Norway sweeps Eurovision Song Contest



MOSCOW- Norway won this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow on Sunday with the upbeat ballad "Fairy Tale" composed and sung by Alexander Rybak.
The boyish 23-year-old charmed audiences with the light-hearted love song, which he performed with a winning smile and some deft dance steps while playing the violin.



Norway sweeps Eurovision Song Contest
The young performer, a highly trained classical musician with family origins in Belarus, won the annual pop extravaganza in Moscow with a huge lead over second-placed Iceland and third-placed Azerbaijan.
"Thank you very much Russia. It's simply wonderful. Thank you," declared a beaming Rybak in Russian, clasping flowers and his fiddle.
"Thank you very much. You're the best audience in the world!"
Formally, the victory for Nordic Norway marked a departure from the recent domination of the contest by east European nations.
However the song appeared targeted to appeal among the crucial television voters of eastern Europe.
Rybak was himself born in Belarus while the song, with its catchy refrain "I'm in love with a fairy tale," featured east European-style folk rhythms and harmonies.
The annual song contest is watched by an estimated television audience of over 100 million people, making it one of the most watched events on the planet.
This year's result was decided by a combination of audience tele-voting and decisions by expert juries in the 42 participating countries.
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Sunday, May 17th 2009
AFP
           


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