As Poland mourns the death of its president Lech Kacynski and nearly 100 members of its political and military elite, Eurovision officials have decided to delay a number of Eurovision events.
Marcin Mrozsinski, the country’s Eurovision representative, was meant to release the new version of his entry Legenda yesterday. In light of Poland’s national tragedy, Marcin postponed the release, canceled a performance in the Netherlands and issued the following statement:
It was supposed to be a happy day. I wanted to show off a new version of my song. Unfortunately, in the morning I learned about one of the most tragic events in the history of my homeland. The plane crash killed the President of Poland and many honest people who were going to Katyn. In these circumstances, it remains for me nothing other than regret, sympathy and condolences to the relatives of the victims.
I refrain from publishing the songs in the coming week and cancel my trip to Amsterdam.
I hope for your understanding.
Additionally, Eurovision has confirmed that the Flash Mob Dance, which was scheduled to take place in Vilnius on April 12, has been postponed to show solidarity with Warsaw. According to the official Eurovision Song Contest Facebook page:
Due to yesterday’s tragic accident we are mourning together with the people of Poland. The flashmob that was supposed to take place on Monday has been postponed. The organisers will come back with more info as soon as possible.
Wiwi sends his condolences and deepest sympathy to the Polish people, especially the friends and family of the 96 people who died. Music brings joy to so many people. Wiwi hopes that Marcin and Eurovision can offer Poland comfort as it heals itself in the coming months.