Mgp 2013: Tooji’s Stay – A Powerful Performance That Moved The Audience
Mgp 2013, also known as Melodi Grand Prix 2013, was the Norwegian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Among the ten competing artists, one stood out with his captivating vocals and charismatic stage presence: Tooji.
Tooji, whose full name is Touraj Keshtkar, is a Norwegian singer, songwriter, model and social worker of Iranian origin. He rose to fame after winning Mgp 2012 with his song “Stay”, which represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“Stay” is a catchy pop song with a strong message of love and acceptance. Tooji sings about staying with his lover despite the challenges and obstacles they face. The song also reflects Tooji’s own personal journey of coming out as gay and embracing his identity.
In Mgp 2013, Tooji performed “Stay” as a special guest during the final show. He delivered a stunning performance that showcased his vocal skills and emotional expression. He was accompanied by four dancers who performed a choreography that matched the rhythm and mood of the song.
The audience was clearly moved by Tooji’s performance, as they cheered and clapped along with the song. Tooji also received a standing ovation from the jury and the hosts of the show. He thanked the crowd for their support and said that he was proud to represent Norway and the LGBTQ+ community.
Tooji’s performance of “Stay” in Mgp 2013 was a memorable moment that highlighted his talent and passion as an artist. It also demonstrated his courage and confidence as a person who is not afraid to be himself and to stand up for what he believes in.
After his appearance in Mgp 2013, Tooji continued to pursue his musical career and released several singles and an EP. Some of his songs include “Packin’ Guns”, “Rebels”, “Say Yeah” and “Father”. He also collaborated with other artists such as Stella Mwangi, Mohombi and Robin Stjernberg.
In 2016, Tooji made headlines when he came out as gay and performed a controversial act in a church in Oslo. He kissed a male priest on the altar while singing his song “Father”, which is about his struggle with his sexuality and his faith. The act was part of a music video that he released later that year.
Tooji said that he wanted to challenge the conservative views of the church and society and to inspire other LGBTQ+ people to be proud of who they are. He also said that he hoped to reconcile with his father, who had disowned him for being gay.
Tooji has also been involved in various social causes and humanitarian work. He has worked as a child protection adviser for the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs. He has also supported organizations such as UNICEF, Amnesty International and Save the Children.
Tooji is a versatile and talented artist who has shown his courage and creativity in his music and his activism. He has also proven that he can stay true to himself and his values, no matter what challenges he faces.