Koen Wauters during a concert at Sportpaleis Antwerp, 2005
|Born||17 September 1967|
Koen Maria Gaston Wauters (born 17 September 1967) is a Flemish singer, active with the band Clouseau, television presenter, and occasionally actor and race car driver.
Koen Wauters was born in Halle in 1967. Together with his three brothers and two sisters he spent his youth in Sint-Genesius-Rode. In his youth, Koen Wauters was a keen footballer, but all dreams of a possible pro career ended when he suffered from repeated knee injuries.
In 1987, Koen and his brother Kris joined the local band Clouseau. Koen became the frontman and singer of the band. The band and Koen became household names in Flanders in 1989, when the single Anne became a huge hit. Over the next twenty years, Clouseau became the most popular band in Flanders.
Koen Wauters started his career as a TV presenter in 1989, as one of the first faces for the new Flemish TV station vtm. He has presented shows like De Super 50 (a hitparade show), Familieraad, Wedden dat?, 1 tegen 100 and Op zoek naar Maria.
Together with his brother Kris Wauters, also a member of Clouseau, he presented all three seasons of the Flemish version of Pop Idol, Idool 2003, Idool 2004 and Idool 2007. He also hosted X Factor (Belgium) in 2005.
Race car driver
The main hobby of Koen Wauters is race car driving. He has competed in the Dakar Rally 11 times, and finished 9 times. Together with his brother Kris, he competes in the Belgian GT Championship. His first win in this championship was at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on 10 May 2009.
It is a little-known fact that Koen Wauters also participated as a co-driver on the Legend Boucles de Spa, both 2010 and 2011. He was co-driver to Marc Duez, another well-known Belgian racing driver for the FSE-team, together with other legendary drivers such as Ari Vatanen, Robert Droogmans and Jacques Castelein.
Koen Wauters married Valerie De Booser on 17 July 2004. They have two children, daughter Zita (25 October 2004) and son Nono (19 May 2006).
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