Despite all its effort, ol’ Poland has remained inactive and has decided to take a break from the beglittered spectacle that is the Eurovision Song Contest. For me that’s annoying: As the grandson of a Pole, I was always able to support the Queen of the Baltics instead of having to bear the pain of the UK entry.
The last time we heard from Warsaw was when we popped over to Düsseldorf. Magdalena Tul sang “Jestem” (I am), a dancey-type track, which unfortunately slumped in its semi-final due to poor vocals at the beginning and reports of disruptions in the broadcast. A shame, I guess you could say. For those old enough to remember, Poland has had a couple of good turnouts. The year prior to my own birth, the Poles debuted with “To Nie Ja!” (It wasn’t me!) which was performed by the fantabulous Edyta Gorniak; it came 2nd with 166 points, or, if you can speak the lingo (I can’t, sadly): sto szescdziesiat szesc. (Gesundheit – I can speak German. I guess that counts.)
2011: Magdalena Tul with ‘Jestem‘, DNQ
2010: Marcin Mrozinski with ‘Legenda‘, DNQ
2009: Lidia Kopania with ‘I don’t wanna leave‘, DNQ
2008: Isis Gee with ‘For life’, 24th place with 14 Points
Finals Qualified For: 2008, 2004
How many times did Magdalena say the word ‘Jestem’? – 11 (felt like more, oddly)
What will Lidia never say? – ‘Goodbye’
Number of times Ich Troje represented Poland – 2
Best friends at voting – Germany and Ukraine
BEST SCORING ENTRY:
Edyta Gorniak with ‘To Nie Ja!”, 2nd Place with 166 Points
I feel like I’m repeating myself, but it’s Edyta with her lovely belter (no double entendre intended):
Let’s have a little time to reflect on how proud the Polish viewers must have felt to see their first entry do so well! Whilst I am apprehensive to do the Wiwi-esque thing and say ‘you go girl’, I just love the attitude she gives off in her performance. It doesn’t surprise me that she is still loved today by the Polish Eurovision cohort. D’ya think she’ll ever come back? I hope so.
Most Memorable Lyrics: “I’m born to love me” Aww, and we’re born to love YOU!
WORST SCORING ENTRY:
Magdalena Tul with ‘Jestem’, DNQ
It’s ‘Jestem’ – and there’s no point in me having to repeat what I said at the beginning, really. But let’s just have a look:
Being the critic, I just don’t – sorry, I will not – like this entry. The live performance was a shout-fest. And the sexy lap-dance-esque break in the middle – what the hell was that? Fair enough to them though – after many years of no qualification, ‘Jestem’ at least woke us up, but probably not soon enough for us to get the telephone and vote for them.
Nevertheless, you have to congratulate the lovely Polish delegation for preserving some integrity – they sang in Polish. Thank God! In a year where we were swathed in English-language entries, it was a breath of fresh air for many. That being said, I can’t really say that it added anything to the “sexy factor” of the performance.
Bonus: Magda won our search for Eurovision’s Next Top Model 2011.
Most Memorable Lyrics: “I can feel anxiety taking over you, again and again. I’m uncovering you like a pack of cards, little by little” As much as she can make this all very seductive, it appears she could be doing serious damage to the lover in question – does she want him to have a mental breakdown?
What Team Wiwi has to say about Poland at the Contest:
Angus Quinn: “I honestly couldn’t remember any acts other than 2011, but I remember quite enjoying that as a start to Dusseldorf. It’s a shame she didn’t qualify, but Poland should have kept on trying. Withdrawal smacks of defeatism!”
Zach Thomas: “In my opinion Poland has been the most forgettable country; I barely remember any of their songs. I liked their 2008 song, it was pretty, she sang well, and she certainly didn’t deserve joint last with that mess from the U.K.But ‘Legenda’ is utterly forgettable. I forgot how it went 5 minutes after I listened to it: he left zero impression.”
David Thielen: “I loved Isis Gee. Great song and she’s beautiful.”
Wiwi: “My vote for worst is Lidia Kopaniawhomever. Hated. It.”
Very straight-forward responses, it appears. Well, if someone gives me the telephone number for TVP, I’m sure we can get Team Wiwi together and show Europe what Eurovision is all about. After all – I can play the trumpet.
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