Category: FanStories

Adult Fandom – Ebba Glasell

The reason why I became so passionate about them, and eventually starting following them on Instagram, and listen to their music on Spotify was because I, like them, share a very similar story of always being told, as a child in school, that I was not good enough because I was different from the rest of my friends. So when “Spirit in the Sky” was released, I was overjoyed because not only are Alexandra and Tom the greatest vocalists of all time, but Fred and his joiking was a welcoming bonus! I knew about Fred previously from listening to his Sámi rap group, Duolva Duottar!

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Adult Fandom – James Scanlan

Like many fans, my first taste of KEiiNO came at the Norsk Melodi Grand Prix final in 2019. I was live-blogging the event for Eurovision Ireland (www.eurovisionireland.net) and despite having heard the hype around Spirit in the Sky, I’d deliberately avoided listening to any of the songs in the selection so that my reactions to MGP were genuine first impressions.

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Adult Fandom of KEiiNO – Diana Oakes

I discovered KEiiNO on You Tube and the Spirit in the Sky video wasn’t actually the first thing I saw. I have family in Norway so have always been interested in Norway’s performances at the Eurovision. In 2019, I was searching online to see who would represent KEiiNO and came across the name of KEiiNO then on YouTube the first thing I saw was their vlog from the Sámi kindergarten, which was, coincidentally, filmed on my birthday!

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Adult Fandom of KEiiNO – Virginia Kok

It was May 18 2019, the evening of the ESC final. My husband had to go early to bed because of his work and I was trying not to make a lot of noise. But then KEiiNO appeared on the screen with “Spirit in The Sky”. The volume was increased. I was sitting there, staring at the screen, it felt like I was in the audience and was cheering to “Spirit in The Sky”.

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Adult fandom of KEiiNO - Karina Brandt

Adult fandom of KEiiNO – Karina Brandt

Like so many others, I discovered KEiiNO in the Eurovision in Tel Aviv in 2019. Their music instantly ignited a flame inside me and made me want more. At that point I was most of the time in bed because of severe illness, so I spent a lot of time on my phone, reading articles and interviews about KEiiNO and the individual members, and the more I read, the more I felt alive. They all had stories of their own struggles to tell, and somehow reading all this while listening to “Spirit in the sky” and “Shallow”, which at that point were their only two songs, I came back to ‘life’ and after some months, where things really started to improve, I felt an urge to give them something somehow.

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My Fanstory

KEiiNO came on the second semi-final, and Tom began to sing. Those bright blue shining eyes directly into the camera and his amazing voice, Alexandra’s amazing angelic voice, Fred’s liveliness, and amazing joik, the beauty of them all, and then the explosion into the chorus with drums and all… it all ignited a flame inside me and made me want to hear more, so as soon as the song was over, I grabbed my daughter’s phone and googled KEiiNO.

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