Germany’s national selection show is all set to kick off on February 25th. Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — gathered in Munich to discuss the contestants participating in Unser Lied für Stockholm, Germany’s national selection for Eurovision 2016. Today we look at Jamie-Lee Kriewitz, who will sing “Ghost”. Were we haunted by her performance? Read on to find out!
Jamie-Lee Kriewitz – “Ghost”
Luis: This song feels like 2008 emo/dark/whatever fashion has been fossilised and brought back to life in 2016, on the way getting mixed with Lorde and producing a decent pop song. Unfortunately, that’s all this is — pleasant to listen to, but not a masterpiece. Not even something outstanding. With Germany’s recent history of passing unpercieved at Eurovision, they need something more remarkable.
Rick: When I heard the rumour Jamie-Lee might sing for Germany in 2016, I had the feeling she was the perfect choice! Her style, her attitude and her voice are the perfect combination and people still know her from The Voice. Unfortunately the problem is her song. After listening to “Ghost” a few times, I finally like it now but in general it’s just not catchy and powerful enough. I think she really needs an outstanding performance to make it memorable. But there’s potential.
Robyn: “Ghost” is why Germany currently has the third-highest odds to win Eurovision after Russia and Sweden. It’s a very cool, modern pop song, following in the footsteps of Lorde’s weird-girl minimalist pop. If it made it to Eurovision, “Ghost” is the sort of song that would keep well away from the Ann Sophie end of the scoreboard and stay much closer to the Lena end, but I think it’s a bit too gloomy and serious to win entirely.
Kristin: I just got a broody hipster overdose here! With that said, the song is actually quite easy on the ears. It won’t find a place on my playlists any time soon, but if she can hold on to those high pitchy notes when performing live, I might just up my score a little. Until then, it’s just comfortable background music.
Deban: Haunting pop driven with angelic vocals. Jamie-Lee Kriewitz may be just a teenager, but in this competition, she’s a heavyweight. “Ghost” is subtle. Although it rings in the background, it doesn’t fully take over. Crafted for radio success, this debut outing has had a successful chart run in Germany. It could easily find new life at the ESC grand final.
Mikhail: It has a nice melody, but it is very repetitive. It goes on and on and on and by the end I get bored. Also, I cannot say that it is something wow, because I do not see any originality in the song. Just a nice background — that’s it.
Antranig: In one word, this is EPIC. Jamie-Lee’s voice is so subtle in the verses and then she hammers home one of the catchiest choruses ever — I find myself walking around all day whispering “tell me who’s scared now”. I imagine some Mariette-style staging — her “Ghost” will haunt Europe and stay in their minds when the time comes to vote. Enjoy the top 10, darling!
George: This is only the second time in this jury that I can say I really like a song. I like the way it evolves from the first to the last minute. It may be a bit inspired by Lena’s “Taken by a Stranger”, and unlike follow national finalists Joco, Jamie-Lee really knows how to deliver it. The Eurovision stage is waiting for you, Jamie-Lee!
In the German Wiwi Jury we have 14 jurors but only have room for eight reviews. The remaining 6 scores are below.
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 3 and a high of 10.