Eurovision 2018 Review: Norway – Alexander Rybak – That’s How You Write A Song

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Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak represents Norway once more
Alexander Rybak won the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2009 with his song ‘Fairytale’, owning the record of most points received before EBU changed the voting system. This year, the singer, songwriter and violinist decided he wanted to try to represent his country Norway once more. With the track ‘That’s How You Write A Song’ he competed in Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian national final. Norwegian juries and televoters chose him as their winner again. Will Rybak be able to come anywhere near his all shattering victory of 2009?

It is always risky to get involved in the competition you once won as it is almost impossible to top your previous result, but that did not hold Alexander Rybak back. But does his ‘That’s How You Write A Song’ stand a chance of winning Eurovision 2018? In all honesty, I don’t think so. ‘That’s How You Write A Song’ is a swinging, incredibly infectious tune, but not necessarily in a good way. The track keeps repeating itself over and over again which make those 3 minutes seem to last a lifetime. The lyrics about how simple it is to create a song are cheesy and slightly childish if you ask me.

While I am sitting here cringing at the whole thing, I also do realize that this song is super effective for Eurovision in all its catchiness. Judging by his win in Norway, there is a market for this kind of tune and I have to hand it to him; just like in 2009, his performance comes across well on screen. His expressions are endearing and the little choreography and projections do work. Although I personally would not want to hear this song on Saturday night again, I think Norway stands a good chance of reaching the final. I would be surprised (read: shocked) if he came anywhere close to winning this year though.



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