Fresh from his victory at the Opole Song Festival – where he beat Donatan and veteran singer Maryla Rodowicz – Michal Szpak (my pick for wiwivision!) has revealed that he wants to sing for Poland at Eurovision 2016:
“I would like to take part in Eurovision, to go up against other European artists and present the entry which I believe will leave a big emotional mark on the competition.”
But who is Michal Szpak I hear you ask? And more importantly, how is he so fab and so glam?
Michal first came to attention on the first series of Polish X Factor in 2011, where he divided public opinion due to his glamorous, androgynous appearance. He ultimately finished as runner-up. Watch him do his thing with Alexandra Burke in the final:
He released his debut album that same year and has been touring ever since. His recent success at the Opole Song Festival came as a bit of a surprise to the singer, who admitted that he was a somewhat “controversial” winner, as not everyone agrees with how he looks and what he represents. In fact, some sort of “unpleasant confrontation” took place directly after the contest, although Michal has remained gracious and refused to elaborate. Instead, he focuses on keeping positive by expressing himself artistically through styling and music. Rise above sister!
Michal’s festival winning song, “Real Hero (Jestes Bohaterem)”, was seen as a good potential entry for this year’s contest (see!), although as you guys know, the honour went to “In the Name of Love” by Monika Kuszynska. Michal admitted that he is a fan of Latvia’s Aminata Savadogo (who isn’t?) and that her creative performance this year convinced him that he would love to do the same for his country.
Poland has really mixed it up since its return to Eurovision, so why not go for the super creative Michal Szpak for 2016? What do you think, can Michal and his amazing hair claim Poland’s first win?