Girl group OG3NE will represent the Netherlands at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Lights And Shadows'. Although the timing of the announcement came as a surprise, Dutch media have already been speculating about the group's participation since summer 2016.
The three sisters - Lisa (22) and twins Amy and Shelley Vol (21) - are not entirely new to the Eurovision world; in 2007 they represented the Netherlands at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Adem In, Adem Uit (Breath In, Breath Out), finishing 11th out of 17. A lot has happened in ten years time - they won The Voice of Holland in 2014 and had several chart successes.
"We are looking forward so much to once again representing our country. This is a new highlight in our career and we are going to do everything we can to make our country proud," Lisa, Amy & Shelley said. In the following months, OG3NE and their team will work on their song and act for Kyiv.
The name OG3NE stands for their mother's blood group (O) and the genes that connect the three sisters.
They are the fifth consecutive contestant chosen internally by the Dutch broadcaster. After a decade of disappointing results, Anouk turned the tide by finishing 9th with her song Birds in 2013. A year later, The Common Linnets came 2nd with Calm After the Storm, only being stopped from taking the trophy home by Conchita Wurst. In 2015, Trijntje Oosterhuis failed to qualify for the Grand Final. Earlier this year, Douwe Bob again took the Netherlands to the Grand Final, where he finished 11th with Slow Down.
The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest
The Netherlands won the Eurovision Song Contest four times, in 1957, 1959, 1969 and 1975, and also hosted the contest in 1980, after Israel kindly rejected the opportunity to host for a second time in a row. Hungry to bring home victory after more than 40 years, Eric van Stade, Director General of AVROTROS, says: “Their huge following on Facebook and Twitter, as well as the millions of views on their YouTube channel, show the popularity of OG3NE. We are convinced Europe will be impressed by the vocal qualities of these three sisters."