Udo Mechels, born in Brussels on 10 May 1976, is a Belgian singer known simply as Udo. He won the first season of the Belgian version of The X Factor in 2005.
In 2003, Udo participated in the first season of Belgian Idols, but lost in the semi-finals to Chris D. Morton and Tom Olaerts. In 2005, he was a contestant on the Belgian edition of The X-Factor, and won in December 2005. Udo released his debut album U-Turn and his #1 debut single "Isn't It Time", a cover of the song by The Babys, in 2006. He received a gold record for U-Turn during the TV programme Tien Om Te Zien on 4 July 2007.
In 2006 Udo also received a TMF Award for "Best New Artist" and the Radio 2 trophy for "Breakthrough of the Year". On 30 March 2007, Udo performed "Ik Mis Je Zo" by Will Tura on the Flemish television show Zo Is Er Maar Één and won. Udo released this song on 19 April 2007 with "Tu Me Manques", the French version of this song, accompanying the single. He received a gold record for this song during Tien Om Te Zien on 5 September 2007.
His next album, Good Things Coming was released in January 2008. Udo has his own live-band, Udo Live!, which first performed on 28 March 2007 at De Zuiderkroon in Antwerp. The live band consists of guitarist Chris Van Nauw, Roberto Mercurio playing bass guitar, David Demeyere on drums, Jan Samyn keyboardist, and Marva Nielsen and Dany Caen providing backup vocals.