Reality singing competitions have spread like wildfire, giving a platform for talented young artists to showcase their abilities in cities across the globe. Most recently, The Voice has gained popularity for focusing their competition purely on talent and not looks. With blind auditions, judges are forced to select competitors based on what they hear and not what they see, which has proved refreshing. In this year's Voice van Vlaanderen, the Belgium spin-off, the competition has launched the career of 18 year-old Seppe De Rooij, who happens to have both voice and charm.
The young Flemish artist has all the making of a teen heartthrob with his emotional voice and dreamy blue eyes. While more accustomed to upbeat covers by artists like Drake and Usher, Seppe performed a romantic acoustic version of Ed Sheeran's "I See Fire," which won the hearts of screaming girls in the crowd. Since then, he's gotten more performance experience singing several covers on popular music outlets such as W-Music, Club FM, and MNM. Most notably, his cover of Maroon 5's "Payphone" has over 60,000 hits on YouTube. To date, his Facebook has over 36,000 fans.
Check out this emerging artist during his transition from competitor to professional artist. He recently paired with producer Nicolas Caeyers on a project called Collission. The teaser video is already available on iTunes. Be sure to listen to his new singles "Heaven on Earth" and "Smile Again," which are sure to be hits with the ladies.
By Vanessa Cravotta