Koit Toome
Koit Toome is an Estonia
Estonia , officially the Republic of Estonia , is a state in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland, to the west by the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia , and to the east by Lake Peipsi and the Russian Federation . Across the Baltic Sea lies...

n singer and musical actor.


In late 1994 the highly successful pop duo Code One consisting of Koit Toome and Sirli Hiius was formed by the producer Mikk Targo. A great run of hits in Estonian music charts wwas to follow until 1998, when the duo split.

In 1998, Koit Toome represented Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union .Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition...

, held in Birmingham
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 that year, and went on to record his debut solo album of mostly self-penned material. Toome has released five albums all together, both as a solo artist and with Code One.

2007 saw him, with his partner-on-floor, Kertu Tänav, winning in a TV show Tantsud tähtedega (Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars is the name of several international television series based on the format of the British TV series Strictly Come Dancing, which is distributed by BBC Worldwide – the commercial arm of the BBC. Currently the format has been licensed to over 35 countries...


In 2010 March released Koit Toome first studio album, named "Kaugele siit" ("Far from here")

Koit Toome has also embarked on a voice acting career, dubbing animated films. He provided the Estonian voice for Lightning McQueen
Lightning McQueen
Lightning McQueen, typically referred to by his surname McQueen, and occasionally called "Stickers" by his girlfriend Sally , is an anthropomorphic racecar and the main protagonist in the 2006 animated Pixar film Cars, and the deuteragonist of its sequel Cars 2...

 in the Disney movie Cars
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Musical Theatre

Koit Toome's debut in a musical was in the role of Alfred in Tanz der Vampire, shortly followed by that Marius in Les Misérables
Les Misérables (musical)
Les Misérables , colloquially known as Les Mis or Les Miz , is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg, based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo....

, Chris in Miss Saigon
Miss Saigon
Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr.. It is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover...

, and Tony in West Side Story
West Side Story
West Side Story is an American musical with a script by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreographed by Jerome Robbins...

. Several other a lead role in Chess
Chess (musical)
Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice. The story involves a romantic triangle between two top players, an American and a Russian, in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other;...

, Rent
Rent (musical)
Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème...

and Hair
Hair (musical)
Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement...

were all to follow both in Estonia
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 and Germany
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The huge tabloid media interest Koit Toome was single and looking for long after a split from his partner in life and on stage, Maarja-Liis Ilus
Maarja-Liis Ilus
Maarja-Liis Ilus, sometimes better known by her performing name Maarja is a pop musician. Maarja has achieved some chart success in a number of countries across Europe and Asia...

. In 2009, after a long period of denial, he admitted having fathered a daughter to Kaia Triisa, a make-up artist, also well-known Estonia. The couple is back together and happy, according to the Estonian tabloid press.

Toome comes from an prominent family, with his uncle Indrek Toome
Indrek Toome
Indrek Toome is a former communist Estonian politician and businessman. He served from 1988 to 1990, and was the last Prime Minister of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic....

 the Prime Minister of Estonia (1988–1990), his brother a well-known DJ, and his nephew a successful athlete.

Koit Toome lives in Tallinn
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