Andreas Haukeland — better known as TIX — won this year’s Melodi Grand Prix with an outstanding score of 380,033 votes with “Fallen Angel”. For some, the win of the 27-year-old from Bærum came as a surprise. Now TIX has spoken out, addressing the criticism his song has faced in the Norwegian press.
The public had already embraced TIX’s MGP entry warmly. For over a month, “Ut av mørket” — the Norwegian version of “Fallen Angel” — was the most streamed MGP entry. A week before the final of the Norwegian selection, the song peaked at No.3 of the VG-lista, Norway’s most important music chart.
However, music critics at major Norwegian news outlets initially had less appreciation for the song. TIX received a score of one on the dice from critics from Dagbladet and NRK, a two on the dice from VG. A “one on the dice” is the lowest score reviewers in Norway generally give.
An NRK journalist wrote that Haukeland had “strengthened his position as the epicenter of musical low culture of the country in the past years.” A reviewer from Dagbladet went even further and wrote that he would eat TIX’s headband in a bed made out of the shards of his sunglasses if his song would win the final of Melodi Grand Prix. The reviewer called “Fallen Angel” a “helpless song”.
TIX speaks up for himself after bad reviews
Speaking to TV2 in the week running up to the final of this year’s Melodi Grand Prix, TIX called the reviews “public bullying”. The now Eurovision 2021 star then said:
“There is a delicate balance between satire and bullying (…). I think it is stupid that both adults and young people get to read music reviews where there is obvious bullying in the text. It sends a signal that talking like that about other people is okay.”
After winning Melodi Grand Prix, TIX again directed his attention towards the reviews. To Dagbladet, the singer-songwriter said that he hoped the reviewers would take a lesson from it:
“Of course, you should think something about music, but I hope we can be a little more careful with what we say. Words are not always just words.”
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That the reviews didn’t hurt TIX was already clear during his final performance during the MGP final. Then, he was seen wearing a dice which showed a one on all sides.
After he won the Norwegian selection, the “Fallen Angel” hitmaker changed his bio on Instagram with the sentence “Number one on the dice, number one with the people. Thank you very much!”.