Hadise Açıkgöz (born 22 October 1985), is a Belgian singer of Turkish descent. Hadise’s career began in 2004 with the release of her debut single “Sweat“, which peaked at 19 on the Flanders chart. Hadise continued to release more successful singles, most notably the single “Milk Chocolate Girl“. Hadise’s debut album, which was released in 2005 earned Hadise her first TMF award in Belgium and a “Altın Kelebek” Award (En. “Golden Butterfly” Award) in Turkey.
Hadise’s follow up album Hadise, was released and promoted in both the artist’s native country and Turkey. The album produced two successful singles, “A Good Kiss” and “My Body“, this earned Hadise her second TMF Award in the “Best Urban Act” category. It was during this time that Hadise became the presenter of the Belgium version of The X Factor.
In 2009, Hadise represented Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Düm Tek Tek“. The song gained a total of 177 points, which placed Turkey fourth in the final. “Düm Tek Tek” was the first single from Hadise’s third album Fast Life, released in May 2009. Hadise’s first Turkish studio album, Kahraman (En. Hero), was released in late June 2009 in Turkey.
Hadise was born in the city of Mol, Located near the town Antwerp, in Belgium on 22 October 1985. Her father and her mother, emigrated to Belgium from Sivas, Turkey. Açıkgöz grew up with older sister, Hulya, younger sister Derya and also a younger brother named Murat, her name was chosen by one of her grandparents, having originally being intended for her older sister. When Hadise was 11, her parents separated.
Açıkgöz’s passion for music began since her childhood. She grew up studying economics and modern languages, where she is fluent in five languages, Turkish, Dutch, French, German and English. At the age of 17, Hadise entered for the show Idool in 2003, the Flemish version of Pop Idol, which aired in 2003, although she didn’t qualify for the finals, her appearance was acknowledged by her soon to be manager Johan Hendrickx, when she received a call from Hendrickx, who explained how impressed he was with her performance on the show and offered her an album contract.
In 2008–2009, she got a job as a presenter for the first time in her birth country, Belgium. She was the presenter of the second season of X Factor (Belgium) at Vtm. Although it was her first television job in Belgium, Hadise garnered much praise. She handled a critical moment when Maurice Engelen, one of the judges, left the contest during a live television cast. Hadise was also praised by the candidats of X Factor for guiding them. From 2011–present, Hadise is working as one of the judges of the Turkish version of singing competition show “The Voice“.
Hadise has rejected two offers to star in a film. One of the parts was the leading role in a Turkish movie. Not much is known about this film, apart from the fact that the film supposedly focused on 2 sisters, one of whom was to be played by Hadise. In July 2008 Hadise was again offered a role in a Turkish comedy film.
Hadise is famous globally, she have a huge number of fans in Iran, Azerbaijan Republic, Belgium and other countries of middle east. Iranians created a page for her on Facebook and it is available in Persian and Turkish language.