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!