Koen Wauters

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Koen Wauters
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Koen Wauters during a concert at Sportpaleis Antwerp, 2005
Background information
Born (1967-09-17) 17 September 1967 (age 54)
Origin Halle, Belgium
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Instruments vocals
Years active1987–present
Associated acts Clouseau
Website www.clouseau.be

Koen Maria Gaston Wauters (born 17 September 1967) is a Flemish singer, active with the band Clouseau, television presenter, and occasionally actor and race car driver.

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Biography

Koen Wauters was born in Halle in 1967. Together with his three brothers and two sisters he spent his youth in Sint-Genesius-Rode. In his youth, Koen Wauters was a keen footballer, but all dreams of a possible pro career ended when he suffered from repeated knee injuries.

Musical career

In 1987, Koen and his brother Kris joined the local band Clouseau. Koen became the frontman and singer of the band. The band and Koen became household names in Flanders in 1989, when the single Anne became a huge hit. Over the next twenty years, Clouseau became the most popular band in Flanders.

Actor

Koen Wauters has acted in 2 Dutch movies, My Blue Heaven (1990) and Intensive Care (1991).

Television presenter

Koen Wauters started his career as a TV presenter in 1989, as one of the first faces for the new Flemish TV station vtm. He has presented shows like De Super 50 (a hitparade show), Familieraad , Wedden dat? , 1 tegen 100 and Op zoek naar Maria .

Together with his brother Kris Wauters, also a member of Clouseau, he presented all three seasons of the Flemish version of Pop Idol , Idool 2003, Idool 2004 and Idool 2007. He also hosted X Factor (Belgium) in 2005. Since 2011, he has been one of the coach in The Voice van Vlaanderen, and sInce 2012, he has been presenting Belgium's Got Talent on vtm.

Race car driver

The main hobby of Koen Wauters is race car driving. He has competed in the Dakar Rally 11 times, and finished 9 times. [1] Together with his brother Kris, he competes in the Belgian GT Championship. His first win in this championship was at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on 10 May 2009. [2]

It is a little-known fact that Koen Wauters also participated as a co-driver on the Legend Boucles de Spa, both 2010 and 2011. He was co-driver to Marc Duez, another well-known Belgian racing driver for the FSE-team, [3] together with other legendary drivers such as Ari Vatanen, Robert Droogmans and Jacques Castelein.

Wauters made one appearance in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2018 at the season finale round at Circuit Zolder. He drove for PK Carsport in the No. 24 entry, substituting for Anthony Kumpen who had been suspended earlier in the year by the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium for failing a drug test during the 2018 24 Hours of Zolder. [4]

Personal life

After earlier relations with Babette van Veen and Dagmar Liekens, Koen Wauters met then MTV-presenter Carolyn Lilipaly in June 1998. They married on 22 December 1998, and divorced in 2001.

Koen Wauters married Valerie De Booser on 17 July 2004. They divorced in January 2020. They have two children, daughter Zita and son Nono.

Koen Wauters is also an ambassador for Plan Belgium. [5]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Whelen Euro Series – Elite 1

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series – Elite 1 results
YearTeamNo.Make123456789101112NWESPts
2018 PK Carsport 24 Chevy VAL VAL FRA FRA BRH BRH TOU TOU HOC HOC ZOL
29
ZOL
14^
40th50

Notes

  1. "Wauters eindigt als 29ste in Dakar". De Standaard. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  2. Claeys, Jan (11 May 2009). "Na 17 jaar wint Koen Wauters eindelijk eerste grote race" (in Dutch). Het Nieuwsblad . Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  3. "Funstillexists.com | Motoring based fun" . Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  4. "NASCAR GP BELGIUM PREVIEW – The moment of truth is here". hometracks.nascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  5. "Koen Wauters vecht met kussens" (in Dutch). Gazet Van Antwerpen. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009.

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