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.