Posts Tagged ‘The X Factor 2008’

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 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‘!