TIX has revealed in a documentary to be aired tomorrow evening that he wanted to withdraw from Melodi Grand Prix following his performance in Semi-Final One.
Speaking in an NRK interview which will air tomorrow, TIX has revealed that he told his record label and the Norwegian broadcaster that he wanted to withdraw from Melodi Grand Prix. The singer explained that following his performance he was shown the reviews of the press to his performance, he explained:
It was so much ugly. It was not about the song, but about me as an artist. People wrote that I did not deserve to be in the MGP.
The criticism overshadowed all the good feedback, and in the beginning, it was difficult to see that the performance actually meant anything to people
I called NRK and my record company, and said: “I will retire”. I wanted to give my place to another artist who maybe deserved it more than me.
The singer ultimately decided against withdrawing following the positive response from the audience at home. For the final TIX asked NRK to create huge dice for him to wear in the performance, he decided to rebuke the criticism and to “wave to the critics and show them that I’m still here!”.
Who is Tix
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.
Image: Julia Marie Naglestad / NRK | Source: 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.