Vendulka Wichta Bares Her Soul With Folk Version Of “Karma Chameleon”

Australian folk sensation Vendulka Wichta captivated audiences with her soulful rendition of “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club on The Voice Australia. With original singer Boy George present as a judge, the 21-year-old songstress mesmerized the panel with her acoustic guitar and smoky vocals, earning swift chair turns from judges Delta Goodrem and Guy Sebastian.

Vendulka’s interpretation of the 1983 hit was a departure from the original, infusing her folk style into the new wave arrangement. Boy George lauded her performance, acknowledging her innovative bluesy twist on the song. In a heartwarming moment, Boy George joined Vendulka on stage, blending their styles seamlessly in a captivating duet.

Throughout the competition, Vendulka showcased her versatility, delivering a poignant rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Always Remember Us This Way” during the Knockout rounds. Despite being eliminated in the 12th episode, Vendulka’s journey didn’t end there.

Her connection with Boy George transcended the show, leading to an unexpected collaboration. Following an invitation from Boy George, Vendulka, now known as Aya Yves, joined him in a Sydney recording studio on short notice. Their collaboration resulted in the synthpop track “The Trouble With Love,” with Boy George praising Vendulka’s flawless performance.

Reflecting on their collaboration, Vendulka expressed gratitude for Boy George’s generosity and shared interests in astrology and music. Their bond over mutual astrological signs and admiration for Joni Mitchell made the recording process a joyful experience.

Vendulka’s journey from The Voice Australia to collaborating with Boy George exemplifies the transformative power of music and the enduring connections forged through shared passion and creativity.

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