This is the second installment of a monthly column about lesbian/bi visibility in European media by eurOut.org Editor-in-Chief Saskia Joreen.
MIRIAM AND REBECCA CONTINUE AS FRIENDS ON VERBOTENE LIEBE
Miriam and Rebecca with their gay friends Olli and Christian
You can read full recaps of the entire Miriam/Rebecca storyline on eurOut.
LESBIAN SINGER MADE IT TO QUARTER FINALS ON DUTCH TALENT SHOW
The Voice of Holland wasn’t the singer’s first talent show – she already participated in one organized by her church when she was 13, and also tried out for another Dutch talent show last year. Though Nivillac definitely has a singing talent, what’s maybe even more striking about her is her enthusiastic and cheeky charisma that just radiates off the TV screen whenever the cameras are pointed at her. This has certainly been the reason why the show’s jury chose to look the other way whenever they heard some technical imperfections in her voice.
Nivillac currently attends the Pop Academy in Rotterdam and according to her Twitter profile she loves soul, R&B, jazz, blues and soft rock. The young singer Tweets quite often, and every once in a while you’ll spot a picture that she’s posted of herself with her sweetheart. Her sexuality is not something she ever explicitly mentioned or labeled on TV or in interviews, but when she was asked about her love life in a radio interview, she was quite open about her relationship:
The young singer remains modest and doesn’t seem too defeated by her departure from the talent show. “Honestly I never expected so many people to be interested in this 18-year-old girl.” The voice of Holland is an experience Nivillac will carry with her forever, and not just in a figurative way of speaking – Ben Saunders, the singer who won the show in the end, tattooed the sentence “Love me for who I am” on Nivillac’s arm. She explains: “I always do my own thing and the people around me accept that. If they don’t, I just don’t hang out with them.
Since being who she is got Shary-an Nivillac this far, it’ll probably be just a matter of time before we hear from her again. After taking some well-deserved time off, she’s already working on her music again and still hopes to release the single she recorded during her time on The Voice of Holland. Her official website can be found at www.shary-an.nl.
eurOut on AfterEllen.com: “Verbotene Liebe,” Ireen WÃ¼st and Shary-an Nivillac