It’s official: The Netherlands has chosen girl group O’G3NE to sing at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv.
The news of AVROTROS’ selection won’t come as a shock to the Dutch press, who have speculated about the group for months.
Although O’G3NE repeatedly said that they had not been in talks with AVROTROS about participating in the Eurovision Song Contest, they had also repeatedly expressed their interest, leading much of the country to pray for their participation.
“It is amazing that, ten years after having taken part in the Junior Song Contest, we are going to have the opportunity to represent the Netherlands yet again,” the girls said in a statement sent to wiwibloggs. “We are extremely proud that AVROTROS is putting its faith in us and we are really looking forward to this adventure. After the Junior Song Contest and winning The Voice of Holland, this is another highlight in our career. We are going to give it our all to make the Netherlands proud.”
O’G3NE is a girl group consisting of three sisters — Lisa, Amy and Shelley — who competed at Junior Eurovision in 2007. The O in their name stands for their mother’s blood group, while G3ne represents the genes that bind the the three sisters.
Most recently the girls appeared on The Best Singers of The Netherlands. In the first episode they sang their own version of Emeli Sandé’s ‘Clown’. It immediately went to number one on the iTunes charts. You can buy it here.
AVROTROS have not revealed when the group’s song will be released, but we know the girls are not worried about delivering something big or staying true to themselves.
Eric van Stade, Managing Director of the Dutch broadcaster, said: “In recent years, we have worked with some highly experienced artists, who already had a proven track record. This has made sure we are once again an important player at this contest. We are continuing this trend with O’G3NE. There’s no doubting the fact that the ladies are the clear favourites of fans and viewers to represent our country. Their huge fan base, with almost 100,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter and millions of views on YouTube, shows how much people love the trio. We are convinced that Europe will be bowled over by the beautiful voices of these three sisters.”
In September the three sisters spoke with 100%NL Magazine, revealing that if they did get the chance to compete, they’d do so on their terms and with their own style in mind. They are definitely in it to win it. They added:
“If we go, we go our way. And we certainly have an idea of how we could win….It’s all about the big picture. Everything has to be right. You are not going there to promote an album or get an international career. Only a win would count for us.”
At the time they said they weren’t worried about finding a song. “Our father wrote our hit song ‘Magic’ in one day, so the song will be on time. We aren’t worrying about that.”
Last year, the Netherlands was the first country to reveal their artist, after it was leaked that country singer Douwe Bob would represent the Netherlands in Stockholm. However, we had to wait until March to hear his entry “Slow Down”.
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