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 the 21-year-old.