Norwegian Idol

The search for a superstar

Idol 2004

Kjartan Salvesen


About:
Kjartan Aasland Salvesen is 37 years old, born October 17 1976 and comes from Sandnes.

He had a huge hit in Stavanger with Vikings cupfinalsong from 2002, called "Viking e tebage".
 
Kjartan was in a previous relationship with former-"Top Model"-makeup artist Inger Terese and they share two sons. 

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

The 1st semifinal group ended like this:
Maria Haukaas Storeng 34 %
Kjartan Salvesen 22 %
Susanne Nordbøe 18 %
Håkon Njøten 7 %
Nanna Christensen 5 %

Kjartan is this years Idol-winner after reiciving as many as 59 % of the votes, against Margaret's 41 % during the final on the Friday of May 14. 

Songs performed on Idol:
First audition: "Unwell" - Matchbox Twenty
Semifinals: "Unwell" - Matchbox Twenty
First finalround: "Sexed Up" - Robbie Williams 
Second finalround: "Bare i nått" - Mods
Third finalround: "Blame It On The Boogie" - Jackson Five
Fourth finalround: "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" - Elton John
Fifth finalround: "Stuck In A Moment" - U2
Sixth finalround: "The Lady Is A Tramp" - Frank Sinatra
Seventh finalround: "Eye Of The Tiger" - Survivor and 
"I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" - Aerosmith 
Eight finalround: "Angels" - Robbie Williams and "Two Princes" - Spin Doctors
Nineth finalround: "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" - Elton John, "Unwell" - Matchbox Twenty and the Idol-song "Standing Tall"

Releases:
"Standing Tall" (winnersingle) 2004
"Kjartan Salvesen" (album) 2004
"This is What I am (radiosingle) 2004
Artister i Rogaland - "Nå e det tid" (single) 2005
"Leaving Me" (single) 2007
"Then Silence" (album) 2007
"Live For Today" (single) 2007
"Viking e Tebage" (single) 2008
"Eg kan ikje hjelpa for det" (single) 2011

Margaret Berger


About:
Margaret Berger is 28 years old, born October 11 1985 and comes from Hitra.

Margaret got a Wild Card by Anneli Drecker after not recieving a place in the final in the semifinals!

She currently resides in Trondheim.

She won an award called "Spellemannsprisen" for best musicvideo (Lifetime Guarantee) in 2005.

In 2013 Margaret won the Eurovision Song Contest in Norway, and finished 4th in the European finale with the song "I Feed You My Love", written by Karin Park.

Idol:
Margaret did not get a place in the final during the 4th semifinal group, but got a Wild Card and won the Wild Card-group.

The Wild Card-group ended like this:
Margaret Berger 32 %
Susanne Nordbøe 31 %
Karoline Garfjell 13 %
Olianne Wik Lauritsen 9 %
Tini Flaat 5 %

Margaret came 2nd in this years Idol after recieving 41 % of the votes, during the final against Kjartan Salvesen on the Friday of May 14.

Songs performed on Idol:

First audition: "Natural Woman" - Aretha Franklin and "Your House" - Alanis Morissette
Semifinals: "Were You Worth My Tears?" - selfmade
Wild Card: "Come Together" - The Beatles
First finalround: "Forgiven" - Alanis Morissette
Second finalround: "Splitter pine" - Dum Dum Boys
Third finalround: "Don't Leave Me This Way" - Thelma Houston
Fourth finalround: "Walking On Sunshine" - Katrina & the Waves
Fifth finalround: "Murder On The Dancefloor" - Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Sixth finalround: "It's Oh So Quiet" - Björk
Seventh finalround: "Queen Of The Night" - Whitney Houston
and "Uninvited" - Alanis Morissette
Eight finalround: "Stop" - Sam Brown and "It's My Life" - Talk Talk/No Doubt
Nineth finalround: "Come Together" - The Beatles, "Forgiven" - Alanis Morissette
and the Idol-song "Standing Tall"

Releases:
"Lifetime Guarantee" (single) 2004
"Chameleon" (album) 2004
"Samantha" (single) 2006
"Prett Scary Silver Fairy" (album) 2006
"Will You Remember Me Tomorrow" (radiosingle) 2006

"In A Box" (single) 2011
"Four hits" (EP) 2011
Charlotte Thorstvedt feat. Margaret Berger - "Arrhythmia" (single) 2012
"I Feed You My Love" (single) 2013
"Human Race" (single) 2013

Susanne Nordbøe


About:
Susanne Birgitte Nordbøe is 27 years old, born October 14 1986, comes from Sandnes, and was one of the favorites in this years Idol. Who can ever forget "Killing me softly" after this girl constantly sung that song!!

