Alexander Rybak did not attend any of the Eurovision pre-parties. But it’s clear that he is very familiar with the songs, as he’s already made a mashup of entitled Eurovision 2018 Violin Jam.
His love of the contest is long-lasting and he’s already demonstrated his love for songs from the show. Last year he covered Jamala’s “1944” and showed his support for Salvador Sobral by making a tribute to his song with his own English lyrics. Sennek later used those lyrics in a cover during her artist reveal.
In the video we him strumming his violin along to Waylon’s “Outlaw In ‘Em”, Franka’s “Crazy”, Cláudia Pascoal’s “O Jardim”, Madame Monsieur’s “Mercy” and Jessica Mauboy’s “We Got Love”.
Writing on Instagram, he said that he just couldn’t resist.
“Some songs are so damn violinviting that I can’t keep my hands off them! Go to AlexanderRybakVideo on YouTube to watch me groove to Waylon and other Eurovision artists…”
Backing vocalists and dancers
One of the few acts not to attend any of the pre-parties, Alexander used his free time to prepare for the stage performance in Lisbon. Following MGP he had to solve one problem: he needed backing dancers who can also sing, as he can’t rely on pre-recorded backing vocals on the Eurovision stage.
So the Norwegian broadcaster NRK held auditions to find a new group of backing dancers, who can also sing. The lucky four are: Stjernekamp participant Lisa Børud, Lene Kokai Flage, choreographer Jens Jeffry Trinidad and Melodifestivalen alumn Alvaro Estrella. In addition to that, Frode Vassel will provide additional backing vocals.
Alvaro Estrella previously danced as part of Sweden’s and Russia’s teams at Eurovision. Last year, he was one of Robin Bengtsson’s backing dancers and in 2016, he was part of Sergey Lazarev’s act.
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Pictures: via nrk.no