While I was in Europe earlier this month, I had limited access to English-language television. The one channel that I consistently had was BBC, so one evening I watched Your Country Needs You, a show hosted by Graham Norton in which 6 acts competed to represent the U.K. in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The Eurovision Song Contest is totally fantastic. It’s a cheese fest like no other. Acts from each European country compete by performing an original song (not necessarily written by the act). Each country then votes on the winner. (The voting is slightly more complicated than that; here’s an explanation.)

Near the end of the show, while people in England were voting for the winner, Alexander Rybak, who won the Eurovision competition last year, performed his winning song, “Fairytale.” He’s totally adorable, and I loved the cheesy deliciousness of the song, so I’m making it my song of the week:

The 24-year-old Rybak completed for Norway, where he now lives, but he was born in Belarus. He wrote “Fairytale,” which won the highest number of votes ever recorded in the competition. After winning the competition he released an album featuring the single of “Fairytale.”

Here’s the video of him performing the song at the contest:

As I think the live video makes clear, he’s got a kind of dorky cuteness going on, which he milks for all it’s worth. I think this geekiness is totally hot and I love the vest. But he’s not just dorky; he can also make the violin look really sexy, as in this picture:

Josh Dubovie won the British competition. I was rooting for him, so I was glad he won. Alexis gave him a run for his money — especially since Alexis has bit more hotness going on — but Josh was the better overall performer. I wish American participated in the Eurovision Song Contest! Maybe the winner of American Idol could compete in it!

Here are the lyrics to Rybak’s “Fairytale”:

Years ago, when i was younger,
I kinda liked a girl I knew.
She was mine and we were sweethearts;
That was then, but then it’s true.

I’m in love with a fairytale
Even though it hurts.
‘Cause I don’t care if I lose my mind
I’m already cursed.

Every day we started fighting,
Every night we fell in love.
No one else could make me sadder,
But no one else could lift me high above.

I don’t know what I was doing
When suddenly we fell apart.
Nowadays I cannot find her,
But when I do we’ll get a brand new start.

I’m in love with a fairytale
Even though it hurts.
‘Cause I don’t care if I lose my mind
I’m already cursed.

She’s a fairytale, yeah!
Even though it hurts.
‘Cause I don’t care if I lose my mind
I’m already cursed.

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