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Rybak rises on the betting list after the first try in Lisbon



The last 24 hours, Alexander Rybak (31) has jumped from seventh place to second place on the betting lists before the Melodi Grand Prix in Lisbon.

The jump on the lists has occurred after the singing tests in Lisbon started. Rybak had the first try Tuesday morning.

Bookmakers still keep Israel as great favorite to win the whole Eurovision Song Contest, while Norway is now in second place. Australia, France and Bulgaria follow the places after Norway.

Watch video from the test at the top of the case.

– Can win

Morten Thomassen is head of the Norwegian MGP club and was present during the tests on Tuesday. He is very optimistic after seeing Rybak on stage in the Portuguese capital.

– It looked very good. It is similar to what we saw during the Norwegian finals, but it has been tightened and has become even more focused, says Thomassen to TV 2.

He has faith in taking Rybak, which is now second in second place after Israel betting lists can take victory home.

– He may be in a first or second place. This is something that Europe can be alike, it's available music and he's getting well through the TV box, he says.

This year's international final takes place in the Portuguese capital on May 12.

 FAVORITE: Alexander Rybak had his first stage test in Lisbon Tuesday. Photo: Thomas Hanses / Eurovision.tv
FAVORITE: Alexander Rybak had his first stage test in Lisbon Tuesday. Photo: Thomas Hanses / Eurovision.tv

First out

Earlier this month, Eurovision Song Contest released the order of the semi-finals of the year, and it became apparent that Norway's first hope in the second semifinal.

This year is we also in the same semifinal as our neighboring countries Sweden and Denmark – which are 5 and 15 in the semifinals respectively.

For Norway, it's bad news that we will be out in the semifinals so early – it is said that the other half is a far better

But Alexander Rybak himself only takes it as an honor to open the show.

– The starting number one was what I expected to get in Oslo Spektrum. But then I've experienced closing the show in Spektrum, and now I'm experiencing opening the show in Portugal! It is an honor to be allowed to start the Eurovision evening! he said
                        to TV 2 when the order became known.

 SHOW: Alexander Rybak brings four dancers to the scene. The picture is from his first stage test on Tuesday. Photo: Thomas Hanses / Eurovision.tv
SHOW: Alexander Rybak brings four dancers to the stage. The picture is from his first stage test on Tuesday. Photo: Thomas Hanses / Eurovision.tv

Back

It is nine years since Rybak won both the MGP and the International Eurovision Final in Moscow with the song "Fairytale". With 387 points he beat all previous scores in the music competition in 2009.

This year he competed with the thrilling pop song "Thats how you write a song", as he wrote himself, and he also pulled up at the end of the song.

When he won the Norwegian finals in March, he spent time celebrating the girlfriend Julie Gaarud Holm, 23, who sat in the hall.

– She is the world's most beautiful and smartest girl. She is also the world's most patient, who has been with me, he says.

Rybak was in the goldfinals against Rebecca Thorsen (19), who was named winner of both music announcers and betting companies ahead of the MGP finals. [19659002] Stella Mwangi (31) & Alexandra Rotan (21) and Aleksander Walmann (32) scored four in this year's MGP.


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