Remember them? MainStreet broke through when they tried to represent the Netherlands at JESC 2012, but on December 10 they faced their biggest media attention yet after a Dutch radio host stopped them halfway through a live performance due to shockingly bad vocals.

The boyband came to life in 2011 as the four members all tried to reach the blind auditions of The Voice Kids. As none of them reached the live shows, they formed a foursome.

At Junior Songfestival MainStreet found fame. Their song “Stop the Time” became the first ever Junior Songfestival song to chart before a winner was chosen. But in the final, they placed third and Femke went on to represent the country of tulips.

Fame didn’t stop there for MainStreet. After Junior Songfestival, their huge teen-girl fanbase kept supporting them. Because of this, MainStreet were named the “Dutch One Direction” quite a few times. Besides that, they released a few singles including the Dutch theme for Despicable Me 2.

On the morning of 10 December, it all went wrong. Giel Beelen, radio host of 3FM, one of the Netherlands’ most popular radio stations, invited them on air. They decided to perform a medley of top 40 songs — and their vocals were out of tune most of the time. Beelen eventually interrupted their medley, asking them to stop. Ouch!

Beelen let them know that their vocals just weren’t good enough. MainStreet later stated that this was their own fault and that they hadn’t rehearsed the medley. But that didn’t stop the buzz around their performance: a video of it ended up on Dumpert (a Dutch site that aggregates blooper videos) and it went viral. It has now been watched over 500,000 times.

So, what do you think? Was Beelen right to save MainStreet from further embarrassing themselves? Or was he rude to halt their performance? Share your thoughts below!

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Pastora Soler haha!
Pastora Soler haha!
5 years ago

It’s a horrible performance!

BUT just for respect he shouldn’t stop them.

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Huh? This wasn’t bad at all. Y’all are being overly critical. The start wasn’t good, and neither was the end, but overall it was fine. I mean, they didn’t really provide anything new – some harmonizing would’ve been nice. But still, this was fairly enjoyable.

Álex, from Spain
Álex, from Spain
5 years ago

It’s so disrespectful to stop them in the middle of the song!! They are very young, so they deserve a chance. Fire that man.

mawnck
mawnck
5 years ago

Wow … that most certainly was “that bad”. In fact, that was just TERRIBLE. To me it was a bit unprofessional of the radio host to stop them, but I can’t say that I blame him.

“Some actual live Eurovision performances in recent years were worse than that.”

Yeah, they were “that bad” too. Success at Eurovision certainly doesn’t mean the song was sung well. (I call it the “France Gall effect”. 🙂 )

dutchie
dutchie
5 years ago

They’re terrible, they can’t sing and they’re exemplary of modern pop music where auto tune does all the work. And tons of teenage girls fall for it…

If you’re a proper singer, even without rehearsal you don’t easily sing that much out of tune.

aari
aari
5 years ago

the guy in the cap was pretty good tbh

Iberian
Iberian
5 years ago

It sounded terrible. Of course it was very bad. But I do find it rude to interrupt the medley and make them stop.

cheesecake
cheesecake
5 years ago

Come on, it was not that bad. Far away from a masterpiece, but still…

beccaboo1212
5 years ago

I’m really sorry for them 🙁

Mitchelvaneijk
5 years ago

Guys… It WAS bad. It was very shaking and ‘they didn’t rehearsed’ is a unlogic explanation. Other singer can nail it altho they didn’t rehearsed

Timselvision
Timselvision
5 years ago

I saw this and I laughed so hard xD

2015
2015
5 years ago

They know how to sing, they just didn’t rehearsed. Their future isn’t ruined or something and it wasn’t even that bad! Except the part of ”bad blood” that was the only BIG bad moment.

PP
PP
5 years ago

Norway 1993

PP
PP
5 years ago

t wasn’t “that” bad . Better than vocal from female singer from Norway at Eurovision, she finished on 5 place with amazing 120 points from juries, and almost all song she sang with female backing vocal .

#4LIFE
#4LIFE
5 years ago

It wasn’t “that” bad. They hadn’t rehearsed it and they need to have more singing lessons. They got potential,but they need to grow up a little.

Mitchelvaneijk
5 years ago

It was really bad ????????????

Racal
Racal
5 years ago

It’s not good, but not “that” bad. Some actual live Eurovision performances in recent years were worse than that. In any case, these boys need to work a lot, cause now they just look like a cheap version of One Direction.