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.

O’G3NE — “Lights and Shadows”: Reviews and Reactions

The Netherlands: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2017

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Carla
Carla
4 years ago

So, one day later the rehearsal video has over 200.000 views on the official Eurovision YouTube channel. Way more than any other country (Belgium 135k, Greece 155k, Poland 131k…)! Significant?

mmaxi8
mmaxi8
4 years ago

i love them as it come out with 90’s style of the song and people started say meh to them. I keen on their harmonized voice. Another great year for netherland, they’re in my top 10 in FINAL

Sheila
Sheila
4 years ago

Awesome vocals,strong emotions ! Definitely belongs to the top 3 ??

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 years ago

I like the song a lot but you guys are acting as if they have invented the wheel or something. Exactly how high do you think this can finish? I think best case scenario, 10-15 in the final. At it’s worst, non-qualifier.
Better than the Common Linnets? Bold stuff, William!

Stan
Stan
4 years ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I agree… It’s better than Trijntje, but it’s not even close to Anouk or Common Linnets. It can qualify but if they draw first half, it will probably get forgotten because the song just isnt strong enough. I also hope they change the outfits because even though they’re very nice, they don’t fit with the message..

Sylvia
Sylvia
4 years ago
Reply to  Stan

Much much better then Trijntje, she wish she could sing like these girls! And, Anouk is so much different then these 3 sisters, so you can not say that Anouk is better and about the common Limmits, they are awesome, i love Ilse, but like i said before, also her songs are so much different. You can not compare between these Dutch artists.

Guido
Guido
4 years ago

Love it….great performance!

AngieP
AngieP
4 years ago

I’m not a big fan of the song… but their voices are out of this world!
How do they do that?

I absolutely adored their performance, though we didn’t see sth exceptional in the staging.

OG3NE, your voices are heaven! And I also loved their outfits! They were stunning visually and vocally!

I’m not sure if they qualify, but I can’t see the juries not appreciating their vocal performance!

H.van Wissen
H.van Wissen
4 years ago

They should sing without music.Will be impressive.

Sylvia
Sylvia
4 years ago
Reply to  H.van Wissen

The can sing indeed without music..because their voices are awesome! 🙂 Proud of our girls

Bastian
Bastian
4 years ago

I knew they would slay 🙂 They have been soooooo underrated because of their song. It’s so much more than just a dated song. These days you have to create a story to do well. Look at Belgium and Macedonia. Both have good songs, but you need more. OG3NE will qualify for sure and if they get a good draw then ….well, let me tell you this: i predict a very exciting voting. OG3NE will be doing really well. It feels all soooooo good 😀 if they even can convince team Wiwiwbloggs then it must be very very special and… Read more »

M_K
M_K
4 years ago

It’s the good old “same fabric, different style” fashion scheme that we have seen so many times in Eurovision (most notably by Bobbysocks in 1985).

I still find the song too “clean” to be touching. The staging doesn’t really help either.

S@ga
4 years ago

It’s just awful what they’re wearing.
Can someone please explain what those sparkling outfits have to do with the “message” of the song?

yaboi
yaboi
4 years ago

Yeah, I mean look at 2009 Netherlands, those outfits didn’t work! haha

Joyce
Joyce
4 years ago
Reply to  yaboi

Nobody in the press center talked negative about their outfits!
I heard they looks great on the screen feed.
Still going up in the odds so I don’t think their outfits weren’t a problem:)

S@ga
4 years ago
Reply to  Joyce

Well i’m not in the press center.
I’m happy they going up in the odds, but for this kind of a song they are way overdressed…

Joyce
Joyce
4 years ago

They are 20 years old, you want them In black funeral outfit?

S@ga
4 years ago
Reply to  Joyce

20 years? really? I would like a casual oufit a lot more…

Sylvia
Sylvia
4 years ago
Reply to  Joyce

The outfit was great! Why are there always people who complaining about their outfits? Come on..it’s about the song..My gosh!

Rimig
Rimig
4 years ago

@[email protected] Could you please explain what outfit would have to do with the song’s message?

Guido
Guido
4 years ago

their outfits fit the song very well..they can’t dress as undertakers, can they?

Joe
Joe
4 years ago

Not sure how the televoting will react, but it’s a Top 10 contender.

Mark Dowd
Mark Dowd
4 years ago

This and Romania are the big advancers in today’s rehearsals……

Joyce
Joyce
4 years ago
Reply to  Mark Dowd

And they come after each other:)) two totally different acts.

Daan
Daan
4 years ago

Told status? Told,

I am convinced this will be the top 5, if not the winner.

They are a dark horse. And vocally the best of them all. I have to say, this year is the strongest since years.

ALL Wei
ALL Wei
4 years ago

The dutch 3 Sisters of OG3NE delivered an excellent act today in their 1st rehearsal. They will be in the Final for SURE!! Wiwibloggs, Thank you for your more positve comments now, OG3NE is it worth!!

Sylvia
Sylvia
4 years ago
Reply to  ALL Wei

Love your comment! Thank you

Rimig
Rimig
4 years ago

Dark horse! The juries will love this and if it reaches enough viewers it could easily sneak into the top 10

Jorgen
Jorgen
4 years ago

Impressed! The studio version just does not sell it right. Dark horse it is!

Henry
Henry
4 years ago

It’s almost unreal how good they are, final for sure, and in the final a very good (top 10) result, they totally deserve it.

Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

I hate the lyrics projections but the song is fantastic.

Sylvia
Sylvia
4 years ago

This was first the videoclip of the girls ;-)..i don’t know why they put it there also?