Jim Bakkum, born Jimmy Johannes Bakkum on August 10, 1987, in Egmond-Binnen, North Holland is a Dutch singer and actor. As a child he was encouraged to sing and act by his parents. He started a band with his older brother Danny and he performed in amateur theatre productions. In 2002, his brother suggested that he should audition for the Dutch TV talent programme "Idols". He became the youngest contestant at 15 years of age. In April 2004 Jim was nominated for 2 TMF awards; Best Newcomer and Best Singer. He won the award of Best Newcomer. His second album Ready was released in May 2004 and reached the Top 10 of the Dutch Album Charts. In 2005 he won Dancing with the Stars (the Dutch version of Strictly Come Dancing), partnered by Julie Fryer. His third album, Dance With Me was released in November by his new record company CMM (Corbeau Music Masters). This album came out of his dancing experience on the TV show and became Gold (40.000 copies sold) as well.
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