A Fresh Take on a Beloved Classic
Australian folk sensation Vendulka Wichta took The Voice Australia by storm with her unforgettable cover of Culture Club’s hit, “Karma Chameleon.” With Boy George — the original singer and a current judge on the show — watching, Vendulka, aged 21, delivered the song with a depth and soulfulness that instantly grabbed Boy George’s attention, leading him to swiftly signal his approval by turning his chair.
Vendulka’s Folk Rendition Wins Over the Judges
Strumming her acoustic guitar, Vendulka reimagined the famous 1983 chart-topper into a compelling folk tune. Her unique, husky voice and remarkable use of falsetto left the audience and judges, including Australian stars Delta Goodrem and Guy Sebastian, spellbound. Boy George was particularly impressed, lauding Vendulka for her ability to infuse the song with a soulful, bluesy essence, transforming it in a way he deemed nearly impossible.
An Unforgettable Voyage and Partnership
Throughout her time on The Voice Australia, Vendulka showcased a series of memorable performances, notably a rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Always Remember Us This Way,” demonstrating her exceptional range and adaptability. At 25, the singer from Canberra, with Czech heritage, has already displayed extraordinary talent and versatility. Though her journey ended in the show’s 12th episode, her mentorship with Boy George spotlighted her potential within the music sphere.
Boy George teased potential future collaborations with Vendulka during the series, suggesting a bright horizon for her career, even though specifics were not disclosed at the time. This mentorship, coupled with her progress on the show, points to a bright future for Vendulka in the music industry.
Explore the enchanting performances of Vendulka and follow her musical journey by checking out the videos below.