The Voice of Holland

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The Voice of Holland
Voice holland.jpg
GenreReality television
Created by
Developed byTalpa Network
Directed by
  • Martijn Nieman
  • Jeroen van Zalk
  • Sander Vahle
Presented by
StarringThe Voice of Holland Band with Jeroen Rietbergen
Judges
Voices ofMartijn Krabbé
Country of originNetherlands
Original languageDutch
No. of seasons12
No. of episodes137
Production
Executive producerITV Studios
ProducerTalpa Network
Running time120 minutes (inc. adverts)
Release
Original networkRTL 4
Original release17 September 2010; 12 years ago (2010-09-17)
Chronology
Related showsThe Voice Kids
The Voice Senior

The Voice of Holland, also known as TVOH, is a Dutch reality TV singing competition, that became a near global TV format franchise, created by media tycoon John de Mol and musician Roel van Velzen, in the Netherlands airing on RTL 4.

For the first nine seasons, The Voice of Holland was hosted by Martijn Krabbé and Wendy van Dijk. Starting from the tenth season (2019–2020), Wendy van Dijk was replaced by Chantal Janzen.

The central focus of the show is the singing talent and quality of the contestants. Three or four coaches / jurors,[1] themselves successful performing artists, train the talents in their teams, and occasionally perform with them.

After many preliminary off-screen audition rounds, the most promising talents are selected for the TV shows. Crucially, this happens in so-called "blind auditions", during which the coaches cannot see, but only hear the candidates perform. Not until the talent gets chosen by a coach, or when they have finished singing, do the coaches' chairs rotate towards them, and are they revealed to the coaches.

The first TV-episodes are prerecorded in front of a live studio audience, so that the coaches can experience the audience's reaction to the candidate, and are sometimes influenced by it.

Next episodes are recorded wherein some singers lose their spot on the team, and others are promoted to subsequent rounds, through singing challenges in various formats, until only a small group remain in the contest. At this point the show-format switches to several live shows, in which the TV audience take an active part in the judging process, and more singers are voted out until one season winner remains.

Format[edit]

Promotional photograph of the Coaches of season 2 of The Voice of Holland

Blind auditions[edit]

After many audition rounds off screen it's time for the "Blind auditions". In the first televised stage the auditioners sing in front of the official coaches. All coaches will be sitting in a chair that is turned back from the stage. Supposedly the coaches will first judge by the power, clarity, type and uniqueness of the artists singing. If they like what they hear and want to mentor the artist for the next stage, they will push a button that will turn their chair around to face the stage for the first time and see the artist. If more than one chair turns around, the auditioner can pick their coach of choice. If no chair turns around, the auditioning artist's journey on the Voice ends.

At the end, each of the coaches will have a certain number of artists in their team who will be advancing to the next round. A new twist was added on the twelfth season: the block button. Each coach has the power to block another coach from getting an artist. To ensure that the coaches will not block each other indefinitely, it is only allowed to use the block button once in the entire blind auditions.

The Battle rounds[edit]

The second stage, 'the Battle rounds', is where two artists are mentored and then developed by their respective coach. The coaches of the team will "dedicate themselves to developing their artists, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success in the music industry". Every member of their team battle against another member from their team. They sing the same song simultaneously, while their coach decides who should continue in the competition. The coaches have to choose from the four individual "battles" to take artists to the live round. Starting from the fourth season, each coach can steal one losing artist from other teams. Another twist was added in the seventh season: the Steal Room. While steals have returned, each artist that is stolen will sit in a designated seat in the Steal Room as they watch the other performances. If a coach has stolen one artist but later decides to steal another, the first artist will be replaced and eliminated by the newly-stolen artist. The artists seated at the end of the battles will advance to the knockout rounds. In the eleventh season, each coach is now allowed to save an artist from their own team.

The Knockouts[edit]

The third stage is the Knockouts. The format has varied from the early seasons where two artists each sang one song with one advancing to more recent years where all artists performed and the coach would select three to send to the Live Shows.

