As a lifelong fan of the late Roy Orbison I have always held the view that no one should attempt to sing his songs as his voice was unique and his delivery of a song without parallel. Recently I was looking at music videos on YouTube featuring the music of Roy Orbison when up flashed a reference to Kurt Nilsen.
Apparently, (after a little research) I found that Kurt Nilsen (born 29 September 1978) is a Norwegian pop/country singer and he won the first season of the Norwegian version of the reality television show Pop Idol, which aired on TV 2 in May 2003. He then won a one-off international version of Pop Idol, called World Idol on 1 January 2004, featuring winners of the various national Idol shows.
Upon leaving school, Nilsen made his living as a plumber. Nilsen became the lead singer in the Norwegian band Fenrik Lane. He is a left-handed musician and plays his guitar with the strings upside down. He appeared on and won Norwegian Idol with 54% of the votes against Gaute Ormåsen. He is one of only seven contestants in the Norwegian Idol history who succeeded in staying out of “bottom three/two” places in weekly votes.
He subsequently won the title for the World Idol on 1 January 2004, singing the hit “Beautiful Day” by U2, beating competitors from ten other nations, including the more famous Idol winners, Britain’s Will Young, and favourite Kelly Clarkson of the United States, and scoring the first place in 10 out of 11 countries eligible to vote for him (Norwegian voters being unable to vote for him).
In the show presenting the entries on 25 December, Ian Dickson, the Australian (English ex-pat) judge, said: “Kurt, you are a hell of a marketing challenge, because you have the voice of an angel, but you look like a Hobbit.” The comment made Kurt laugh out loud. The crowd seemed to revel in his underdog status as a gap-toothed man, with an astonishingly good voice.
So watch the video ands listen to a young man with an exceptional voice……………..