The Wiwi Jury is making its way to Poland, where we will be looking at all nine of the songs taking part in Krajowe Eliminacje 2016, the Polish selection for Eurovision 2016. This time, the jury will be reviewing Ola Gintrowska with her song “Missing”. You can see what we thought of the song below. Don’t forget to vote in our Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 poll too so that you can have your say on Ola and all of the competing artists.
Ola Gintrowska – “Missing”
Chris: There’s something that seems incredibly familiar about this song. Part of me thinks that it sounds a bit like Germany’s No Angels from 2008. Still, I kind of like “Missing” and Ola definitely sells the song well. Her voice might not suit everyone, but I think it suits some of the harsher beats in “Missing”. Still, it’s not a winner in this group of songs.
Luis: “Missing” is one of those radio-friendly songs that would never climb higher than the 20th place in an airplay hit list. Therefore, it’s not suitable for a Eurovision stage, where you need to stand out and not pass by unnoticed. More so than that, Ola’s voice does not exactly enhance the song: her low tonality makes the song a bit boring, and in some parts it sounds like a mid-tempo lullaby.
Marek: I love the melody and that catchy beat: it’s so calm and balanced. The whole song sounds very harmonic and that’s huge. They could do so much with the stage background at the “I need you NOW!” moment, even if it were a simple simulated explosion. That one lyric makes this song so cheerful and original. This was the first song I knew was going to be in the pre-selection. I need to add that I’m really afraid of Ola’s eligibility, because she may have broke the date rule. I’d be proud if Ola were the representative, even if she’s not my top favourite.
Antranig: The music video looks well produced when it’s showing a bit more than Ola and a chair. The inflections in her vocals as she hits those higher notes are not particularly pleasant and “Missing” never becomes anything more than average. Pleasant enough to have as a contestant in the national final but nothing more.
Jason: “Missing” is definitely not the worst entry in Poland’s national final, but it isn’t one of the best. With a catchy hook and a glamorous performer (Ola Gintrowska has legs for days. Seriously), it has lots of promise. Although Ola is a perfectly capable singer, overall there is a noticeable lack of sparkle/oomph/pizzazz here. We need drama. We need wow. If the performance was taken up a gear then this song could do quite well, otherwise I predict a 6th-7th placing.
David: This is good. Pleasant song, pretty voice, good beat. The song gets repetitive though. Not painfully so but at the same time it starts to lose its hold on you. I don’t know if Ola, or the song, has what it takes to stand out in a competitive field.
Robyn: “Missing” is like a traditional 1960s girl group song given modern production. The ooo-wah-ooos have been replaced with a heavy bass sound. And it works, saving the song from being dull and predictable. Even the one line of clunky English (“Relook me in the eyes”) can easily be forgiven when it’s delivered with such strength.
Deban: Ola may not be the voice of Poland, but her effort here is fabulous! “Missing” evokes deep emotions, yet remains mercilessly catchy. As the melody registers, Ola’s smoky tones pushes forward — leaving one with a shimmer of vintage glamour. The production here is classy and tastefully delivered.
We have 15 jurors in our Poland Wiwi Jury, but only have room for 8 reviews. The remaining 7 scores are below!
William C: 7/10
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 4 and a high of 9.