- Bergen plumber turned pop singer Kurt Nilsen repeated his national success on a global scale, becoming the convincing winner of the first “World Idol” competition on Thursday night. Nilsen’s unconventional looks were supposed to rule him out of pop stardom, but the power of his voice overcame all obstacles.
Nilsen, 25, was reportedly the favorite with the majority of his competitors, and bookmakers began slashing his odds as the final voting approached, but American Kelly Clarkson and Briton Will Young remained top favorites.
But on the night the juries in nine of the 11 participating countries gave Kurt top votes and a crushing victory in the competition. What he actually won, besides a massive trophy, remains to be seen, but the former plumber is now close to gaining an international recording contract.
Nilsen was one of the few artists to impress the ordinarily vicious panel of judges, and the only criticism the toughest of them could find was with the Norwegian’s tousled, gap-toothed appearance.
But being told by the UK’s Simon Cowell (acting as US judge) that “If this competition had been on radio you’d walk it”, and having the Australian judge say he had the voice of an angel but the looks of a hobbit, probably only boosted the Norwegian’s popularity with the public. [Aftenposten]