Susanne got a Wild Card by Jan Fredrik Karlsen after not recieving a place in the final in the semifinals!

Susanne is one of only seven (of a total of 55) finalists who succeeded in staying out of the bottom three/two every week!

Is curently far away from the spotlight and doesn't work with music at all (sadly). She resides in Sandnes and works at "Arts & Craft" in Stavanger.

Idol:
Susanne came 3rd in the 1st semifinal group, but got
a Wild Card and came 2nd in the Wild Card-group.

The Wild Card-group ended like this:
Margaret Berger 32 %
Susanne Nordbøe 31 %
Karoline Garfjell 13 %
Olianne Wik Lauritsen 9 %
Tini Flaat 5 %

Susanne came 3rd in this years Idol and was voted off the Friday of May 7.

Songs performed on Idol:

First audition: "Killing Me softly" - The Fugees/Roberta Flack
Semifinals: "Killing Me softly" - The Fugees/Roberta Flack
Wild Card: "Family Portrait" - Pink
First finalround: "Don't Speak" - No Doubt
Second finalround: "Me to går alltid aleina" - Mods
Third finalround: "It's Raining Men" - The Weather Girls
Fourth finalround: "Papa Don't Preach" - Madonna
Fifth finalround: "Get The Party Started" - Pink
Sixth finalround: "Fly Me To The Moon" - Frank Sinatra
Seventh finalround: "Independent Women" - Destiny's Child and
"Son Of A Preacher Man" - Dusty Springfield
Eight finalround: "Under The Bridge" - Red Hot Chili Peppers and "Crazy" - Seal

Releases:
Artister i Rogaland - "Nå e det tid" (single) 2005
Pete Johansen & Susanne Nordbøe - "Come Away Melinda" (single) 2011

Sandra Lyng Haugen


About:
Sandra Lyng Haugen is 26 years old, born April 18 1987, comes from Mosjøen and was the youngest finalist on Idol 2004. 

In 2007 she joined Dancing On Ice, but had to withdraw after a car accident!

After living in Los Angeles for many years, Sandra returned to the spotlight with new songs under the new artist name Sandra Lyng, now singing in English again.

Idol:

Sandra won the 3rd semifinal group.

The 3rd semifinal group ended like this:
Sandra Lyng Haugen 32 %
Maren Flotve Birkeland 21 %
Magnus Ullnæs 13 %
Lasse Uppman 8 %
Øyvind Omnes 7 %

Sandra came 4rd in this years Idol and was voted off the Friday of April 30.

Songs performed on Idol:
First audition: "Foolish Games" - Jewel and "Think Twice" - Celine Dion
Semifinals: "My Immortal" - Evanescence
First finalround: "Panic" - Venke Knutson
Second finalround: "Mysteriet deg" - Bjørn Eidsvåg
Third finalround: "We Are Family" - Sister Sledge
Fourth finalround: "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight" - Cutting Crew
Fifth finalround: "Love Don't Cost A Thing" - Jennifer Lopez
Sixth finalround: "L.O.V.E" - Nat King Cole
Seventh finalround: "Everything I Do" - Bryan Adams and
"Can't Fight The Moonlight" - LeAnn Rimes

Releases:

"Våkne Nå" (promosingle) 2004
Philip feat. Sandra "Sommerflørt" (single) 2004
"I Morgen" feat. Whimsical & Kleen Cut (single) 2005
"Døgnvill" (album) 2005

"Hjemsøkt" (single) 2009
"PRTeY" (single) 2013
"Don't Care" (single) 2014
"Electric City" (single) 2014
"LA-Files" (EP) 2014
"Heels Off" (single) 2015
"Play My Drum" (single) 2015
"Night After Night" (single) 2015
"Moonrise" (single) 2016

Håkon Njøten


About:
Håkon Njøten is 28 years old, born July 31 1985, comes from Knarvik just outside of Bergen and came to the finals as the judges 11th finalist!

Håkon was previously dating Idol 2005-semifinalist, and "Frøken Norge 2006"-finalist Sofie Storaas!

Is now a member of a band called The Micropops!

In 2010 Håkon was a contestant on Eurovision Song Contest as the vocalist in a band called The Diamond. They did not make it to the big finale!

Idol:
Håkon came 4th in the 1st semifinal group.

