Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to beautiful Warsaw and ate kielbasa in the Old Town Market Place, a medieval square famed for its mermaid statue. Excited that the country is returning to Junior Eurovision, we decided to review “Nie Zapomnij” by Olivia Wieczorek — Poland‘s entry for Junior Eurovision 2016. Did her song, which translates as “Don’t Forget”, linger on our minds? Read on to find out…
Poland’s Junior Eurovision 2016 song
“Nie Zapomnij” reviews – Olivia Vieczorek
Marek: Olivia’s biggest weapon is her voice. She can sing, but she also has the ability to convey subtlety and emotional depth. The way she sings this live is almost identical to the studio version. She slays. As a Polish speaker I appreciate the emotion of the lyrics too. All in all, a beautiful act. She has every chance to take the title.
Jason: I am absolutely delighted that Poland is back at JESC and I am sure that Olivia will improve upon her country’s rather lacklustre history at the contest. For me, her vocals are great, and any little kinks will be ironed out before the big day. This entry would benefit greatly from an interesting stage show. That way anyone whose attention wanes during big ballads will be kept interested in Olivia and her huge voice.
William: Edyta Gorniak better watch out — there’s a fierce young diva snapping at her heels! Olivia has a lovely voice, strong stage presence and a lightness of touch that suggests she’ll easily evolve from child starlet to adult star. And while she’s a compelling singer, this isn’t a compelling song. The melody comes from another era and I struggle to connect with it.
Stanislav: The song is lyrical and pleasant to the ears — a typical Eurovision ballad. Olivia has a strong and booming voice, but I think that she needs to change her approach to the staging ever so slightly. That’s not to say her performance at the Polish national final was bad. She just needs to add some stunning visual effects to take this to another level — and to match the beauty and power of her voice.
Bernardo: Olivia’s powerful vocal performance is without a doubt the main feature of the song. It’s a class act — simple yet compelling production combined with confident stage presence. This would work well on my sad, rainy day playlist. However, Junior Eurovision is not sad, rainy day contest. The outcome will depend on the running order and staging.
Robyn: “Nie Zapomnij” has a really cosy, old-fashioned feel to it — like a song that could have been entered at Eurovision a decade ago. Olivia has a strong, dramatic voice and easily handles the emotional demands of the song. It’s a mature song choice for JESC, but Olivia has what it takes to deliver that maturity.
Deban: Olivia has great vocal control and range. However, “Nie zapomnij” sounds somewhat too mature and a little out of place. As ballads go, this one drags. However, the fault here lies with Piotr Rubik — the composer. Olivia’s vocal power holds court, and her facial expressions seal her presence.
Edd: The song opens as a pretty, Frozen-esque ballad, but finishes as a Ralph Siegel reject. Whilst the melody is strong and beautiful, and Olivia has fierce vocals, the production really lets it down — that clunky beat just ain’t enough to make a powerful chorus. And the key-change is not pleasant. Let’s swap it for a good old children’s choir holding candles.
Josh: I tip my hat to Olivia for having such a commanding and powerful voice at such a young age, but I struggle to connect with the emotion of the song because I feel like she’s shouting the entire time. For me a good quality Eurovision entry always possesses light and shade. But “Nie zapomnij” has so much light that my retinas are feeling the burn. I’m hoping for some fine-tuning before Olivia hits the stage in Malta.
Chris: Olivia could be given so much better than this. It screams “demo track on keyboard” above all else. Olivia gives it her all with her vocals, but that’s really as far as she can go with this song. There’s no scope for emotion or feeling, ultimately leaving Olivia down in my rankings.
Our jury for 2016 consists of 21 jurors, but we only have room for ten reviews. The remaining 11 scores are listed below.
The highest and lowest scores are not counted prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 9.