Their song “Lights and Shadows” has faced criticism for sounding like a 1990s song from Wilson Phillips. But on Tuesday Dutch trio O’G3NE pulled their number firmly into 2017 with subtle but effective staging that aroused emotions and left many in awe.
They’ve performed in vast arenas and it really shows. As ever their harmonies were note perfect. They filled the space with power but weren’t overpowering, and they seemed completely unfazed as they delivered their song with energy and sass, that came out through their simple but forceful arm movements and hip shakes. As sisters they’ve had a lifetime to study each other, so it’s no wonder they move in perfect unison and with total precision. They do all of this in chic black-blue outfits that sparkle with a thousand crystals. From a body suit to a dress with a plunging neckline to a dress with an even deeper plunging neckline,
The staging is very simple: It moves through various shades of blue, black and gold with the occasional white accent light and the inclusion of lyrics on the LED. A standout moment comes when the camera looks down on the ladies and you see the outline of a woman projected onto the floor — perhaps a way to honour their mother, who has been battling cancer for the past several years and who inspired their song. It’s tastefully done and, regardless of whether you know their backstory or not, celebrates the perseverance that pushes so many people through difficult times.
Given the strength of their stage show this is no longer a question of whether they will make the final, but one of how far they will go once they are there.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)