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Charley says SONG! Lana Lewis – Dirty Love

April 19, 2011

‘My Name Is…’ was a 2010 talent show in Belgium and The Netherlands which can best be described as Stars In Their Eyes done through Britain’s Got Talent’s format of audition / semi-final / final.

Amy Winehouse impersonator Merante took home the crown in the adult category, but the breakout star was Lana Lewis.

The then 14-year-old told how she’d been bullied all her life, up to the point of being beaten with iron chains. She’d found comfort in the music, style and personality of Lady Gaga and decided to finally pursue singing herself. Her rendition of ‘Bad Romance’ was enough to convince the judges and Lana went on to win in the children’s category.

You can check out her English subtitled audition and semi-final performance in the YouTube video below.

A year on, Lana is finally ready to step out of Gaga’s shadow and release her very own first single.

Songwriter Wim Claes and singer Gene Thomas penned her ‘Dirty Love‘. The two previously worked together on Gene’s pop group X-Session and his solo material. Wim is also the man behind Kim ‘Kay’s ‘Lilali‘ and Dean’s Idool 2007 winner’s single ‘So Many Ways‘.

The iTunes release is listed as being the ‘Elektrokid Radio Edit’, so I’m assuming the ‘Eye Of The Tiger‘ DJ was on production duties.

This lead to ‘Dirty Love‘ being set over thumping ‘Bad Romance’ inspired club beats, with a chorus reminiscent of Annemie’s brilliant ‘Animal Instinct‘.

Lana’s robot-ified vocals tell how she “feels like dirty love tonight”. With lines as “You heard me boy, pick up the toy, make me lose my mind” and ‘You touch my mmm…” this 15-year-old’s debut would make even Miley blush.

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

June 16, 2010

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‘!