Thor Salden

Last updated
Thor!
Birth nameThor Salden
Also known asThor!
Born (1997-11-28) 28 November 1997 (age 21)
Antwerp
Origin Schoten, Belgium
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active2006 present
Labels Polydor, EMI [1]

Thor Salden (born 28 November 1997, [2] stage name: Thor!) from Schoten was the winning contestant in the Belgian pre-selections of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 and he represented Belgium in the international final on 2 December 2006 in Bucharest, Romania where he reached seventh place in a field of fifteen. At the time of the preselections he was the youngest contestant at eight years old. [3] He won both the first semi-final on 17 September 2006 and the final on 1 October 2006. In the opening show he performed together with Attic and Clouseau. [4]

Schoten Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Schoten is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Schoten proper. On January 1, 2006 Schoten had a total population of 33,160. The total area is 29.55 km2 (11.41 sq mi) which gives a population density of 1,122 inhabitants per km². Schoten abuts the Antwerp districts Merksem to the west and Deurne to the south west. Neighboring municipalities include Brasschaat to the north, Brecht to the north east, Schilde to the east, and Wijnegem to the south.

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was the fourth edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest for young singers aged 8 to 15. On 2 December 2006, the contest was broadcast live from Bucharest, Romania making it the second time the contest had been held in a capital city. It was organised by the Romanian national broadcaster, Romanian Television (TVR), in co-operation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Belgium Federal constitutional monarchy in Western Europe

Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a sovereign state in Western Europe. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,688 km2 (11,849 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.4 million. The capital and largest city is Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi and Liège.

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His winning song "Een Tocht Door Het Donker" ("A Journey Through The Dark"), produced by Peter Gillis [5] about a walk in the woods with his grandfather, was released as a single on 13 October 2006 and entered several national music charts. Initially the song reached #1 in the Ultratop 50, #2 in Belgium's national download music chart and #8 in the Radio 2 Top 30. After 16 weeks in the Ultratop 50, Thor received a golden record on 30 January 2007 as a result of over 15,000 single sales and legal downloads of the song, making him the youngest Belgian artist to receive this award. [6] [7]

One of Thor's dreams is to sing a duet with X!NK who won the Belgian preselections in 2003. [1]

X!NK punk rock band

X!NK is a Belgian pop punk group. The band consists of two pairs of brothers: Jonas and Niels Meukens, and Thomas and Philip Valkiers. Jonas is the lead singer and occasionally the second guitarist, his brother Niels is the drummer. Philip plays the bass guitar and Thomas plays the guitar and also occasionally the keyboard. Their career took off after they won the Belgian national finals of the Eurosong for Kids 2003 and placed sixth in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest the same year. The band is also the subject of a series of comic books by Mario Boon from the studio Dupuis.

Events in Schoten

On 25 October 2006 Thor and three other young people were invited to Schoten city hall where they signed "the golden book" and received an official deed for their accomplishments. The occasion was celebrated with a song to the tune of Thor's winning Junior Eurovision entry. [8] Schoten city council also announced their plans surrounding the international Junior Eurovision final. [9]

On 2 December 2006 the announced plans were put into action. For the occasion, residents of his home town could watch the international final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on big video screens in the market square and in the 'Forum' hall thanks to support from the VRT. Local inns worked together to provide things like soup, lemonade and glühwein for the occasion while the city council provided fire baskets and oversight. Children could make a "journey through the dark" from Thor's school to the market square. [10]

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After the contest

On 22 December 2006 Thor auctioned off the T-shirt with the Superman logo he wore during the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the Studio Brussel charity Music for life. [11]

Studio Brussel

Studio Brussel(Studio Brussels) is a Dutch-speaking radio station in Belgium, owned by the VRT. The music played is considered more alternative than the other big radio stations, and is aimed mainly at a youth audience. The channel is an initiative of the Flemish Government and is financed principally by taxes.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Thor!". The Boy Choir & Soloist Directory. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  2. Thor's birthday blog message on the Belgian Junior Eurovision website (in Dutch) Archived 5 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "k ga niet verwaand worden". Het Nieuwsblad. 3 October 2006.(subscription required)(in Dutch)
  4. "Show details" (in Dutch). Belgian Junior Eurovision. Archived from the original on 15 November 2006.
  5. "Peter Gillis profile" (in Dutch). Belgian Junior Eurovision. Archived from the original on 6 February 2007.
  6. "Thor! krijgt gouden award voor 'Een tocht door het donker'". Gazet van Antwerpen (in Dutch). 31 January 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
  7. "Gouden award voor Thor!". TV-Visie.nl (in Dutch). 31 January 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
  8. Auman, Jan (26 October 2006). "Ti ti ti ti Schoten is fier!". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  9. "Thor plechtig ontvangen op gemeentehuis Schoten" (in Dutch). Radio 2 (Belgium). Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  10. "Call for support".[ dead link ](in Dutch)
  11. "Music for Life: nog meer hulp" (in Dutch). RadioVisie. 21 December 2006. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2010. (Dutch)
Preceded by
Lindsay
Belgium in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
2006
Succeeded by
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