The 1st semifinal group ended like this:
Maria Haukaas Storeng 34 %
Kjartan Salvesen 22 %
Susanne Nordbøe 18 %
Håkon Njøten 7 %
Nanna Christensen 5 %

But Håkon was the judges candidate and came straight to the finals!

Håkon came 5th in this years Idol and was voted off the Friday of April 23.

Songs performed on Idol:

First audition: "Heartbreak Hotel" - Elvis Presley and
"Can You Feel The Love Tonight" - Elton John
Semifinals: "Everybody Hurts" - R.E.M
First finalround: "Englishman In New York" - Sting
Second finalround: "Hjemmefra" - Sigvart Dagsland
Third finalround: "You're The First, The Last, My Everything" - Barry White
Fourth finalround: "Just A Gigolo" - David Lee Roth
Fifth finalround: "Girl In Oslo" - Big Bang
Sixth finalround: "You Can't Take That Away From Me" - Frank Sinatra/George Gershwin

Releases:

"Som Sommeren" (single) 2006

The Micropops - "Moonlight" (single) 2008
The Micropops - "Nintendo or Devotion" (album) 2008
The Micropops - "Telephonebaby!" (single) 2009
The Micropops - "So Surreal" (single) 2010
HandS - "No Romance" (single) 2011

Maria Haukaas (Storeng) Mittet


About:
Maria Haukaas (Storeng) Mittet is 34 years old, born August 3 1979 and comes from Senja. She currently resides in Oslo with her husband Hans Marius Hoff Mittet.

Maria has been singing and acting as musical artist for years.

In 2008 Maria won the Eurovision Song Contest in Norway, and finished 5th in the European finale with the song "Hold On Be Strong", written by Mira Craig.

In 2009 she participated in Eurovision Song Contestant again, this time representing Sweden together with Anna Sahlene with the song "Killing Me Tenderly". They did not make it to the finale.

In 2010 Maria represented Norway again, with the song "Make My Day". She made it to the big finale, but eventually she didn't even make it to top 4.

In 2010 Maria also was a contestant on "Dancing With Stars". After being eliminated early, she came back after someone else withdrew, and Maria eventually finished 4th.

In 2011 Maria was chosen to perform (and release) the official single for the Ski World Championship in Norway; "Glorious".

Welcomed a son, Wilhelm, on May 15th 2013.

Idol:
Maria won the 1st semifinal group. 

The 1st semifinal group ended like this:
Maria Haukaas Storeng 34 %
Kjartan Salvesen 22 %
Susanne Nordbøe 18 %
Håkon Njøten 7 %
Nanna Christensen 5 %

Maria was predicted by "everyone" to be this years Idol-winner, but was shockingly voted off the Friday of April 16 and then "only" came 6th!

Songs performed on Idol:
First audition: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Marvin Gaye
Semifinals: "I Have Nothing" - Whitney Houston
First finalround: "I Want You Back" - Jackson Five 
Second finalround: "Har en drøm" - Jørn Hoel
Third finalround: "Hot Stuff" - Donna Summer
Fourth finalround: "I'm Every Woman" - Chaka Khan
Fifth finalround: "Shackles (Praise You)" - Mary Mary

Releases:
"Breathing" (single) 2004
"Breathing" (album) 2005
"Should've" (single) 2005
"Nobody Knows" (radiosingle) 2006
"Hold On Be Strong" (single) 2008
"Hold On Be Strong" (album) 2009
"Mine, All Mine" (single) 2008
feat. Mira Craig
Anna Sahlene & Maria Haukaas Storeng - "Killing Me Tenderly" (single) 2009
"Kviskre Ei Bønn" (single) 2009
feat. Oslo Soul Children
"Make My Day" (single) 2010
"Precious To Me" (single) 2010
feat. Måns Zelmerlöw
"Make My Day" (album) 2010
"Extra Mile" (single) 2010
"Glorious" (single) 2011
Oslo Gospel Choir & Maria Haukaas Mittet - "Lys Imot Mørketida" (album) 2011

Trung Toan Tong


About:
Trung Toan Tong is 26 years old, born February 17 1987 and comes from Moss.

He was a member of a band called B.W.Y (Black, White, Yellow) together with Idol 2005-contestants David Bakke and Thomas Frantzen.


Idol:

Trung won the 2nd semifinal group.

The 2nd semifinal group ended like this:

Trung Toan Tong 32 %
Roald Haarr 12 %
Ståle Mikal Skaaden 11 %
Stine Terese Julseth 10 %
Amalie Olsen 10 %

Trung came 7th in this years Idol and was voted off the Friday of April 2.


