Ulrikke Norway Eurovision 2020 wiwibloggs interview

She’s the mighty-lunged diva who was due to represent Norway at Eurovision 2020. But the contest’s cancellation meant that Ulrikke never got to perform in Rotterdam.

Now, in a recent interview with our William, the “Attention” singer explains that Eurovision’s cancellation was actually easier to handle than NRK opting not to internally select her in 2021.

Ulrikke on Eurovision 2020’s cancellation

While Ulrikke cried and felt “super sad” when Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, she gets why the contest couldn’t go ahead. And while it was a long-held dream to perform on the famed stage, she understands that people’s health had to be prioritised.

For her, the national broadcaster’s decision not to send her in 2021 was worse. “That was more difficult to handle than Eurovision being cancelled. Because then I had a hope that maybe I could go next year. That was sad”.

NRK did offer Ulrikke the opportunity to compete in the country’s Melodi Grand Prix selection as a pre-qualified finalist, just like she did in 2020. But she turned the broadcaster down because “for several reasons it just feels wrong to be part of it next year”.

One reason is that, as the reigning MGP champion, she will already be returning in 2021 to perform “Attention” and a new single. To then compete with a third song would be “a bit too much of me… maybe”.

She also points out that people were already accusing NRK of rigging the competition in her favour after the voting difficulties in the 2020 final — “and if I win next year they will probably be angrier”.

Crucially, though, she doesn’t have a song. “I don’t have a song that I love as much as I love “Attention”. I need that song!”.

And finally, “this year has been a lot”.

But Ulrikke assures us that once her body, mind and soul have had a little break, she will return to Melodi Grand Prix ready for victory once more — “just not next year”.

Ulrikke — Eurovision 2020 Interview

In the 31:00 minute interview, Ulrikke also discusses lighter topics — from her love for Beyoncé and Tom Leeb, to what flavour ice cream she might be. All the main talking points are listed below along with their respective timestamps.

Timestamps

00:00 – Intro

00:30 – The Wiwi Jam At Home performance

00:55 – Christmas album

02:10 – “Attention” remix

03:15 – “Places” and Melodi Grand Prix 2017

03:35 – Touching people with “Attention”

04:15 – Melodi Grand Prix 2020 voting drama

05:35 – YouTube documentary

06:00 – Quarantine The Muisical

07:00 – Romania trip

07:50 – International performance plans

08:15 – Tom Leeb

09:00 – Not competing at Meldi Grand Prix 2021

10:55 – Her energy

11:25 – Dream Eurovision collaborator

12:00 – Dream dinner-party guests

13:00 – Eurovision’s cancellation (including NRK’s decision not to send her in 2021)

14:15 – Her manager

16:25 – Singing in English

17:00 – Is “Attention” about one specific person?

18:35 – Her dog

18:55 – Changing as an artist between 2017 and 2020

19:55 – Job if she wasn’t a singer

20:25 – Her outgoing personality

21:10 – Fame

21:45 – Vocal warm-ups

23:00 – NikkieTutorial’s Tom Leeb surprise

23:40 – Eurovision staging plans

24:05 – Eurovision dress

24:40 – What flavour ice cream would she be?

26:00 – Her parents

26:50 – “Attention” songwriting process

28:20 – The future

29:00 – Main competition at Eurovision 2020

Do you hope to see Ulrikke back at MGP in the near future? Should NRK have sent her 2021? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sgf Sgf
Sgf Sgf
3 months ago

So I guess Raylee, Magnus Bokn, or Kristen Husoy to represent Norway at Eurovision 2021.

Colin
Colin
3 months ago
Reply to  Sgf Sgf

If any of them end-up participating in MGP 2021, that is.

Sgf Sgf
Sgf Sgf
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

If none of them are participating in MGP 2021, no finals for Norway next year or send Akuvi or Hege Bjerk.

Oy oy
Oy oy
3 months ago
Reply to  Sgf Sgf

Because Norway hans’ got any other artists than these;)

Marcus
Marcus
3 months ago

Can’t this pathetic little drama queen go away already? Yikes.

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago
Reply to  Marcus

Yikes you.

