Posts Tagged ‘Idols 2003’

Charley says VIDEO! Dewi – Just The Way You Are

November 24, 2010

Former Idols 2003 and Popstars 2009 finalist Dewi Pechler, who recently made a return to the Dutch top 10 with ‘Sour‘, singing an acoustic studio version of ‘Just The Way You Are’ by Bruno Mars.

Just because.

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Charley says VIDEO! Hind – Don’t Leave Me Behind

August 29, 2010

You’ve probably read how Ruth Lorenzo is getting her fans to fund her album. It might be a good idea for her to give Dutch singer Hind a call for advice.

In just 11 days Hind managed to collect €40.000 on Sellaband.com to put towards her third album.

Hind Laroussi became a household name on the very first Dutch season of Idols. To this day I still dig up the ‘Idols: Greatest Moments’ album every once in a while to listen to her Robbie Williams cover ‘Feel‘.

She went on to release two albums, fronted by hits like ‘Summer All Over Again‘ and ‘Give Me A Sign‘. In 2008 she represented The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Your Heart Belongs To Me‘.

Now, Hind is getting ready for the October release of her third album ‘Crosspop’. Steve Power, who has previously worked with the likes of Robbie and Kylie, took on production duties. If you’re curious about the result, you can already check out song samples here under ‘Geluidsfragmenten’.

Though perhaps the best taster for the album is ‘Don’t Leave Me Behind‘. This lead single represents what I’m expecting from the album, not necessarily songs that go out with a bang, but a musical atmosphere to get soaked in. With its blend of Spanish guitars and a ‘Free Me‘ era Emma Bunton sound, it also gives an idea of what exactly this crosspop might be.

I’m intrigued.

Charley says WEEK! 2010.18

May 9, 2010

Dutch YouTube-sensation Esmée Denters featuring on a duet version of German rock band Stanfour’s ‘Life Without You‘.

Charley says SONG! Tom Helsen presents Barbara Dex – I Am [http://tinyurl.com/37qfz6l]

Charley says SONG! Nikki – Can’t Stop Thinking About You [http://tinyurl.com/2usul6r]

Charley says SONG! Betty – Déjà Vu [http://tinyurl.com/3yrl68e]

Charley says SONG! Bliss – Buttons (Live) [http://tinyurl.com/2v56rer]

Charley says SONG! Andes ft. James Walsh of Starsailor – Een Dag Meer / One More Day
[http://tinyurl.com/2u8wvmj]

Charley says SONG! Whatever – Scream [http://tinyurl.com/3a6d3fu]

Charley says SONG! Robert Ramirez – Sick Of Love [http://tinyurl.com/2uatvuc]

Charley says SONG! Bliss – Buttons (Live)

May 6, 2010

Back in 2003 Dewi came fourth in the first season of ‘Idols’. She went on to release ‘Left Of Center‘, one of my favourite songs to come out of a Dutch talent show. Earlier this year she returned to tv on the second season of ‘Popstars’. She was one of the Mystery Popstars, established singers who auditioned anonymously. Her identity remained hidden from the audience and judges until the liveshows. In the end Dewi narrowly missed out on a place in the final.

The singer’s not one to sit around and do nothing though. She went back to hosting her Dewi’s Jam concerts,  a regular event where her musician friends come over for some great performances together.

On the most recent Jam night Dewi performed with Anna Speller and Bouchra Tjon Pong Fong as Bliss. You may remember these ladies from K-Otic, the band that came out of Starmaker. Below is the video of Dewi, Anna and Bouchra doing a lovely laid-back version of ‘Buttons’, originally by the Pussycat Dolls.

As much as I’m looking forward to new material from Dewi, I definitely wouldn’t mind hearing what these three ladies could come up with in a studio together.

See also: Charley says COVER! I Really Don’t Think So
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Charley says YOUTUBE! Starmaker – Damn (I Think I Love You)