Live shows[edit]

The final stage, dubbed the 'Live shows', is where the surviving combatants perform in front of the coaches, audience and broadcast live. Each coach will be having four artists in their team to begin with and the artists will go head-to-head in the competition to win the public votes. These will determine which artist advances to the final eight. The remaining three artists' future in the show will be determined by the coaches, choosing who will progress.

The final eight artists will compete in a live broadcast. However, the coaches will have a 50/50 say with the audience and the public in deciding which artists move on to the 'final four' phase. In the latter, each coach will have one member who will continue. The final (the winner round) will be decided upon by the public vote. Throughout the final the coaches will frequently perform with their artists. The winner will be crowned The Voice of Holland.

Coaches and hosts[edit]

The coaches were not yet known during the show's establishment announcement, but Gordon, Marco Borsato and John Ewbank were rumored to be participating. None of them eventually ended up in the original line-up. The coaches were announced on 17 June 2010: Roel van Velzen, Nick & Simon, Angela Groothuizen and Jeroen van der Boom.[2] In the first season, Roel van Velzen could not attend all live shows because of planned concerts. Martijn Krabbé hosted the show, with Wendy van Dijk joining him in the live shows and Winston Gerschtanowitz in charge of hosting the "Red Room".

Marco Borsato replaced Jeroen van der Boom in the second season, as Van der Boom left the show to become the head judge of The Winner Is,[3] whereas Wendy van Dijk became the full-time host alongside Krabbé. In the third season, Groothuizen was replaced by Trijntje Oosterhuis, who had previously turned down the chance to join the show's first season.[4] On 17 December 2012, it was announced that Nick & Simon would not return as coaches in the fourth season.[5] On 22 March 2013, it was announced that Ilse DeLange would become a coach in the fourth season.[6] In January, Roel van Velzen announced he would not return as a coach for a fourth season and was replaced by Ali B.[7] The coaching panel remained unchanged for season 5 in 2014, but Winston Gerschtanowitz was replaced by Idols winner Jamai Loman.

On 15 January 2015, it was announced that Trijntje Oosterhuis and Ilse DeLange had left the show to focus on other projects, and would be replaced by Anouk and Miss Montreal frontwoman Sanne Hans.[8] Marco Borsato and Ali B returned as coaches for the sixth season. During the season 6's finale on 29 January 2016, Borsato announced he would not be returning for the seventh season, and his position would be filled by Guus Meeuwis.[9] Anouk originally signed to coach two seasons, but decided to skip the following season due to her pregnancy, therefore was replaced by Waylon in season 7.[10] Guus Meeuwis decided at the end of season 7 not to return for the eighth season. On 9 June 2017, it was announced that Anouk would return to replace Guus Meeuwis for season 8, along with returning coaches Ali B, Sanne Hans and Waylon.[11] During the season 8's finale on 2 January 2018, it was announced that for the ninth season Lil' Kleine would replace Sanne Hans, who had decided to leave for other commitments.[12]

In early 2019, Wendy van Dijk announced that she has moved from RTL 4 to SBS6 and therefore would not be able to return to the show as host.[13] On 22 February 2019, it was reported that the show will continue airing on RTL 4 for the next three years, and Chantal Janzen will replace van Dijk as host for the tenth season.[14] It has also been announced that Geraldine Kemper would replace Jamai Loman as backstage host.[15] On 14 June 2019, it was announced via the show's broadcaster, RTL 4 and their Facebook page that Ali B, Waylon, Anouk and Lil' Kleine will all return for season 10.[16]

On 6 June 2020, RTL announced that Ali B, Waylon and Anouk would all remain on the panel for season 11; but Lil' Kleine would not return.[17] Two months later, Jan Smit was confirmed as Kleine's replacement.[18] In July 2021, it was confirmed that Glennis Grace would replace Smit, who had confirmed his departure weeks prior.[19] Also, season 12 includes the "Comeback Stage" (originally created by the American version), whose duo coach consists in rapper Typhoon and season 6 winner Maan de Steenwinkel.

