During Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix Alexander Rybak cruised to victory with his charisma and on-screen doodles. And today he kept a good thing going with his various white squiggles, which conjure a violin, drums, a guitar, a light bulb, question marks, exclamation points, rays shooting out of finger snaps and more. Alexander’s timing was on-point. One particularly nice moment comes when he sings of a small idea that will grow into something big. A keyboard expands on screen and naturally he starts playing it.
The choreography and colour scheme remain largely the same as from the Norwegian final — lovely shades of blue and purple provide a striking but sufficiently neutral background that lets the dancers stand out. At times Alexander’s shirt seems to match the background a bit too closely, though. Another slight concern? When the camera pans out too far to show off the stage rather than the singer. The strength of this production is Alexander — his face, his expressions, his charisma. The more they focus on him the better.
In the final run-through producers let the pyro flow — and did it ever! Plumes of sparks and a bit of smoke shot into the air, providing a proper finish to the energetic number.
This act went down very well in the press centre, with some journalists running around and naming him the winner already. This obviously has a shot at doing very well. But there are concerns by some that it will read as too Sesame Street in an adult contest. (I get that this won in a landslide in Norway, but Alexander enjoys a particularly strong following in his home country).
Alexander Rybak — “That’s How You Write a Song”: Reviews and Reactions
Norway: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2018
Norway: First press conference 2018
Footage & Photos: EBU & RTP