VIDEO: Jesper Nohrstest “Take Our Hearts”

Despite his tender years, Jesper Nohrstedt is considered a seasoned pro in his native Denmark. Having finished as a runner-up on the Danish X Factor two years back (the winner was Thomas Ring Petersen), Nohrstedt attempted to represent his home country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with this brewing pop ballad, but saw himself in a runner up position once again, this time losing out to Soluna Samay. However, with a devoted following, “Take Our Hearts” immediately charted at number 4 in the Danish charts and has set Nohrstedt on his way to conquering Europe anyway…

VIDEO: Our Eurovision 2012 Predictions…

Everyone always writes the Eurovision off as a politically charged contest, with the winner a predictable farce. Here at The Kaje we strongly disagree. With Norway, Germany and Azerbaijan in the list of recent winners, there is a diversity to the nations that have won and usually the stand out song tips the poll. Having watched the semi-finals, and studied up on the remainding acts, here at The Kaje we are ready to unveil our Top 5 countdown…

5) Lorene  – “Euphoria” (Sweden)

The bookies’ favourite Lorene delivers a track that could easily be mistaken for any of the David Guetta/Kelly Rowland hook ups. While there is no doubting Lorene’s vocal ability, we are not sure she will walk it this year…

4) Gaitana – “Be My Guest” (Ukraine)

Ukraine’s Gaitana could be this year’s underdog… A catchy, summery number that is very relevant to the current chart-stream. While she may be overlooked for bookies’ favourites, we hope she at least comes in the top few…

3) Buranovskiye Babushki – “Party For Everybody” (Russia)

While the Russian Grannies are easily this year’s most talked about novelty act, they distinguish themselves from former novelties by impressing with the superbly catchy club friendly track…

2)  Ott Lepland – “Kuula” (Estonia)

With a ballad heavy semi-final, The Kaje were blown away by this stunning Estonian number. With former Estonian entrant Maarja still a firm favourite of our editor, he is solidly rooting for this number…

1) Jedward – “Waterline” (Ireland)

The former X Factor contestants and Celebrity Juice regulars have gone a bit Busted on us, and boy did they impress in the semis. Stunning staging, synchronised movement and surprisingly impressive vocals, the boys have put the work in and deserve the crown!

VIDEO: Lena “Satellite”

With Eurovision upon us once again, The Kaje have decided to launch our own personal celebration. With our predictions to follow, we thought we would kick proceedings off by marking the most impressive winner of the last half decade. German singer Lena stole our hearts with the innocent Lily Allen-esque “Sattelite”. Simple, subtle and show stopping…

VIDEO: Rita Ora ft. Tinie Tempah “R.I.P”

Rita Ora has been in no hurry for fame and fortune. While some of you may remember her from her brief stint on the BBC’s “Your Country Needs You” hunt for a Eurovision star (which she left early), or even recall her  2007 appearance on Craig David’s “Awkward”, the Kosovan born Brit is most recognisable for her spine-tingling vocal on DJ Fresh’s 2011 hit “Hot Right Now”.  Having worked her socks off during 2011 on her debut album, we are finally treated to her debut solo single “R.I.P.” Calling on the services of chum “Tine Tempah”, “R.I.P.” is credible slice of r’n’b tinged pop that shows that where talent is concerned, there is no need to rush to the top.

FEATURE: Alexis Gerred “If it’s good enough for Elton John and Stephen Fry, it’s good enough for me.”

You may well recognise West End Virgin Alexis Gerred from his recent attempt to conquer Eurovision. Having narrowly missed the opportunity to represent his country, Alexis found himself snapped up to appear in the stage adaptation of Clayton Littlewood’s “Dirty White Boy: Tales Of Soho.” The Kaje managed to grab Alexis for a quick chat to find out more.

Have you been a fan of the Eurovision for a long time?

We always used to watch Eurovision every year as a family when I was a child and we always used to really enjoy it! However we all lost interest when it became less about the music and more about the politics… You could have put The Beatles on the stage and we would have still finished near enough bottom. I think Lord Webber’s year was a great stepping-stone to make the UK an entry to be taken seriously!

Were you very disappointed to have lost out?

There is always going to be an element of disappointment but I was just honored to get as far as I did. Everything happens for a reason and there is a reason Josh will now represent us and support him all the way. He’s a great guy, incredibly talented and a good friend. GO JOSH!

Are you worried that people may write you off as a failed Eurovision attempt?

Not at all. I had the best experience of my life on that stage and I knew that the fantastic team around me would help me work so hard to feel that feeling once again. Things have snowballed since the show and I’m delighted to be in the fantastic position I now find myself in.

Instead, you will be making your West End debut. Are you excited?

Extremely excited! It’s hard to put into words how much it means to me. I will give it 150% and just hope my performance does everyone proud.

Can you tell us a little bit more about “Dirty White Boy: The Tales Of Soho”..

The whole thing originated from the MySpace blogs about the daily happenings around a shop called ‘Dirty White Boy’ in Soho which was owned by Clayton Littlewood and Jorge Betancourt. As you can imagine, Clay didn’t write about the milkman or how bad London transport was… he had far too much to talk about in the variety of ‘Sohoite’s’ that walked in and out of his shop. The blogs were so successful that they were turned into a cult, award-winning book that has now been adapted for the stage. The book carries you through a roller-coaster of emotions and storylines that is not only incredibly witty but tragic at times… which makes it really addictive.

In all honesty I hadn’t read it before getting the role, but I haven’t put it down since. It’s a fantastic book. And if it’s good enough for Elton John and Stephen Fry (who both giving it rave reviews) it’s good enough for me.

You will be taking on the title role – can you tell us more about your character?

I would say I’m the stitch between the material. My character conveys the tone and the emotion through some very iconic song. In addition I take
on a number of characters throughout the play.

What about the role appealed to you?

Working with such talented people. Clayton has a great gift in writing and this has been proved through the reviews and celebrity endorsements. David Benson is an incredibly talented and versatile actor and the Producer, Director and MD all have a great amount of experience and credits behind them. For me, it’s got to be a recipe for a great show. A major bonus for me is that I am able to stamp my mark on this role as it’s open to my interpretation as I will be the first ever to play it.

The role is primarily that of a singer – where do your ambitions lie – in music or theatre?

I love to sing with all my heart but I’m a performer. I always have been, even from a child. As long as I perform… I’m a happy man.

What would be your dream role?

Without a doubt Galileo in We Will Rock You…what better role than to sing the songs you love and grew up with every night. I hear there’s a sequel to We Will Rock You coming out in the near future…

VIDEO: Safura “Drip Drop”

You may well think we at The Kaje are slightly Eurovision obsessed after this post – but I was listening to music online at random and stumbled accross this little ditty from Azerbaijan’s Safura. Now, I bet that had this not been a Eurovision entrant, thus facing ridicule by default. However, Safura has more to her than meets the eye and with no-one properly filling the Britney void – I propose Safura steps forward and shows us all how pop should be done!

VIDEO: Alexander Rybak “OAH”

When Alexander Rybak one the Eurovision song contest in 2009, there were cries of fixing due to his phenomenal lead in the voting. However, the Norwegian singer/fiddler just had the best of a bad bunch of songs…nothing unusual there, we are talking about Eurovision. But, to his credit, “Fairytale” notched up his first UK Top 10 hit and not one to rest on his laurels, Rybak is trying to beat his initial hit with the first single lifted from his second album. “OAH” proves just a sing-along and will have you sashaying with glee…

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