Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — headed to Germany and visited a manga store in Berlin to check out the latest in international pop culture. While we were there, we discussed Jamie-Lee Krievitz and her song “Ghost”. Were we haunted by her song? Or were we ready for an exorcism? Read on to find out!
Jamie-Lee Kriewitz – “Ghost”
Padraig: “Ghost” is easily Germany’s most accomplished song in the post-Lena era. Between Jamie-Lee’s vocals and the musical arrangement it possesses a melancholic beauty that’s utterly beguiling. And unlike other young performers, Jamie-Lee isn’t overwhelmed by the weighty themes. However, the staging needs to go! All illusions of heartbreak and loss are shattered by the sight of an anime cartoon character lost in a forest of cardboard trees and lasers.
Angus: Despite a colourful anime image, towering voice and creepy gothic staging, it is difficult to find “Ghost” anything other than bland. Jamie-Lee Kriewitz is a masterful performer and a cut above the average reality show winner, but her song oscillates between entrancing and boring. Once again Germany has the right performer and the wrong song.
Bogdan: Teenage Lana Del Rey, is that you? Jamie-Lee is clearly enamoured with the American singer, as “Ghost” has not just the same kind of melancholic, dark melody, but the exact same style of singing. For Eurovision, that may be unique, but as far as I am concerned, Germany’s entry is reductive and unoriginal. Also, I respect Jamie-Lee’s choice to get up on the stage as herself, but I’m afraid the wannabe Harajuku look may be distracting to the point of ridicule.
Robyn: I love the moody, gothic feeling to this song, and the random husky tones that Jamie-Lee throws in the song. I’m not sure about her manga-style wardrobe — yeah, she’s only 17, but her costume brings a goofy feeling to what should otherwise be a dark, seductive song. But if anyone can work that look at Eurovision, it’s Jamie-Lee. I’m expecting “Ghost” to do good things for Germany this year.
William: Jamie-Lee’s sexy Harajuku look doesn’t distract me from her song. That’s mainly because the song is so forgettable and bland that I don’t notice it in the first place. Like a chilly apparition haunting an old mansion, “Ghost” leaves me cold and somewhat dead to the world. While I feel the beat, I don’t sense a pulse. Her voice is stellar, but the song deserves to be in the bottom 5.
Deban: Haunting pop driven with angelic vocals. Jamie-Lee Kriewitz may be just a teenager, but in this competition, she holds her own. “Ghost” is subtle. It rings in the background, yet doesn’t fully take over. Crafted for radio success, this debut outing has had a successful chart run in Germany. It won’t embarrass juries, and it is likely to finish in Stockholm’s top half.
Josh: Something about “Ghost” doesn’t sit right with me. Jamie-Lee has a haunting voice which I find quite interesting, but the song doesn’t build into anything and the chorus sounds so monotone the entire time. I can’t see Europe getting behind this. Maybe Ann-Sophie 2.0?
Patrick: I don’t get the big fuss about Germany. Yes, it is quite different and to be fair she looks interesting and her voice is good enough. The staging in the selection was really questionable and not suited for the song. She needs a complete change of clothes plus hairstyle and then she is good to go. But a top-15 finish is not possible.
Tobias: All I think of when I look at her is a figure from Pokémon with that thing on her head. But I like that Germany, just like France, has stepped up in this contest. This song is actually good! I can see myself listening to it while I’m driving my car. The refrain is easy to sing along with and the melody is very sweet. I think Germany will do well this year.
George: Jamie-Lee’s ghost will haunt all of Europe … and Australia! The song seems to be a bit inspired by Lena’s “Taken By A Stranger”, but it’s still pretty original and strong. I really like the way it evolves from the first note to the last and Jamie-Lee surely knows how to deliver. I don’t know if it’s going to do as well as I want it to, but one thing is for sure — no nul points for Germany this year.
Mikhail: This ghost is anything but haunting. From the name I expect it to be mysterious, dark, and full of spirit. But what do I get? Just a boring tune that neither startles nor stirs…
Rezo: This is such an original and sweet song. Jamie-Lee has her own style, character and emotional manner which can help Germany to come out on top this year.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 40 jurors but only have room for 12 reviews. The remaining 28 scores are below.
William C: 10/10
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 2.5 and a high of 10.