With the World Cup in full swing the balls are flying—and so are Rio-inspired songs from your favourite pop stars. Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Shakira and Ricky Martin have released contributions, and so have a slew of Eurovision stars. The latest artist to make a contribution is Gerard Joling, who sang for the Netherlands at the 1988 contest in Dublin. (He was meant to sing for Holland again, as part of De Toppers, in Moscow in 2009, but had to pull out because of a ski accident).

Rio de Janeiro isn’t worthy of all the hype and neither is this video. Joling wears an orange football shirt on a beach in Rio surrounded by scantilly-clad Brazilian girls, wearing carnival-inspired headpieces. Yawn. There’s no subtlety here, and listening to this is akin to ingesting cabbage doused in saccharine. Yes, it’s got a dancey beat, but it reads like a missed opportunity. Anyone is capable of hashing this track during a drunken moment, and the video makes no attempt at artistry. The video strives for heterosexual chemisty and laddish behaviour—two areas where Joling appears out of his depth.

While some may argue that tournament songs often lower the bar, I disagree. Gloria Estefan tore it up with “Reach” at the 1996 Games. The reality here is simple. Although Joling’s soprano has always impressed me, “Rio” doesn’t measure up.

Rating: 1.5/5

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Lytje
Lytje
7 years ago

This makes me feel ashamed to be Dutch…

JoyceS
JoyceS
7 years ago

Audition waylon 2008 HGT: http://youtu.be/Zd_39SBasa4

Renske
Renske
7 years ago

Haha that’s true, René Froger (one of the members of “The Toppers” in 2009) has got a hit together with a famous Dutch stylist named Roy Donders about “huispakken” for a supermarketbranch. And all those huispakken were already sold out before the World Cup even started.

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
7 years ago

Did you know that Gerard Joling hosted Holland’s Got Talent 2008, Where Waylon from the Common Linnets came 2nd and again in 2009.

PS: Watch Waylon’s Holland’s Got Talent audition. 😀 It is amazing.

stommie
stommie
7 years ago
stommie
stommie
7 years ago

This is a cover of Maywood’s Rio.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2twNf1-L85Y
(Maywood represented the Netherlands in 1990 in Zagreb.)

Digi
Digi
7 years ago

Real Madrid win Champions Euro Cup+Atletico Madrid win La Liga+Austria win Eurovision+Transvestite Singer in 1998 & 2014= 1966=2014 & Spain lost in Qualification group World Cup 2014. So sad Oh Conchita Wurst…
+ Diego Costa -_-

Timselvision
Timselvision
7 years ago

@Dhani: lol please no xD We would stay in the semis again in that case xD

And I agree. Terrible song XD

Easpag
Easpag
7 years ago

But there was no World Cup in 1996.

dhani
7 years ago

i hope de toppers return to eurovision next year for the netherlands with an amazing song like in 2009 . sieneke would be great too

JarJarBling
JarJarBling
7 years ago

this cracks me up. good to see him still making fun music.