The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Belgium, who have chosen Jérémie Makiese with “Miss You”.
Were we missing it after the song finished? Read on to find out!
Jérémie Makiese – “Miss You” (Belgium Eurovision 2022)
Review: Jérémie Makiese – “Miss You”
Renske: The Walloons are again thinking out of the box by not choosing an obvious genre for a newer artist. “Miss You” is a raw piece of vocal power that will definitely find its public among the jury at Eurovision. The track is not overly produced or autotuned, which helps to transmit the rawness of the lyrics, which deal with a difficult break up. The fact that Jérémie Makiese sounds the same live as in the studio track also says a lot about his vocal potential.
Angus: The last time Belgium tried Bond influences it ended in disaster and while “Miss You” is not disastrous per se, it is hamstrung in places by some of the production choices. Lush Bond strings and twinkly piano keys give way to a Bieber-esque pop production which is all going its way…until you reach the chorus, which feels whiny and as though it belongs in another song. Doubling down on a particular genre and sonic style would have helped things here immeasurably.
William: Sometimes he moves, sometimes he falls, and sometimes Jérémie absolutely slays. “Miss You” plugs an important hole at Eurovision — American-style R&B-soul. The song lends itself well to choreography and drama, and the chorus has a unique, in-your-face quality that will loop easily in viewers’ heads (and during the voting recap). Jérémie is among the most telegenic stars of the year and I’m looking forward to seeing him in the grand final.
Ron: One major advantage this song has is that it really stands out in the field of Eurovision 2022 songs – there’s not another song with that kind of sound in the competition. Jérémie has a great voice, a very interesting warm tone with a great range, and he is quite impressive live as well. The delivery is very convincing and impactful, and “Miss You” just feels really sincere. I love the groove of this song and can’t wait to see how they will translate it on the big Eurovision stage.
Jonathan: “Miss You” has an intriguing start. The Bond-style, dark-ballad intro lays a nice foundation of mystery to draw the listener in. Then we get to the second chorus and the building comes crashing down. The R&B from here onwards falls flat and feels rather anti-climatic after the momentum that was built up. Ultimately, I don’t “Miss You”, but rather miss the pay off.
Belgium Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 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 4 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.28/10
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