TVP, Poland’s state broadcaster, has confirmed that Donatan and Cleo will sing for the nation at Eurovision 2014!
Apparently the excitement was too much for the broadcaster to bear. Earlier this morning they announced that they would make the announcement this evening at 18:30 CET. But as all y’all clicked on their web site and chanted “My Slowianie” they decided to make the announcement official. Here’s what they said.
Television Poland has made this choice based on the verdict of a specially appointed committee that included renowned journalists and musical experts. Important advisers included fans of the competition in Poland, abundant correspondence received by the TVP and people who sent in their analysis and proposals, as well as the Association of OGAE Poland (“Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l’Eurovision, bringing together a group of fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, which operates in 37 countries). According to most experts and fans, the Polish representative should present a song that is modern and fresh, and which refers to the nation and its musical roots.
The broadcaster says it must trim 10 seconds off of the song before Eurovision, and that it may rework the lyrics to create an English-Polish hybrid. This follows the release of “My Slowianie” in Polish earlier in the year, and the release of the English-language version “Slavic Girls” / “We the Slavs” a few weeks ago.
The broadcaster is clearly aware that some people will roll their eyes and say WTF? The English language version of the song features lyrics like, “Cream and butter taste so good…our beauty is famous all over the world, you gotta see it for yourself…”
So, in today’s announcement, they quote cultural critic Dr. Krzysztof Moraczewski, who defended the song in these terms: “It is a really smart parody. And if anyone takes it seriously, it’s even better, funnier.”
What do you think? Is this going to go down like Montenegro 2013?
Here’s the Polish version:
And here’s the English version (it’s dubbed over the video above):
TVP will still host a live show this evening at 18:30 CET. We can’t wait to hear what Donatan and Cleo have to say!