- It has been a long process, where we’ve been looking for a jury that both complement each other and individually have the background and experience needed to find the next star. Fredrik, Quincy and Nikki are more than we could have ever hoped for, and it’s time to write Idol history!, says Clara Ytterborn, Executive Producer of Swedish Idol.
With their expertise, experience, passion and solid understanding of the new music market, the new jury will go out to meet all of the motivated, inspiring, unique and talented contestants in hopes of finding the next big star.
More about our new jurors:
Fredrik Kempe, 43, Stockholm, artist, producer and songwriter.
- To be part of such a huge experience as Idol, where everything revolves around finding new talent feels amazing and incredibly inspiring. I would urge anyone who’s thinking of applying not to wait for long – take the opportunity to search now! says Fredrik Kempe.
Artist, producer and songwriter Fredrik Kempe is a well-renown name in the Swedish music industry, both for his work as a songwriter and for his never-ending ability to find promising and upcoming new talent. During the last years, Fredrik has made it his mission to discover new talents as well as supporting and developing already established artists. His resume includes launches of big Swedish stars such as Eric Saade, Linus Svenning and Anton Ewald, and he’s been highly involved in the pop careers of Malena Ernman and Måns Zelmerlöw. He has furthermore written several successful hit songs, such as Cara Mia (Måns Zelmerlöw), Manboy (Eric Saade) and Moving On (Sarah Dawn Finer).
Nikki Amini, 31, London, International Marketing Manager at Universal Music
- It feels extremely exciting and fun to be a part of the Idol journey. I’m really looking forward to find Sweden’s next big pop star together with my colleagues in the jury and the Swedish audience!, says Nikki Amini.
Nikki Amini has worked in the music industry for eight years, after starting her career in marketing and public relations at the record company Warner Music. Today, Nikki works as an International Marketing Manager at Universal Music’s headquarter in London. Her expertise in global marketing and PR in the music industry makes her an expert in knowing what it takes to create a lasting music career. Nikki has worked with some of the world's greatest artists, such as Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Avicii, One Republic, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, and Lady Gaga. Nikki is one of the few people in the Swedish music industry who has worked internationally and always brings a global perspective to the table.
Quincy Delight Jones III, 46, Los Angeles, Music Producer.
- Sweden has always been close to my heart, so this is really a dream come true. I have been away from Sweden for a long time, and to now have the opportunity to represent Idol and Sweden is just amazing, says Quincy Jones III (QD3).
Music producer Quincy Delight Jones III started his career in Sweden at age 16, when he was discovered as a break dancer. He had a starring role in the cult film Stockholm Night, and was both co-writing and producing the music to the movie – a job that gave him his first gold record. At 17, Quincy moved to the United States and began working with the first artists on Def Jam, a US record company that played a huge role in the early stages of American hip-hop. He has since then worked with artists such as LL Cool J, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Tupac, Kanye West, Jay Z, Robyn, Lil Wayne, Lionel Richie, Prince, Dr. Dre, Queen Latifah and Infinite Mass, as well as producing music for the television series The Fresh Prince in Bel Air. Today, Quincy lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a songwriter and producer through its own company QD3 Entertainment. Quincy is the son of the legendary producer Quincy Jones, whom among others produced Michael Jackson's best-selling album Thriller.
The audition tour of Idol 2016 starts March 5th in Malmö, followed by Östersund, Gothenburg, Skövde and Stockholm.
Watch the press conference (english commentary):