Wim Soutaer

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Wim Soutaer (born 27 June 1974 in Halle, Flemish Brabant), was a contestant best known for placing third in Idool 2003, the Belgian version of Pop Idol.


Wim began singing in the early 1990s with his school band State Of Mind who performed benefit concerts of original songs and also covers of Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Metallica. When the guitarist left, they renamed themselves Bodhi and played at many festivals around Belgium, they also competed in many competitions including "Rockvonk" and placed third in "KumoRock".

In 2000, Wim wanted to sing solo and joined the project Soundmixshow a sort of precursor talent show to Idool, Wim placed fourth in competition overall, at this time he compared his style to Billy Joel, Mike Patton and Elton John.

In 2003, Wim entered the auditions for the contest Idool 2003 where he was told by jury member Jan Leyers that he has a good voice for Flemish music. After Wim placed third on the show he gained a recording contract with BMG Belgium and recorded his first CD Een Nieuw Begin (A New Start) which was produced by Ronald Vanhuffel who has had previous success with Blof and Volumia, the first single was Allemaal (Everyone) which was a huge hit reaching #1, selling 40,000 copies and winning the Zomerhit 2003 Best Song Of The Year.

The second single from Een Nieuw Begin was Ik Hoor Bij Jou (I Belong With You). The third was Voor Altijd (For Always), based on the 1997 Nek hit Laura non c'e, and was another #1 hit on the Ultratop 50.

In August 2004, Wim released his second CD Twee (Two) and his first live DVD "In Miami". This was followed by his first tour "Twee" around Flanders, as well as a live performance on the popular live music show Tien Om Te Zien.

October 2005 brought a management change for Wim who signed with Niels William, assembling a team of writers including Hans Francken of Clouseau. He released a single Die Zomer Gaat Nooit Voorbij which was released on 17 June as a sample for his third CD released in October 2006. This was a cover of South African artist Kurt Darren's Hemel op Tafelberg in Afrikaans.

In 2001 he married Axelle Reuters, with whom he had a daughter in 2007.


Date Title Chart Accreditation
Album: Een Nieuw Begin (Oktober) 2003 (Platina)

01. Voor Altijd

02. Allemaal

03. Onderweg

04. Ik Hoor Bij Jou

05. Volle Maan

06. Centrum Van Mijn Hart

07. Nodig

08. Vogelvrij

09. Verlangen Duet Natalia

10. Wat Zou Je Doen

11. Magie

12. Een Nieuw Begin

13. Afscheid

Album: Twee (Augustus) 2004 (Goud)

01. Goud

02. Kom Bij Mij

03. Ik Heb Je Lief

04. Geluk

05. Kijk Eens Om Je Heen

06. Laat Me Gaan

07. Samen Verder Gaan

08. Wat ik zeggen wil

09. Wat Waar Is En Wat Niet

10. Alles Wat Ik Wil

11. Verloren Liefde

12. Voor 1 Dag Vrij

13. Zonder Woorden

Album: Dichterbij 2008

Vanaf Augustus 2008 te koop

01 Allemaal (Juli) 2003
02 Ik Hoor Bij Jou (Oktober) 2003
03 Voor Altijd (Februari) 2004
04 Wat Zou Je Doen (Mei) 2004
05 Kom Bij Mij (Juli) 2004
06 Zonder Woorden (September) 2004
07 Ik Heb Je Lief (November) 2004
08 Kijk Eens Om Je Heen (Remix)(Februari) 2005
09 Overal (Juni) 2005
10 Die Zomer Gaat Nooit Voorbij (Juni) 2006
11 De Wereld Draait Door (Februari) 2007
12 Ze Kent Me (Juni) 2007
13 1000 Manieren (Januari) 2008
14 Slaap Je Hier Vannacht (Juni) 2008
2004 In Miami

Idool 2003 performances[edit]

Brussels Auditions: Honesty by Billy Joel
Theatre Round Day One: Better Man by Robbie Williams
Theatre Round Day Two: Uptown Girl by Billy Joel
Theatre Round Day Three: Faith by George Michael
Top 50: Honesty by Billy Joel
Top 10: Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) by Train
Top 9: With Or Without You by U2
Top 8: Afscheid by Marco Borsato
Top 7: Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
Top 6: I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
Top 5: Mack The Knife by Louis Armstrong
Top 4: Hero by Enrique Iglesias
Top 4: The Rhythm Divine by Enrique Iglesias
Top 3: Love Is All Around by Wet Wet Wet
Top 3: Blauw by The Scene

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