What was reported earlier this week as a possibility has been confirmed by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf this morning. That is that Gerard Joling is no more part of De Toppers indeed. ' No more concerts, no docusoap and no Eurovision Song Contest' he states. It seems that Dutch broadcaster NOS may have to start its earch for another artist to represent The Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow.
In the meantime NOS director Gerard Dielessen made a statement as well: 'We will see what happens. If it's really true and irreversible, we will start looking for another artist as soon as possible. We made a choice for De Toppers, and that means all three of them or none of them. However, Gerard needs to be contacted first to see if he's 100% sure about his withdrawal.'
The manager of De Toppers, Benno de Leeuw, will contact the singers first thing Monday morning. De Leeuw, who was just released from hospital, wants to do an ultimate attempt tosee if there's still anything to be saved.
Last Friday, the issue between Gerard Joling and Gordon escalated. Gerard read out on TV an smshe received from Gordon whoaccused Gerard of being indecent and mean bythrowingthe internal troubles into publicity. In reaction to this, Gerard already threatened to write his discharge letter to NOS and TROS.
Public broadcaster TROS, who wanted to make the docusoap and who's responsible for the national final, hopes that Gordon and Gerard can find a solution. 'We arein the middle of allthis; we still believe everything will be solved. The story will be continued.'
esctoday.com will follow the announced meetings planned for tomorrow with huge interest and we will bring you the latest news upon the break up as soon as possible.