The Xtra Files: We Review Poland’s ‘Flashlight’ by Kasia Moś!

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at escXtra think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Poland.

Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start in May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an escXtra leaderboard of the entries! You can see our preview reviews here.
Today, it is the turn of the Polish entry, ‘Flashlight’ by Kasia Moś, to be reviewed by Dimitris, Luke, Matteo, Nick, Simon, and Sophie. Let’s get started!

The Reviews


This song just has everything. It’s a really great power ballad, Kasia can sing live. Poland might be among my favourite countries in the contest and this song just adds one more amazing song from them.


Flashlight feels super aggressive, and yet not powerful at all. The lyrics make next to no sense, so I’ve no idea what the message of this song is supposed to be. “Bringing down your eyes in the sky”? Oh damn, did my eyes fly off again? I wish somebody would turn the flashlight off and make Kasia disappear.


I don’t understand the song. It sounds almost good and then it never goes anywhere.


When listening to Poland, I like it. But afterwards, I don’t remember it. It’s forgettable in the studio version and I really have no idea what Kasia wants. Guess it’s dark, she needs a flashlight. Well, Kasia, you can keep it in the dark for all I care. The vocals lift this to a 6/10, but that’s it. Oh and let us please give a bit of attention to the lyrics. Kasia has decided to go for capital punishment. She has used the ‘fire-desire’ rhyme. Someone had to do it.


Eurovision needs a good shouty mess, and Kasia obliges. Plenty emotion, rather less melody.


The dark atmosphere of the song is kind of hypnotising. This even helps me to ignore the pointless lyrics. Despite failing to understand why Kasia has to be naked throughout the whole video, I can somehow enjoy listening to ‘Flashlight’.


Dimitris 10 Rodrigo 4
Hlynur 3 Ryan 6
Katarina 3.5 Sagheer 8.5
Luke 1.5 Simon 3
Matteo 6 Sophie 6
Nathan 5 Wivian 3
Nick 6.5 Yassia 7

When we remove the top score of 10 and the lowest score of 1.5, the average score for Poland is 5.13.
(Removing the top score and the lowest score helps to make the average score more reliable and less affected by outliers.)


Poland reaches 28th place in our leaderboard with a score of 5.13.

  1. France – 9.04
  2. Italy – 9.03
  3. Azerbaijan – 8.00
  4. Sweden – 7.77
  5. Belarus – 7.75
  6. Iceland – 7.46
  7. Australia – 7.25
  8. Israel – 7.21
  9. Serbia – 7.08
  10. Estonia – 7.07
  11. Switzerland – 6.96
  12. Denmark – 6.83
  13. Armenia – 6.80
  14. Portugal – 6.79
  15. Hungary – 6.79
  16. Germany – 6.59
  17. Austria – 6.58
  18. Moldova – 6.58
  19. Greece – 6.54
  20. Norway – 6.33
  21. Latvia – 6.25
  22. Czech Republic – 6.25
  23. United Kingdom – 6.00
  24. Finland – 5.71
  25. Ireland – 5.54
  26. The Netherlands – 5.33
  27. Albania – 5.21
  28. Poland – 5.13
  29. Ukraine – 5.13
  30. Malta – 4.25
  31. San Marino – 3.92
  32. Georgia – 3.91
  33. Montenegro – 3.33
  34. Croatia – 2.71
  35. Slovenia – 2.13

Tomorrow, we will review Romania.
Do you agree with our reviews of the Poland? What are your thoughts on Kasia Moś’s ‘Flashlight’? Let us know in the comments!

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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