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Birth name Touraj Keshtkar[1]
Also known as Tooji
Born (1987-05-26) May 26, 1987 (age 31)
Shiraz, Iran
Genres Pop, Dance, House, Electronic
Occupation(s) Singer, Model, Television host, social worker
Years active 2008–present
Labels f

Touraj Keshtkar[1] (Persian: تورج کشتکار‎‎) (born May 26, 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

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 March 10, 2012, he presented the international jury votes on behalf of Norway at the finals of Melodifestivalen 2012, the Swedish preselection. On May 18, 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.



Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2008 ''Swan Song'' Non-album singles
2012 "Stay" 2
"If It Wasn't For You"
2013 "Rebels"
2014 "Packin' Guns"[12]
2015 "Money" [14]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Touraj Keshtkar - Skatten 2010 - - VG Nett". Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved 2012-08-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Tooji vant MGP: - Jeg vant! - VG Nett om Melodi Grand Prix". Retrieved 2012-08-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Azerbaijan and Iran locked in a spat over rumours of a gay parade". Retrieved 2015-06-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Tooji – Artist og menneskevenn". Archived from the original on September 17, 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "TV-kjendiser raser etter at sjef lurte muslimsk ansatt - VG Nett om Tro og livssyn". 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2012-08-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. AV: arve henriksen. "Tooji knuste forhåndsfavorittene - Aftenposten". Retrieved 2012-08-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "– Han er fryktløs og skamløs" (in norsk bokmål). 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2012-08-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. " – Tooji: 'Rebels'". Retrieved 23 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Nykomlingen Tooji: "Jag blev olycklig av Eurovision"". WiMP ♥ Musik. Retrieved 23 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. NRK (23 September 2014). "Guttete og jentete". NRK. Retrieved 23 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Eurovision Norway: Tooji unveils Packin' guns music video". Retrieved 23 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Angus Quinn. "Review: Tooji shows a new side on 'Cocktail'". Retrieved 2015-06-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Tooji releases "Money"". Retrieved 26 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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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"