Norwegian Idol

The search for a superstar

Idol 2003


Kurt Nilsen


About:
Kurt Nilsen is 35 years old, born in September 29 1978 in Ytre Arna, just outside of Bergen.

Is currently married to Kristin Halvorsen and they share a son named Lukas. He has two children from a former relationship with Kristine Jacobsen; Marte and Erik.

Kurt was also one of four "gitarbuddies" in the band, together with 2nd runner up of season 3, Alejandro Fuentes, and pop singers Espen Lind and Askil Holm.

In 2013 Kurt was a judge on season 7 of Norwegian Idol.

Is celebrating 10 years as an artist in 2013, and had his own "anniversary" concert in Bergen in May 2013.

Idol:
Kurt won the 3rd semifinal group. 

The 3rd semifinal group ended like this:
Kurt Nilsen 23 % 
David Pedersen 17 % 
Anne Nymo Trulsen 11 % 
Heidi Solheim 11 % 
Francesca Strano 9 %

Kurt is this years Idol-winner after receiving 53 % of the votes, against Gaute's 47 % during the final on the Friday of May 23. 

In late december 2003 Kurt also won the very first World Idol in front of USA's Kelly Clarkson, who ended as first runner up.

Songs performed on Idol: 
First audition: "Hate How You Say Goodbye" - selfmade 
Semifinals: "Stuck In A Moment" - U2 
First finalround: "The Day After Tomorrow" - Saybia 
Second finalround: "Skyfri himmel" - Bjørn Eidsvåg 
Third finalround: "Hunting High And Low" - A-HA
Fourth finalround: "Candle In The Wind" - Elton John 
Fifth finalround: "You're The First, The Last, My Everything" - Barry White 
Sixth finalround: "Fly Me To The Moon" - Frank Sinatra 
Seventh finalround: "Beautiful Day" - U2 and "Perfect day" - Lou Reed 
Eight finalround: "One" - U2 and "Livin' la vida loca" - Ricky Martin
Nineth finalround: "Weddings Off" - selfmade (from the Idol-album), "The Day After Tomorrow" - Saybia and the Idol-song "She's So High"

Releases:
Breed/Fenrik Lane - "Shoe" EP 1998
Fenrik Lane - "Come Down Here" EP 2002 
"She's So High" (winnersingle) 2003
"All You Have to Offer" (single) 2003 
"I" (album) 2003 
"Here She Comes" (single) 2003 
"I" international version (album) 2004 
"My Street" (single) 2004 
"A Part Of Me" (album) 2004 
"Never Easy" (Single) 2005
"Before You Leave" (single) 2005
"Singing the Song" (radiosingle) 2005
"When the Stars Go Blue" duet with Venke Knutson (single) 2005
"Hallelujah Live" (album) 2006
feat. Alejandro Fuentes, Espen Lind & Askil Holm
"Push Push" (single) 2007
"Push Push" (album) 2007
"Rise To The Occasion (single) 2008
"Rise To The Occasion" (album) 2008
"With Or Without You" (single) 2009
feat. Alejandro Fuentes, Espen Lind & Askil Holm
"Hallelujah Live" - Volume 2 (album) 2009
feat. Alejandro Fuentes, Espen Lind & Askil Holm
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (album) 2010
feat. Kringkastningsorkestret
"Den Gamle Dansen" (single) 2012
"Du Sa" (single) 2012
"Inni En God Periode" (album) 2013
"Live: Festkonserten i Bergen, 16.mai 2013" (album) 2013

Gaute Ormåsen


About:
Gaute Ormåsen is 30 years old, born April 20 1983 and comes from Brumunddal. He currently resides in Oslo.

In 2008 Gaute starred in the Norwegian soap opera "Hotel Cæsar" as singer Marius Nordheim. He starred for one season, and released a single from the show.

In 2009 Gaute was a contestant on "Dancing With Stars" and finished 4th.

In 2010 Gaute was a contestant on Eurovision Song Contest. He made the "Last Chance"-final with his song "Synk eller svøm", but unfortunately he didn't make it to the big finale. However, in 2013 he was a finalist on Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Awake".

Idol:
Gaute won the 2nd semifinal group. 

The 2nd semifinal group ended like this: 
Gaute Ormåsen 33 % 
Linn S. Andersen 20 % 

Gaute came 2nd in this years Idol after recieving 47 % of the votes, during the final against Kurt Nilsen on the Friday of May 23. 

