Koit Toome

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Koit Toome
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Background information
Born (1979-01-03) January 3, 1979 (age 35)
Origin Estonia
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, musical actor
Instruments Voice, piano, accordion
Years active 1995—
Associated acts Code One, Maarja-Liis Ilus

Koit Toome (born 3 January 1979[1][2]) is an Estonian singer and musical actor.

Career[edit]

In late 1994, the highly successful pop duo Code One consisting of Koit Toome and Sirli Hiius was formed by the producer Mikk Targo. A great run of hits in Estonian music charts was to follow until 1998, when the duo split.

In 1998, Koit Toome represented Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest, held in Birmingham. He placed on 12th place with 36 ponts and song named "Mere Lapsed".[3] That year he went on to record his debut solo album of mostly self-penned material. Toome has released five albums all together, both as a solo artist and with Code One.

2007 saw him, with his partner-on-floor, Kertu Tänav, winning on a TV show Tantsud tähtedega (Dancing with the Stars).

In March 2010, he released Koit Toome first studio album, named "Kaugele siit" ("Far from here").[4][5]

Koit Toome has also embarked on a voice acting career, dubbing animated films. He provided the Estonian voice for Lightning McQueen in the Disney movie Cars.[6]

Musical Theatre[edit]

Koit Toome's debut in a musical was in the role of Alfred in Tanz der Vampire, shortly followed by that Marius in Les Misérables, Chris in Miss Saigon, and Tony in West Side Story. Several other a lead role in Chess, Rent and Hair were all to follow both in Estonia and Germany.

Personal[edit]

The huge tabloid media interest Koit Toome was single and looking for long after a split from his partner in life and on stage, Maarja-Liis Ilus. In 2009, after a long period of denial, he admitted having fathered a daughter to Kaia Triisa, a make-up artist, also well-known Estonia. The couple is back together and happy, according to the Estonian tabloid press.

Toome comes from a prominent family, with his uncle Indrek Toome the Prime Minister of Estonia (1988–1990), his brother a well-known DJ, and his nephew a successful athlete.

Koit Toome lives in Tallinn.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Maarja-Liis Ilus
with "Keelatud maa"
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
1998
Succeeded by
Evelin Samuel & Camille
with "Diamond of Night"