Ahead of Eurovision 2016 she pulled out of several promotional events so that she could focus on her mental health and her performance of “Icebreaker”. And shortly after her elimination in the Eurovision semi-final, Norway’s Agnete disappeared from the public eye.
Now the beloved 26-year-old is ready to return to the spotlight on the Norwegian reality show Hver gang vi møtes (Every Time We Meet). Similar to Sweden’s Så mycket bättre, the show sees artists perform their own version of other artists’ well-known songs.
Speaking to Norway’s VG, Agnete said her participation on the upcoming show was part of her ongoing evolution. But it wasn’t an easy decision.
“I have had a few [battles] with myself, yes,” she says. “Mostly because it is a lot of work, and a rather demanding program to participate in. But I think I just have to throw myself into it.”
“I think the most important thing is that you do not allow yourself to be limited by challenges, and that you do what you feel you want to do — despite anxiety, despite things that can be scary and challenging. Because that’s how you grow, and that’s how you learn.”
Agnete rose to fame as the lead singer of Norwegian teen punk band The BlackSheeps. But not even that prepared her for the stress and anxiety that would come with Eurovision.
“I did not feel so good personally, in addition to being in a pressing situation — an urgent job there and then. It was a bad combo…I’ve spent a few years getting to know myself better and finding out who I really am and what I want. So I feel that I have grown a lot from the experience I gained in Stockholm.”
“I wanted to get to the final and please the Norwegian people, but I was simply not present. I did not have fun either — everything just got so tough. But at least I managed to be on stage. I’m proud of that.”
She’s also proud of her new surname, which was her grandmother’s maiden name and which can be traced to the Sami people.
As part of the show, Agnete will share her personal story and the ups and downs she has experienced. Is she nervous about that? “No,” she tells VG. “It’s not exactly fun stuff to talk about, but it’s an important thing to do .”
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