Norway: Tooji to enter MGP 2012

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NRK, the Norwegian national broadcaster, has announced the next act that will take part in Melodi Grand Prix 2012.

Iranian-born Tooji Kestkar, an ex-MTV presenter, is one of the 24 aspiring participants for the upcoming MGP festival. Tooji got his big break at the age of 16 where he eventually became dubbed “Prince of Persia” in Norway after landing several modelling jobs. When he asked by a journalist, Tooji told the newspaper that it would be “piece of cake” to work for MTV. Later, that became reality when Tooji became a host of MTV programs (including “Super Star Friday” and “Toojis Top 10”) in Norway. In 2012, Tooji will take the leap into the music scene with his debut at MGP.

Tooji’s song for MGP 2012 has been created in Sweden by the same team behind Eric Saade’s third placed entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 “Popular”. It is described as being a song with ‘exotic rhythms’. Tooji states; “I want to make fireworks. My artistic alter ego will get people to dance!”

Tooji becomes the 19th confirmed act for the upcoming MGP after the announcements of the Cocktail Slippers, United, the Håvard Lothe Band, Lise Karlsnes, The Carburetors, Lisa Stokke, The Canoes, duo Yaseen Asher and Julie Maria Dahl, Reidun Sæther, Rudi MyntevikKim André RysstadMarthe ValleMonica JohansenPlumboNora Foss Al-JabriIsabel ØdegårdMalin and Irresistible.

Earlier this year Stella Mwangi represented Norway in Eurovision 2011 with ‘Haba Haba’ but was unable to qualify to the Eurovision Song Contest final.

Stay tuned for more information on MGP 2012!