Hoi, Nederland! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has landed in Amsterdam. In the shadow of the Royal Palace, over a big plate of poffertjes, we’re listening to the Netherlands’ song for Eurovision 2017 — “Lights and Shadows” from O’G3NE. Is the song a success or a total blackout? Read on to find out!
OG3NE – “Lights and Shadows”
OG3NE, also known as O’G3NE, is a Dutch three-piece girl group made up of sisters Lisa, Amy, and Shelley Vol (22, 21, 21), the latter two being fraternal twins. In 2007, they represented the Netherlands at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest under the name “Lisa, Amy and Shelley”. Their song “Adem in, adem uit” (Breathe in, breathe out) placed 11th of the 17 competing countries. In 2014, the trio won the fifth season of The Voice of Holland. In 2016, they were internally selected by the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS to represent the Netherlands at Eurovision 2017. Their song “Lights and Shadows” was co-written by their father Rick Vol with Shelley’s boyfriend Rory de Kievit.
“Lights and Shadows” reviews
Deban: Three Dutch chart-topping sisters representing their homeland with a beautiful song about perseverance. “Lights and Shadows” is lyrically superior, and boasts a stretch of beautiful harmonies. The song’s arrangement takes their vocal strengths into account, and provides intimate moments of emotive expression. The blood ties here are an asset. Their father composed “Light and Shadows”, and it is evident that it tells a personal story.
Robyn: Here’s the thing — OG3NE love singing in close harmony and their dad has written them a song that lets them show that off. But there’s not much to the song apart from the harmonies (it wouldn’t have as much impact sung by just one person), but that’s ok. Yeah, “Lights and Shadows” sounds like a forgotten Wilson Phillips album track, but OG3NE are about the only people outside of Wilson Phillips who can handle a song like this. They do it well.
Bogdan: Oh, gee. It’s difficult to review OG3NE’s song without referencing Wilson Phillips. The three sisters have the same kind of background, chemistry and sound, the only problem being that the two trios are separated by two and a half decades. Sadly, “Lights and Shadows” sounds just as old but not as good as “Hold On”. Vocally the girls’ harmonies are impressive, but the song and lyrics are a big letdown.
Chris: Three voices together create arguably the best vocal of the entire contest. Those harmonies have every right to be legendary. But when paired with a song like “Lights and Shadows”, what’s really the point? OG3NE could make anything sound good, but I’d rather hear them singing a great song along with those voices. As it is, “Lights and Shadows” — bar the “cry no more” hook — is more one dull shade of grey.
William: Shadows and Light — Wilson Philips’ second album — hit stores in 1992. “Lights and Shadows” — OG3NE’s Eurovision 2017 song — seems to play on the original’s name and sound some 25 years later. From the beautiful, old-school harmonies to the heard-it-all-before melody to the electric guitar flourish to the cliché lyrics about candles, this smacks of another era. And it’s not one I’m particularly keen to relive. The song may be a zero, but their voices are a perfect ten. My score reflects an average of the two.
Jovana: OG3NE have amazing vocals — no doubt about it. But we have seen so many good vocalists fail to qualify for the final simply because their songs were not good enough. “Boring” is maybe too strong a word to describe “Lights and Shadows”, but it’s not far from it either. En Vogue-style tracks belong in the 1990s.
Rezo: I’m in love with these sisters, who are more talented together than apart. They bring strong, harmonised vocals that make the song powerful, magical and fabulous. Good luck, dear ladies!
Zakaria: Those harmonies! OG3NE give a lesson on how harmonised a group should be. The highlight of this entry is undoubtedly their voices and not the song, which feels flat and repetitive. Recycled from the 90s, there’s no doubt this song would have won the contest 25 years ago.
In our Wiwi Jury, we have 38 jurors but only room for eight reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 3.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.83/10
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