Poland’s TVP has today confirmed that it will sing at Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm. They will reveal precisely how they plan to choose their act by the end of February. An internal selection seems like a wise choice. Following years of poor results, they have managed to make the grand final twice in a row, owing to thoughtful internal selections. From outlandish performances heavy on the boobs and butter churning to touching personal stories of overcoming trauma, Poland’s past two acts have taken us from tawdry to touching. We won’t even try to guess what they’ll do this year! We will, however, suggest that they consider the following three artists.
Potential artists for Poland
Back in August, wiwiblogger Jason was dreaming of Poland sending Sarsa to Stockholm. Here’s what he wrote:
“Apart from its 1994 debut with the fantastic ‘To nie ja‘, Poland hasn’t exactly dominated Eurovision. Only two of its eighteen entries have made the top ten and six have failed to qualify. Boo! But as always, I have another amazing suggestion (*cough* Sylwia Grzeszczak, Michal Szpak) for TVP, the Polish broadcaster. Could I make it any easier? Marta Markiewicz – aka Sarsa – is a singer/songwriter best known for her participation on season five of the Voice of Poland. Unfortunately, she was forced to withdraw just two weeks before the final due to health reasons. This year Sarsa smashed back onto the music scene with the single ‘Naucz mnie (Teach Me)’ which stayed at number one on the Polish airplay chart for six weeks and boasts over 23 million views on YouTube. It’s blindingly obvious that this girl is bursting with creativity, just check out the funky video for her newest single ‘Indiana‘ (somebody please think of the goldfish!). Poland needs to bring something totally fresh and unexpected to Stockholm. Sarsa is the perfect choice! Is it too early to think Warszawa 2017?”
A year earlier, we were dreaming of Sylwia Grzeszczak. Here’s what we wrote at the time (in the aftermath of Eurovision 2014).
“Poland fully utilised its best (ahem) assets this year and achieved one of its best ever results. So what next? We know that Doda, the fan favourite, would undoubtedly impress on the Eurovision stage with a seXXXed-up powerhouse performance. However, if it wants to secure its first win, Poland should change direction, in order to keep things fresh and interesting. Step forward Sylwia Grzeszczak, the talented singer-songwriter who placed second (behind Doda) in a poll over at Dziennik Eurowizynj, which asked Polish Eurovision fans to choose their ideal entry. Sylwia just missed out on the finals of the fourth series of Idol at the tender age of 15, but it was her collaboration on the album ‘Ona i On (She and He)’ with the rapper Liber in 2008 that launched her career. Six years on and four Polish number ones under her belt, her popularity hasn’t waned. With a sound somewhere between Sara Bareilles and Christina Perri, it’s not hard to imagine Sylwia storming to victory for Poland with a raw, stirring ballad.”
Update: Sylwia is currently pregnant. But that didn’t stop Trijntje. And how touching and inspiring would it be for a pregnant singer to take that stage and werk it vocally while werking her pregnancy?
And let us not forget dear Edyta, Poland’s first Eurovision contestant who also happens to have its best result. Among the annual traditions of Eurofans is speculating whether Górniak will return to Eurovision. Speculation was hotting up last Spring and, as we eventually learned, it wasn’t baseless. Górniak posted a message on Facebook that said she wanted to return to the contest in 2015 because she had the perfect song. She approached TVP, but unfortunately her people “came back…with the information that TVP’s artistic directors had someone else [Monika]…I wanted to give you a beautiful surprise in this special year, but will have to do that in another.” Could it be in 2016?