Dutch soul singer Berget Lewis impresses X Factor UK judges with “Purple Rain” audition


She’s the Dutch soul diva who regularly performs with Eurovision stars Edsilia Rombley and Trijntje Oosterhuis. Now singer Berget Lewis has impressed The X Factor UK judges with her powerful audition performance of Prince’s “Purple Rain”.

Berget is part of the Ladies of Soul — an all-star Dutch singing group featuring the Netherlands’ 1998 and 2007 representative Edsilia Rombley. The Netherlands’ 2015 singer Trijntje Oosterhuis is a former member of the group and still regularly performs with the ladies.

Berget has also taken a shot at Eurovision. She competed in the 2003 Dutch national selection as part of the duet Lewis & Simon. Their song “Let’s Give It a Try” did not make it out of the semi-finals.

But it seems that despite her flourishing soul career in the Netherlands, Berget is dreaming bigger. She told The X Factor UK judging panel, “I think Holland is a little bit too small for me.”

Berget proved just how big she is with a powerful and emotional performance of Prince’s “Purple Rain”.

The judges were impressed. Simon Cowell told Berget, “That was incredible. Your voice is unbelievably good.” While Louis Walsh added, “I love my divas.” All four judges gave Berget a yes, so she’ll now move on to next week’s Boot Camp round.

Berget will be competing in the Overs category alongside Montenegrin diva Slavko Kalezic. And if online rumours are anything to go by, we’ll be seeing more of both of them in episodes to come.

“Purple Rain” has a strong connection with Eurovision acts on The X Factor. In 2008, it was the song that saved Ruth Lorenzo from elimination and established her as a power act on The X Factor UK. And in 2013, Dami Im‘s grand final performance of “Purple Rain” helped her win The X Factor Australia.

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