Jim Bakkum

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Jim Bakkum
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Background information
Birth name Jimmy Johannes Bakkum
Born (1987-08-10) 10 August 1987 (age 27)
Egmond-Binnen, Netherlands
Genres Pop, dance
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, stage actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2003-present

Jimmy "Jim" Johannes Bakkum (born 10 August 1987) is a Dutch singer, actor, stage actor and television personality. Rising to nationwide fame after becoming runner-up in the first season of Dutch singing competition series Idols, he has released five albums and made a career in musicals and film. On television, he appeared in a Dutch version of Dancing With The Stars, which he won.


As a child he was encouraged to sing and act by his parents. He started a band with his older brother Danny and also performed in amateur theatre productions. In 2002, his brother suggested that he audition for the Dutch TV talent programme "Idols". He became the youngest contestant at 15 years of age.

After coming second in the competition, he was signed by Wilde Productions and released his first single "Tell Her" in May 2003. The song charted at # 1 in the Netherlands. His second single, "This Love Is Real" which is a cover of the original song by CB Milton ( he was also signed to Wilde Productions ) was released in July 2003 where it reached the top 3. Shortly after Jim's 16th birthday, in August 2003 he released his debut album Impressed , this reached #1 in the Dutch album charts and became gold (40.000 copies sold).

In April 2004 Jim was nominated for 2 TMF awards; Best Newcomer and Best Singer. He won the Best Newcomer award. His second album Ready was released in May 2004 and reached the Top 10 of the Dutch Album Charts.

In 2005 he won Dancing with the Stars (the Dutch version of Strictly Come Dancing), partnered by Julie Fryer. His third album, Dance With Me was released in November by his new record company CMM (Corbeau Music Masters). This album came out of his dancing experience on the TV show and became Gold (40.000 copies sold) as well.

Also in 2005, he played the voice of Hippix in the animated film of Asterix and the Vikings, which went on general release in Europe and Canada in early 2006. In April he released a single of the soundtrack "Dapper & Sterk" (meaning: Brave and Strong) which charted at #13 and stays for months in the Dutch single charts.

In the beginning of 2006 Jim played his first 'big' role in a TV-series, called 'BOKS', which is a police-series in which he played the role of 'Willem Jongbloed', a young policeman just out of the Police academy. From October 2006 Jim toured through the Netherlands in the leading role of Danny Zuko in the musical Grease.

In the spring of 2007 he hosted the TV-show 'De weg naar Fame' (The way to Fame) in which the leading roles of the musical Fame were selected. Jim already had the role of Nick Piazza so now he guided the contestants and hosted the show.

In May 2007 he released his new single "Doe dit, doe dat" which entered the charts at #5. His new album "Vrij!" which was released in late June 2007 followed by the third single 'Doe maar gewoon' in September 2007. He was nominated again for a TMF Award for Best Dutch Singer.

In the Fall of 2007 Jim toured with his show 'Jim in Concert' through the Dutch Theaters before he started the role of Nick Piazza in the musical Fame as of January 2008.

Since January 2008, Jim is playing the role of Robin in the internet-only soap 2000Antwerp,[1] aired daily on the Belgian MyVideo.

In April 2008 the single 'Doe dit doe dat' is released in Belgium (Flanders).

In March 2011 Jim released his new song 'Feel your love'. This single is his first English one since 2007.

In January 2011, it was announced that Jim would be starring as the character of Fiyero in the Dutch production of the musical Wicked, set to open in autumn of 2011 at the Circus Theatre in Scheveningen.[2]


While on tour with the 2006 Dutch production of Grease, he met actress Bettina Holwerda, who is 9 years his senior. They began dating shortly after both were admitted to hospital after an accident on stage in which a prop car that both were in fell 12 ft into the orchestra pit. In a June 2007 interview, Bakkum claimed to have a weakness for strong older women. He proposed to Holwerda on 22 September 2010 and they were married in the Amsterdam Vondel Church on Friday 10 June 2011. Their son Lux was born in November 2012.



Year Album details Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2003 Impressed
  • Released: August 2003
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: CD
  • Gold (x40,000)
2004 Ready
  • Released: May 2004
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: CD
  • None
2005 Dance With Me
  • Released: April 2005
  • Label: CMM
  • Formats: CD
  • Gold (x40,000)
2007 Vrij
  • Released: June 2007
  • Label: CMM
  • Formats: CD
  • None
2009 Nu
  • Released: May 2009
  • Label: CMM
  • Formats: CD
  • None


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Preceded by
Dancing With The Stars winner
Season 1 (2005 with Julie Fryer)
Succeeded by
Barbara de Loor & Marcus van Teijlingen