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Kurt Nilsen

Kurt Nilsen was a plumber by trade and the singer of a promising young rock band in his native Bergen, Norway. That is, until his life was turned upside down by the crazy roller coaster called reality TV. Nilsen's band, Breed, put out a few singles before changing its name to Fenrik Lane and issuing the Come Down Here EP. But that was before 2002, and his participation in the Norwegian version of the smash hit TV talent contest Pop Idol. The golden-throated, gap-toothed Nilsen was victorious on the show, and his version of the formerly minor Tal Bachman ditty "She's So High" went ten-times platinum in Norway, becoming the country's biggest-selling single of all time. BMG Norway followed up with the hasty full-length I before bustling Nilsen off to London for Christmas 2003's World Idol competition. The show pitted 11 Idol winners from around the globe against one another in a pop reality showdown of preposterous proportion and questionable import. American entry Kelly Clarkson and the U.K.'s Will Young were heavily favored; Nilsen was seen as a dark-horse winner at best. But his anthemic performance of U2's "Beautiful Day" made a big impression on the panel of international Idol judges, and suddenly the Scandinavian singing sensation, good-natured plumber, father of two, and ex-frontman of a rousing, seemingly Hooters-influenced rock & roll band was being bandied about as a spoiler by the offshore betting parlors. Sure enough, on New Year's Day 2004 Nilsen tallied 106 votes to Clarkson's 97 out of a possible 112 to take home the World Idol title and give millions of Kurt-loving Norwegians a late Christmas present. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi
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masta51
stick to doing covers of bands that suck.. because vocals are not your strong point.
To the north of Europe. She's so high sounds like uptown girl. Like it, hell I'd f**k him too.
Tal Bachman did She's So High much better than this guy.
Like someone else said, his verson is just like the Tal Bachman version.. he didn't make the cover his own, he just sang the same song. And not as well as the original artist.
Why the f**k was this on my 10 Years station..
Love this Norwegian's voice!
it's his country music that really makes him. I'm rather surprised they don't have that album here on pandora. Between that and the Guitar Buddies Hallelujah tour, he's my favorite artist.
I heard the music for Shes so high, and i started to sing along, before i noticed somebody was butchering it, and it wasn't me. Instant thumb down. No hate on the guy himself, but its like any other cover of a song you love. It sounds terrible.
liverdonor
Mostly what they said. Still like Tal's version better - esp. his guitar playing (idiosyncrat i c & interesting vs. machinelike) .
I love Kurt Nilsen, but I can see how you Pink Floyd and Seattle Grunge people might object. Really, Pandora? That's just funny.
This is a pretty good peppy pop song circa 2001, but this singer makes it sound dull and commonplace. Its as if the love child of Lifehouse and Simple Plan ran in and forcefully took over Tal Bachman's microphone at some free fair concert and starting spewing this out in his place. Ick.
Absolutely amazing.
WTF...how did this play on my seatle grunge station!!??
Gay.
zz_green
Awful... On my Pink Floyd station? Really, Pandora? Jesus christ...
If you really want to hear how good he is compared to other great singers listen to the version he does of Hallehluya. He kicks in on the last verses making the others sound like amateurs.
Wish his albums were more readily available in the US. ;_;
zionrejoices
Refreshing, Passionate!! ! Kurt Nilsen should be on a WORLD tour so we can enjoy seeing and hearing him in person!!! What an amazing artist he is!!!
I like that slight nasal quality he has at the end of his words.
NOT BAD NOT BAD AT ALL.
I just listened to that 'Beautiful Day' performance, and, damn, does he own that song. Made Bono sound like he doesn't have a clue what he's doing. Amazing performance, it's no wonder he took the contest on the strength of that song.
He would be a excellent country singer....
this guy's the best there is. PERIOD. Amazing. great control, a huge range, distinct and wonderful voice, - he's got it all.
It's not as good as the original. He sounds good during the high notes, but his lower notes are have a weird timbre in his voice. Otherwise, it's a pretty straight copy of Tal Bachman's song. Tal sounds better in the lower register and almost exactly the same in the upper.
He has the best male voice I have ever heard, I just wish he did less popish songs and more songs that are real and compliment his beautiful tone.
this guys good easy listening
high pitched singing? at least he can actually sing high pitched unlike some people...
melanieoliff
Coolbeans.
heeltoerocki n
wow hi pitched singin thats just ouch
has a great voice, reminds me of bono from U2 a little bit
littlefreck9 7
aww

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