It was magical when Elisabeth “Bethan” Andreessen, 64, and Anita Skorgan, 65, took over a large summer room in Sandefjord to give the public “the cutest thing.”
On a one-and-a-half-hour musical excursion, famous artists brought plenty of humor and joy to the audience, but also songs and words for reflection.
Perhaps the most touching features were the two Petain daughters. In the middle of the show, Anna (28) and Nora (26) appeared on the big screen, performing a song for their mother. It was about comfort.
“It was a song we originally recorded and gave to my mom for her birthday in 2017, a year after dad died,” the girls told Se og Hør.
– Now we took it a step further, we were filmed, we became part of the performance, smiling modestly.
Tor Andreessen, the girl’s father and Bétain’s husband, died in 2016.
The song is called “A Life That Good”, and the message is that even if life hits you sometimes, it can still be good.
– How did you feel about making this feature for the mother?
– The recording itself was fun, but what was delicate was showing it to my mom, the sisters say.
Pétain himself was evidently touched by the loving tenderness of his daughters.
– I’m so proud that I explode! she exclaimed after the premiere, with a small tear in the corner of her eye.
– I always wanted to somehow take part in a performance with my girls, but it somehow didn’t fit. After all, they have their own lives and jobs. When they say yes, thanks for joining this time, it turns out to be very cute, and she smiles gratefully — and gives her girls a lot of hugs.
– It felt so good to do this for my mom. We are proud of her. It is good to give something in the form of music and to show emotions in the music. My mom has shown so much emotion through her music, and it’s good that we can do the same, say Anna and Nora.
Petain and Anita bring a more private side to themselves in the new show. At a mature age, they dare to show more vulnerability and reflections on the life we live.
“The older you get, the more you want to talk about your roots, where you come from, what you’ve lived through, the experiences you’ve had, and the value of your family,” Bitan tells Se og Hør.
There are nice and important values to include in a show like this. This is something that audiences can identify with, and it applies to them as much as it does to us. We all have the same feelings.
Marie Morstad, 66, had never experienced Bethan and Anita – “Betanita” – together on stage before.
They each have their own energy, but together they are dynamite! They complement each other very well, and they are very charming. They also have absolutely crazy voices. It was so nice! Mary’s Ray, supplemented by Anders Hatlow:
– Everything Mary says is true! I was blown away by the song and the general atmosphere tonight. My wife, Mae Liz, grunted a few times and said, “Are you laughing now, then?” And I almost did. I was touched, because there was something beautiful about it all. We know the stories, about Jan Teigen and Toure – who died… It was nice to see how they also got a place for seriousness in performing, says Anders.
Friends for ever
Gorey Shank, 61, was delighted with the concert, and talks about a long-term relationship with both artists.
I first met Anita in the early 80’s. I was only 20 years old, and I worked as a waiter at Josefine Vertshus, where concerts were arranged. Anita was there a lot, and we got to know each other. Having become an artist myself, we had regular contact and many good conversations, she smiles.
Elizabeth is the person closest to Jory – for natural reasons.
– Anna and Nora, Elizabeth’s daughters, my cousins. She says their father, Tor, was my uncle and my mother’s brother.
– Elizabeth and I have also worked very closely over the years, not least with the success of “Showgirls” on Chat Noir in 2007 and 2012, smiles Gorey.
– We have so many beautiful memories together, and we have so much fun when we meet.
Do not forget
Both Bétain and Anita performed a number of well-known songs, and the final part of the concert was dedicated to the many contributions of the artists in the context of the Grand Prix Melody. They both participated in Eurovision four times! When Anita Skorgan sat down at the piano and finished it all off with folk favorite “Adieu,” there was a standing ovation.
An excited audience can happily walk out on the bright Sandefjord night, knowing they’ve been part of something unforgettable…
“Bettanita” was produced by Aller Live, part of Aller Media – which also publishes Se og Hør.
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