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European Song Contest Winner Is ... Something

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European Song Contest Winner Is ... Something

European Song Contest Winner Is ... Something

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REBECCA ROBERTS, host:

Okay, we will get out of the gutter in just a couple of minutes, I promise. But before we completely leave the land of sparkly candy, a little cheese.

(Soundbite of song "Fairytale")

Mr. ALEXANDER RYBAK (Singer): (Singing) I'm in love with a fairytale.

ROBERTS: That's the big winner in last night's Eurovision Song Contest. It's an annual competition that's sort of like "American Idol" on steroids for an entire continent. The new champ is a fiddling, singing, grinning sensation from Norway named Alexander Rybak.

(Soundbite of song "Fairytale")

Mr. RYBAK: (Singing) Every day we started fighting.

ROBERTS: The audio alone really does not do this performance justice. Here's what you missed if you weren't one of the 100 million Europeans who watched this spectacle on TV last night: Rybak's enormous, slightly smarmy grin, three incredibly athletic male dancers whose choreography includes a little Riverdance, some synchronized push ups, many back flips and a couple of Russian-inspired squat-and-kick moves - the contest was in Moscow, after all. And then there was a pair of very blonde female backup singers in flowy bridesmaid dresses in several shades of pink. And did I mention the fireworks?

(Soundbite of song "Fairytale")

The Norwegian press has inevitably dubbed him Alexander the Great. Really, it's just something. You've got to go check out the video on our Web site, npr.org.

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