Coaches' timeline[edit]

Coaches Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Nick & Simon
Roel van Velzen
Angela Groothuizen
Jeroen van der Boom
Marco Borsato
Trijntje Oosterhuis
Ali B
Ilse DeLange
Sanne Hans
Anouk
Waylon
Guus Meeuwis
Lil' Kleine
Jan Smit
Glennis Grace
Maan & Typhoon
C.S.

Hosts[edit]

Main
Backstage
Hosts Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Main Martijn Krabbé
Wendy van Dijk
Chantal Janzen
Backstage Winston Gerschtanowitz
Jamai Loman
Geraldine Kemper

Series overview[edit]

Season First aired Last aired Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place Winning coach Hosts Coaches (chairs' order)
Main Backstage 1 2 3 4
1 17 Sep 2010 21 Jan 2011 Ben Saunders Pearl Jozefzoon Kim de Boer Leonie Meijer Roel van Velzen Martijn Krabbé,
Wendy van Dijk
Winston G. Jeroen Angela Nick & Simon Van Velzen
2 23 Sep 2011 30 Jan 2012 Iris Kroes Chris Hordijk Erwin Nyhoff Paul Turner Marco Borsato Marco
3 24 Aug 2012 14 Dec 2012 Leona Philippo Johannes Rypma Floortje Smit Ivar Oosterloo Trijntje Oosterhuis Trijntje
4 30 Aug 2013 21 Dec 2013 Julia van der Toorn Mitchell Brunings Gerrie Dantuma Jill Helena Marco Borsato Trijntje Ali B Ilse Marco
5 29 Aug 2014 19 Dec 2014 O'G3NE Sjors van der Panne Guus Mulder Emmaly Brown Jamai Loman Ilse Marco Trijntje
6 25 Sep 2015 29 Jan 2016 Maan de Steenwinkel Dave Vermeulen Brace Jennie Lena Anouk Sanne Marco
7 21 Oct 2016 17 Feb 2017 Pleun Bierbooms Isabel Provoost Vinchenzo Tahapary Thijs Pot Waylon Waylon Sanne Ali B Guus
8 20 Oct 2017 16 Feb 2018 Jim van der Zee Samantha Steenwijk Nienke Wijnhoven Demi van Wijngaarden Anouk Anouk
9 2 Nov 2018 22 Feb 2019 Dennis van Aarssen Navarone Patricia Haastrecht Menno Aben Waylon Lil Kleine Anouk Waylon
10 8 Nov 2019 28 Feb 2020 Sophia Kruithof Stef Classens Emma Boertien Daphne van Ditshuizen Anouk Krabbé,
Chantal Janzen
Geraldine Kemper Ali B Anouk
11 20 Nov 2020 26 Mar 2021 Dani van Velthoven Sem Rozendaal Nienke Fitters Jasper Wever Anouk Jan
12 7 Jan 2022 Season suspended[20] Kemper,
Loman
Ali B[21] Anouk[22] Glennis

Coaches and their finalists[edit]

