We’re over a quarter of the way through our trip to Latvia for the Supernova 2018 Wiwi Jury. As it stands, Edgars Kreilis leads the way with our team of music unprofessionals. Next up for their judgement is MIONIA with “You”.
MIONIA is a talented pianist, having played the instrument since the age of six. She’s also worked as a model in the past, but has now chosen to dedicate her time to music.
MIONIA — “You”
Chris: There’s definite problems with “You”, but there’s a raw beauty to the song that actually shines through. If MIONIA stripped away the affected accent and tidied up some of the lyrics, this could be truly beautiful. As it is, anything in a Regina Spektor-esque style is always a plus. Also, given that it’s down the road, I have to give props to the Greenwich/DLR footage.
Kristin: What is up with that accent? Is MIONIA posing as Australian? Faux Cockney? Lena? It’s baffling. But with that said, the song itself has a certain something. It’s intriguing for some reason that you can’t put your finger to. Maybe the beautiful piano solo in the beginning, or the heavy strings in the back. It’s likeable, regardless of the odd accent.
Edgars: A guilty pleasure. The melody of the song, beautiful strings and notes of piano – adored. No doubts that MIONIA can sing live, either. But the simplicity of lyrics are a worry, though, and it might not make it to final. Fingers crossed, MIONIA – I fell in love with this song since the first day.
Antranig: The style of singing reminds me a bit of Lena’s “Satellite”, even though the song is extremely different. Sadly this lacks any of the star power that “Satellite” possessed. Vocally, it’s a very interesting experience, but the song itself is so dull. The lyrics (and video) try to take us on a journey but in the end, the song goes nowhere.
Robyn: We need to talk about the lyrics, because there are some pretty bad lines in this. “I’m not a blind”, she sings — presumably this isn’t a reference to window shades. But MIONIA has a compelling tone to her voice, sometimes sounding like a quirky English folk singer. There’s a stark beauty in “You” and the potential for a haunting live performance.
Jordi: Another entry to pique your interest. MIONIA’s voice is pure obsession and by having this very peculiar tone, she makes her sing truly special. While serving emotional vibes through her song “You”, she manages to create a fragile atmosphere that keeps flowing until the end. However, it’s quite repetitive and the song still feels too small for her.
Bernardo: I’m a sucker for slow ballads at the piano, but they need to get me emotionally involved. It’s not the case here. While MIONIA’s voice is very beautiful and unique, it comes off cold and – thanks to the song – plain. The problem here is clearly the song. It’s just not good enough within its genre.
In our Latvia Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for 7 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 1 and a high of 7.5.
WIWI JURY VERDICT: 5.46/10
What are your thoughts on “You”? Do you think MIONIA can be a contender in Supernova 2018? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!