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The Three Sisters go to Kiev (rather than Moscow). The Netherlands 2017 Eurovision entry.

May 2, 2017


This improves on successive listenings – but only up to a point.  It’s the complete opposite sort of entry to the Romanian entry in that this Dutch trio will probably score better with the juries than on the popular vote.

The chief merit of this performance is the close harmony singing.  As a group vocal performance it impresses.  I’m not sure whether close harmonies will particularly focus the attention of the inattentive and the listless.  They will not jump out of the screen at you.  Nor will close harmony singing enable you  to remember the chorus five minutes after you’ve heard it.  In other words, there are subtleties to this performance that only those people prepared to listen to all the entries more than once are likely to appreciate. This will make it to the finals but not dazzle at the finals.

Here’s the video…


The three sisters are superimposed upon a sort of forest landscape in this one.  OG3NE, like many Eurovision acts these days, were stars of the Dutch version of The Voice, which sort of entitles them to just stand there in a row rather than caper about in any way.

An irritating habit seems to have become more prevalent amid this year’s videos.  I refer to the practice of pasting up lyrics from the song, or words from the lyrics of the song in huge letters to make them seem more important than they really are.


My expectations of Eurovision lyrics are reasonably low.  Generally speaking they consist of quite vacuous restatements of the notion that Good Things are better than Bad Things, that Hope is a preferred sensation to Fear and that Never Giving Up had advantages over Giving Up.  This kind of contentless buoyancy can serve a jolly tune well enough, but when such words are beamed at me in bold type as though they are actually worth remembering, then quite frankly I start to get a little irritated.  This irritation alone might be reason enough for me not to vote for the Netherlands this year.

I don’t know if they’re going to beam these words onto a screen behind them while they sing live in Kiev.  If they did, it would hardly be the most technically challenging stage effect on offer on the day.  But I won’t be able to forget the video when they perform, which will give a sort of double-tracked pomposity to the words when I hear them again even if they’re not being thrown at me visually as well as verbally.


We’re gonna stand in line

and not give up but walk that road

that everybody goes

through lights and shadows.


That’s the name of the song, by the way.  “Lights and Shadows”.  It didn’t seem important to mention it earlier.  It’s not important at all in fact.


Utterly (winningly?) different is Romania:

Less immediately exciting is Malta:

So you might prefer Macedonia:

Or you can “Climb Every Mountain” with Nathan from Austria:

Serbia offers a big ballad about rising and falling and falling and rising:

Meanwhile, here is Sweden:

Here, meanwhile, is Omar belting it out for Slovenia:

Portugal offers something just a bit more special:

Anyhow, Portugal’s offering is infinitely more palatable than Poland’s:

A man who needs a deal of personal space is this guy from Montenegro:

Equally sexualised is the Moldovan entry:

Latvia offers a more techno-trance version of minimalism:

Iceland’s entry isn’t really a Eurovision song either:

Georgia’s offering is undoubtedly a bigger if not bolder initiative:

Frankly, I prefer Finland:

I’ll be sorely vexed if Finland doesn’t do better than Cyprus

Frankly I’d rather the Czech Republic won – though they won’t…

Belgium looks like a better bet:

But if it isn’t, maybe it will go to Azerbaijan with this…

Armenia’s Entry is nowhere near as scary:

In the meantime here are my thoughts on the Australian entry:

And here’s Albania…




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