Contestant placing
  • Winners are in bold, the finalists in the finale are in italicized font, and the eliminated artists are in small font.
Season Coaches and their finalists
1 Jeroen van der Boom Angela Groothuizen Nick & Simon Roel van Velzen
Leonie Meijer
Anne Hoogendoorn
Meike van der Veer
Raffaëla Paton
Ray Klaassen
Kevin Okkema
Kim de Boer
Shary-An Nivillac
Bart van Overbeek
Nyssina Swerissen
Charlotte ten Brink
Wiep Laurenssen
Pearl Jozefzoon
Jennifer Ewbank
Nigel Brown
Johnny Rosenberg
Shemsi Mushkolaj
Davy & Joshua
Ben Saunders
Esther Nijhove
Lenny Keylard
Sarina Voorn
Joan Franka
Kiki Vermeulen
2 Marco Borsato Angela Groothuizen Nick & Simon Roel van Velzen
Iris Kroes
Sharon Doorson
Bart Brandjes
Marieke Dollekamp
Nora Dalal
Ivanildo Kembel
Erwin Nyhoff
Niels Geusebroek
Laura Estévez
Rodney Elzer
Daniel van der Zee
Gino Emnes
Chris Hordijk
Charly Luske
Marloes van Ommen
Danjil Tuhumena
Emmanuel Anning
Jomy Boky
Paul Turner
Wouter Vink
Michelle Flemming
Guy Barzily
Sacha van Beek
Christopher Max
3 Marco Borsato Trijntje Oosterhuis Nick & Simon Roel van Velzen
Ivar Oosterloo
Barbara Straathof
Anja Dalhuisen
Babette van Vugt
Jared Hiwat
Pomme van de Ven
Niña van Dijk
Omri Tindal
Leona Philippo
Sandra van Nieuwland
Tessa Belinfante
Laurrhie Brouns
Velorisa Yorks
Ron Link
Patt Riley
Denzel Dongen
Johannes Rypma
Maame Joses
Salome Pieris
Claudia de Graaf
Mathijs Rumping
Janine Heines
Marx Margono
Nicola Ebbink
Floortje Smit
Eyelar Mirzazadeh
Marjet van den Brand
Sam "The Hedge" Holden
David Gonçalves
Randy Soewarno
Sifra Geessink
Katty Heath
4 Trijntje Oosterhuis Ali B Ilse DeLange Marco Borsato
Wudstik
Shirma Rouse
Nicole Bus
Steffen Morrison
Matt Heanes
Sanne Klein Horsman
Nikay Agterhuis
Nikita Doornbosch
Jill Helena
Jennifer Lynn
Vince Irie
Collin de Vries
Imelda
Annika Boxhoorn
Yuli Minguel
Jarno Ibarra
Mitchell Brunings
Cheyenne Toney
Coosje Smid
Bylear Sumter
Darren van der Lek
Lizzy Osservoort
Gaby Boterkooper
Roy de Valk
Julia van der Toorn
Gerrie Dantuma
Märel Bijveld
Marvin Kneefel
Fantine Tho
Grant Scott
Steven de Geus
Sarah van der Meer
5 Emmaly Brown
David Dam
Romy Monteiro
Dennis Kroon
Pim Kouwenhoven
Sherefa Yorks
Eloy Smit
Daisy van Lingen
Guus Mulder
April & Dr. Rum
Ferry de Ruiter
Renee de Ruijter
Gabriella Massa
Ruben Tarmidi
Martha Hertogs
Vincent Vilouca
Duncan de Moor
Megan Brands
Sietske Oosterhuis
Kelly Cossee
Angela Vergouwen
Frank van Oudhuizen
Pip Alblas
Kimberley Janice
O'G3NE
Sjors van der Panne
MELL
Rob de Nijs
Graziëlla Hunsel
Abigail Martina
Bella
Dynah Dettingmeijer
6 Anouk Ali B Sanne Hans Marco Borsato
Jennie Lena
Neda Boin
Brace
Ivar Vermeulen
Gaia Aikman
Natacha Carvalho
Dave Vermeulen
Ivan Peroti
Daniël Kist
Maan de Steenwinkel
Melissa Janssen
Jared Grant
7 Waylon Sanne Hans Ali B Guus Meeuwis
Pleun Bierbooms
Yerry Rellum
Romy Weevers
Isabel Provoost
Kirsten Berkx
Sheela
Vinchenzo Tahapary
Dwight Dissels
Roza Lozica
Thijs Pot
Leon Sherman
Katell Chevalier
8 Waylon Sanne Hans Ali B Anouk
Kimberly Maasdamme
Neema Silayio
Marchiano Markus
Samantha Steenwijk
Aïrto Edmundo
David van Rooij
Demi van Wijngaarden
Tjindjara Metschendorp
Ronald Klungel
Jim van der Zee
Nienke Wijnhoven
Gideon Luciana
9 Lil' Kleine Anouk Ali B Waylon
Quido van de Graaf
Kimberly Fransens
Talita Blijd
Navarone
Mikki van Wijk
Irene Dings
Menno Aben
Sarah-Jane
Debrah Jade
Dennis Van Aarssen
Patricia Van Haastrecht
Bryan B
10 Danilo Kuiters
Kes van den Broek
April Darby
Sophia Kruithof
Sanne Huisman
C.J.
Daphne van Ditshuizen
Ayoub Maach
Fatima Zohra
Stef Classens
Emma Boertien
Robin Buijs
11 Anouk Ali B Jan Smit Waylon
Dani van Velthoven
Lucas van Roekel
Nienke Fitters
Alyssa van Ommeren
Jasper Wever
Dim de Groot
Sem Rozendaal
Channah Hewitt
12 N/A N/A Glennis Grace Waylon
Season suspended[20]

