The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 songs that had been selected for Eurovision 2020. Next up, we take a look at Poland‘s Szansa na Sukces winner Alicja Szemplińska and her song “Empires”. Did we want to be part of her empire? Read on to find out!
Alicja Szemplińska – “Empires”
Barnabas: “Empires” is a song that won’t compete for the award of the “most unique song”, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the top tracks of the year. While it’s clearly one of those “James Bond” Eurovision entries, the lyrics are extremely relevant in today’s world and convey a message that should keep humanity from being carried away by power and greed. All I’ve said above wouldn’t be enough for the high mark, however, Alicja delivered it brilliantly live, so I can do nothing but to take my hat off.
Luis: It’s weird to see this song has kind of become a prophecy. Alicja’s drama overload has been matched by reality, and it’s not really pleasing to see. However, the song remains a so-so Bond-tune wannabe. While Alicja’s voice is to die for, the song is really below her.
Renske: Alicja has this deep voice that is recognisable from thousands of female voices. There is something Aretha Franklin about her voice and something Adele at the same time. Some ballads feel like five minutes, but “Empires” is not one of them as its dramatic build-up does certainly not bore.
Ron: “Ashes to ashes, dust into dust”. No, it’s not Anna Bergendahl, but Alicja with “Empires”. It’s not just the opening line but the song in general that sounds and feels very familiar, however, the rich and dramatic production of it is brilliant. In her live performance, Alicja wasn’t always accurate and was even a little shouty, but she’s still very impressive, so overall it’s a so-so score for me.
Tom: Alicja is without a doubt an incredible singer and she gets to show off those impressive chops with “Empires”. I do feel however that the song ages her negatively and the song doesn’t show her talent off. Forgetting the obvious Bond comparison, it is a very powerful, thought-provoking song. However, Poland won Junior Eurovision by wanting to change the world positively, not showing how terrible it is. So even though I like her a lot, I think she may have struggled for the final.
Alicja Szemplińska – “Empires” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 3 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.63/10
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