Eurovision may be a battle of songs, but usually the winner has one hell of a voice. And so do the acts that finish further down the scoreboard. This year the United Kingdom’s Lucie Jones hit the high notes before a stunning starscape. Croatia’s Jaques Houdek worked extreme registers from baritone to soprano. And Denmark’s Anja Nissen unleashed all her power while laying down her armour. But in the end our readers felt that one act out did them all. After counting 6,810 votes, we can now reveal that OG3NE has won the Vision Music Award 2017 for Best Live Vocals.
With precision, power and, above all, harmonies, the Sisters Vol proved that three is better than one. Lisa, Amy and Shelley honoured their mother’s brave fight against cancer, delivering a wall of sound that smacked of strength and class.
Just hours before the grand final, we couldn’t stop singing the praises of their nuclear sound.
Their song “Lights and Shadows” has faced criticism for sounding like a 1990s song from Wilson Phillips. But Dutch trio O’G3NE pull their number firmly into 2017 with subtle but effective staging that arouses emotions and honours the perseverance of their mother, who has been battling cancer for several years. A standout moment comes when the camera looks down on the ladies from above and they nod to their mother with the outline of a woman projected onto the floor. They do it with their name, too. O is their mother’s blood type, and their genes unite them. Their harmonies are nuclear and their simple but sassy dance moves are performed in perfect unison.
BEST LIVE VOCALS 2017
- The Netherlands’ OG3NE 1,340 votes, 19.68%
- Poland’s Kasia Mos 1,337 votes, 19.63%
- United Kingdom’s Lucie Jones 1,143 votes, 16.78%
- Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov 1,069 votes, 15.7%
- Portugal’s Salvador Sobral 819 votes, 12.03%
- Denmark’s Anja Nissen 663 votes, 9.74%
- Croatia’s Jacques Houdek 439 votes, 6.45%
This award is just one of a dozen awards we have launched as part of the Vision Music Awards 2017 (VMAs).
Our 13 categories—from best dressed to most wronged at ESC—identify the contestants who left the biggest impression on Eurovision fans, regardless of whether they won the contest or not.
You can watch the nominations video below. You can also read more about the awards here.
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Photo: Andres Putting (EBU/Eurovision.tv)