Singer turned actor who first rose to fame as the runner-up of the first season of Idols. He went on to release nearly half a dozen successful albums, including his #1 gold-selling debut album Impressed. He also won the Netherlands' Dancing with the Stars in 2005.
His parents encouraged him to sing and act as a child and he even started a band with his older brother. He also performed in amateur theatre productions.
He has had recurring acting roles in several dramas including Boks and Seinpost Den Haag. He has led musicals like Grease, Wicked, and Flashdance.
He and his brother, Danny, were born to Marja and Jan Bakkum. He married Bettina Holwerda in 2011 and they have two children, Posy and Lux.
In 2013, he starred in the feature film Verliefd op Ibiza alongside Kim Feenstra.