Songs performed on Idol:

First audition: "I Swear" - Boys II Men
Semifinals: "Back To Your Heart" - Backstreet Boys
First finalround: "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" - Chicago
Second finalround: "Ville fugla flyg" - D.D.E
Third finalround: "Going Back To My Roots" - Odyssey
Fourth finalround: "Stand By Me" - Ben E. King

Releases:

B.W.Y - "Wanna C U Dance" (single) 2006

Maren Flotve (Birkeland) Reme


About:
Maren Flotve (Birkeland) Reme is 28 years old, born April 28 1985 and comes from Skudeneshavn, Karmøy.

She is currently happily married and just welcomed her first child.

Idol:

Maren came 2nd in the 3rd semifinal group.

The 3rd semifinal group ended like this:

Sandra Lyng Haugen 32 %
Maren Flotve Birkeland 21 %
Magnus Ullnæs 13 %
Lasse Uppman 8 %
Øyvind Omnes 7 %

Maren came 8th in this years Idol and was voted off the Friday of March 26.


Songs performed on Idol:

First audition: "Saving All My Love For You" - Whitney Houston
Semifinals: "When I Need You" - Celine Dion
First finalround: "How Will I Know" - Whitney Houston
Second finalround: "Tir Na Noir" - Vamp
Third finalround: "September" - Earth, Wind & Fire

Releases:
"For A Moment" (album) 2005
"Stars In The Night" (single) 2011
Maren Flotve Birkeland & Håvard Gryting - "Plass Til Alle" (part of the album "Jesus Elsker Alle Barna" - Various Artists) 2012
Maren Flotve Birkeland - "Vi Er På Sporet" (part of the album "Jesus Elsker Alle Barna" - Various Artists) 2012

Øystein Grønnevik


About:
Øystein Grønnevik is 35 years old, born June 1978 and comes from Rennesøy.

Is a member of band called Third Avenue, and works as a teacher.


Idol:

Øystein came 2nd in the 4th semifinal group.

The 4th semifinal group ended like this:

Anh Vu 32 %
Øystein Grønnevik 18 %
Gina Kristine Aspenes 12 %
Peter Lexander 9 %
Julie Tverrå Johnsen 7 %

Øystein came 9th in this years Idol and was voted off the Friday of March 19. 


Songs performed on Idol:
 
First audition: "I Shall Be Released" - Bob Dylan
Semifinals: "Hallelujah" - Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley
First finalround: "I Shall Be Released" - Bob Dylan 
Second finalround: "Gutta" - Jokke & Valentinerne

Releases:
Artister i Rogaland - "Nå e det tid" (single) 2005
Third Avenue – "The Extra Mile" (single) 2008

Third Avenue – "The Grand Turn" (album) 2008

Anh Vu


About:
Anh Vu is 27 years old, born March 15 1986 and comes from Sandnes.

Anh was one of the stars in the teen movie "Tommy's Inferno" in 2005!


Idol:

Anh won the 4th semifinal group.

The 4th semifinal group ended like this:

Anh Vu 32 %
Øystein Grønnevik 18 %
Gina Kristine Aspenes 12 %
Peter Lexander 9 %
Julie Tverrå Johnsen 7 %

Anh was early a favorite to win this years Idol, but came 10th and voted off already in the first finalround the Friday of March 12.


Songs performed on Idol:

First audition: "Ain't No Sunshine" - Bill Withers
Semifinals: "Fallin´" - Alicia Keys
First finalround: "Hero" - Mariah Carey

Releases:
”Mitt hjerte alltid vanker” (album) 2007
feat. Bjarne Lending & Gospelkoret Abraham
”Lys og varme” (single) 2010
feat. Mørk Atmosfære

Roald Haarr


About:
Roald Haarr is 34 years old, born May 4 1979 and comes from Vigrestad.

Idol:

Roald came 2nd in the 2nd semifinal group.

The 2nd semifinal group ended like this:

Trung Tuan Tong 32 %
Roald Haarr 12 %
Ståle Mikal Skaaden 11 %
Stine Terese Julseth 10 %
Amalie Olsen 10 %

Roald came 11th in this years Idol og was voted off already in the first finalround the Friday of March 12.


Songs performed on Idol:
First audition: ? - Sigvart Dagsland

Semifinals: "You raise me up" - Secret Garden
First finalround: "Stay on these roads" - A-HA

Releases:
Nordic Tenors and The Neumann Strings - "Christmas With" (album) 2011