On Saturday TIX literally spread his wings in the grand final of Melodi Grand Prix 2021, winning one of the toughest finals in recent memory. And on Monday — with TIX’s gold chains freshly polished and his dark angels still limber from the weekend — NRK got to work filming the back-up performance for Eurovision 2021.
As you’ll remember, the EBU has taken the wise and practical decision to have all contestants film a back-up recording ahead of Eurovision. This is to safeguard the contest amid the ongoing and ever-changing pandemic. The pre-recorded performances can be used if a delegation can’t make it to Eurovision, or if an artist has to quarantine on-site at ESC.
NRK shared a snap of the recording on Instagram and Twitter.
For å bekrefte, TIX vil synge den engelske låten «Fallen Angel» i Eurovision 2021 for Norge.
— Melodi Grand Prix (@NRKmgp) February 22, 2021
Stig Karlsen, head of MGP and Norway’s Head of Delegation, says it went very well.
“Today we have recorded what could be TIX and Norway’s performance during the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. We all dream of traveling to Rotterdam to contribute to and be part of a music festival for 200 million people, but if that is impossible the ‘live on tape’ recordings luckily mean that Eurovision will take place this year, even if we are not allowed to travel to the Netherlands.”
Norway is the very first of the 41 participating countries to deliver their taped performance. Stig adds that his crew followed all the rules and instructions, as delivered by the EBU and the Dutch host broadcasters.
“TIX and the production team were on fire during today’s recording, and were cheered on by a very satisfied committee from the EBU and the Dutch broadcaster.”
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And what about TIX himself?
“The dream is of course to travel to Rotterdam, so I hope it will take place. It was amazing to tape the recording today. We have actually only had one day to prepare and adjust what may be our contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest, but it seems that the entire NRK team feels they have a worthy contribution.”
“I have hardly slept since before the final, so now I am really ready to get home, check missed calls and take a shower.”
Tix will sing in English at Eurovision 2021
And that’s not the only news coming out of Oslo. NRK confirms that he will sing “Fallen Angel” — the English version of his song — rather than the Norwegian-language “Ut Av Mørket” from the semi-finals.
As the English-language lyrics make evident, the song is about a man’s battle with his personal demons. There’s a sense that he doesn’t feel deserving of love. As he sings: “I’m fighting all of my demons tryna tear me apart, and I’m still not sure what you ever saw in me…”
TIX to Norway: Ugly ducklings become swans
On stage he exudes the confidence of a performer with countless hits and the ease of an influencer who commands around 229,000 Instagram followers.
But, in an interview with Norwegian newspaper VG, TIX has said he wasn’t confident that he’d win the final. In fact, he tells the paper he was convinced Eurovision alums KEiiNO would win the night and book their place in Rotterdam.
His emotion was evident on stage in the moments after the announcement.
“Norway… I have felt like the ugly duckling for a very long time, both in the music industry and growing up,” he said. “It turns out that one day the duckling does become a swan.”
“I hope that all you ugly ducklings at home understand that one day everyone will see you as swans.”
In a text message to the newspaper, the bookies’ favourites KEiiNO said they were “incredibly disappointed.”
“We really felt we had the song and the show that would take home the victory at Eurovision. At the same time, we congratulate TIX on the win.”
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Photo credit at top: NRK / Camilla Sand