THE NETHERLANDS – Back in January O’G3NE selected their Eurovision 2017 entry penned by their father and dedicated to their very ill mother. Though they issued a songwriting bootcamp inviting everyone to suggest ideas and songs for Kyiv’s Eurovision edition. Among them Dutch band, BLØF who now criticise the decision of the girl band. BLØF were interested to participate in the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest but they are now definitely out of the game as they state on Facebook.
BLØF’s lead singer and guitarist criticised the Dutch entry for Eurovision saying that: “On their request, I had written a song for OG3NE this year, together with an English songwriter. That one was not chosen in the end, although I still find it better than the song they chose for participating at Eurovision. It was written by their father, I understood. I am wondering why they asked all those composers to write a song in the end? Apparently they knew beforehand what it should be like. Maybe I’m not allowed to say it, but choosing such a song adds some royalty value to the family.”
O’G3NE responded: “You mean the attempt that didn’t even get through the first round of the selection process by unanimous voting? Sadly, it’s just all BLØF. #Ouch”
Girl’s father, Rick responded also to Jakobsen’s accusation saying: “… a fter reading the interview, I understood my daughters very well [for reacting that way], but personally I’m very angry. Whatever musicians/composers think of my song, everybody knows that my wife and her suffering were the inspiration for “Lights and Shadows”. It came from deep inside our hearts and it couldn’t come from deeper. A lot of people in the Netherlands embraced the song and stood behind OG3NE. How amazing was that. It should have been an indication for the men of BLØF. But compassion and empathy has turned into arrogance. It is debatable if there were another song that was better than mine, but that the royalty value was important to us is the most scandalous statement in the article.”