Poland: Edyta Górniak says new single is “too good for Eurovision”…as Isabell Otrebus confirms national final submission


It’s the country that has managed to turn their Eurovision fortunes around in recent years. Now Poland is aiming for a fifth consecutive grand final qualification in Lisbon next year.

But first, they have the task of choosing their representative. And while few details have been released by TVP about Krajowe Eliminacje 2018 (probably owing to their focus on Junior Eurovision), a few artists have recently commented on their possible participation.

Edyta Górniak

Having had the honour of being Poland’s very first representative at Eurovision, where she placed second in 1994, many fans would love to see Edyta Górniak return to the contest and bring Poland back to the top of the scoreboard.

Placing third in Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 with “Grateful”, it seems that she still has the desire to return to the contest and do one better than her 1994 entry.

So when Edyta released her new single “Andromeda” — a modern pop song with tribal percussion backing — at the end of November, questions immediately began to surface about whether she would consider entering it into the 2018 national final.

Dealing with the topic of living your life without caring about one’s age, she sings: “In spite of years, the spirit is young / I let it carry me”. She goes on: “Be who you want / the spirit of mine, please fly / spread freedom / the spirit of mine, please fly”.

The song certainly has a Eurovision-orientated team behind it, with Poland’s 2014 representatives Donatan (credited as DON) and Cleo behind the music/production and lyrics respectively. And although the official audio is four minutes long, Edyta recently performed a three-minute version on The Voice of Poland, signalling that she already has a shorter cut ready to go.

Unfortunately, in an interview with eska.pl after her performance, when asked if she would submit “Andromeda” to Krajowe Eliminacje 2018, the Polish star kept her answer short and sweet: “It is too good for Eurovision”.

Fans may wonder why, if Edyta believes the song is so good, she wouldn’t take the opportunity to compete with the song, and give herself the best opportunity to win the national final. However, we can only hope she has other songs lined up for submission, if not in 2018, then in the near future.

Isabell Otrebus

However, one artist we know will be submitting an entry for Krajowe Eliminacje 2018 is Swedish-Polish singer Isabell Otrebus.

Isabell finished fouth in the 2017 national final with the Fredrik Kempe-penned “Voiceless”. It came in second with the jury, behind eventual overall winner Kasia Mos.

Obviously still keen to represent the country of her parents at Eurovision, Isabell wrote on Facebook:

I get a lot of questions about if I will be sending in a song for the Polish preselections to Eurovision 2018. The answer is YES I will! Stay tuned!

With Isabell living in Stockholm and signed to Warner Music Sweden, it is likely that her entry will be another Swedish-written song. But hey, if she manages to win Poland’s ticket to Lisbon and if Margaret is able to win Melodifestivalen 2018, then we may have a Swedish-Polish cultural exchange on our hands.

Isabell’s confirmation takes it one step further than Poland’s Eurovision 2009 representative Lidia Kopania, who states she is considering a return to the contest and entering a song into the 2018 national selection. Meanwhile, rumours are hotting up that 2016 representative Michal Szpak may also make a return to Poland’s national final with the three-minute long “Don’t Poison Your Heart”.

Who do you want to see compete in Krajowe Eliminacje 2018? Do you think Edyta is right to claim “Andromeda” is too good for Eurovision? And are you excited about possibly seeing Isabell back in the national final? Let us know all your thoughts in the comment section below!

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