Koit Toome

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Koit Toome in 2017
Background information
Birth nameKoit Toome
Born (1979-01-03) 3 January 1979 (age 40)
Tallinn, Estonia
Genres Pop
Years active1995—present
Associated acts

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


He has twice represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1998 he finished 12th with the song " Mere lapsed ". In 2017 he sang a duet with Laura Põldvere, entitled Verona.

Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Estonia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 24 times since making its debut in 1994. Its first appearance would have taken place in 1993, however a qualification round was installed for seven former Eastern bloc countries hoping to make their debut in the contest, with Estonia failing to qualify. Estonia has won the contest once, in 2001.

Eurovision Song Contest 1998 song contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 1998 was the 43rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Birmingham, United Kingdom, following Katrina and the Waves's win at the 1997 contest in Dublin, Ireland with the song "Love Shine A Light". It was the UK's fifth win, and the eighth time that the UK hosted the contest, the last being in Harrogate in 1982. The UK has not won or hosted the contest since. The contest was staged at the National Indoor Arena on 9 May 1998.

"Mere lapsed" was the Estonian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998, performed in Estonian by Koit Toome.


Koit Toome was discovered in the music school in 1994 by the music producer Mikk Targo who was initially planning to launch a solo career for Koit. It later turned out that Koit's schoolmate and initial backing vocalist Sirli Hiius harmonized perfectly with Koit. Due to this, Koit's solo turned into a pop duo Code One which enjoyed a successful run of top hits that over the years have become evergreens. Toome and Hiius sometimes nevertheless perform together, despite having called the active years as a singing duo to an end years ago.

In 1998, Koit Toome represented Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest, held in Birmingham. He finished 12th with 36 points with the song " Mere lapsed ". [3] The same year he recorded his debut solo album of mostly self-penned material on it. Toome has released five albums all together, both as a solo artist, and with Code One. His latest studio album, "Kaugele siit" ("Far from here") was released in March 2010. [4] [5]

Birmingham City in the English Midlands, 2nd highest population of UK cities

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In 2007, Koit Toome was declared as the winner of Tantsud tähtedega ( Dancing with the Stars ) with his partner on floor, Kertu Tänav.

<i>Tantsud tähtedega</i> television series

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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 among others. [6]

Lightning McQueen fictional character

Monty "Lightning" McQueen, typically referred to by his surname McQueen, is an anthropomorphic stock car in the animated Pixar film Cars (2006), its sequels Cars 2 (2011), Cars 3 (2017), and TV shorts known as Cars Toons. The character is not named after actor and race driver Steve McQueen, but after Pixar animator Glenn McQueen who died in 2002. His design is inspired by a stock car and "a more curvaceous Le Mans endurance racer," with "some Lola and some Ford GT40." During the scene where he helps restore Radiator Springs to its 1950s heyday, he is painted much like a 1950s Chevrolet Corvette C1, once again hinting at his Corvette lineage. His number was originally set to be 57, Lasseter's birth year, but was changed to 95, the release year of Pixar's first film Toy Story.

<i>Cars</i> (film) 2006 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar

Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman, it was Pixar's final independently-produced film before its purchase by Disney in May 2006. Set in a world populated entirely by anthropomorphic cars and other vehicles, the film stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Michael Wallis, George Carlin, Paul Dooley, Jenifer Lewis, Guido Quaroni, Michael Keaton, Katherine Helmond, John Ratzenberger and Richard Petty. Race car drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Mario Andretti, Michael Schumacher and car enthusiast Jay Leno voice themselves.

In 2017, Koit Toome and Laura Põldvere won Eesti Laul with the duet "Verona." They thereafter represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. [7] The duo failed to advance to the Grand Final in 14th position - 6th from the Televoting & 17th from the Juries voting. Despite being a big fan favourite and seen as likely qualifiers beforehand being 5th [8] in 2nd Semi-Final by odds and 5th by OGAE voting overall. [9]

Musical theatre

Koit Toome is professionally active in musical theatre. As a leading actor, he has so far played the roles of the protagonists only with no exception in his native Estonia, and also with touring companies.

His debut, Alfred in Tanz der Vampire (Tallinn, 2000) was shortly followed by Marius of Les Misérables (Tallinn, 2001), Chris in Miss Saigon (Tallinn, 2002, reprised in Helsinki City Theatre) and Tony in West Side Story (Tartu, 2005). Leading roles in Chess , Rent and Hair were to follow in Estonia and Germany.

In Endla Theatre in Pärnu, he played the lead in Peter Quilter`s musical Boyband, depicting the life of a fictional boyband Freedom. The show would stay on stage for a successful run of 100 performances, and for 5 seasons.

Koit Toome was starring as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera in theatre Vanemuine (2014–2016), but he took over the leading role of "Phantom" from its originator, the Norwegian tenor Stephen Hansen for the final run of performances in 2016/2017. Koit Toome continued at the Vanemuine theatre for the Estonian reprise of Les Misérables, now cast as Jean Valjean, premiered in November 2017.

Personal life

Koit's uncle Indrek Toome was the Prime Minister of Estonia from 1988 to 1990.[ citation needed ]



As lead artist

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"Valged ööd"
(with Getter Jaani)
20111 Rockefeller Street
(with Getter Jaani and Karl Madis)
(with Getter Jaani)
(with Laura)
20172Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
"Pole Piiri"
(Metsakutsu featuring Koit Toome)
2016Kuhu Koer On Maetud
"Your Stories"
(Cartoon featuring Koit Toome)
2017NCS: Colors



2006 Cars Lightning McQueen Estonian voice-dub

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  6. "PIKNE McQUEEN alias Koit Toome: esimene sõit oli Moskvitši "pirukaga"" [LIGHTNING McQUEEN alias Koit Toome: The first ride was on a Moskvitch "pie" [a car-based panel van designed to deliver pies and bread or mail] (in Estonian). Õhtuleht. 2006-08-05. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Maarja-Liis Ilus
with "Keelatud maa"
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Evelin Samuel & Camille
with "Diamond of Night"
Preceded by
Jüri Pootsmann
with "Play"
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest (with Laura Põldvere)
Succeeded by
Elina Nechayeva
with "La forza"