"Fairytale" was the Norwegian entry for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, and the eventual winner. Performed by vocalist and violinist Alexander Rybak, the song smashed the record at the Moscow based event in the competition's fifty-four year history with a massive 387 points.
Rybak, who also wrote the song, was born in Minsk in what was then the Soviet Union. While not the most powerful of ballads, it was a worthy winner, especially as he wrote it in English, which although the lingua franca
of the known Universe, is not his first language. As he was only twenty-three years old at the time of his victory, one has to take issue with the opening line "Years ago when I was younger", unless he was referring to a kindergarten romance as in the Al Stewart song "A Long Way Down From Stephanie