It’s a new week but the team at wiwibloggs are still on a high after the Eurovision Pre-Party Riga 2015 on Friday night. The Baltics’ premier preview party played host to eight of this year’s Eurovision contestants – Aminata, Mélanie René, Elnur Husseynov, Nina Sublatti, Monika Linkyte and Vaidas Baumila, Eduard Romanyuta, Monika Kuszynska and Electro Velvet. However, it wasn’t all about the class of 2015. Four legends of the past performed, including Norway’s 2009 winner Alexander Rybak.
The man still holds the record for most points received at Eurovision, and it’s easy to see why. In a set filled with his greatest hits, Rybak exuded charisma and charm in equal measure. The songs may sound derivative on record, but they take on a whole new life live. From “Europe’s Skies” to his most recent track “Into A Fantasy” for How To Train A Dragon 2, he had the audience firmly in the palm of his hand. The banter flowed in between tracks, although we noticed one fan-girl was unimpressed when he joked that Eurovision is in June. He closed out the show with a rather brilliant medley of Eurovision classics – “Fly On The Wings Of Love”, “Hold Me Now”, “Fångad Av En Stormvind” and “Satellite”, before breaking into “Fairytale”.
You can watch his full set below, and hopefully get a sense of the atmosphere on the night. We were impressed, are you?