Op zoek naar Maria

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Op zoek naar Maria
Starring Koen Wauters
Frank Van Laecke
Linda Lepomme
Peter de Smet
Country of origin Belgium
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 11
Original network VTM
Original release 25 March (2009-03-25) – 3 June 2009 (2009-06-03)

Op zoek naar Maria (Looking for Maria) is a talent competition program that aired in Belgium on Vtm. It premiered on 25 March 2009. The premise of the series was to find a musical theatre performer to play the role of Maria von Trapp in the 2009 Albert Verlinde and Roel Vente revival of The Sound of Music at the Efteling Theatre. The show is hosted by Koen Wauters and featured Frank Van Laecke, Linda Lepomme, and Peter de Smet as the judges for the show.

Following a public telephone vote, 27-year-old Deborah De Ridder was chosen as Maria with 25-year-old Fleur Brusselmans as the runner up and Liv Van Aelst in 3rd place.

A commercial advertising the show, featuring over 200 dancers dancing, seemingly spontaneously, to "Do-Re-Mi" in Antwerpen-Centraal railway station, has received over 20,000,000 hits on YouTube.[1]


Finalist Age From Dress Colour Status
Dorien Ackx 25 Geel Pink Eliminated 1st in week 1
Helen Geets 33 Merksem Green Eliminated 2nd in week 2
Ellen Vandervieren 28 Beveren Yellow Eliminated 3rd in week 3
Sandra Paelinck 23 Mortsel Dark Blue Eliminated 4th in week 4
Marian Van Klaveren 31 Lede Purple Quit in week 5
Elisabeth Herman 26 Wetteren Red Eliminated 5th in week 6
Elke Buyle 23 Duffel Light yellow Eliminated 6th in week 7
Katrien Smets 22 Tienen Light Blue Eliminated 7th in week 8
Liv Van Aelst 34 Brasschaat Orange Third place
Fleur Brusselmans 25 Ghent Lavender Second place
Deborah De Ridder 27 Antwerp Pale Blue Winner

Live shows[edit]

The live shows saw the finalists eliminated one by one following both individual and group performances. Once eliminated, the leaving contestant ended the programme by leading a performance of "Adieu-Vaarwel" from The Sound of Music with the remaining contestants.


Deborah De Ridder

Fleur Brusselmans

Liv van Aelst

Katrien Smets

Elke Buyle

Elisabeth Herman

Marian van Klaveren

Sandra Paelinck

Ellen Vandervieren

Helen Geets

Dorien Ackx

Opening songs

Group songs

Sing-offs The Bottom 2 voted by the public each week had to sing with one other Maria a contrasting song from a musical, then Albert Verlinde would choose one of them to carry on in the competition. In the final, the first viewer's vote put Deborah & Liv in the bottom two, but they didn't have to do a sing-off. Liv was automatically eliminated by the viewers putting her in third place.

Elimination chart[edit]

Bottom Two Eliminated
Week: 8 Apr 15 Apr 22 Apr 29 Apr 6 May 13 May 20 May 27 May 3 June
Place Contestant Result
1 Deborah De Ridder Btm 2 Winner
2 Fleur Brusselmans Btm 2 Elim
3 Liv Van Aelst Btm 2 Btm 2 Elim
4 Katrien Smets Elim
5 Elke Buyle Elim
6 Elisabeth Herman Btm 2 Btm 2 Elim
7 Marian Van Klaveren Quit
8 Sandra Paelinck Btm 2 Elim
9 Ellen Vandervieren Elim
10 Helen Geets Elim
11 Dorien Ackx Elim

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