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Birth name Elise van der Horst
Born July 22, 1982 (1982-07-22) (age 27)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Genres Pop, dance, Europop, urban pop, Latin pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 2004—present
Labels Spinnin Records
Website Official website

Elise van der Horst (born July 22, 1982 in Utrecht, The Netherlands), better known as EliZe, is a Dutch singer.

Growing up in Bussum, EliZe shared her mother's passion for singing. As an eight year old she was selected to sing in a children's television show, Kinderen voor Kinderen ("Children for Children"), in which she performed for six years. From this period she is best known for singing "Het Tietenlied" ("The Tits Song"), about a girl getting into puberty [1].



After Kinderen voor Kinderen, she joined Non Stop, a teenage choir, and participated in two amateur productions of the musicals Chicago and Les Misérables.

For the last couple of years, she has been active as a background singer in a song contest for children, and has completed a training college program for executive secretaries.

In 2004, EliZe recorded an album in Denmark. The songs were written and produced by Peter Hartmann and Jan Langhoff, who also worked with Aqua. The first single, "Shake", was released in 2004 in the Netherlands. Though the song received the title "Dancesmash!" by Radio 538, the single was a modest hit by peaking at number 32 on the Dutch Top 40. "Automatic (I'm Talking to You)", the second single, was released in 2005 in the Netherlands and also earned the title "Dancesmash!" shortly after its release. The song became her signature song, peaking at number 7 there and becoming her best-selling single to date. It is also the first song that has ever charted outside the Netherlands, charting in Finland and Belgium amongst others in the top 20. Her third single, "I'm No Latino", was released in August 2005, and became a TMF Superclip shortly after its introduction. The song didn't perform as well as "Automatic" did, but still managed to peak at number 14 on the Dutch Top 40 and remaining in the chart for 6 weeks.

EliZe has signed a contract at CMM and placed her management activities under AT Productions. Her latest single "Into Your System" was released on July 2, 2006 and it debuted at number number 33 the week after its release in the national Top 40. The following week, it superstipped itself to number 23. Following the latest two singles, also "Into Your System" reached the top 20, peaking at number 18. Following the success of the singles, she released her long awaited debut album In Control on September 29, 2006. Of the album, which was released in the Benelux too, rumors were circulating it to be named Rhythm of Love. The album peaked at number 66 in the Dutch Mega Album Top 100. Many critics have the opinion the album should have been released after the success of her second single "Automatic." Possibly due the fact the fifth single "Itsy Bitsy Spider" flopped in the Netherlands, the album did not do well either. However the original song "Itsy Bitsy Spider" did not chart on the national Top 40, it did chart on the Mega Single Top 100, one of the two other official singles chart, only composed by legal downloads and physical single sales. The single debuted at number 100 on that chart and peaked at number 54 the next week.

In May 2008, she released the first single of her forthcoming album, "Lovesick." In Bulgaria she scored a #1 hit with "Lovesick". She stayed on #1 for 6 weeks.[2] This has been her first and latest #1 hit. The second single from the unyet named new album is "Hot Stuff", a cover from Donna Summer. It was physically released on September 19, 2008. The track debuted at number 15 in the Dutch top 100, dropped to 16 in the second week to rise to #15 again in its third week. After that, "Hot Stuff" raised 4 spots to #11, where it peaked. It also debuted at #34 at the Dutch Top 40, peaking at #27 later.

It was announced in December 2008 that the third single from her upcoming album would be "Can't You Feel It", which got its full and physical release on March 2, 2009 in prior to the album. "Can't You Feel It" turned out to be her least successful single to date.

Her second album More Than Meets the Eye was released on June 26, 2009 in the Netherlands.



In Control

More Than Meets the Eye

  • Released: June 26, 2009
  • Label: CMM
  • Singles: "Lovesick", "Hot Stuff", "Can't You Feel It", "I Can Be A Bitch"


Year Title Chart positions Album
NL 40
NL 100
2004 "Shake" 32 32 - - - - 32 In Control
2005 "Automatic (I'm Talking to You)" 7 8 63 18 67 11 7
"I'm No Latino" 14 11 - 39 - - 14
2006 "Into Your System" 18 15 - - - - 18
"Itsy Bitsy Spider" - 54 - - - - -
2008 "Lovesick" 31 15 - - - - 1 More Than Meets the Eye
"Hot Stuff" 27 11 - - - - 19
2009 "Can't You Feel It" - 65 - - - - -
"I Can Be a Bitch" - - - - - - -

Non-album appearances

Songs that feature EliZe or that she has sung but did not make the album cut:

Year Song Alternate artist Album
2005 "Morgen Is Een Droom"
2005 "I'm Aaight"
2005 "We've Got Tonight" Jim Bakkum Dance With Me
2006 "La Isla Bonita"
2006 "Into the Groove"
2006 "Itsy Bitsy Spider" Jay Colin
2006 "No Good to Me"
2006 "Een fijne kerst"


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  3. ^ Dutch Albums Chart
  4. ^ Dutch Top 40
  5. ^ Dutch Mega Single Top 100
  6. ^ German Top 100
  7. ^ Belgian Top 50
  8. ^ French Top 100
  9. ^ Finnish Top 20
  10. ^ [1]

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