Poland is finally returning power to the people! Today the director of TVP1, Jan Pawlicki, has confirmed via his Twitter account that on March 5 Poland will hold its first national final since 2011.
Koniec z kapturowymi s?dami:) Niech widzowie zdecyduj? kto wyst?pi w konkursie Eurowizji. 5 marca TVP1 zorganizuje koncert eliminacyjny #TVP
— Jan Pawlicki (@Jan_Pawlicki) January 26, 2016
“The end with ‘hood councils’:) Let the viewers decide who will perform at the Eurovision Contest on March 5th. TVP1 will organize qualifying concert #TVP”
Whilst information on the format of the show and the artists competing is yet to be released, recent speculation within Polish media has brought some singers to our attention.
Back in December we wrote about the long locked singer, Michal Szpak, and his undying will to represent his country at Eurovision. Polish media claimed that he had two songs in the running – “Such is Life” and “The Colour of Life”. Could we be seeing one of these ballads in Stockholm?
After news on Saturday that Donatan had ‘spilt the beans’ about Cleo being TVP’s choice, he’s now chucking those beans all over the floor. This morning he posted on his official Facebook page more information on Cleo’s ‘confirmed’ Eurovision entry.
“You’ll know Cleo’s Eurovision song in February! It will be something special – I think Europe needs something firm and honest like that now! And meanwhile I recommend: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mG5XNhtrok”
Whilst Donatan is known for stirring the pot, the interesting thing is that neither TVP nor Cleo herself have denied Donatan’s words. He uses the words “special,” “firm” and “honest” to describe her ‘selected’ song – indicating that Cleo will be swapping breast implants and milk churners for a piano as she tackles something a bit more serious. He then recommended that we listen to her latest single “Zabiore nas”.
The song is a minimalistic R&B ballad and, coincidently, the song was released after the Eurovision cut-off line. Are we listening to this year’s Polish entry? The song clocks in at 3:31 – a good thirty seconds over the 3 minute limit for Eurovision entries. That said, we’ve seen countless entries cut down and reformed to fit the Eurovision guidelines over the years – Donatan & Cleo’s entry included.
Then we have folk-pop singer, Stashka. A few weeks she posted on her official Facebook page that she had a song ready to send to TVP.
“This song brought me success in an international competition [Baltic Song Contest 2014].. I wonder what happens now. This topic is behind me and Eurovision fans say, ask and cheer.. I volunteered. I will tell You later which song I proposed. You will know soon if I get it (opportunity to represent) or not.”
She went on to comment the song is “in English”, “happy” and “full of energy” – a stark contrast to Poland’s previous entry which fell flat in the grand final. After winning the Baltic Song Contest in 2014 with the upbeat pop-folk number “Chce kochac,” could Stashka transfer her victory to an even larger stage?
What do you think? Do you want any of these artists in the Polish national final?