During semi final 2 last night, Poland’s Monika Kuszynska delivered a stunning performance of her song “In the Name of Love”. Built around Monika’s moving backstory, it’s an anthem of perseverance. As a 59-year-old American male, I’m perhaps not the typical Eurovision voter. But in my opinion Poland is right up there with Russia and Armenia.
It’s a brilliant song and she has an incredible voice. The tasteful staging — which flashes back to Monika’s life before her car accident — isn’t over-the-top, nor does it overemphasize her wheelchair. From that chair she delivers the song in a way that transcends her handicap.
Monika Kuzsynzka Emotional at Semi Final 2 Press Conference
At the semi final 2 press conference I asked her if she thinks her accident has made her a better artist. She replied:
“I feel like I have something to say. I think it’s deeper than it used to be, and I have some message to put in my songs and my whole career. It’s amazing, actually. It’s a good part of what happened. Sometimes we can only see the dark side but there are many beautiful things that go with this terrible event, so I always look at the bright side.”
Monika’s uplifting song plays on your emotions in a wondrous way, filling you with joy as it celebrates the power of love. This is not a song of loss or limitations, it’s a positive upbeat song celebrating life.
The audience inside Weiner Stadthalle really got behind her. Most of the people around me said that while it’s not going to do well, they loved it. I think she’ll get a lot more votes than anyone’s expecting. Possibly enough that we’ll be in Warsaw next year. Her performance is that powerful.
What do you all think? Will you be giving her some votes? Will we be in Poland next year?
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