The Poland Wiwi Jury continues as we are reaching the halfway point of the Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 songs. In this entry, we will be looking at Dorota Osinska with her ballad, “Universal”. Dorota made her name in Poland as the runner-up of the second season of The Voice of Poland. Remember, you can still vote in our Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 poll too, so that you can have your say on Dorota and all of the competing entries.
Dorota Osinska – “Universal”
David: Once she hit the high notes my dog jumped up, howled, and ran from the room. It’s not a bad song and she has a good voice. There’s a thin line between singing high notes and screeching though, and Dorota gets awfully close to that line. Aside from the high notes (which go on and on and on…) there’s not much to the song. I don’t see this making it.
Antranig: I really like parts of the chorus as it powers up — Dorota’s vocals complement the melody superbly. Having said that, the lyrics are so uninspiring and predictable. It feels like yet another peace anthem set to join a long line of mediocre peace anthems in the 2016 national final season. Been there, done that.
Chris: I have a real feeling that when performed live, Dorota will knock this one completely out of the park. I think that, if anything, she’s being held back a little bit in the studio version. I’m not a huge fan of the ending of “Universal”, but it’s probably one of the most authentic ballads I’ve heard in this NF season. Again: it’s not a winner, but this stands up very well for me. Maybe lose the Valentina-esque red dress, though?
Jason: Following the trilogy of peace ballads from 2013 to last year, I could definitely see this as a Russian Eurovision entry. Unfortunately for Dorota, she’s actually competing in Poland’s selection. In the lineup of Krajowe Eliminacje, “Universal” is not the worst entry, but it is one of the least memorable. Aside from being a tad shrill, Dorota’s voice is sweet, so it’s a shame she doesn’t have a better song.
Luis: Yawn. More fantastic voices lost in bland peace ballads. Dorota’s vocals are incredible, but her song is so boring and predictable that they don’t get any time to shine. “Universal” is bland, and you don’t go anywhere with bland ballads. The moment when people understand that…
Deban: An annoying wail, but driven with a decent melody. When Dorota doesn’t grate, she bores the life out of me. “Universal” is ambitious in its claim. If this ends up in Stockholm, it won’t advance to the finals.
Marek: This is like a song taken straight from a fairytale. Everything sounds so perfect, but that’s only because of Dorota’s flawless, majestic voice! I really hope she will sing it live as good as it is in the studio version. I don’t know if I can totally compare her to Rona Nishliu, but that’s who I’m reminded of. Her song doesn’t have that many high notes but there are a lot of swings/shifts between really high and low notes which makes the song unique and beautiful. For me, a huge Pocahontas fan, the lyrics are phenomenal.
Robyn: Polina and her team made it seem so effortless, but as we’re starting to see with the 2016 national final season, writing a peace song that isn’t cheesy or annoying is a lot harder than it seems. Dorota is a great singer, “Universal” is an adequate song, but there’s nothing interesting about it. It’s just a very bland song with a few big show-off notes. Completely forgettable.
We have 15 jurors in our Poland Wiwi Jury, but only have room for 8 reviews. The remaining 7 scores are below!
William C: 2.5/10
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 0 and a high of 8.5.
lol, Sam – 7 for Napoli and 0 for Dorota – starting to doubt about the competence of the judge…
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This is So bad, my ears can’t stand it, has to be the worst from the lot
a zero? wow, quality journalism.