The Voice of Holland

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The Voice of Holland
Voice holland.jpg
Genre Reality television
Created by
Developed by Talpa Content
Presented by
  • The Voice of Holland Band
Voices of Martijn Krabbé
Country of origin Netherlands
Original language(s) Dutch
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 137
Producer(s) Talpa Productions

Blind Auditions

  • De Vorstin (2010)
  • Spant! (2011)
  • Studio 24 (2012-2015, 2017-)
  • Studio Baarn (2016)

The Battles

  • Westergasfabriek (2010-2011)
  • Studio 24 (2012-2014, 2017-)
  • SugarCity (2015-2016)

The Knockouts

  • SugarCity (2015-2016)
  • Studio 24 (2017-)


  • Studio Lukkien (2010-2011)
  • Studio 22 (2011-)
Running time 120 minutes (inc. adverts)
Original network RTL4
Picture format 16:9
Original release September 17, 2010 (2010-09-17) – Present
External links

The Voice of Holland, also known as TVOH, is a Dutch reality television competition, created by John de Mol, airing on RTL4. Since its first season in 2010, it has been hosted by Martijn Krabbé and Wendy van Dijk.

One of the important premises of the show is the quality of the singing talent. Four coaches, themselves popular performing artists, train the talents in their group and occasionally perform with them. Talents are selected in blind auditions, where the coaches cannot see, but only hear the auditioner.


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

Blind auditions

The first televised stage is the blind auditions, where auditionees sing in front of the official coaches. All coaches will be sitting on a chair that is turned back from the stage. The coaches will first judge and only judge by the power, clarity, type and uniqueness of the artists singing prowess. If they like what they hear and want to mentor the artist for the next stage, they will push a button by their chair that would turn the chair around to face the stage for the first time and also see the artists for the first time after they sing to avoid any undue bias according to characteristics and personality. If more than one coach turns around, the power to pick goes to the artist who will be given the chance to pick his/her coach of choice. If no coach turns his/her chair the auditioning artist's journey ends. At the end, each of the coaches will have a certain number of artists in his or her team who will be advancing to the next round.

The Battle rounds

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.

===The Knockouts===      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 yearswhere all artists performed and the coach would select three to send to the Live Shows.

Live shows

The final stage, dubbed as 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

Coaches Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Nick & Simon
Ali B
Lil' Kleine
Hosts Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Wendy van Dijk
Martijn Krabbé
Winston Gerschtanowitz
Jamai Loman

Season summary

Season Premiere Finale Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place Winning coach Presenter Coaches (chair's order)
1 2 3 4
1 September 17, 2010 January 21, 2011 Ben Saunders Pearl Jozefzoon Kim de Boer Leonie Meijer Roel van Velzen Martijn Krabbé
Wendy van Dijk
Winston Gerschtanowitz
Jeroen Angela Nick & Simon Roel
2 September 23, 2011 January 20, 2012 Iris Kroes Chris Hordijk Erwin Nyhoff Paul Turner Marco Borsato Marco
3 August 24, 2012 December 14, 2012 Leona Philippo Johannes Rypma Floortje Smit Ivar Oosterloo Trijntje Oosterhuis Trijntje
4 August 30, 2013 December 21, 2013 Julia van der Toorn Mitchell Brunings Gerrie Dantuma Jill Helena Marco Borsato Trijntje Ali B Ilse Marco
5 August 29, 2014 December 19, 2014 O'G3NE Sjors van der Panne Guus Mulder Emmaly Brown Martijn Krabbé
Wendy van Dijk
Jamai Loman
Ilse Marco Trijntje
6 September 25, 2015 January 29, 2016 Maan de Steenwinkel Dave Vermeulen Brace Jennie Lena Anouk Sanne Marco
7 October 21, 2016 February 17, 2017 Pleun Bierbooms Isabel Provoost Vinchenzo Tahapary Thijs Pot Waylon Waylon Sanne Ali B Guus
8 October 20, 2017 February 16, 2018 Jim van der Zee Samantha Steenwijk Nienke Wijnhoven Demi van Wijngaarden Anouk Anouk

Coaches and their finalists

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 Marco Borsato Trijntje Oosterhuis Ali B Ilse DeLange
Julia van der Toorn
Gerrie Dantuma
Marjel Bijveld
Marvin Kneefel
Fantine Tho
Grant Scott
Steven de Geus
Sarah van der Meer
Shirma Rouse
Nicole Bus
Steffen Morrison
Matt Heanes
Sanne Klein Horsman
Nikay Agterhuis
Nikita Doornbosch
Jill Helena
Jennifer Lynn
Vince Irie
Collin de Vries
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
Sjors van der Panne
Rob de Nijs
Graziëlla Hunsel
Abigail Martina
Dynah Dettingmeijer
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
6 Marco Borsato Anouk Ali B Sanne Hans
Maan de Steenwinkel
Melissa Janssen
Jared Grant
Jennie Lena
Neda Boin
Ivar Vermeulen
Gaia Aikman
Natacha Carvalho
Dave Vermeulen
Ivan Peroti
Daniël Kist
7 Waylon Guus Meeuwis Ali B Sanne Hans
Pleun Bierbooms
Yerry Rellum
Romy Weevers
Thijs Pot
Leon Sherman
Katell Chevalier
Vinchenzo Tahapary
Dwight Dissels
Roza Lozica
Isabel Provoost
Kirsten Berkx
8 Waylon Anouk Ali B Sanne Hans
Kimberly Maasdamme
Neema Silayio
Marchiano Markus
Jim van der Zee
Nienke Wijnhoven
Gideon Luciana
Demi van Wijngaarden
Tjindjara Metschendorp
Ronald Klungel
Samantha Steenwijk
Aïrto Edmundo
David van Rooij

Season details

Season 1 (2010–2011)

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 January 21, 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.[1] 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.[1]

Season 2 (2011–2012)

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 left the show to become the head of the jury in The Winner Is, being 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)

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 15 December, 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)

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. On December 17, 2012, it was announced that Nick & Simon won't return as coaches in the fourth season.[2] On March 22, 2013, it was announced that Ilse DeLange will become a coach in the fourth season.[3] In January, Roel van Velzen announced he would not return as a coach for a fourth season and was replaced by Ali B. 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)

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.

Season 6 (2015–16)

The sixth season premiered on September 25, 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 (2016-17)

The seventh season premiered on October 21, 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 (2017-18)

The eighth season premiered on October 20, 2017. On June 9, 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.[4]

International franchises

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".


Television ratings

The show is currently one of the highest rated shows on Dutch television, with weekly ratings varying between 1.6 and 3.0 million viewers.[24] Its first-season finale, which aired on the 21st of January 2011, was viewed by 3.75 million. The second season's first episode was viewed by almost 3.3 million.


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External links

  • Official website
  • Mitchell Brunings Website
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