Belgian edition of TV competition "The Voice" won by 13-year-old Romani girl from Slovakia
The most recent season of the Belgian branch of the music show "The Voice Kids 2017" has been won by 13-year-old Katarina Pohlodková, whose parents are originally from Slovakia. She fought her way through to the final round with the song "She Believes in Me", the Kenny Rogers song covered in the 1980s by the Belgian singer André Hazes, and the song "Empire State of Mind", which Alicia Keys made a mega-hit.
Her victory entitles her to a scholarship worth EUR 10 000 and the opportunity to record her own single. Her version of Whitney Houson's hit "I Have Nothing" will be available on iTunes on Monday, 3 July.
"The last few months have taught me a lot," the singer told Belgian TV. "I never dreamed of winning this entire competition. It's wonderful that I have the opportunity to release my own single."
The girl, who was referred to as "Whitney Houston 2.0" by one of the jurors, performed excellently throughout the contest, which included performing the current hit song "Rockabye" by Clean Bandit. Her family has been living in Belgium for more than 20 years and her older sisters sing in a Belgian band.
Pohlodková's remarkable musical talent is said to have been clear from early childhood. By now, however, she has lost much of her native language of Slovak after living so long in Belgium.
- Slovakia: Three skinheads assault Romani mother and her children with racist abuse
- Slovak President Kiska: Let's stop speaking of the "Romani problem" and use Romani potential
- Slovakia: Romani residents of Zborov tell Romea.cz that police beat children, pregnant women, threatened retribution if video released
- Belgian mayor drives Romani campers out with loud music
- British MPs reject Brexit agreement - what now for the EU citizens of Roma origin there?
- Eastern Slovakia: Four stories that defy anti-Roma stereotypes
- Documentarist says Czech rap artist Shot stands out because he draws from real life
- Slovakia: Chair of local party cell has swastika tattoo, national chair denies neo-Nazi associations
- Slovakia: Romani women giving birth allege they are subjected to physical violence, racism in hospitals
- Slovak ironworks prefers to hire Romani citizens instead of foreign nationals
- Romani community in Czech Republic's second-largest city films the first-ever Romani sitcom
- Documentary by Museum of Romani Culture wins award for best Czech film at international festival
- Romani people adopted as children from Slovakia to Sweden 20 years ago revisit their native settlement
- How were Romani members of the Czechoslovak Legionnaires rewarded for their service?
- Yet another Czech town bans housing benefits, opposition politician and Romani NGO object
- Romani community member Olga Halušková has been guiding visitors through Czech castle Karlštejn for more than a decade