There’s many a person who will tell you that the winner of 2009’s Eurovision Song Contest, Norway’s Alexander Rybak, is one of the best there’s been for a long time.
And he’s just set out to impress all over again by covering the latest winning song.
Portugal stormed to victory at last night’s contest in Ukraine, with Salvador Sobral’s touching ballad scoring 758 points in total and giving the country their first ever win in 53 years.
And now Rybak, who won with ‘Fairytale’, has performed his own cover of ‘Amar Pelos Dois’, giving us an unofficial English language version of the winning song.
Rybak explained his decision to record the song on Facebook, explaining he did it out of love for the music.
“I know it’s not a traditional thing to do, but it seems I’ve made a cover version of this year’s Eurovision Winner song from Portugal,” he said. “I’ve made it out of love for the music, and I hope you’ll enjoy it.”
He also posted a link to the video on his Instagram account and went further in describing his love for the song.
“I have a new, very special video for you. (link in my bio),” he wrote. “I know it’s a bit unorthodox, doing a cover version with new lyrics, on the winning song one day after it won.
“Thing is, I fell in love with this song months ago, and the video has been ready for a long time. But I decided to wait until the after the competition was over, ’cause I didn’t want to intervene in any way.
“NOW, it is time and I hope people will see the big love and admiration I have for this song. Thank you, Portugal and SALVADOR! I hope you like my version..”
The UK had a very respectable night at the contest, with our act Lucie Jones earning 111 points to give us our best score since Blue represented us in 2011.
There was also plenty of other drama on the night, including a stage invader and Israel’s announcement that they will no longer be taking part in the contest as of next year.
You can catch up with all the action from the 62nd annual contest as it happened on our live blog.
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