During Eurovision 2018 Norway’s Alexander Rybak was a man in demand. The Eurovision 2009 winner, who overcame the flu to deliver spirited performances in the semi-final and grand final, had a packed schedule in Lisbon, including rehearsals, press conferences, interviews and public appearances. But that didn’t stop him from finding the time to visit the Metropolitana Music School in Lisbon ahead of his semi-final performance.
His visit included special performances by the music students, who were lucky enough to get a few pointers from Alexander. The entire orchestra and choir also joined him for a masterful performance of his 2009 winning song “Fairytale”.
“Fairytale” — Alexander Rybak and Metropolitana students
This was a great experience for all of the students of Metropolitana, who were very excited to be performing with Eurovision royalty.
They will undoubtedly take much from the experience, including Alexander’s helpful tips. His advice included telling the students to always perform at 150% in order to come across as 100% to the audience — advice that he took into his own performance.
He also advised the students to always smile and to add an extra flourish to put on a great show. He demonstrated this with performances of a number of classical music pieces at the end of the concert.
Alexander caught up with wiwiblogger Antranig after the concert and chatted about how the concert gave him flashbacks to his own concerts growing up.
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