The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Croatia, who have chosen Mia Dimšić with “Guilty Pleasure”.
Is the song our guilty pleasure of the year? Read on to find out!
Mia Dimšić – “Guilty Pleasure” (Croatia Eurovision 2022)
Review: Mia Dimšić – “Guilty Pleasure”
Lucy: Oh boy, is “Guilty Pleasure” drastically underrated this year or what? I’ve heard people say they don’t find it interesting etc., however I couldn’t disagree more. The lyrics tell such an emotional story of forbidden lust, set to the dreamiest melody I’ve heard this year. There’s something so sensual about the way Mia describes her object of desire coming to her in her dreams to then wake up next to her spouse. I do hope the staging is different in Turin, as I don’t think the interaction with her dancer works well. But if they make it simpler, this could be delightful on stage.
Sebastian: Mia is a solid singer. She has great stage presence and an unwavering voice that is almost perfection live. Unfortunately, “Guilty Pleasure” does border on a Taylor Swift filler song that simply doesn’t stand out from the pack. Hopefully, the focus can solely be on Mia in Turin, as she is the star of this package. Distracting dancers and interpretative dance don’t have a place here, and the national selection performance ultimately is a wrong mesh of visual and aural. There is, however, a diamond in this rough.
Renske: Mia Dimšić automatically sounds different from all other entrants at Eurovision 2022. “Guilty Pleasure” is a real singer-songwriter track. The use of live instruments on the backing track instead of electronical sounds makes the song stand out musically from other entries this year. “Guilty Pleasure” is a small song, perhaps a bit invisible between all the bombast. However, we have seen calm songs sailing through to the final in the past too.
Natalie: It’s always nice to see a woman with a guitar rocking some mesh. There’s a lot of parts working together here, but strangely the song still feels minimalist. I like it, but I just wish everything held together a little bit more. There’s also something that feels a little bit insincere about the song? I can see it’s trying to be something original and interesting, but still trying too hard to be mainstream. Mia Dimšić is a very talented artist, so I hope she comes back again with something a bit stronger.
Josh: Mia gives us a lovely, simple, and sweet song that has a surprising amount of truth. We’ve all had moments where we think how our life would be different if we were with someone else, but circumstances never work out to where we can turn those feelings into reality. Mia gives those thoughts an effective voice. The only thing holding me back from giving a higher score is the lack of depth in the instrumentation and repetitive chorus.
Croatia 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 8.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.84/10
What do you think of Croatia’s Eurovision 2022 entry? Share your own score and review for Mia Dimšić’s “Guilty Pleasure” below!