Have you ever cleared your plans so you could attend a party or event only to be disinvited afterwards? Well then you might identify with a recent Instagram post from Eurovision 2009 winner and Fire Saga cameo star Alexander Rybak.
On Wednesday the singer-songwriter uploaded a series of black and white photos of him submerged in a bathtub and covered in suds. He looks downcast and potentially annoyed, angry and irritated — emotions you’ll understand after reading his caption, which reads as a dialogue between Mr. Rybak and Eurovision organisers.
Eurovision Rotterdam: “We want you in the interval act in May.”
Me: “That’s wonderful! Please give me a week to check the dates with Columbia College”
Eurovision: “Whatever, hurry up”.
Me one week later: “I’ve cleared the dates, I’m ready!”
Eurovision: “F*ck off we asked somebody else”
😫 I mean, don’t you just get BITTER sometimes?😭 #eurovision #bitter #mood
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His fans rushed to show him support in the comments section of the post. The most voted for comment comes from a user called @theisraelirybaker: “Eurovision without Alexander Rybak is not a Eurovision for me. I literally wait for it to see you.”
Another user named @jacqueline.schulz_ wrote: “Oh no, this is sad and mean! You must have been looking very forward to that. But don’t stay bitter or sad because of that. Who knows? Maybe there are some better plans ahead of you at this time? Or maybe you will be protected from something? There is always a reason for decisions like these. Free yourself from bitterness, there are so many reasons to be grateful and happy for you are a blessed man!”
Of course, we’re only hearing half of the story. Eurovision organisers haven’t responded to his Instagram post. As is the case every year, producers want to keep their cards close to their chest and reveal the final and confirmed details of their plans as close to the show as possible.
Regardless of the reasons behind the decision, Alex will understandably be annoyed. As we reported back in August, Alex has enrolled at Columbia College in Chicago to pursue an MFA in composition for the screen. Balancing his work as a student and professional musician — across a vast ocean! — will surely involve a lot of juggling of time and responsibility.
“Long have I dreamed of writing film music,” he wrote on Insta over the summer. “2 years ago, I decided to make that dream a reality! It has been a long and hard process, but now I have found the very best place: This year I’m starting master studies at Columbia College in Chicago, to become a composer for the screen!”
The university describes the course this way on its web site: “The MFA composition program covers composing for all genres of film, TV, video games, and augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). Beyond the art of dramatic scoring, you’ll master rapidly developing technical industry standards in media music production and gain hands-on experience with everything from programming cutting-edge digital instruments to conducting professional live musicians.”
Are you sad not to see the Norwegian king of the violin and fiddle at ESC in 2021? Who do you hope is in the interval? Let us know down below!