Babou Nicolai Nelson Lowe (born 7 December 1994) better known by his mononym Babou is a Danish singer of mixed Danish-Gambian origin. He came third in Danish X Factor in 2011. He has released one album and his single "Supernova" has charted in Denmark, becoming the theme song for season 10 of the Danish version of the reality television series Paradise Hotel. Family Jørgen (dad) Pernille (mom) Isabella (sister) musa (cousin) bakary (cousin) Mads Larsen (Best Asian)
Babou was born to a Gambian father and a Danish mother. He started very early in music. In the year 2005, only ten years old, he participated in the talent show Scenen er din broadcast on TV 2 coming second for the category "Junior Song". Gaining huge popularity, he released an album of covers titled For Once in My Life.
He was just 12 when his mother, who had been diagnosed with an ongoing mental illness, finally opted to put the young Babou in foster care with foster parents residing in Aarhus.
In X Factor
In 2011, at age 16, he took part in season 4 of the Danish version of the competition The X Factor broadcast on Danish television channel DR1, from 1 January to 25 March 2011 auditioning as a contestant from Aarhus with the song "Cry Me Out" from Pixie Lott. He was put through with the three judges, Cutfather, Pernille Rosendahl and Thomas Blachman. Reaching the Final 9 stage, he was mentored by Cutfather in the "Under 25" category.
Performances during the live shows included:
|Date||Week (Stage)||Song choice||Original artist||Theme||Result|
|11 February 2011||Week 1 (Top 9)||"Just the Way You Are"||Bruno Mars||Free choice||Safe|
|18 February 2011||Week 2 (Top 8)||"Can't Buy Me Love"||The Beatles||The Beatles songs||Safe|
|25 February 2011||Week 3 (Top 7)||"De første kærester på månen"||tv.2||Songs from the 2000s||Safe|
|4 March 2011||Week 4 (Top 6)||"Numb"||Linkin Park||Rock songs||Safe|
|11 March 2011||Week 5 (Top 5)||"Hurt"||Christina Aguilera||Free choice (with Danish National Chamber Orchestra||Safe|
|18 March 2011||Week 6 (Top 4)||"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love"||Usher feat. Pitbull||DJ Night with Rune RK and Kato||Safe|
|"Baby"||Justin Bieber||Free choice|
|25 March 2011||Week 7 (Final 3)||"The Flood"*||Take That||Joint song with guest Take That
performed jointly with The Kidz
(Booba, Sarah and Annelouise
|"All the Right Moves"||OneRepublic||Free choice|
|"Back to the 1980s"||Aqua||Joint song with guest Aqua|
Despite heavy speculation he would win the title, he finished third overall, with 26,23% of the popular vote in the Final 3 stage, to winner Sarah Skaalum Jørgensen (or just the mononym Sarah) and runner-up Annelouise.
After X Factor
After staying away a couple of years, Babou came back with a single "Supernova" that has charted on Hitlisten, the official Danish Singles Chart entering the chart at number 8 in its first week of release.
"Supernova" had been written as a promotional theme song for the Danish reality television series Paradise Hotel in its tenth season in 2014. Footage of the venue used for the program as well as some of the participants on the show was used in a music video released for the song.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
In 2015, took part in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in a bid to represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Manjana". He came 5th with 57 points.
|2005||For Once in My Life||–|