He’s won two Eurovision semi-finals — so it’s safe to say he knows what it takes to win Eurovision. And now Eurovision 2009 winner Alexander Rybak is leveraging that knowledge to predict and name his winner for Eurovision 2019.
In a post on Instagram, the Norwegian with Belarusian roots shared his belief in Russia’s Sergey Lazarev. He wrote in a small post:
“Seryozha, congrats. It’s real art! This time, you will win. Not because ‘Russia’, but because ‘music’.”
Alexander Rybak doesn’t shy from sharing his personal favourites before the contest starts. We all still remember his long-lasting love for Salvador Sobral’s “Amar Pelos Dois”, as well his iconic support for Germany’s Lena all the way back in 2010. Over the past few years he has also shown love for Poli Genova and Loïc Nottet as well.
Last year as a participant he stated that Waylon’s “Outlaw In ‘Em” was his personal favourite, but he did not say that it would be a winner.
Curiously though, wiwiblogger Jack came across Alexander after he had just finished his final performance of “That’s How You Write A Song” in Lisbon.
As Jack was wearing the Israeli flag, Alexander approached him and quickly whispered three words — “Israel will win” — even before Netta had taken the stage.
Before we start calling Alexander Rybak the “Oracle of Oslo”, we should point out that he has probably not been able to predict all the winners correctly — he is human after all. Nevertheless, over the past few years he has had a good eye for spotting a Eurovision winner from a distance.
It is, of course, a bold statement coming from him this early in the season. We wonder whether he has listened to all the songs or only to Sergey’s amongst others. Back in 2016, Alexander was also very positive about Sergey as he stated:
“TELEVOTING WINNER: [Russia CONGRATULATIONS]! As an artist and composer, I think that pleasing millions of hearts is the most important in Eurovision! And Sergey won the most hearts! Although the juries wanted a more modern song this year, nobody can argue that this guy had the best show! The music was typical Eurovision, but that’s why I watch Eurovision! Also, having the richest producer and the most expensive promo campaign and show doesn’t help if you don’t do a great performance. And Sergey’s performance was AMAZING! With a more updated, modern song and some better (please) lyrics, you can definitely win again, both the jury and the people!”
Maybe the Dream Team has given him those better lyrics now?
With the Netherlands being the bookmakers’ favourite and Russia being only a hinge behind, we wonder if Eurovision 2019 will be a two-horse race again. And will that mean that a previously unexpected third act will eventually win like in 2016? For those who don’t believe in oracles or fortune tellers, we will only know on the 18th of May.
Do you agree with Alexander Rybak’s small prediction? Or do you think he is speaking too soon? Let us know in the comments below!