Czesc Polska! Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — headed to Krawkow to take in the beauty of one of Europe’s most stunning cities. After enjoying several kielbasa and a whole bucket of pierogi, we settled down to discuss Poland’s Eurovision 2017 song from Kasia Mos. Did “Flashlight” light up our lives? Or was it just a bit too blinding? Read on to find out…
Kasia Mos – “Flashlight”
About Kasia Mos
The only contestant at Eurovision 2017 to have posed on the cover of Playboy with a wolf draped across her breasts, Kasia Mos isn’t just a pretty face. She’s also a singer, songwriter and dancer who has worked in the United States as part of the The Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Revue. A well-known star in her native Poland, she placed third on the Polish talent show Must Be the Music in 2012. In 2016, she placed sixth in the Polish national final for Eurovision with her song “Addiction” and returned this year to win it all. Kasia, an animal lover, is singing for the rights of everyone — and every creature. “I would like to dedicate the song to the persecuted animals and also to persecuted people,” she told us in Riga. “I think that almost everyone has felt in life — even in school — someone telling you that you should act ‘like this’ or be ‘like this’. I think you should be yourself and be proud of yourself — so damn proud.”
Deban: “Flashlight” is varied, textured and crafted with metaphorical depth. Although it may not have the immediacy that one would have hoped for, there’s enough atmosphere and subliminal messages here to power a grid. Kasia Mos is no stranger to the Polish pop scene. She’s showing up this year with a heady mix of activism and flesh. Not many stars can slay this way.
Luis: I try to be a positive person, and although I appreciate artists who dare to include deep stories in their songs, I can’t feel the same for those who sing dramatic songs just for the sake of it. That’s exactly what Kasia does. This song is over-the-top and apocalyptic… and what’s the point, really? It’s too pretentious. Also, lyrically it’s a mess. Rhyming “fire”, “desire”, “higher” and “wire” should be illegal.
Anthony: Kasia is a talented performer and “Flashlight” has its fair share of atmospheric moments as a power ballad, but the whole package feels more like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Poland have often relied heavily on televoting to see them through. So it wouldn’t surprise me if the trend continues in Kyiv, particularly after their top-ten finish last year.
Padraig: I’d like to say never have I ever heard a woman sing so passionately about nothing in particular – but that would be a lie. Poland joins Georgia, Malta and Albania in this year’s big heap of interchangeable female ballads. In fairness to Kasia and her team, they do try and add some modernity to “Flashlight” – the atmosphere is very Sia-esque. Unfortunately they forgot to add any heart. This supposed beacon of light leaves me cold.
Chris: There must be something I’m missing with “Flashlight”. Whilst I loved Kasia’s stripped back “Addiction” last year, “Flashlight” feels weighed down by its drama. It feels like it’s forcing you to react a certain way; there’s no charm to it. Too empty but full of “meaning”, there’s just a disconnect that ultimately leaves the song feeling cold. Vocally, Kasia does what she can, but it’s too easy to be turned off by this.
Jordi: From Prince Michal Szpak to Miss Kasia Mos, Poland is bringing drama and darkness to the stage with “Flashlight”. And again we have a sensational dose of stunning vocals and dramatic flair. She really knows how to sing and in the most mind-blowing way. The song starts fragile and intimate but breaks into a powerful savage vocal by the end — take it to church and back, honey! However, the chorus needs a better hook, as it’s still quite flat.
Robyn: Despite all the very serious drama of “Flashlight” and Kasia’s powerhouse vocals, it’s a song that I struggle to remember. It doesn’t have any hooks, nothing that sticks around. And it’s hard to have much love for a song that rhymes “fire” and “desire”. It’s a disappointing entry for Poland, a country that has done and can do much better. The broadcaster might want a jury pleaser, but there’s no reason why that has to mean a bland song.
William: Kasia Mos is a master vocalist with a big set of lungs and a beautiful soul. She’s my ideal woman — talented and stunning, kind and open. Unfortunately flashlights aren’t strong enough to light up a room, let alone an arena, no matter how fabulous the singer is. The song lacks a strong hook and, despite the intended drama, it seems more plodding than thrusting. Thankfully Kasia knows how to bring drama and atmosphere, as we saw at the national final. With the right LEDs, she can elevate what is ultimately a so-so song and cut a path to the final. Owing to her charisma and poise, I’m betting that she does.
In our Wiwi Jury, we have 38 jurors but only room for eight reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Forrest: 5.5 /10
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 1 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.74/10
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