The tenth artist to feature in our Who Is series for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest is TIX from Norway.
TIX (Andreas Haukeland) was born on 12th April 1993 in Bærum, Norway. His stage name “TIX” (“ticks”) is a nod to his diagnosed Tourettes syndrome. The singer is an advocate for mental health openness and has shared his thoughts and experiences in the past.
He began his professional music career in 2016, where his debut studio album Dømt og berømt reached number 2 in the Norwegian Albums Charts. Since then, he’s gone on to release numerous singles, including “Jeg vil ikke leve”, “Kaller på deg”, and “Karantene”, all of which reached #1 in the Norwegian charts. He also co-wrote the hit “Sweet but Psycho” by Ava Max.
This year he was announced as one of the pre-qualifiers in Melodi Grand Prix, Norway’s Eurovision selection show. He performed his competing song during the first semi-final in January, originally in Norwegian. Once the Final came around, he decided to perform “Ut av mørket” in English, now titled “Fallen Angel”. The singer went on to win the show by a large margin of the votes from the public.
TIX will represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands with “Fallen Angel”. He will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on May 18th.
Image: Julia Marie Naglestad / NRK
Norway debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960 and have won the contest three times – in 1985, 1995 and 2009. The country has the dubious record of finishing last the most times, eleven in total, and have received nul points four times. Norway last won the contest in 2009 when Alexander Rybak broke all records with his song “Fairytale”. He scored 387 points in the final, receiving 16 sets of 12 points and scoring points from every country.