Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Ben Saunders

Ben Saunders is a dutch tattoo artist and singer. Ben won the dutch talent show The Voice Of Holland.
Ben Saunders (born July 9 1983 England) is an English singer who won the first-ever title of the Dutch singing competition series The Voice of Holland broadcast on RTL 4. The final of 2010-2011 season was held live on 21 January 2011. Saunders is also a tattoo artist. He is  known as Tattoo Ben.

Saunders is of British origin. He is the younger brother of Dean Saunders who on 22 January 2011, won the title of the third season (2010–2011) of the Dutch music competition Popstars, notably only a day after Ben's victory on The Voice.

Brothers Ben and Dean Saunders both started applying to talent competitions early like for the series Daddy's Wish. They also took part in 1998 in Life is like a box of chocolates program.

In 2000, Dean and Ben Saunders both took part in RTL 4's Alles voor de band: Follow that dream. They were part of the band Follow That Dream (F.T.D.) (that included besides the two brothers Vanessa Eman, Rosa Vuik, Linda van Toornburg and Peter van der Meer. The band was signed to Dino Music record label.

Their debut single the self-titled Follow That Dream was released in November 2000 reaching #25 in the Dutch Top 40. 6 months later, the band split after the great popularity of the rival Starmaker show.

On February 15, 2003 the Saunders brothers took part in the 2003 Dutch national final for the ESC in Riga, Latvia. They performed the song Stand As One in the third heat under the name The Brothers getting just 10 points and finishing with 3% of the popular vote as seventh out of 8 participants.

In 2010, Ben Saunders applied to The Voice of Holland singing competition proving to be very popular with both judges and the voting public, after singing in his audition Use Somebody from Kings of Leon. Ben was coached by Roel van Velzen. In the final, he sang his number one single, his cover version rendition of If You Don't Know Me by No" and duetted with Welsh singer Duffy on her song Warwick Avenue and won by 59% of the votes against runner-up Pearl Jozefzoon.

Saunders has charted with 4 different songs in the top 15 of the Dutch charts, including attaining #1 position with his single Kill For a Broken Heart.

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