Alexander Rybak returns in phenomenal Melodi Grand Prix line-up

Alexander Rybak will attempt to go to Eurovision again. The 2009 winner takes part in the Norwegian preselection together with Stella Mwangi and several other huge stars.

Alexander Rybak won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 with his song Fairytale. He held the record for most points in a Eurovision final until the voting system was changed in 2016. Stella Mwangi represented Norway in 2011 with “Haba Haba” but failed to qualify for the Grand Final. Aleksander Walmann is the third returning artist after representing Norway in Eurovision last year as a part of JOWST. JOWST finished top 10 with the song “Grab the moment”.

Melodi Grand Prix 2018 participants

  • Charla K – Stop The Music
  • Alejandro Fuentes – Tengo Otra
  • Aleksander Walmann – Talk To The Hand
  • Stella (Mwangi) and Alexandra – You Got Me
  • Vidar Villa – Moren Din (Your Mother)
  • Tom Hugo – I like I Like I Like
  • Ida Maria – Scandilove
  • Rebecca – Who We Are
  • Nicoline – Light Me Up
  • Alexander Rybak – That’s How You Write A Song

All the songs are available on the NRK website.


However, those are not the only big names in this year’s Melodi Grand Prix (MGP). Alejandro Fuentes, famous for his long run on the 2005 season of Norwegian Idol, has had several number one hits in Norway. His biggest hit was “Hell if I”, which led the charts for over a month.

Singer-songwriter Tom Hugo had hits in Norway but also in Germany. Ida Maria’s song “I like you so much better when you’re naked” played in the UK charts for weeks. Après-ski singer Vidar Villa is one of the best selling Norwegian artists at the moment.

All in all it seems broadcaster NRK has managed to get almost all the big Norwegian stars in one bizarrely strong line-up. The MGP-final will take place in Oslo Spektrum, on March 10th.

Alexander Rybak – Fairytale (2009)

Like we need an excuse to watch back Alexander Rybak’s amazing performance in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow.