Will Alexander Rybak return to Melodi Grand Prix in 2018?


On January 15, Norway’s NRK will hold a press conference revealing the artists and composers set to take part in Melodi Grand Prix 2018.

And according to Norwegian newspaper VG, it may well be a year of comebacks — including Eurovision 2009 winner Alexander Rybak.

The newspaper claims that the “Fairytale” singer is contemplating a return to Norway’s Eurovision selection, which is known to fans simply as MGP.

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It builds on months of speculation that started following Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv. As the newspaper reports, Rybak stoked the fire following Portugal’s win during an interview on TV2’s Good Morning, Norway. He said:

“There’s a production company that offered me millions to represent Belarus next time in Eurovision, but I would rather do it for free for Norway.”

Following on from that, the singer, who is of Belarusian descent, appeared on Allsang på grensen alongside fellow Eurovision winner Johnny Logan, sharing a photo on Instagram along with the caption: “Makes me wanna go for Eurovision all over again!”

Also on VG‘s list of potential acts is Eurovision 2011 contestant Stella Mwangi (“Haba Haba”) and Eurovision 2017 singer Aleksander Wallmann (“Grab the Moment”), neither of whom wanted to comment on the matter when approached by VG.

Rounding out the list of rumoured candidates is songwriter and singer Ida Maria, who wrote “Mamma’s Boy” for MGP 2017, and Vidar Villa, an artist signed with Universal. As with the others mentioned in this post, they declined comment.

“It is always exciting with rumors and speculation, but I do not comment on the artist or songwriter names before publication,” Stig Karlsen, project manager and music director for MGP, told VG.

“We are holding a press conference on January 15th and are looking forward to presenting a solid collection of composers and artists.”

Norway’s Dagbladet says it has has reason to believe that Kjetil Mørland (Eurovision 2015) could also be in the mix. Watch this space.

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