Agnete was bringing ice princess realness to the first rehearsal of her song “Icebreaker”. The staging was based on the performance that took her to victory at Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix, but with a few changes for the Globe.
Having previously cut down on her pre-Eurovision workload to focus on her mental health, Agnete looked like the rest had done her good, delivering strong rehearsal performances.
Agnete wore the same two-piece white ice princess outfit from the national final, with a long white skirt and a midriff-exposing white top in cut-out fabric, accented with long icy-white fingernails.
The staging at Norway’s national final involved Agnete standing on top of a box, while a dancer delivered an interpretive performance inside it. The box hasn’t made it to Stockholm, and has instead been replaced with two short raised platforms, one for Agnete, one for her dancer.
Agnete soon steps off her platform and moves around the stage, while the dancer remains on her own platform, delivering an interpretive dance performance. The first run-through revealed a wedgie issue for the dancer, but that’s what rehearsals are there to fix.
The performance includes plenty of swooping shots of the stage, creating an epic sense of drama, just like the Arctic landscape evoked by the lyrics.
By the third run-through, the “Icebreaker” performance was looking slick and professional, with Norway looking like one of the countries who were able to deliver finals-quality staging at their first rehearsal.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)