Illness forced her to pull out of a number of pre-Eurovision promotional events, and personal well-being continues to be a priority for Norway’s Agnete. Ahead of her first rehearsal on Thursday, the Norwegian delegation has confirmed that she will be cutting back on Eurovision activities.

Agente interview at Melodi Grand Prix 2016

The “Icebreaker” singer has spoken openly about her mental health in the past, and acknowledges that the reduction in her workload is down to these issues. She hasn’t commented further except that:

I really appreciate all the interest surrounding my participation in Eurovision, but right now my only focus is to do what I love most, which is to sing and be on stage. I apologize that I have to prioritize this now.

The ex-Black Sheeps front-woman is taking control of the situation by limiting her Eurovision pursuits. This means that she won’t attend gatherings and certain press events.

Agnete interview after Melodi Grand Prix win

Agnete has the full support of her team. Norway’s head of delegation Stig Karlsen says:

Agnete’s very clear to travel to Stockholm, but that she should be able to fully focus on the music and the show she will deliver on stage, she will prioritize song and stage of preparation ahead of everything else, said delegation leader Stig Karlsen. All of us who travel to Stockholm is attuned prepared to give all the support required to take home the victory. And let there be no doubt – Agnete are in it to win Eurovision!

She breaks through metaphorical frozen water in her Eurovision entry and Agnete is determined to overcome the barriers in her life and slay on the Stockholm stage.

I’m totally overwhelmed by all the interest and support I have experienced after his victory in the Eurovision final. Now I just get started and deliver my very best for Norway, says 21-year-old.

Read all our Norway Eurovision 2016 news.

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HellasForNorge
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HellasForNorge

She will rehears right?? She doesn’t cancel the rehearsal?? Cause i am waiting for months her rehearsal

Jonas
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Jonas

Agnete is perfectly fine. She is preserving her mental health – that is to say, preventing it from declining – so good for her! Same way some of the other contestants go to the gym to preserve their physical wellbeing. There is no difference.

Some of the comments are pretty insensitive and uninformed, and WTF has shown himself to be a homophobic moron. Is there a “report” facility on here?

Cutie
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Cutie

@ron That’s not funny, don’t make fun of mental illness.

Skandar
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Skandar

@Ron ‘Wish her well’ you should have stopped commenting after these words. The rest of your comment is disgusting.

Ron
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Ron

Wish her well – let’s just hope she doesn’t flip out during her performance and breaks the dancer’s leg or something.

Timbardur62
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Timbardur62

@WTF – Did I talk about the Dutch entry and singer? I haven’t read those comments you are referring to, and if there is something inappropriate things concerning Deuwe’s dick, they should be erased as well. I think your answer is quite irrelevant and strange, but as it is the international day of freedom of speech, you have a say and I’m OK with it. But insulting comments about the entrants’ appeal does not belong to it, this particular freedom.

Huh
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Huh

Mental illnesses are no laughing matter, especially when people make fun and bash singers like Agnete for shallow reasons like being accused of a copycat. Are they threatened that Icebreaker is one of the well-liked songs this year?

cheesecake
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cheesecake

Some of you are really disrespectful, we are talking about mental health issues here, which is a serious problem.
I feel so sorry for Agnete. May she get better asap and deliver a hell of a show.

WTF
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WTF

@Timbardur62: Oh, right, but Douwe’s rehearsal article being full of comments fantasizing about his “big clock” is alright, I guess? Bunch of queers…

ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

@Beecher
You need to listen to more music. Euphoria’s sound is not unique. Listen to Don’t You Worry Child then you will know how stupid your comment is.

Skandar
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Skandar

If somebody can laugh at Agnete’s or anyone else’s mental or physical problems I wish her/him the same issues (at least 3 times).
Good luck for Agnete! Haters will burn in hell.

mawnck
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mawnck

Good for her.

Vladimir
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Vladimir

Norway is my second favorite, but I find this explanation by the Norwegian delegation strange. Mental health issues? They make it sound like Agnete needs help of a licensed mental health professional.

Tony
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Tony

How you all can make fun of someone with a mental illness is disgusting. I stand with Agnete. Take it easy girl, you’ll rock!

Layla
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Layla

She’s one of my winners. Goooo Agnete! <3

Timbardur62
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Timbardur62

Mr. or Mrs Moderator of Wiwibloggs! Off and away with that untactful comment from Louis! NOW

Joma
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Joma

To all of you making fun of this piece of news. I just wish none of you develope mental diseases. Some respect for those who have not chosen to suffer from this pathologies

Louis
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Louis

She definitely has to “suck” very well with those lips 😉

Mark
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Mark

@ Beecher – your comment is totally unnecessary. Show some compassion, this is Eurovision.

mad-professor
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mad-professor

Good for her! Your health should always be your main priority above anything else, even if it’s something you love doing.

Marc
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Marc

Still missing Freddy Kalas

power b.
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power b.

Sucking frogs out of the water

Beecher
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Beecher

i’d have mental issues too if i kept having to hear that awful Euphoria ripoff combined with a dreadful tempo change