Haddy N'jie

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Haddy N'jie
Haddy N'jie (Eurovision Song Contest 2010) 2.jpg
Haddy N'jie at the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo (2010)
Background information
Birth nameHaddy Jatou N'jie
Born (1979-06-25) 25 June 1979 (age 40)
Oslo, Norway
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, writer and journalist
Years active?-present
Associated actsQueendom

Haddy Jatou N'jie (born 25 June 1979[1] in Oslo) is a Norwegian singer, songwriter, writer and journalist. Her father is Gambian and her mother is Norwegian.[1][2] She grew up in Kolbotn near Oslo and is the eldest of five siblings.[3]


N'jie has worked as a reporter for Dagsrevyen and is a columnist for Dagbladet.[3] She hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with Erik Solbakken and Nadia Hasnaoui.[1] She hosted the annual telethon on Norway's largest TV channel NRK 1[2] in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

When Norway held a national ceremony of remembrance on 21 August for the 77 victims of the worst attacks on the country since World War Two, the TV broadcast was hosted by N'jie. She also hosted the one year memorial concert on 22 July 2012.

In 2011 she hosted the prestigious sports award show Idrettsgallaen from Hamar Olympic Amphitheatre together with Erik Solbakken and in 2012 and 2013 with Anne Rimmen. The show was broadcast on NRK.

N'jie has toured Norway several times, both as a solo artist and as part of the comedy group Queendom, consisting of herself and four other black Norwegian women, all sharing in part African backgrounds. Much of the group's material lampoons either Norwegians or Africans.[2]


N'jie has released three solo albums:[1]

  • White Lies (released 16 September 2005)[4]
  • Welcome Home (released 1 June 2009)[5]
  • World of the Free (released 25 January 2010)[6]

She is a contributor to

Personal life[edit]

After a twelve-year relationship, N'jie married Fredrik Lyngås Pedersen in 2010. The couple ended their relationship in 2012.[7]

In 2014, N'jie confirmed that she and Labour Party politician Trond Giske were in a relationship.[8] In September 2015, N'jie announced that she was pregnant. She and Giske had a daughter in 2016.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Bakker, Sietse (10 March 2010). "Nadia, Haddy and Erik to host 2010 Eurovision Song Contest". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Wamwayi, Cynthia (16 November 2010). "Haddy N'jie: The African face of Norwegian TV". CNN. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b Paulsen, Cathrine Th (17 September 2008). "Portrettet: Haddy N'jie". Psykiskhelse. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011.
  4. ^ "White Lies". iTunes Store Norway.
  5. ^ "Welcome Home". iTunes Store Norway.
  6. ^ "World of the Free". iTunes Store Norway.
  7. ^ Hekkli, Lina (26 December 2012). "Brudd etter to år". Se og Hør (in Norwegian). Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  8. ^ Klokk, Ida (1 July 2014). "Bekrefter at de er kjæreste". Side2 (in Norwegian). Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  9. ^ Maiken Svensen (1 April 2016) Haddy N'Jie og Trond Giske har fått barn VG.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Russia Semi-finals: Natalia Vodianova and
Andrey Malahov
Final: Alsou and Ivan Urgant
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Nadia Hasnaoui and Erik Solbakken)
Succeeded by
Germany Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers and Stefan Raab