Mohamed Ali (singer)

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Mohamed Ali
Birth name Mohamed Ahmed Ali
Also known as Mohamed
Born (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 21)
Origin Nørresundby, Aalborg Municipality, Denmark
Genres Pop, dance
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2007–present
Labels Sony (2009–present)
Website http://www.mohamedali.dk/

Mohamed Ahmed Ali (born 7 September 1993) is a Danish singer of mixed Egyptian and Iraqi origin.

Mohamed Ali also known by the mononym Mohamed was born in Nørresundby, Aalborg. In 2009, he took part in Season 2 of The X Factor, coming third after winner Linda Andrews and runners up Alien Beat Club. After the series, he signed a contract with Sony Music.[1] On the occasion, Karina Foss Fenn of Sony Music Entertainment Denmark was quoted as saying: "It is rare that we in the music industry encounter a natural talent like Mohamed Ali. Both in his vocals and his physique, he oozes musicality – and his voice has both power and a sweetness that makes his rhythm quite unique."[2] The music will no doubt to reflect Mohamed's personality". This contract resulted in a debut album Keep It Simple of 12 original songs and his single "Rocket" became one of the best downloaded songs.[3]

Beginnings[edit]

Mohamed Ali was born in Denmark to an Egyptian father and Iraqi mother.[4] He started early through an appearance in "Scenen er din" (translated as "the stage is yours), in 2007. His parents had been divorced one year earlier in 2006. He lived with his mother Ahlam and three older sisters Fatima, Meriam and Asia.

X Factor[edit]

He applied for the Danish version of The X Factor singing competition in 2009 where he reached the Final 3 and was a clear favorite to win.[5] He sang the following songs:

Date Theme Performer Song Result
13.02.2009 Hits Amerie "1 Thing" Safe to next round
20.02.2009 Made in Denmark OneTwo "Det er sent nu" Safe to next round
27.02.2009 Motown songs Jackson 5 "I Want You Back" Safe to next round
06.03.2009 ABBA songs ABBA "S.O.S." Safe to next round
13.03.2009 BigBand Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z "Crazy in Love" Bottom 2, Saved
20.03.2009 Sanne Salomonsen songs Sneakers "Efter Festen" Safe to the finals
Dedication Michael Jackson "Dirty Diana"
27.03.2009 Free choice Daniel Bedingfield / Katy Perry "If You're Not the One" / "Hot n Cold" Finished third
  • In the finals, he got fewest SMS votes in a closely run race in which he lagged by just 2% of the votes to the runner-up in Top 3 and was able to amass big number of fans through his Facebook site (more than 70,000 friends).[6]

After X Factor[edit]

In May 2009, he appeared as an opening act for Beyoncé when she sang in Denmark.

Having signed a contract with Sony Music, he had a debut hit with "Rocket" a song that entered the Danish Singles Chart in week 10/2009. The single peaked at #12 in the charts and spent a total of 20 weeks on the Danish charts.[7]

He had a comeback through a release on disco:wax record label and distribution by Sony with the song "Den du er".

In 2010, he recorded with Swedish singer Ola Svensson and Norwegian singer Endre Nordvik the song "Fire" for the Scandinavian Nordic version of the film Camp Rock 2. The song appeared on the soundtrack album Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix[edit]

In 2013, he came back to take part in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in a bid to represent Denmark in Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song "Unbreakable" written by Morten Friis, Michael Parsberg, Peter Bjørnskov, Lene Dissing. He was one of ten contestants to take part and qualified for the final 3 alongside Simone with "Stay Awake" and Emmelie de Forest with "Only Teardrops". Mohamed Ali finished second overall with de Forest winning the bid to sing the Danish entry to Eurovision 2013. Despite his failure to win the contest, "Unbreakable" proved popular and was released as a single and is only his second charted single after "Rocket".

The Superfinal
Draw Artist Song Cutfather Lis Sørensen Jørgen de Mylius Maria Lucia Kato SMS voting Total Place
6 Simone "Stay Awake" 1 1 2 2 2 7 15 3
8 Emmelie de Forest "Only Teardrops" 3 3 3 1 1 15 26 1
10 Mohamed Ali "Unbreakable" 2 2 1 3 3 8 19 2

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Peak
position
Certification
DAN
[8]
2009 Keep It Simple 2

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak position Album Notes
DAN
[8]
2009 "Rocket" 12 Keep It Simple
2012 "Den du er" Non-album release
2013 "Unbreakable" 4 Non-album release From Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013
Other (non-charting)
  • 2009: "Holla!"
  • 2010: "Fire" (with Ola and Endre Nordvik)
  • 2012: "Ser dig"

Collaboration[edit]

References[edit]

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