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Birth nameTouraj Keshtkar[1]
Also known asTooji
Born (1987-05-26) 26 May 1987 (age 31)
Shiraz, Iran
GenresPop, Dance, House, Electronic
Occupation(s)Singer, Model, Television host, social worker
Years active2008–present

Touraj Keshtkar[1] (Persian: تورج کشتکار‎) (born 26 May 1987), better known under his stage name Tooji, is a Norwegian-Iranian singer, painter, model and television host. Tooji represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan and finished 26th in the final.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Tooji holds a bachelor's degree in child welfare. He has worked in asylum reception centers helping children and teenage refugees and victims of human trafficking. This work motivated him to use his songs and profile to speak out for those who suffer in silence. Tooji is a supporter of LGBT and women's rights, as well as a supporter of Green Wave, Iran's democratic reform movement. Tooji wore a Free Iran green bracelet[3] during his performance in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In June 2015, Tooji came out as gay to the Norwegian website Gaysir, stating that he hoped he could make it easier for young gay people by being open about his own sexuality. He was praised for his decision by the Norwegian National Association for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender People.[4]


Tooji was born in Shiraz, Iran, and moved to Norway when he was one year old.[5] At the age of 16 he started modeling. After the model work, he started working on MTV Norway where he presented "Super Saturday" and "Tooji's Top 10".[6] He was also educated as a social worker and has worked in asylum reception centres.[7] Now he works as a child protection consultant in the department of after-care.

He won Melodi Grand Prix 2012 and was given the opportunity to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan with his entry "Stay" [8] which qualified from the second semi-final and went on to place 26th (last) in the final, scoring 7 points.

On 10 March 2012 he presented the international jury votes on behalf of Norway at the finals of Melodifestivalen 2012, the Swedish preselection. On 18 May 2013 he presented the Norwegian votes for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 held in Malmö, Sweden.

Since 2012, Tooji presents, with Margrethe Roed, the Melodi Grand Prix Junior in Norway.

New song in 2013: "Rebels" .Tooji himself describes ‘Rebels’ as “dramatic pop-dance, with new organic elements blended in with hard electronica“.[9]

With the release of the song Packin' Guns [10] in 2014 Tooji revealed a new depth both artistically and visually. Electronic elements mixed with urban heavy and organic sound. Tooji uses irony in contrast to dark and heavy beat. With his education and background as a social worker, his songs often express a political message. He moved to Stockholm to advance his sound.

Tooji’s second 2014 single "Cocktail" deals with the gender roles in today’s society.[11] His new album moves in a direction where the negro-spiritual sound meets strong electronic elements, creating a whole new genre and style.



Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Swan Song" 2008 Non-album singles
"Stay" 2012 2
"If It Wasn't For You"
"Rebels" 2013
"Packin' Guns" 2014
"Money" 2015
"Say Yeah"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.


  1. ^ a b "Touraj Keshtkar - Skatten 2010 - - VG Nett". Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  2. ^ "Tooji vant MGP: - Jeg vant! - VG Nett om Melodi Grand Prix". Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  3. ^ "Azerbaijan and Iran locked in a spat over rumours of a gay parade". Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  4. ^ Marthinussen, Linn-Christin (8 June 2015). "Tooji står fram som homofil: - Har fått nok av at unge jenter og gutter føler skam". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Tooji – Artist og menneskevenn". Archived from the original on September 17, 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  6. ^ "TV-kjendiser raser etter at sjef lurte muslimsk ansatt - VG Nett om Tro og livssyn". 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  7. ^ AV: arve henriksen. "Tooji knuste forhåndsfavorittene - Aftenposten". Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  8. ^ "– Han er fryktløs og skamløs" (in Norwegian Bokmål). 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  9. ^ " – Tooji: 'Rebels'". Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Nykomlingen Tooji: "Jag blev olycklig av Eurovision"". WiMP ♥ Musik. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  11. ^ NRK (23 September 2014). "Guttete og jentete". NRK. Retrieved 23 November 2014.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Stella Mwangi
with "Haba Haba"
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Margaret Berger
with "I Feed You My Love"