Rising star Agnete defied a flu infection to record the music video for the hit song Icebreaker, in freezing temperatures in Finnmark.
Under the low Finnmark sun in late winter, the landscape is white, wild, beautiful. The flat, frozen expanse reaches uninterrupted beyond the horizon in the beautiful drone images that open Agnete Johnsen’s new music video, Icebreaker.
That’s the song that the 21-year-old will perform in Stockholm on May 14, representing Norway in this year’s international Eurovision Song Contest final.
The music video was recorded in Northern Norway over two days in March. The shoot took place near Johnsen’s home in Nesseby, by the Varangerfjord, and at the Igloo Hotel at Sorrisniva near Alta.
“I wanted to contextualize the song in a way that makes it exciting and exotic for Norway and the world,” said the artist to VG at the time of recording.
Johnsen went through with the shoot despite having the flu, and hardly being dressed for the freezing temperatures on the Finnmarksvidda plateau. Yet it was probably worth it: The resulting video (directed by Elle Marja Eira) is undeniably beautiful, and unmistakably Norwegian, though also Sami, a legacy that you can glimpse in Agnete's costume. She is Sami herself, and Sami is her first language.
The official music video:
It’s been two months since Johnsen outclassed the other participants in the Norwegian finals in Oslo Spektrum. Now that the video is ready, the artist can concentrate on preparing for the international finals on May 14. The song is catchy indeed, and we wish Agnete the best of luck.
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