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Jim in 2011


1987 - current


Dutch-language, musical, teen idols, zang

Biography Jim

Jim Bakkum (10 August 1987) is raised into a musical family. He takes part in the Children's Songcontest and at the age of thirteen he sings in his own band. In October 2002, he auditions for Idols, a talent show on Dutch TV. The intention is to create a pop ...
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Jim Bakkum (10 August 1987) is raised into a musical family. He takes part in the Children's Songcontest and at the age of thirteen he sings in his own band. In October 2002, he auditions for Idols, a talent show on Dutch TV. The intention is to create a pop idol. The winner of the show will get a three-year record deal. The idea is based on an English show in which the winner (but also several runners-up) score hit after hit. From day one, the show is a huge success. On average, more than 2 million people watch the programme. Each week a jury – made up of several influential people for the Dutch music scene – decide which talents go through to the next round. Finally, ten contestants remain. Each week one of them is send home by the viewers at home.

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On 8 March is finale in which the 15 year old Jim has to compete against the 16 year old Jamai. Although Jim is the favourite, Jamai wins. Despite ending second, there's a successful musical future ahead for Jim. Just like Jamai, he signs a contract with record company BMG. Late March the ten Idols finalists perform at the Ahoy' Rotterdam three times and a Greatest Moments CD is released. In April, Jim signs a contract with Masterfoods Veghel bv becomes the new face of Mars candy bars. The company will commercially support Jim's musical career. Tell Her, Jim's debut single, comes out early May. Both Jim and Jamai can be admired in Madame Tussaud's in Amsterdam, as of July. On his 16th birthday, Jim's debut album Impressed is released.



Jim makes his debut as an actor in the film Snow Fever in which he plays the role of fratter. The singer also becomes a voice actor when he does the voice of dog Spanky in the Dutch version of Garfield. Jim rejects an offer a leading role in the Dutch film Steen Der Hulp because he thinks the role of a gay guy would not suit his image. His singles On And On and This Is It both enter the charts. His second album Ready includes three songs that have been co-written by Jim. The album is produced by Phil Wilde and Alain Clarke. Jamie and Bas from Dutch band Di-rect can be heard on the track Stop. The album is not as successful as artists and record company had hoped and Jim's contract with BMG is not renewed.

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Jim signs to record company CMM and works with his brother Danny on new material for his third album. In the meantime, he takes part in the popular TV show Dancing With The Stars. Together with his dance partner Julie Fryer Jim reaches the finals and in October the pair wins the dance contest. His album Dance With Me enters the album charts. Jim and singer EliZe sing together on the track We've Got Tonight.



Jim is the voice of Hippix in the animation film Asterix and the Vikings. Later in the year the singer plays a role in police series Boks. He can also be seen in the musical Grease as Danny Zuko. Jim and actors Matthijs van de Sande Bakhuyzen and Sem Veeger star in the teen movie Afblijven (Don't Touch).


Singer/actress Bettina Holwerda and Jim are injured during a performance of Grease on 25 February when the electric car in which they sit during the song Sandy drives off the stage and into an empty part of the orchestra pit. Jim is one of the jury members during De Weg Naar Fame (The Road To Fame), a TV talent show in which contestants try to get a role in the new musical Fame. Jim will play the role of Nick in this musical. In May, Jim presents his clothing line in Amsterdam. The single Doe Dit Doe Dat (Do This Do That) is the opening track of his new album Vrij (Free) which is released late June. It is Jim's fourth album and his first in the Dutch language. The singer goes on tour.


Jim plays a leading role in the Internet series 2000 Antwerpen on Myvideo. The series is about a Flemish family in which Jim plays long lost son Robin from the Netherlands.


Jim and several other popmusicians sing in the St. Matthew Passion. A Dutch TV station broadcasts a series in which can be seen how Jim is being prepared by a singing mast er to sing an aria from Johan Sebastiaan Bach's famous oratorium. The single Dat Ben Jij (The Is You) is also the titel track of the Belgian animation film Suske & Wiske: De Texas Rakkers. Because of the release of his second Dutch language album Nu (Now) Jim and an 8-piece band perform in club Panama in Amsterdam on 3 July. Jim is the voice of Barry in the animation film Sunshine Barry & De Discoworms.

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Discography Jim

In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.

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