Songs performed on Idol:
First audition: "I'm Your Angel" - R. Kelly 
Semifinals: "If tomorrow Never Comes" - Garth Brooks 
First finalround: "I'm Your Angel" - R. Kelly 
Second finalround: "Jørgen Hattemaker" - Alf Prøysen 
Third finalround: "Take On Me" - A-HA 
Fourth finalround: "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" - Elton John 
Fifth finalround: "Blame It On The Boogie" - Jackson Five 
Sixth finalround: "My Way" - Frank Sinatra 
Seventh finalround: "Believe" - Cher and "Love Is All Around" - Wet Wet Wet 
Eight finalround: "When Susannah Cries" - Espen Lind and "Life Is A Rollercoaster" - Ronan Keating 
Nineth finalround: "Longest Goodbye" (from the Idol-album), "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" - Elton John and the Idol-song "She's So High" 

Releases:
"Chasing Rainbows" (single) 2003 
"New Kid In Town" (album) 2003 
"Miss You When You're Gone (single) 2003
"Kjærlighet Er Mer Enn Forelskelse" (single) 2006
"G For Gaute" (album) 2006
"Sommer Hele Året" (single) 2006
"Du + Jeg = Vi" (single) 2007
"Til vi sees igjen" (single) 2007
"Gi meg et bilde" (single) 2008 (as Marius Nordheim)
"Drømmesang" (album) 2008
"Glorien" (single) 2009
"Synk eller svøm" (single) 2010
"Oss i mellom" (album) 2010
"To Som Vart By" (single) 2010
feat. Kaia Huuse
"God Jul Og Godt Nytt År" (single) 2010
feat. Cecilia Vennersten
"Hei Sommer (Kjærlighetsvise til sommeren)" (single) 2012
"Kamilla og Sebastian" (single) 2012
"Awake" (single) 2013

David Pedersen


About:
David Pedersen is 27 years old, born May 15 1986 and comes from Andøya.

Post Idol he was a member in a band called Carnival, but they are no longer together.

Former boyfriend to 2005-finalist Mari Vestbø.

Is now happily married to Tinki Tønseth Troye from the Norwegian pop group Lilyjets.

Idol:
David came 2nd in the 3rd semifinal group. 

The 3rd semifinal group ended like this: 
Kurt Nilsen 23 % 
David Pedersen 17 % 
Anne Nymo Trulsen 11 % 
Heidi Solheim 11 % 
Francesca Strano 9 % 

David came 3rd in this years Idol and was voted off the Friday of May 16.

Songs performed on Idol:
First audition: "Kryptonite" - 3 doors down 
Semifinals: "With Arms Wide Open" - Creed 
First finalround: "Kryptonite" - 3 doors down 
Second finalround: "Drømmedame" - Trang fødsel 
Third finalround: "Heaven" - Bryan Adams 
Firth finalround: "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" - Elton John 
Fifth finalround: "Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry 
Sixth finalround: "Ain't That A Kick In The Head" - Dean Martin 
Seventh finalround: "Lemon Tree" - Fools Garden and "Velvet" - Savoy 
Eight finalround: "Wherever You Will Go" - The Calling and "Dancing In The Moonlight" - Toploader 

Releases:
"Wild At Heart" (single) 2003 
"Wild At Heart" (album) 2003 
"What the Hell" (single) 2003
Carnival - "For Your Eyes Only" (single) 2005

Rebecca Ludvigsen


About:
Rebecca Ludvigsen is 27 years old, born March 12 1986 and comes from Trondheim.

In 2004 Rebecca was a contestant on Eurovision Song Contest with the song "1000 and 1 nights", but didn't make it to the big finale.

Idol:
Rebecca won the 4rd semifinal group.

The 4rd semifinal group ended like this:
Rebecca Ludvigsen 34 %
Tone Anette E. Elde 14 %
Esben André Holm

Rebecca came 4rd in this years Idol and was voted off the Friday of May 9.

Songs performed on Idol:

First audtion: "Your Love Is Beautiful" - ? and "Joyful Joyful" - Lauryn Hill
Semifinals: "Fallin´" - Alicia Keys
First finalround: "A Deeper Love" - Aretha Franklin
Second finalround: "Mysteriet deg" - Bjørn Eidsvåg
Third finalround: "Down On The Street" - Shakatak/D'Sound
Fourth finalround: "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" - Elton John
Fifth finalround: "We Are Family" - Sister Sledge
Sixth finalround: "This Can't Be Love" - Natalie Cole
Seventh finalround: "Unforgivable Sinner" - Lene Marlin and "Don't Speak" - No Doubt

Releases:

"What A Girl Wants" (album) 200
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Espen Grjotheim


About:
Espen Grjotheim is 37 years old, born September 20 1976 and comes from Grimstad.

Espen resides in Oslo and works as a musical artist! He is married with two children.

He is a former member of a band called "Stray".

He is also the brother of the former "Hotel Cæsar"-star Edda Grjotheim.

Idol:
Espen won the 5th semifinal group.

The 5th semifinal group ended like this:
Espen Grjotheim
Jeanette Vik 21 %

Espen was for a long time a big favorite to win this years Idol, but came 5th when he was voted off the Friday of May 2.

