The Netherlands: Gordon withdraws unexpectedly

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The male group LA The Voices has withdrawn from the Dutch national selection. The manager of the group announced this news today. LA The Voices joined the open selection with two songs, but decided that ‘taking part in this competition was no longer part of their schedule’.

Dutch broadcaster TROS has received around 500 entries, of which 6 will be selected for the national final in February. The official announcement of the 6 finalists has been planned on January the 5th, but fragments of some of the submitted songs have already circulated on the internet.

One of the members of LA The Voices is Gordon, who already participated for the Netherlands in 2009 (as a member of The Toppers – Shine). His new project LA The Voices was one of the most famous artists that entered the open selection, but a lot of fans criticized their entry as it was presented.

Neither TROS nor LA The Voices declared whether the group would have been selected for the Dutch national final. But the timing of their withdrawal, just a couple of weeks before the official announcement, suggests that they were excluded.

You can listen to the withdrawn entry “Nothing can stop me now” below.