yeah? I really hope that I will never again see this jury because it will be very difficult to pretend that I’m happy and that I want to smile.
A jury member responds
Andy, one of the jurors, posted an explanation of how he voted underneath Alexander’s Facebook post. He was encouraging and offered a peace branch, but Alex is not ready to accept it.