In recent weeks one song has dominated talk of Krajowe Eliminacje, Poland’s national final: “Cool Me Down”. It seems that Margaret has already won a lot of love from fans around Europe, but will our Wiwi Jury think the same? Check out our reviews below, then go vote in our Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 poll too, so that you can have your say on Margaret and all of the competing entries.
Margaret – “Cool Me Down”
“Cool Me Down” reviews
Robyn: This sounds like Bebe Rexha’s part from David Guetta’s “Hey Mama”, stretched and padded into a three-minute song. But then, that was one of the biggest international hits of 2015, so why not? “Cool Me Down” has a glorious massive pop sound, an instant earworm. It gets a quite repetitive, but I suspect with some bold staging (involving fire and water?) that won’t be an issue. But one questions remains: when performing live, will Margaret be able to replicate the intense vocal energy of the studio version?
Deban: “Cool Me Down” is a Scandi-pop hybrid of Rihanna and Kesha at their very best. Lyrically the song is on point, whilst its parent sound pulses over an infectious diffraction of modern beats. As an entry, this “gets” airplay, TV and every other contemporary audio-visual medium. With bad-ass choreography in tow, “Cool Me Down” could easily clinch victory both at the national selection, and at the mother contest. The only concern here is Margaret’s live vocals.
Luis: Margaret is probably my favourite Polish artist, and “Cool Me Down” is just superb. Make all the Bebe Rexha/David Guetta/Rihanna comparisons you want: it might sound like them, but I just need something like this at Eurovision. It’s a total rush. Margaret hits you with all her fierceness and you can’t resist her. Of course, I’m in fear that everything won’t be as amazing in the live performance. But if it is, Poland’s got it. Start looking for flights to Warsaw in May 2017.
David: This has a great beat and gets you moving. It’s also a little bit different and the voters tend to reward that. So by any measure, a good entry. Any yet I didn’t like it that much. It’s sort of on the edge of being something just making a lot of noise. It isn’t that, but it comes close to being so.
Marek: There’s no need to beat around the bush, Margaret is already the winner of Krajowe Eliminacje. “Cool Me Down” is a wonderful song with an energetic chorus which, I hope, will lead Poland to its first win. The only problem is her voice. We know it’s fantastic in the studio, but sometimes she has problems with it when she sings live. She seems a bit shy, especially when she sings in English. But I already know Poles like the song very much: a few minutes ago, I heard “Cool Me Down” playing at a local shop. We’ve got huge hopes. She just has to put all the effort she can in to the performance. All I can say is good luck and don’t be shy!
Chris: This was a song made to win Eurovision. There’s absolutely no doubt about that: the team behind it includes Arash and Linnea Deb. It’s cool, it’s fresh and yet it doesn’t try to be a Eurovision winner, in the likes of say “Only Teardrops“. An instant crossover hit to radio, I genuinely believe that if this goes to Eurovision — and so long as Margaret can wholly commit when performing it live — this would go straight to number one across Europe. Near enough to pop perfection.
Antranig: “Cool Me Down” is a lyrical masterpiece. Lyrically, it’s one of my favourite songs ever — so fierce and catchy. Margaret’s voice is exceptional, the composition is extraordinary and this has Eurovision winner written all over it. Poland’s odds have quite rightly shortened since this was released. I’m running out of superlatives to describe this song. Perfection!
Jason: “Cool Me Down” is an utterly infectious summery pop stomper, performed by the superb Margaret. Casual Eurovision viewers only hear songs once or twice, and after one listen to this they will be hooked. With an inventive stage show, “Cool Me Down” has the potential to make a massive impact in Stockholm and give Poland its first ever win. Is it too early to say Warszawa 2017?
We have 15 jurors in our Poland Wiwi Jury, but only have room for 8 reviews. The remaining 7 scores are below!
William C: 10/10
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 7 and a high of 10.