He’s been the United Kingdom’s beloved commentator of Eurovision since 2009 and has seen all kinds of Eurovision entries and winning songs. Now Graham Norton has weighed in on the 2017 Dutch act O’G3NE, with praise for the sisters’ tight vocal harmonies.
While promoting his first novel Holding, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf asked Norton what he thought about O’G3NE’s participation in Eurovision 2017. He pointed out the great vocal capability of the group:
In the ten years that I’ve been doing Eurovision, I haven’t seen that on the stage — a female, close-harmony group. I mean, those girls are great!
He revealed that when he first listened to O’G3NE, he did not know they were the Dutch Eurovision act. He’d had them recommended and was impressed by what he heard.
In the Netherlands, however, the expectations about O’G3NE have been mixed. Some expect a lot from the group and others think the participation of the trio will be a disaster.
About O’G3NE’s chance of winning, Norton was mixed:
The great thing about Eurovision is that you can never second-guess it. I think right now, those girls have got a lot of traction … So right now they’re very hot, but by the time March comes around, who knows. There could be a new Conchita. Every Eurovision, a story captures people’s imagination.
O’G3NE were revealed at the end of October as the Dutch representatives, after a lot of rumours and finger-pointing in their direction. Their R&B style is different than the folk/country sound broadcaster AVROTROS was keen on in recent years. O’G3NE will follow in the footsteps of Serebro, Fennimen and Frizzle Sizzle as a girl group at the Eurovision stage. Their song will be revealed at a later date.
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