In 2014, she finished second in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix with her song “Wanna Be Loved”. But unfortunately for Natascha Bessez, her 2018 audition for The Voice of Holland was rather less successful. 

Performing “Finesse” by Bruno Mars and Cardi B, the singer hoped to turn the four chairs on the popular Dutch singing show. Rapper Lil’ Kleine was the only one who believed in Natascha and turned for her, making her part of his team.

The other judges were not very enthusiastic — most especially Anouk, who is known for being quite harsh on the contestants. In fact, she previously sent two of her own acts home after saying they simply weren’t good enough. Anouk told Natascha:

“I didn’t turn. You look amazing. The thing I liked about your performance, I didn’t see it, but there was a lot of energy there, so that’s good. The rest was not so good.”

The judges also mocked her bad Dutch, as she only recently started to learn the language. She had come to the Netherlands to live with her Dutch boyfriend, who she met on the New York metro.

After she had left the stage, Anouk voiced her major dislike for the performance, saying: “Did she come all the way from New York for this misery? Really? She flew this long haul to just torture us?”

Waylon, who also disliked the performance, jokingly added: “We gave them Glennis Grace, but they give us this?”

Their comments were both loved and hated by TVOH fans, with some people on Twitter loving Anouk’s outspokenness. But the top comments under Natascha’s audition on YouTube suggest that a lot of people thought that the comments went too far.

What do you think? Did you like Natascha Bessez’ audition on The Voice of Holland? Do you agree with the judges’ comments? Let us know down below!

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Paul Boulton-Bland

I agree with Anouk !

mvaneijk97
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“Mocking” like Ali B always “Mocks” his own way of speaking and nationality. this is such a reach lmao. get with some actual news Wiwibloggs instead always trashing The Netherlands. it is getting annoying that the only times you post smth about us is when it is negative. might aswell unfollow yall if you keep trashtalk with ‘sassy’ reviews….

Daniel
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Daniel

Disgusting bitch

Roland
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Roland

They really should not have mocked her for her Dutch skills, the fact that she’s trying is really great.

Jai
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Jai

Anouk may be a great musician but she has a history of saying awful things about people so this really didn’t surprise me . Music aside I think she’s genuinely just a terrible person

Mika
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Mika

Stopped watching the Voice quite a while back, when they didn’t bash contestants about their nationality & the way they speak. The Voice of Holland stopped being good after 2/3 seasons, now it’s more like a reality-tv drama show. :/

Wes
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Wes

Hahaha, yeah let’s bash the Netherlands again. What’s new wiwi, what’s new. Jeez.

mvaneijk97
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Are we surprised? nah

Alex
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Alex

Anouk’s so rude right now.

beccaboo1212
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Hmm. :/

Angelo
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Angelo

What is wrong with Anouk?

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

She is human and has opinions and omg, she even dares to voice them.

Angelo
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Angelo

She looks like she spent some time in prison and has now gotten out with a grudge. As to Waylon, I’ve never cared about that loser.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I know, I like her too. 😛

Vladimir P.
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Vladimir P.

“The judges also mocked her bad Dutch, as she only recently started to learn the language.”

It’s incredibly rude and disrespectful to mock someone trying to learn your language.

Angelo
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Angelo

Indeed

Dame Tu Conchita
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Dame Tu Conchita

Knowing the past issues of Anouk like hating on Ilse DeLange and this, she is really starting to become unlikeable. Is this woman really that jealous or insecure?

Datme
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Datme

It’s so much easier to be mean than to be helpful, but that’s part of this kind of entertainment, I guess.
Interesting that the The Voice of Holland is turning into a kind of X Factor.
But these shows are about the judges/coaches not the contestants anyway…
T’was also completely unnecessary to mock her Dutch. It’s a singing competition, if you’re going to criticize then do it on that basis and not a person’s language skill smh.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Was at least expecting a bad audition…but she was alright! Being mean for the sake of being mean, I think.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

OY! What would happen if Anouk and Simon Cowell were the last 2 remaining at a poker table? The staredown alone would draw viewers if ESPN were televising it!

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

When will the Malta judges?

EscAU
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EscAU

ugh stubborn dutch egos
natascha and her song are smokingggg

Lolek
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Lolek

Wow rude! If this is true then I expect better from Anouk and Waylon!

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Man, I would love to listen in when Anouk and Waylon are talking off-camera. The remarks about Ilse and Trijntje probably would be priceless.