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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fairytale for Norge: Alexander Rybak wins 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow

Above, Norway's Alexander Rybak and his team,
the Frikar dance company, arrive on stage before they
get ready to steal the show with judges and TV viewers
alike across Europe.
Photographer: Indrek Galetin (EBU)

Still working on my blog post regarding this weekend's
activities at the always hard to figure Eurovision Song
Contest in Moscow, and the crazier-than-usual circus
atmosphere there, which, depending upon which European
newspaper you read or which country's TV news you watched,
often alternated casting it as a battle pitting nationalism vs. kitsch,
and we all know how kitsch hates to lose.

Kitsch, like rust, never sleeps, and always gives 110%
This year, kitsch lives in Norway.

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Malena Ernman

Tack så mycket, Malena, som tack får du en puss!

Rock på!

Won't be posting that blog entry for a few days yet,
but thus far, this is by far the best combination quality
audio and video I've yet found of 22-year old Alexander
Rybak's performance for Fairytale, which earned
Norway the title and the right to host the next Eurovision

Be forewarned, though, that this version is the one that the
EBU team producing the show throughout Europe ran to
conclude the show, so unfortunately, despite having great
crowd shots, it also has production credits rolling thru
portions of as it concludes.

Click twice to get to full page view and sense of the crowd.

Another video of this song, without the rolling credits, is this
one from March's national competeition, which earned Rybak
the right to perform in Moscow.

Below, Sunday morning, Rybak and company returned to a hero's
welcome in Oslo as his arrival at the airport created a scene of

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

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Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

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