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eliZe (artist name of Elise van der Horst, born July 22, 1982 in Utrecht) is a Dutch singer-songwriter.

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.

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.

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