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Lisa Lois is a Dutch pop singer who rose to chart-topping fame on the television show X Factor in 2009. Born Lisa Hordijk on June 22, 1987, in Wageningen, Netherlands, she was cast on the second season of X Factor. She eventually won first place in May 2009 and made her recording debut shortly thereafter with a version of the Leonard Cohen standard "Hallelujah." The song topped the Dutch singles chart for ten weeks straight. Initially billing herself as simply Lisa rather than Lisa Hordijk, she adopted the moniker Lisa Lois in the wake of her chart-topping debut and made plans to record her debut album with the London-based production team TMS (Tom Barnes, Peter Kelleher, Ben Kohn). An album's worth of original English-language material was penned for her by industry songwriters, most notably singer/songwriter Pixie Lott and songwriter/producer Phil Thornalley, both of England. Upon its release at the end of the year, Lois' ten-song full-length debut, Smoke (2009), reached number six on the Dutch albums chart. The lead single, "No Good for Me," written by Lott and Thornalley, was a Top Five hit. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi