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|Birth name||Kim-Lian van der Meij|
October 1, 1980 |
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, actress, TV presenter|
|Labels||CMM Records (2003-2005, 2009-present)
Bass Commander Records (2006-2009)
Kim-Lian van der Meij (born 1 October 1980 in Beverwijk) is Dutch musical actress, presenter and a singer-songwriter. In the Netherlands, she is known for her hit single "Teenage Superstar", for presenting the popular children's program Kids Top 20, and for her cover of Kim Wilde's hit "Kids in America".
Kim-Lian comes from a musical family. Both her parents were professional dancers. Kim-Lian won a number of dance contests in her childhood and regularly competed in lip-sync shows. She competed in the Dutch program "The Mini Playbackshow" (a lip-sync contest on national TV) twice, once at the age of 6 and once when she was 11.
When she turned 16 she was signed at several castings and model agencies. She was soon asked to play minor roles in Dutch TV programs such as Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden, Kees & Co and more. After screentesting for the Veronica TV channel she was a hostess of CallTV. From 2001 to 2002 she hosted Puzzeltijd (Puzzletime).
After she quit Puzzeltijd there was a silence around Kim-Lian. But in 2003 she was asked to host the Kids Top 20 for the children network Jetix. This TV program had audiences of 200,000 children every week. For this program she won the highest award in the Netherlands for a children program: the Gouden Stuiver (The Golden Nickel).
In 2003 she got the chance by CMM Records to record an album. At the end of 2003 the first single "Teenage Superstar" was released. Already Kim-Lian went international. Teenage Superstar became a #1 hit in Indonesia and was charted in the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Asia, Sweden and Italy.
The third single "Garden of Love" was released to show a more mature side of Kim. It was a song with some heavy guitars in it. Although she was promoted as a children artist, this song had serious lyrics. "Garden of Love" made it into the Top 40 in the Netherlands.
The last single that was released off the album was a cover of Kim Wilde's song "Kids in America". The song became another top 10 hit for Kim in the Netherlands.
At the end of 2004 Kim-Lian released a DVD called Balance: The Experience. The DVD contains the music videos and live performances.
Because she has such an extraordinary look and acts funny, she was asked to join the presenters cast of Top of the Pops from BBC. This is not a common thing. Not many people are asked to help them present the program. And in that same time a more dynamic version of "Teenage Superstar" was released in the UK.
2006: Just Do It
After splitting up with her record label CMM Records, because Kim-Lian refused to sing more children music, she worked on her second album. She wanted to produce it herself and was helped by the Swedish producer (and partner) Daniël Gibson. They built a studio at their home and started to write songs. Writing music was for Kim-Lian something she loved. They wrote with several writers from different countries, such as Sweden, England, the Netherlands and Belgium.
The first single of Just Do It was "Road to Heaven". And she showed that she did not need to make children music to have hits. It wasn't a massive hit, it peaked at #28 in the Top 40, but it was a start.
On October 12, she released "In Vain", the second single off the upcoming second album Just Do It. It is an emotional song where in the video she dies. After spending 6 weeks in the Tipparade (Dutch pre-chart) it was expected to chart in the Dutch Top 40 next week. But it did not enter.
Kim-lian has got plans to go abroad again with her album but nothing has been confirmed yet.
In 1994 Kim-lian played in the musical Kruistocht In Spijkerbroek(Crusade in Jeans), based on the children-novel of Thea Beckman. During the first season of the Kids Top 20, Kim-Lian played a role in the musical Home. At the end of 2003 she played in the musical Kunt u mij de weg naar Hamelen vertellen, mijnheer? (Can you tell me the road to Hamelen, sir?). In 2005 Kim-Lian played the role of De Kleine Zeemeermin (Little Mermaid) along with Belgian singer Kathleen Aerts. In 2007 she will be seen in the new musical Doe Maar (Based on the experiences of the Dutch band by the same same). This has nothing to do with her new album which has the same name.
|1994||Kruistocht In Spijkerbroek||?|
|2004||Kunt u mij de weg naar Hamelen vertellen, meneer?||Prinses Madelein|
|2005||De Kleine Zeemeermin||Little Mermaid|
|2010–2011||Legally Blonde||Elle Woods|
|2006||Just Do It||-||-|
|2004||"Garden of Love"||19||-||-||-||-||-||Balance|
|2004||"Kids in America"||15||-||50||-||-||-||Balance|
|2006||"Road to Heaven"||28||-||-||-||-||-||Just Do It|
|2006||"In Vain"||33||-||-||-||-||-||Just Do It|
|2007||"Feel" (digital single)||-||-||-||-||-||-||Just Do It|
|2009||"Not That Kinda Girl" (with Linda Bengtzing)||32||-||-||-||-||13|
|2009||"Gemengde Gevoelens" (with Fouradi)||17||-||-||-||-||-|
|2010||"How I Like It" (with The Future Presidents)||-||-||-||15||15||-|
|2012||"Break the Ice"||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Apart from doing musicals she also acts in some TV-programs.
|2002||Kees & Co||?|
|2005||Chicken Little||Malle Abby (voice-only)Dutch version|
|2006||Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!||Nova (voice-only)Dutch version|
These are the TV-programs she hosted.
|2003–2005||Jetix Planet Live Ahoy|
|2005||Christmas Jumbo Gala XL|
|2005||Co-Host Top of the Pops (British Version)|
|2003–2006||Kids Top 20|
|2006–present||Nationaal Kids TV|
|2007||Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007|
|2012||Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012|
Awards and nominations
|2003 till 2012|
|Nickelodeon Kids Award||Best Female Singer||Herself||Won|
|John Kraaijkamp Musical Award||Best Leading Female Role||De Kleine Zeemeermin||Nominated|
|John Kraaijkamp Musical Award||Upcoming Talent||Kunt U Mij De Weg Naar Hamelen Vertellen, Meneer?||Nominated|
|De Televizier Ring||De Gouden Stuiver (The Golden Nickel) Best Children Program||Kids Top 20||Won|
|Rembrandt Award||Best Film Song||Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet||nominated|
- BV, ANWB (January 2007). De Kampioen. ANWB BV. pp. 17–. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
|Awards and achievements|
Andreea Marin Bănică and Ioana Ivan
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Sipke Jan Bousema)
Sophia Paraskeva and Alex Michael
Gohar Gasparyan and Avet Barseghyan
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Ewout Genemans)
Timur Miroshnychenko and Zlata Ognevich