showbizGirls in Power at the ninth edition of the Golden K’s Gala. 16,000 Ketnetters and their parents at the packed Sportpaleis saw how Camille was declared Artist of the Year and Pommelien Thijs as Actor of the Year. Coole Ket of the year is gymnast Nina Derwael and Song of year went to ‘Waterval’ by K3.
For the second year in a row, the categories are gender-neutral at the Golden K’s. But unlike Ensours, where the first gender-neutral film and television awards yielded male encounters, this award show from children’s channel Ketnet is dominated by the power of girls. Camille was named Artist of the Year. Since the vote already goes back to December, before she participated in the popular Miss Poes The Masked Singer, the singer owes this award to her debut album Vuurwerk. The song of the same name even reached gold last year. “I didn’t really expect this, but I will work extra hard to release a lot of great music because I love the fans so much,” she said with tears in her eyes. She received the award from Lize Feryn and Aster Nzeyimana, who once again donned the robots suit. “This Golden K is the icing on the cake for the team’s hard work and me. We think carefully about everything. From the music to the performance to the look. This award is going to be by my bedside. When I wake up at night, it’s not a dream I feel.”
Pommelien Thijs, who, like Camille, released her first single in 2021 and was thus also nominated as an artist, was allowed to take home the Best Actor of the Year award for the third year in a row. “What an honor, I am really proud of this. And I have good news: There are still some new acting assignments in the pipeline. But I can say something more about that.” #LikeMe also won awards, but not as this year’s Ketnet Series. Because of Corona, the recordings of the third season had to be postponed, so that the series would not be shown on the screen in 2021, and “Girls” won. But Suprise #LikeMe, in which the cast treats their biggest fan with a surprise, earned the title of Ketnet Show of the Year at the party.
For the first time in five years, K3 was once again nominated in the Song of the Year category. With ‘Ushuaia’, the girl group failed to capitalize on Golden K, but with Waterval it did. Much to the delight of Han, Martha and newcomer Julia. Even if they can’t be there. “Belgium’s Got Talent” was named Best Family Program of the Year by Ketnetters and beat out The Voice van Vlaanderen, Thuis and The Container Cup in this category. Quinn Waters and Ruth Beckmans personally received the award. “Belgium’s Got Talent is really a program for young and old, so we are very happy with this award. There is still a lot of talent, so we hope for a new season.” In addition to the Dancing With the Stars trophy, Nina Druel can also have this year’s Golden K for Cool Ket in her wardrobe. “What a beautiful prize with these colors, you will definitely get a nice place.”
YouTube had the best hit of the year and this year’s TikTokster went to Stien Edlund and Timon Verbeeck respectively. The outfit of the year wasn’t for a woman, but for #LikeMe actor Francisco Schuster.
In addition, there were also many great performances at Sportpaleis. For example, Regi and Niels Destadsbader performed their hit song “De Wereld Draait Door” and #LikeMe sang and danced soul during “Morning Gymnastics”. The cast of Ketnet Musical performed “You can do it” with Gloria Monserez. Metejoor and Emma Heesters performed a beautiful version of “Rendez-Vous” and Camille wrapped up the evening with her song “Fireworks”.
The ceremony was not only about the winners, it was also about the farewell to Thomas van Ashteren and Sian Winants. The two ended their careers as Ketnet wrappers after eight and nine years, respectively. The Golden K’s concert was their latest achievement as a cover. Thousands of Ketnetters said goodbye with deafening applause. Ketnet’s other covers didn’t let farewell pass. Sarah, Gloria and Sander made a big surprise. They launched their own version of De Vriendschapsband along with some of Ketnet’s friends like Jean Janssens, Charlotte Leysen, Maureen Vanherberghen, Gio Kemper and Danira Boukhriss. It was a complete surprise for Thomas and Sian. We’ll see who will replace them starting May 1 in “Who’s the Pool” on Ketnet.
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