Season details[edit]

Season 1 (2010–2011)[edit]

In season one, coaches were Roel van Velzen, Jeroen van der Boom, Angela Groothuizen and Nick & Simon (working together). Host was Martijn Krabbé. The first season ended on 21 January 2011, Ben Saunders was declared the winner, with Pearl Jozefzoon as runner-up. Saunders won by 59% of the votes. An average of 2.7 million people watched the show every Friday since its launch, while the final attracted 3,744,000 viewers. The results show broadcast half an hour later attracted 3,238,000.[23] In total 30 of the show's singles reached the Top 100 download charts in the Netherlands, including 2 #1 chart toppers by winner Ben Saunders.[23]

Season 2 (2011–2012)[edit]

Martijn Krabbé, who hosted season one, remained as the host but was now joined by Wendy van Dijk, with whom he was already sharing the hosting duties on Idols. Jeroen van der Boom did not return and was replaced by popular Dutch pop-artist Marco Borsato, who would eventually win the show with 19-year-old Iris Kroes on 20 January 2011 over Chris Hordijk for Team Nick & Simon, who again became the runners-up of the show. Kroes won over Hordijk with only 51% of the votes, making her the second female contestant worldwide to win the show after Steliyana Khristova, who won the Bulgarian version of the show.

Season 3 (2012)[edit]

The third season was hosted by Martijn Krabbé and Wendy van Dijk, while Winston Gerstanovich hosted the 'Red Room.' Roel van Velzen, Nick & Simon and Marco Borsato returned as coaches. Angela Groothuizen did not return as a coach for season 3 and was replaced by Trijntje Oosterhuis. On December 15, Leona Philippo of Team Oosterhuis won with 56% of the votes, beating Johannes Rypma of Team Nick & Simon, Floortje Smit of Team van Velzen and Ivar Oosterloo of Team Borsato. The ratings for the last show where the highest ratings The Voice of Holland ever had. 4,6 million people watched the show.

Season 4 (2013)[edit]

The fourth season started in August 2013. Martijn Krabbé and Wendy van Dijk returned as co-hosts, while Winston Gerstanovich returned as host of the 'Red Room'. Marco Borsato and Trijntje Oosterhuis were the only coaches from season 3 to return. Ilse DeLange and Ali B replaced Nick & Simon and Roel van Velzen, respectively. Julia van der Toorn and Gerrie Dantuma of Team Borsato finished as winner and in third place respectively, making season 4 the first season to have two contestants of the same team in the final and the first where a coach did not win in their first season. Mitchell Brunnings of Team DeLange finished in second place and Jill Helena of Team Ali B finished in fourth place.

Season 5 (2014)[edit]

The fifth season premiered in August 2014 and ended in December. Martijn Krabbé and Wendy van Dijk will as co-hosts, but Winston Gerschtanowitz was replaced as host of the 'Red Room' by Jamai Loman. Marco Borsato, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Ilse DeLange and Ali B returned as coaches for the fifth season. Girl group O'G3NE and Sjors van der Panne, both from Borsato's team, finished in the final two, with the former winning the title and became the first trio to win in any season of The Voice.

