Wiwi Jury: Poland’s Michal Szpak with “Color of Your Life”

Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Poland. There we visited the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and found a salty corner to discuss Michal Szpak‘s song “Color of Your Life”. Were we feeling the musical rainbow? Or did it leave us feeling dull and grey? Read on to find out!

Michal Szpak – “Color of Your Life”

“Color of Your Life” reviews

Edd: Every time I listen to this song I like it more and more. The chorus boasts a killer hook – although they could do with spicing up (and modernising) the production, which would benefit hugely from more understated verses. And Michal is possibly the best performer of the whole year – his raw emotion when singing convinces me that the awful lyrics are in fact a masterpiece. With a memorable, gothic performance, this should at least qualify.

Score: 8/10

Angus: Good performer. Bad song. Poland’s dilemma boils down to that. Michal can throw in crazy good ad-libs, vocal flourishes and gymnastics to the performance but it all falls down because “Color of Your Life” has nothing going for it. The production is weird, the message bland and there’s nothing to grab onto in the song.

Score: 1/10

Bogdan: “Color of Your Life” is a grower, which doesn’t bode well for a contest where the winner is usually a show-er. The entry’s best asset is unquestionably Michal, who exhibits confidence and vocal prowess. Otherwise the song is rather weak and dated, despite the somewhat modern elements in its production, not to mention its cringe lyrics.

Score: 5/10

Antranig: Poland have opted to forego a potential Eurovision winner in favour of a song that will achieve a mid-table finish at best. Michal is a terrific performer and this was one of the better songs in a weak national final but this does not stand out among 43 Eurovision songs. If Margaret couldn’t cool him down, perhaps staying in the semi-final will.

Score: 2/10

Deban: Although “Color of Your Life” sounds like a JESC entry performed by an ageing pop star, what sets Michal Szpak apart is the raw emotion he injects into his song. At times, it borders on overacting, but this is mitigated by his flawless vocal delivery. On repeat listens, you’ll be quick to overcome the shortcomings of this package.

Score: 6/10

Forrest: “Color of Your Life” just plods along for three minutes, casually nodding to a verse or bridge in between insistently inquiring into what color your life is.  But Michal delivers a strong vocal performance, even if the song he is singing is quite poor. And If I may nitpick for a moment — the meat of the chorus is “Tell me black or white/What color is your life.” Neither black nor white are really colors, so unless Michal is trying to discuss the science around light absorption and reflection (which I highly doubt) what is actually the point of this song?

Score: 3.5/10

William: The hook has a melancholic, nostalgic vibe and Michal delivers it with the perfect mix of vulnerability and power. Unfortunately, the song goes on for about a minute too long and I’m pretty sure that Glenn Medeiros sang this at some point in the late 1980s. It’d be great in a Polish telenovela — you know, husband leaves wife for stepdaughter melodrama — but it’s just not current enough for ESC. PS, props to Michal for serving some fierce androgynous styling. Your hair game is on point!

Score: 4/10

Josh: Poland, you have messed up so bad this year. You had two amazing options for Eurovision (being Margaret and Edyta) and instead you went for Michal, who does have a great voice but to me seems like a try-hard Polish Steven Tyler, and the only person who can pull off Steven Tyler is Steven Tyler. I find the song incredibly boring and there’s such a lack of originality that I do see Poland struggling in the semi-final.

Score: 5.5/10

Luis: The problem about Poland’s entry is that everything that it’s likeable about it reduces to Michal. Which means that he could be singing “Color of Your Life” or just reciting a text in front of the camera and it would be as appealing. Michal is a fantastic performer, he has a very raspy and interesting voice, but his song smells like mothballs. I really hope Michal tries again another year with a better song.

Score: 6/10

Padraig: I’d shed a tear for Margaret, but Michal is such a drip that Europe’s already at risk of flooding. The man just exudes misery. “Color of Your Life” is already a dirge of immense proportions, but Michal sings it in such a languid manner that it’s difficult to avoid being dragged under. Life is a myriad of colours, fuelled by progression. However — as Michal doesn’t quite sing — “all this stinks”.

Score: 1.5/10

Rezo: It’s really quite a good song. I’d normally think a song like this is quite meh, but both “Color of Your Life” and Michal have something special. He brings something special to the performance that stops “Color of Your Life” being just another annoying ballad.

Score: 4/10

Robyn: A song like this performed by another artist could easily come across as super cheesy. But the combination of Michal’s edgy androgynous look and his strong and confident performance style means that “Colour of Your Life” never lapses into cheesiness. The song is a curious blend of a 1980s ballad and modern electronic beats, but it’s enough to keep things interesting.

Score: 5.5/10

Michal Szpak Poland 2016

In the Wiwi Jury we have 40 jurors but only have room for 12 reviews. The remaining 28 scores are below.

Anthony: 5/10

Bernardo: 4/10

Chris: 6/10

Cristian: 9/10

David: 7.5/10

Dayana: 7/10

Denise: 3/10

Diego: 5/10

George: 5.5/10

Gökhan: 1.5/10

Jason: 8.5/10

Judit: 7/10

Kristin: 8/10

Liam: 2/10

Marek: 8/10

Maria: 5.5/10

Mario: 5/10

Max: 4.5/10

Mike: 4.5/10

Mikhail: 2.5/10

Patrick: 2/10

Renske: 7.5/10

Sami: 0.5/10

Sinan: 3.5/10

Steinunn: 5/10

Tobias: 5/10

William C: 2.5/10

Zakaria: 7/10
















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