The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Poland, who have chosen Ochman with “River”.
Were we flowing along with the vibe? Read on to find out!
Ochman – “River” (Poland Eurovision 2022)
Review: Ochman – “River”
Robyn: “River” gives me a nice nostalgic feeling, reminding me of the sort of songs that turned up at Eurovision in the mid 2010s. That’s not to say it’s dated, maybe more that we don’t get songs like this anymore. Ochman is a great singer, but I’m not quite feeling the lyrics. (All that talk of going down, down, down to the river reminds me of the sort of bad poetry I wrote as a teenager!) But there’s a lot of potential for a thrilling performance and Poland have what it takes to deliver.
Lucy: The first time I heard “River”, I immediately put a bet on it – something I never do. Ochman has given himself one hell of a song to showcase his insane talent. This is arguably Poland’s best effort in well over a decade, and certainly their best shot at top five. The meaning of “River” provides a feeling of wanting to cleanse oneself of wrongdoings or pain, and the song takes us on that journey through emotional piano melodies and falsetto moments. By the time we reach the climax of the song, the vocals we hear are belting out with passion, and it could very well be a winning moment.
Josh: Ochman’s vocal is one of the most captivating that we have this year (you could argue it’s THE most). You really feel the belief he has in the song’s message. There’s an almost haunting aspect to it, that keeps you engaged against the techno beats of the track. It’s just too bad that his voice is wasted while the message is never fully developed. WHAT IS THE MESSAGE? I’m still trying to figure it out, and I just can’t give more points to something that just ends up leaving me captivated, but ultimately confused.
Ron: There is something really special about “River” and its flow (pun intended). It evolves like a river indeed, and this river is so beautiful that you can’t take your eyes and ears off it. There is some kind of a mystical feeling in this song, a feeling that very few songs this year can give you. When you match that lovely melody with the lyrics and Ochman’s amazing vocals, you’re reaching to near perfection. This song really touches you and it feels so good. Its sophisticated production and Ochman’s voice are taking you to the most beautiful river you’ve ever been to.
Antranig: Let me make one thing clear – Ochman is a fantastic performer. Unfortunately, “River” does nothing for me. It almost feels too meticulous, as though every moment was carefully calculated. In doing so, parts of it don’t feel particularly genuine. “River” should take Poland back to the grand final, which will be a step up from recent history. However, this song misses a wow factor or a big moment to stand out. For me, it ends up being average and unspectacular.
Poland 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 3 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.34/10
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