Oslo bells peel out Eurovision winner

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated May 18, 2009 at 10:11 AM EST

The bells of Oslo city hall changed their tune Monday to the sound of Norway's winning Eurovision entry by 23-year-old violinist Alexander Rybak.

On the stroke of midday, the bells of Oslo chimed out Rybak's "Fairytale", which secured first place at the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow on Saturday night.

"Fairytale" recorded the largest-ever winning margin in the history of the contest with 387 points, ahead of Iceland's entry on 218 points.

"The song will be played once a day throughout the whole summer," Bjoern Risvik, technical director at Oslo city hall, told AFP.

While the original piece is led by a violin, the new version has been recorded from the 49 different bells inside city hall and will be automatically repeated each day.

The city hall bells regularly change their tune throughout the year. Alongside Rybak, this current season features the work of classical composers such as Haydn and Haendel.




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