Eurovision fans in Poland are getting real excited, y’all. That’s because TVP, Poland’s state broadcaster, recently announced their return to Eurovision following a two-year absence. And on December 21 Juliusz Braun, the president of TVP, told TOKFM that Poland would rely on an internal selection to choose its candidate. They’ll name the lucky singer in February.
But readers on wiwibloggs.com want to know RIGHT NOW. So we reached out to Maciej Blazewicz, the editor-in-chief of Polish Eurovision sites Eurowizja.org and Dziennik-Eurowizyjny.blog.pl, to get the scoop. He’s got his nose to the ground and his finger on the pulse of ESC in Poland. Here are seven acts making noise in Warsaw.
Mateusz Ziolko won the third season of The Voice of Poland only a few weeks ago. He won with his own song “How to win”. The Polish rumor mill suggests he is a contender. As Maciej says: “The Voice of Poland was the only talent show aired by TVP in Poland. All other shows were made by private broadcasters.” Going with a contestant from the show would be a good compromise. The broadcaster chooses him, but in a way the public has already chosen him. It’s win-win. Edyta Gorniak, who placed second for Poland at Eurovision 1994, was one of the judges on the show.
Donatan & Cleo
According to Maciej, many fans would like to see the Polish hit “My Slowianie” at Eurovision. Performed by Donatan & Cleo, it’s a mix of folk and hip hop. And it came out after the September 1 Eurovision cut-off date.
Maciej ran a poll on his blog Dziennik-Eurowizyjny and Monika Brodka won. “She was the winner of Pop Idol 3 and makes very nice music,” he says. “Check out her songs ‘Varsovie’ or ‘W Pieciu Smakach’.”
“Of course we would like to see Edyta’s comeback,” Maciej says. “But she said that she will only participate with a very good song. For her participating a second time in Eurovision is very risky, because she already managed to come second in 1994, so now she can only win the contest.”
“Personally, I would like to see Justyna Steczkowska from Eurovision 1995. She is still popular, beautiful and talented. Her music is quite different from normal Polish pop and I’ve heard that she would like to perform at Eurovision again. And she strongly supports gay people.”
Maciej says that Natasza Urbanska is another option. She came third at the 2007 Polish national selection with her song “I Like it Loud”.
“Sylwia Grzeszczak, a popular pop singer, has a similar look to Sandra from Urban Symphony from Estonia.” Well, that’s enough of a reason for us!
Who are you hoping will sing for Poland in Copenhagen?
Willy Lee Adams contributed this report from London. Follow him on Twitter @willyleeadams. You can also keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following wiwibloggs.com on Twitter and Facebook.