Charley says VIDEO! Jaap – Don’t Stop Believin’

Just like last year when Lisa Lois released a cover of ‘Hallelujah’ inspired by Alexandra Burke, the 2010 winner of Dutch ‘X Factor’ took some inspiration from the British version of the show.

Britain’s Joe McElderry may have ended up with ‘The Climb‘ as his debut single, but it was ‘Don’t Stop Believin’‘ which was his unofficial anthem. Multiple versions ended up storming the charts, which makes it all the more stupid of Simon Cowell not to cash in on that with Joe. I mean, if it was a case of giving him an unfair advantage in the final, they could have just had Olly and Stacey have a previously performed song of their own as their personal winner’s songs?

Anyway, as I was saying, the producers of ‘X Factor’ in The Netherlands picked up on this success and gave the Journey song to Jaap Reesema. Judge Gordon was a bit skeptical about the choice, but it ended up winning Jaap the final and getting to number one.

A video for ‘Don’t Stop Believin’‘ has just been released, which might help the song climb back up the charts after it fell to number six in its second week. I like the thing with the people getting labels, but I can’t help but wonder if these people know they’ll be on Dutch television with the tag ‘nerd’ and ‘lazy’ next to their head? The video was shot here in Belgium and I love how beautifully they managed to show our nation’s capital. They even made the inside of the gritty Brussel North station look glamorous!

Oh, and if you were wondering where you might recognise Jaap from… At one point he was a member of Hermes House Band who had a UK top 10 hit with their cover of ‘Country Roads‘!

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