William: Poland’s Monika Kuszynska just won me over. Some say this is cheesy and over-the-top, but her second rehearsal was more stirring than cringe-worthy. The pink and white cherry blossoms on her LED screen flap along side white banners, and the 3-D effect really draws you in. The flapping on the screen matches the white satin wing she has on her left arm. Shots pan from Monika in her wheelchair to black and white footage of her before her car accident. She delivers this anthem of perseverance confidently, but with just the right amount of vulnerability. When she says “I want to tell you it’s gonna be better” I believe her.

Poland: Monika Kuszynska’s second rehearsal

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ct
8 years ago

An overdose of pink with drapes hanging in the wind and yet another slow song to finish a semi full of them. I don’t think sympathy votes will be enough for Poland this year.

And my predictions for the second semi in order of appearance

DEFINITE QUALIFIERS: Montenegro, Norway, Czech Republic, Israel, Latvia , Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia

WILL NOT QUALIFY: Lithuania, Ireland, San Marino, Malta, Cyprus, Poland

QUESTION MARK: Portugal, Azerbaijan, Iceland

Ewan
Ewan
8 years ago

Oh thank goodness she nailed the improv parts, and it seems like she’s added some more within the second chorus. It really lifts the song from being too repetitive. I was worried Monika would have trouble like in Riga but she’s got the final chorus down perfectly!

Plus that background is so calm and soothing, fits the nature of the song wonderfully.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
8 years ago

It is still one of my favourite songs but as with Macedonia, I am really worried that they have got this right yet. I hate the staging immensely and vocally, she is not sounding strong enough. I am worried!

Mar
Mar
8 years ago

This is cringe worthy. I love the studio version of the song, but she’s horrible live, and the whole staging looks like a breast cancer awareness advert. Too pink.
It still has a chance of qualifying because of the running order and neighbour/diaspora vote.

Nott
Nott
8 years ago

So much better than the first rehearsal – I really loved Monika’s performance.

Daniel_2015
Daniel_2015
8 years ago

So, William, you basically love all the performances! Oh, wait, except for Portugal…

Lils
Lils
8 years ago

I’m really worried this may struggle to qualify 🙁

bavarson
bavarson
8 years ago

Probably background is too bright and that’s why Poland will not qualify to final (if will not qualify).

Dar
Dar
8 years ago

a total contrast to poland 2014 .. but it just zzzzzzz

wut
wut
8 years ago

thanks for a positive review, William! I know it isn’t a top-notch song, but it’s nice to see somebody actually appreciating the effort, instead of consant bashing, thank you very much. And all the best of luck! What a great woman.

Otna
Otna
8 years ago

She’s so beautiful, really well delivered and I love the kiss at the camera at the end! Go Poland!