The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review Poland, who have chosen Blanka with “Solo”.
Were we riding solo in our opinions of the song? Read on to find out!
Blanka – “Solo” (Poland Eurovision 2023)
Review: Blanka – “Solo”
Ruxandra: The song itself is not bad, even if it’s a bit generic. I prefer songs that are deeper in terms of lyrics, but I usually enjoy most of these radio songs with a message of confidence. The problem is that the performance is not convincing me at all. Improvements could be made with the vocals, but also I think this is the kind of song that should be performed with an attitude, and I don’t feel it. This one should be a confidence booster, but each performance I’ve seen says nothing to me. And it’s not because of the reactions after their national final because this problem was present even before. I am sure that some improvements could be made.
Tom: Now, I may have overscored my beloved Polska a tad here. But I think it would be very easy for me to destroy Blanka because I was so disappointed that Jann didn’t qualify. However, objectively speaking, “Solo” is a fun, easy to listen to, pop song. I will say I enjoy the studio version more than live – Blanka really needs to clean her vocals up. If she works on the voice and reduces some of the dancing to help with her breathing (because I can see her struggling) then she may even qualify. Poland is in the so called ‘weaker’ semi, so it could sneak in to the final. Just keep it simple Blanka!
Dayana: Solo is my guilty pleasure this season. A perfect summer song, which honestly reminds me of too many pop tracks, but hey – can one have too many happy and carefree tracks on the summer playlist? It’s cute, catchy and slightly amateurish – which actually gives the entry its own charm. I really liked the staging in the Polish national final and hopefully they’ll keep it in the same style!
Oliver: Blanka delivers a respectable summertime hit with “Solo”, deserving of moderate chart success. But at Eurovision, this performance commits a cardinal sin. It’s forgettable. Cookie-cutter choreography and uninspired melodies leave the song feeling stale. To have any kind of impression on the viewers at home, this needs a huge pump of adrenaline. Stick a thumping beat behind it and up the tempo a notch and Poland could turn this otherwise unremarkable sound into a fun Euroclub classic, but success in Liverpool looks unlikely.
Samuel: From the moment she was selected, Blanka has faced the worst onslaught of any artist this year, and it has been completely unjustified. “Solo” is an undeniably catchy song, and Blanka has consistently improved her performance. There’s nothing special about “Solo”, but Blanka is deserving of moderate success and a lot more kindness.
Poland Eurovision 2023 ranking
In the Eurovision 2023 Wiwi Jury, we have 20 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 2 and a high of 7.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 4.81/10
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