8 March 1972 (age 45)
Hjallese, Odense Municipality, Region of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Jakob Sveistrup (born March 8, 1972) is a Danish singer. He entered the Danish music scene in 2003 as a competitor in the Danish televised talent contest Stjerne for en aften ("Star For A Night"). He made it to the finals. Unusually, Sveistrup is not a professional singer — by day he teaches autistic children. In March 2006 Jakob resigned from this job, to make music his full time career.
Jakob then went on to compete in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, which took place in Forum Horsens on February 12, 2005. He was selected as winner of the competition by national telephone voting for his performance of the song "Tænder på dig" by Jacob Launbjerg & Andreas Mørck.
This led to him representing Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 with the translated song, now called "Talking to You". The contest was hosted by Kiev, Ukraine on May 21, 2005.
Since Denmark was not pre-qualified for the final, Jakob took part in the semi-final on May 19, 2005. He qualified for the final, and placed with a final position of 10th.
He was a guest performer at Congratulations, the 50th anniversary Eurovision concert in Copenhagen, Denmark, in October 2005.
In May 2005 he released his first album, the self-titled Jakob Sveistrup. His second album, Fragments, was released in August 2006. He is due to record his third album in April 2007.
Jakob is also known as the former leadsinger in the Danish cover band Copycats www.copycats.dk.
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