Season 6 (2015–2016)[edit]

The sixth season premiered on 25 September 2015. Martijn Krabbé and Wendy van Dijk returned as co-hosts, and Jamai Loman returned as host of the 'Red Room' once again. Marco Borsato and Ali B returned as coaches and were joined by Anouk and Sanne Hans, who replaced Trijntje Oosterhuis and Ilse DeLange.[citation needed]

Season 7 (2016–2017)[edit]

The seventh season premiered on 21 October 2016. All hosts and co-hosts returned from last season. Ali B and Sanne Hans returned as coaches for this season, whereas Marco Borsato and Anouk were replaced by Guus Meeuwis and Waylon.

Season 8 (2017–2018)[edit]

The eighth season premiered on 20 October 2017. On 9 June 2017, it was announced that Anouk, who had been a coach in the sixth season of the show, would return to replace Guus Meeuwis, alongside Ali B, Sanne Hans and Waylon.

Season 9 (2018–2019)[edit]

The ninth season premiered on 2 November 2018. On 2 January 2018, it was announced that Lil' Kleine would replace Sanne Hans, alongside Ali B, Anouk and Waylon.[12]

Season 10 (2019–2020)[edit]

The tenth season premiered on 8 November 2019. On 14 June 2019, it was confirmed on the show's Facebook page that all four coaches from the previous season would return. The winner of the 10th season was Sophia from team Anouk.

Season 11 (2020–2021)[edit]

The eleventh season premiered on 20 November 2020. On 7 August 2020 it was announced that Jan Smit would replace Lil’ Kleine for season 11, joining returning coaches Ali B, Waylon and Anouk.

Season 12 (2022)[edit]

The twelfth season premiered on 7 January 2022. It was announced that would Glennis Grace would replace Jan Smit for season 12, joining returning coaches Ali B, Waylon, and Anouk. For the first time, the show will feature a fifth coach, with rapper Typhoon and season 6 winner Maan de Steenwinkel, who selected participants taking part in the Comeback stage. In addition, this season also marks the introduction of the block button in the show's history, as first introduced in the fourteenth season of the American version. Each coach has one chance to block another coach in the entire blind auditions.

On 15 January 2022, the season was indefinitely suspended in response to sexual misconduct allegations relating to crew members of the show.[20][24] The following day, coach Anouk announced that she would not be returning to the show in response to these claims.[25] On 19 January 2022, RTL suspended their collaboration with coach Ali B until the allegations were investigated.[26] By 6 May 2022, one more ex-contestant pressed charges at a production member, raising the number of criminal charges under investigation in the show's production to a total of six.[27]

International franchises[edit]

Various international television networks have licensed or indicated interest in the format. More comprehensive information about the other versions of the show is in the "Main article".

Reception[edit]

Television ratings[edit]

In 2013, the show was one of the highest rated shows on Dutch television, with weekly ratings varying between 1.6 and 3.0 million viewers.[49] Its first-season finale, which aired on 21 January 2011, was viewed by 3.75 million. The second season's first episode was viewed by almost 3.3 million.

Controversies[edit]

Sexual misconduct claims[edit]

Allegations[edit]

On 15 January 2022, broadcaster RTL announced that the then-ongoing twelfth season of The Voice of Holland would be put on hold indefinitely after the second episode.[50] They had received concerning questions from program creator and journalist Tim Hofman about certain crew members regarding allegations of abuse of power and sexual misconduct.

