Heiko wins Voice of Namibia

Raspy voiced rocker steals the show

08 March 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Heiko Doedens; Voice of Namibia winner 2020; “I can’t believe it. It’s surreal.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

From his very first performance at the finals of Voice of Namibia 2020 at The Dome on Saturday night, Heiko Doedens had the four judges mesmerized by his rendition of Five Finger Death’s Blue on Black.

Doedens also wowed the crowd and had all heads bobbing with his rendition of AC/DC’s Highway to Hell.

At the end of the day Doedens claimed his cash prize and entry into the Namibia Championships of Performing Arts with teary eyes and blowing kisses to the heavens.

“The entry fee is normally very high, so it is wonderful of the Namibia Championships of Performing Arts to sponsor the winner,” said Alinda Lu’Mar, the owner of the Voice of Namibia franchise.

When Doedens is not on stage, he enjoys firing up motorbikes as a full-time a Harley-Davidson salesman. “It matches the rock ’n roll look,” he said with a laugh.

Doedens is elated by his win.

“I can’t believe it. It’s surreal,” he said while being swarmed with hugs from family and close friends who turned up to support him.

Victory did not merely fall in Doedens’ lap, with tough competition from Lin-Mari Coetzee (1st runner up), Meraai Helm (2nd runner up), Jessica Strydom, Michelle Jacobs and Amy Botes, who all brought their A-game to the stage.

Regardless of the hen party, the rooster was victorious.

Lin-Mari Coetzee took 5th spot in the top six, with her rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece”, but hit back with a vengeance belting out Beyoncé’s “Running” and won second place overall.

Coetzee matriculated from Private School Swakopmund in 2019, and now lives in Windhoek.

Seventeen-year old Jessica Strydom who is from Swakopmund, delivered a cover of “Seven Nation Army” by White Stripes and then went on to stun the crowd with a stellar performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the second round.

Third place went to Meraai Helm (33), a Montessori teacher from Windhoek.

Theodore Cookson, conductor of the Mascato Youth Choir and renowned musician, said that he believes the Voice of Namibia competition gives singers what they need – a platform.

Cookson said he has faith in the talents, but added that the singers lack experience.

Lu’Mar said that Voice of Namibia was established for exactly that reason.

“We have so much talent, but not everyone wants to sing at a festival or a pub. Many of the contestants here have never been on a stage before the competition,” she said.

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