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Norway’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

May 9, 2016


Let’s be clear, when Agnete sings “I’ll be your Icebreaker” – she is not referring to a silly little game that relieves initial tensions at a dinner party.  Oh no.  She really is talking about a whopping great steel ship that cuts its way through the arctic ice pack.

Here’s the video, a performance video, which gives a reasonable idea of what to expect on stage…

The song and the costume and the staging are there to remind that she’s representing a nation that can be rather cold yet pretty at one and the same time.  Agnete seems to be wearing a dress with a sort of interlocking snowflake texture and she’s standing on some kind of drum to begin with which may represent a glacier.  Inside the glacier is a dancer – but we can’t see her particularly well.  She may well be fighting for her life in there.

A more dramatic conclusion to the song would have been for fire fighters to burst on stage and smash the ice chamber with synchronised axes to free the dancer from her deadly prison.  Yeah – that would make it all a lot more exciting.

As it stands, this performance looks like a Eurovision checklist… female vocalist, mute dancer, lots of dry ice and searchlights.  The whole experience is rather blinding in its whiteness – the eye aches with a sort of snow blind weariness.  Oh, for sure, it’s belted out OK – but again, where is the love here?

There’s a deal of beauty and majesty and awe associated with Icebreakers – but not a lot of warmth and affection…

If you prefer the keening wail of historical trauma – try Ukraine’s entry…

Most people will want something a bit more optimistic.  Like Denmark’s effort – see below…

Bulgaria could learn a lot about positive thinking from Søren.

If you’re keen on Balkan Country and Western Music, then you’ll like Slovenia’s entry…

Australia, bizarrely, are back…

If, in the meantime,  you want to watch an implausible love story involving a sex worker from Vilnius – try Lithuania’s entry…

Here, by the way – is Macedonia’s offering…

Meanwhile, Ireland’s entry – Nicky Byrne out of Westlife – is sort of all growed up.

Here’s Serbia, in case you were wondering…

Then again there’s Ivan from Belarus, who may or may not be dancing naked with wolves…

In the meantime, here is Israel:

You might prefer this GameofThronesy offering from Switzerland

Here, on the other hand, is Poland.

And here’s cheery Latvia,

Someone else who doesn’t look cross at all is Malta’s representative  –

Meanwhile, I found Bosnia and Herzegovina somewhat intriguing this year – see below…

More interesting than Montenegro, anyhow

Far, far more conventional is Azerbaijan

More chillingly, here is Estonia

But here, by way of some (but not much) relief is Cyprus

On a lighter note, see the Czech Republic’s offering…

And Russia…

San Marino – folks…

Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…

And Croatia

And Hungary

And Moldova

And Greece

Greece’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

And Finland

Finland’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Austria by the way…

Austria’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Armenia

Armenia’s 2016 Eurovision Entry


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