Dré Steemans

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Dré Steemans
File:André Steemans (alias Felice Damiano).jpg
Born André Steemans
(1954-10-01)1 October 1954
Lubbeek, Belgium
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Diest, Belgium
Other names Felice
Years active 1985–2009

Dré Steemans (better known by his artist name Felice; 1 October 1954 – 9 October 2009) was a Belgian TV and radio host.


Steemans made his broadcast debut on 1 September 1985 in the radioshow Het Genootschap of Luk Saffloer, in which he started using his alter ego Felice Damiano. After this success he presented on Thursday evening his first show Felice on the BRT.

Soon after he received his own talk show, Incredible. One of the best known events in that show was when Jan Bucquoy mimicked with two figs the private parts of Queen Fabiola.

In 1992 he started with Herwig Van Hove for the VRT the cooking show 1000 seconden, that aired for more than 10 years.

Felice was perhaps most famous for the show Het Swingpaleis, a sing along show that he presented from 1996 until 2006 on VRT. In the summer months, he presented a similar show called Biebabeloela.

He also presented the talk show Als God in Frankrijk and gameshow's like Als je haar maar goed zit!.

He was also present at the cradle of the radio station Radio Donna. He had a cooking item in the show Vrouwentongen of Leen Demaré. In the summer months when he was at the camp site of Chiro Maasmechelen the presented his item live from the campsite where he cooked for the children.

On 15 March 2006 the VRT announced that Steemans transfers to SBS, that own the stations VT4 and VijfTV.

For VIJFtv he presented each weekday the popular gameshow Te Nemen Of Te Laten, while for VT4 he hosted Supertalent In Vlaanderen.

Afterwards, he completed a BA in History and Politics, later carrying this on to a Masters level. He then continued this onto doctorate level, becoming Dr Dre Streemens.

He also hosted the first version of Boobytrap in the Netherlands.

On 9 October 2009, just after his 55th birthday he died suddenly from cardiac arrest in his sleep.

Chiro Maasmechelen

Every summer (when he was free) Dré was the cook at the camp of the Chiro Maasmechelen, where he didn't want people to call him Felice. Even though he was an entertainer (even at the camp site), he was there as a private person and not a celebrity[citation needed].

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