This Norwegian star artist got Kirsti to participate in The Voice

Kirsti Lucena (35) is one of the eight remaining participants in this year’s season of The Voice. Friday is the set for the third live broadcast, where Lucena hopes to impress TV viewers once again.

– I will sing “Juice” by Lizzo, but my own version. It starts with calm soul in the beginning, and then it’s straight to dance, the 35-year-old says when TV 2 talks to her on her way to dance training.

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– It’s a little scary to have to learn the choreography two days before the broadcast, but it will be very exciting, she continues.

Nerves are something Lucena feels now that she is in focus on stage. She has been used to singing in front of large audiences at both concerts and musicals – not just as the main character, but chorister.

“You’re fat in the head if you do not sign up!”

Lucena has always loved music, and she says that being on The Voice is just like a “childhood dream come true”. However, it took a long time before she managed to sign up for the program.

– I have been very scared of The Voice, because it is my job to sing from before. So the fall height was extremely high. The fear that no one would turn around held me back, she says frankly.

Therefore, the 35-year-old Sandnes lady got a little push up on the big stage. One of those who encouraged her to sign up was her close colleague and friend Marion Ravn (37).

SUPPORT PLAYER: Kirsti Lucena (left) has received a lot of support from her good friend Marion Ravn (right) both before and during her participation in The Voice.  Photo: Private

SUPPORT PLAYER: Kirsti Lucena (left) has received a lot of support from her good friend Marion Ravn (right) both before and during her participation in The Voice. Photo: Private

– I worked on musical Chess together with Marion, and I called her to say that I was considering signing up.

– When I said I think it seemed scary, she just replied: “You are fat in the head if you do not sign up!”, She says and laughs.

To TV 2, Ravn says that it was obvious to her that Lucena had to sign up for The Voice, and believes she is Norway’s best vocalists.

– It is time for Norway to discover her talent. Not only does she sing well, but she is an entertainer at her fingertips who makes super good shows! So people have to vote for her so there will be real life in the final !, she says in an e-mail.

Has been generous and supportive

Lucena therefore chose to take her talent to blind audiotions on The Voice, where she impressed mentor Matoma (30) greatly and ended up on his team. Ravn was one of the first she called to tell the good news.

– After the blinds, I called her to say I was on. Then Marion began to cry because she was so happy for me. I sincerely feel she is my biggest fan, says Lucena.

Ravn confirms the story, and says that she is overjoyed that her friend went on.

– It was extra cool that all the mentors turned around! It’s amazing to see Kirsti on The Voice now! I am so proud of her that I just laugh, she writes.

The 35-year-old says that Ravn has been a great supporter for her throughout her career, something she sees as rare from such an established artist as Ravn in a competitive industry.

– She completely understands that we are not competitors because we are so different. We have different qualities and talents, so she has always been very generous and supportive.

Another well-known and beloved Norwegian artist with whom Lucena has a close relationship is Heine Totland (51). She has been a regular chorister for him for several years after their first meeting when she was 21 years old.

LONG FRIENDSHIP: Kirsti has been one of the chords of Heine Totland since she was 21 years old.  Photo: Private

LONG FRIENDSHIP: Kirsti has been one of the chords of Heine Totland since she was 21 years old. Photo: Private

– I usually joke with “life before and after Heine Totland”, she says and laughs.

– I have always received help from him, and he has been my “wingman” number one. He has also helped me become much more relaxed, and he has encouraged me to be a little more “crazy”. He has, just like Marion, taken me under his wing and taken on fantastic gigs.

Will make a difference

– For me, the participation in The Voice is about representation. I did not grow up watching myself on TV or in leading roles in musicals, she says frankly.

Lucena is half Filipino and half Danish. When she grew up, she felt unique, as she had a different look and a different “sound” than those around her. She thought this would give her an advantage in the tough industry, but it turned out that her distinctiveness would work more against her than for her.

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– When I left music school, I did not fit into any box. I was not thin enough to play “normal”, not thick enough to play “she big”, had too dark a voice to play young, not white enough to be white, and not dark enough to be dark.

She has long wanted a change in the industry she works in, where the casters think outside the box when choosing both women and men for leading roles on stage. She believes the first step in the right direction is to talk about it.

– My big dream is to play a big lead role in a musical, since I have never seen someone like me in a lead role. I participate in The Voice to take more space and show what I can do, but also for little Kirsti who did not have someone like me to look up to. So maybe someone can look at me and think “she’s like me!”.

You see The Voice live on Fridays at 20 on TV 2 and TV 2 Play.