Soon after RTL’s announcement, band leader of The Voice of Holland, Jeroen Rietbergen (brother-in-law of creator and media tycoon John de Mol) issued a statement admitting to years of sexual misbehaviour. According to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, he had promised contestants that he would make sure they’d advance to the next round in exchange for sexual activities. Producer Talpa Media, now ITV Studios, had known about his sexual misbehaviour years ago and reprimanded him, but allowed him to remain as bandleader of the show.[51]

Official reports and consequences[edit]

Later that afternoon, Dutch police confirmed that a victim had filed an official report against Ali Bouali, professionally known as Ali B. The rapper had been a coach on The Voice for nine seasons. Ali B, however, denied all allegations on his Instagram account.[52]

Head sponsor T-Mobile, as well as other sponsors, decided to stop supporting the show.[53]

Anouk, one of the many coaches and hosts to comment on the matter, stated that she had wanted to wait until she had seen the BOOS episode, but after reading Rietbergen's statement, as well as holding several telephone calls with other affected individuals, she had decided not to return as coach on the show.[54]

On 19 January 2022, right after the news that a second victim had filed an official report against Ali B, broadcaster RTL announced that they would suspend their collaboration with him during the investigations. The Dutch police also announced that another victim came forward and filed an official report against Jeroen Rietbergen.[55]

Tim Hofman and BNN-VARA, his broadcaster, announced that more crew members would be mentioned in his YouTube program BOOS: This is The Voice.[56] The news had sparked a heated debate in the country about the abuse of power by people in the entertainment industry, especially as there had already been accusations against singer Marco Borsato, including an official report of sexual misconduct with a minor.[57] Borsato was a coach on The Voice (2011–2016) and The Voice Kids (2012–2020).

BOOS: This is The Voice[edit]

On 20 January 2022, Tim Hofman's weekly YouTube program BOOS aired an episode focusing on the controversy, titled BOOS: This is The Voice [nl].[58] The first part of the documentary revealed more allegations of sexual misconduct on The Voice, including allegations of rape. The alleged sex offenders are bandleader Jeroen Rietbergen, former coach Marco Borsato, coach Ali B and a yet to remain anonymous director of The Voice of Holland and The Voice Kids. The episode ended with Tim Hofman interviewing John de Mol (creator and producer of The Voice) who had just finished watching the first and original part of the BOOS documentary.[59]

After the episode went online, reactions poured in. De Mol was broadly accused of victim-blaming, also by his company’s female employees. A page wide advertisement, published in the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, stated the following: “Dear John, It’s not the women. Greetings, the women in your company.”[60][61]

The New York Times cited the controversy as an example of how the Dutch approach to sexual permissiveness can sideline discussions of consent and misconduct.[62]

Following the publication of the BOOS: This is The Voice documentary, several Dutch radio stations announced that they would no longer play music by Ali B and Borsato for the time being,[63] and Madame Tussauds Amsterdam removed Borsato's wax figure from the collection.[64] The Flemish TV channel VTM cancelled a planned episode of Sergio over the border with Borsato.[65] Publishing house Maven Publishing stopped selling the book The Ali B Method recently launched by Ali B, and Mocro Flavour, an Ali B-affiliated product line of meat substitutes, was cancelled.[66]

The Voice of Holland's social media pages were largely taken offline. After the official reports of sexual misconduct against Rietbergen, Borsato and Ali B, two official reports were also filed against the anonymous director of The Voice.[67][68]

In the days following publication, several aid agencies for victims of sexual violence reported a significant increase in the number of requests for help.[69][70] In addition, the demand for confidential counselors within companies increased, and it prompted self-reflection in various organizations on how the social protection schemes for employees was assured within their company.[71][72] Making confidential counselors within companies mandatory was something that the Dutch government had been looking into for some time.

On 21 January 2022, human rights organization Amnesty International stated that the sexual misconduct scandal on The Voice of Holland showed that the process of legalizing sexual consent laws must be sped up. Many of the cases described in the documentary concern involuntary sex and imbalanced power relations, which are not always punishable by current law. Dutch Minister of Justice Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius stated that the implementation of a new Sexual Crimes Act would be accelerated.[73]

On 29 January 2022, a protest was held in Amsterdam for the accelerated implementation of the sexual consent law.[74]

See also[edit]

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