Generic Eurovision Fan
Generic Eurovision Fan
3 months ago

KEiiNO need to do a collaboration with Ulrikke

Eurolover
Eurolover
3 months ago

I actually really need this to happen

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 months ago

i feel like if she applied she’d win again, but i can see why she doesn’t feel like it. my mom told me she would’ve voted for her when she saw shine a light, she was very impressed!

Pablo Flores
Pablo Flores
3 months ago

Thanks for asking Ulrikke my question!!!! 🙂

1TruSeer
1TruSeer
3 months ago

Something about the scandinavian countries so cold hearted. Norway, Sweden, Denmark all confirming new singers.
Iceland and Finland, the Nordic neighbours, also haven’t confirmed plans either way

Pineaple
Pineaple
3 months ago
Reply to  1TruSeer

Finland have confirmed UMK again and if Aksel wants to compete he has to apply and send a song in like everyone else

USA
USA
3 months ago
Reply to  1TruSeer

Norway will be doing a national final along with semifinals like in 2020, Ulrikke was given a spot as a direct finalist but she didn’t want to Sweden will be doing Melodifestivalen in 2021 and it’s not known if The Mamas will compete Finland will also do their national final, Aksel can compete with a new song, but if there’s better songs he won’t be one of the 6 acts hoping to win UMK in 2021 Denmarks national final will ccome again next year, also Ben & Tan have confirmed that they want a new winner for 2021 so they… Read more »

Ag89
Ag89
3 months ago
Reply to  1TruSeer

Nordics are very rational in pretty much everything and it is part of their mindsets. However, they should look beyond rationality time to time.

Jai
Jai
3 months ago
Reply to  1TruSeer

I’m tired of these soulless Nordic broadcasters

The Roop is On Fire
The Roop is On Fire
3 months ago

I still believe that she will represent Norway in the future. Same with Dadi for Iceland. But it sucks that Ulrikke may not get to see Tom anymore. They should’ve met in Hamburg like the few of the 2020 artists there. Maybe they can be invited in pre-parties next year.

Eurolover
Eurolover
3 months ago

Ulrikke won’t be competing in MGP 2021, so I hope she competes in MGP 2022 and wins! She deserves to represent Norway more than anyone, she wanted this so bad and NRK just take it away from her.

Kosey
Kosey
3 months ago

Missing you already Ulrikke. You were my favourite!

Eurolover
Eurolover
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Same, she was my favourite as well, I’m devastated she won’t come back next year! Hopefully she competes in MGP 2022 and wins.

Marcus
Marcus
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

You clearly have no taste.

omri
omri
3 months ago

Norway just missed a Winner

Eurolover
Eurolover
3 months ago
Reply to  omri

So true

Bouke
Bouke
3 months ago

It’s so great to hear that she will be trying to represent Norway again in the future! <3 🙂 During the Eurovision Shine a Light broadcast my heart broke when I saw her performing her part of Love shine a light knowing she wouldn’t be back next year :’(

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

I must say Ulrikke is my favorite artist this year. She has a very beautiful voice, she is talented, intelligent, soooo charismatic, great sense of humor. I wish her the best!

Youhouhouuu
Youhouhouuu
3 months ago

Tom Leeb tried to invite her in his Insta Live some weeks ago but she wasn’t connected at the moment. Maybe one day the stars will be aligned!

yodenman
yodenman
3 months ago

As much as I loved the song and more importantly her as an artist, I can sort of understand the thinking of Norway. Like Sweden and to a lesser degree Denmark their selection shows are huge and were never going to be scrapped. At least she has been given some exposure to the public although nowhere near what she should have had. I do rate her very highly because she has the voice and the great personality to go with it. I agree with those who say give it a year then come back. She is too talented to slip… Read more »

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  yodenman

At its peak, Melfest was an even bigger event in Sweden than Eurovision itself, so no way in hell would they sacrifice that

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

Solid reasoning. I’m just glad she hasn’t given up on competing entirely. She’s just waiting it out until 2022.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Yeah, maybe we won’t have her in 2021, but hold out for a future date.