Songs performed on Idol:
First audition: "Out Here On My Own" from Fame
Semifinals: "Time" - selfmade
First finalround: "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - U2
Second finalround: "En natt forbi" - Jan Eggum
Third finalround: "Notorious" - Duran Duran
Fourth finalround: "Your Song" - Elton John
Fifth finalround: "Relight My Fire" - Dan Hartman/Take That
Sixth finalround: "Have You Met Miss Jones?" - Frank Sinatra

Releases:
Stray - "Lifetime" (single) 2000
Stray - "Upp All Night" (single) 2000

Tone Anette E. Elde


About:
Tone Anette Eidsheim Elde is 27 years old, born in 1986 and comes from Knarvik just outside of Bergen.

Tone's contribution on the Idol 2003-CD, "Wish" is selfmade!

Idol:
Tone Anette came 2nd in the 4th semifinal group.

The 4rd semifinal group ended like this:
Rebecca Ludvigsen 34 %
Tone Anette E. Elde 14 %
Esben André Holm

Tone Anette was originally voted off in the first finalround, but after Jeanette Vik was disqualified for being too young, Tone Anette got another chance the next week.

Tone Anette finally came 6th in this years Idol and was voted off the Friday of April 25.

Songs performed on Idol:

First audition: "A Hollow Reason" - selfmade
Semifinals: "Wish" - selfmade
First finalround: "Anything about June" - Unni Wilhelmsen
Second finalround: "Sommerfugl i vinterland" - Halvdan Sivertsen
Third finalround: "Hello" - Lionel Richie
Fourth finalround: "Sacrifice" - Elton John
Fifth finalround: "Upside Down" - Diana Ross

Releases:

"Waxy's Little Sister" (single) 2004

Linn S. Andersen


About:
Linn Solemdal Andersen is 27 years old, born September 18 1986 and comes from Bergen.

Former classmate of former co-participant Tone Anette E. Elde.

Halfsister to former "Hotel Cæsar"-star Per Kjerstad Andersen.

Idol:
Linn came 2nd in the 2nd semifinal group.

The 2nd semifinal group ended like this:
Gaute Ormåsen 33 %
Linn S. Andersen 20 %

Linn came 7th in this years Idol and was voted off the Friday of April 11.

Songs performed on Idol:

First audition: "Locked In" - selmade
Semifinals: "Doubt" - selfmade
First finalround: "You Were Meant For Me" - Jewel
Second finalround: "Alarmen går" - Jan Eggum
Third finalround: "He's Like The Wind" - Patrick Swayze
Fourth finalround: "Goodbye Yellowbrick Road" - Elton Joh
n

Orji Okoroafor


About:
Orjo Okoroafor is 33 years old, born February 24 1980 and comes from Oslo.

He is also a good baketballplayer and plays for Ammerud Basket in the BLNO-league!

Idol:
Orji won the 1st semifinal group.

The 1st semifinal group ended like this:
Orji Okoroafor
Guro Dugstad

Orji came 8th in this years Idol and was voted off the Friday of April 4.

Songs performed on Idol:

First audition: "Last Night" Az Yet
Semifinals: "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" - Chicago
First finalround: "Maria, Maria" - Santana
Second finalround: "Det vakreste som fins" - Jahn Teigen
Third finalround: "If You Don't Know Me By Now?" - Simply Red

Releases:

JO2 - "Baby Boo" (single) 2003
feat. Jide Okoroafor (single)

Guro Dugstad


About:
Guro Dugstad is 34 years old, born in 1979 and comes from Bergen.

Idol:
Guro came 2nd in the 1st semifinal group.

The 1st semifinal group ended like this:
Orji Okoroafor
Guro Dugstad

Guro was early a huge favorite to win this years Idol, but was surprisingly voted off the Friday of March 29 and then only came 9th.

Songs performed on Idol:

First audition: "Saving all my love" - Whitney Houston
Semifinals: "I'll be there" - Jackson Five

First finalround: "I'm Every Woman" - Chaka Khan/Whitney Houston
Second finalround: "Slaver av solen" - Seigmen

Jeanette Vik


About:
Jeanette Vik is 26 years old, born September 1987 and comes from Jessheim.

She was a huge favorite among the viewers, but was unfortnuately disqualified after the first finalround when it was discovered that she was only 15 years old at the time!

Idol:
Jeanette came 2nd in the 5th semifinal group:

The 5th semifinal group ended like this:
Espen Grjotheim
Jeanette Vik 21 %

Jeanette came 10th in this years Idol after being disqualified after the first finalround!

Songs performed on Idol:
First audition: "When You Believe" - Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey
Semifinals: "I Don't Know" - Celine Dion
First finalround: "Think Twice" - Celine Dion