After releasing a controversial video on Facebook decrying the fourth-place finish of his girl group MILKI at EuroFest 2015, Eurovision 2009 winner Alexander Rybak has pulled out of his scheduled appearance at the grand final of Festivali i Këngës 53. “After all the recent events, and some misunderstandings with the inviting company, I’m totally depleted of energy,” he wrote. “I have to realize my limits so I don’t make a fool out of myself on stage.”
He did not cite MILKI-gate specifically, but it’s likely that the mixed reaction to his Facebook video has contributed to his fatigue. We wish him well as he pulls it together and gets some much needed R&R.
Eurovision fans in Albania are now wondering what organizers of FiK 53 will do to fill their interval. Could Rona Nishliu, one of the jurors, swoop in and reprise her 2012 entry “Suus”? We’ll have to see.
This is the second blow in as many weeks for organizers. Conchita Wurst previously said no to their invitation.