She’s a hot favourite to win not just the Polish national final, but Eurovision itself. But when Margaret gave the first live performance of her entry “Cool Me Down” on Polish television, fans were disappointed as Margaret struggled to deliver the energy and attitude of the studio version.
Margaret gave the live performance on the Polish show Swiat sie kreci, which has been featuring daily performances from the nine finalists of Krajowe Eliminacje 2016.
When Margaret took to the stage, her vocals did not sound strong, with the performance noticeably lacking the energy of the studio version. At times Margaret sounded flat, and the prerecorded backing vocals often dominated the performance.
So is it all over for Poland’s It Girl? Supporters are noting that a television studio isn’t necessarily the best setting for a live singing performance, and there were obviously some issues with the sound mix.
A fan’s video shot in the studio gives an idea of what the performance sounded like without the loud backing vocals — Margaret sounds better, but she still lacks the energy of the studio version.
Margaret is also reportedly getting over a cold, which may have affected the tone of her voice. There’s even a conspiracy theory speculating that her performance was sabotaged to ensure she didn’t win the national final.
But as fans are keen to point out, in the past Margaret has proven more than capable of delivering good live vocals, though she doesn’t normally perform songs with the intense energy of “Cool Me Down”.
Last week the popularity of “Cool Me Down” saw Poland overtake Russia as the bookies’ favourite to win Eurovision. While Poland is still in the top spot, it remains to be seen whether Margaret’s disappointing live performance will affect the odds.
We’ll soon see if Margaret can win Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 – the national final will be held next Saturday, March 5. Wiwibloggs will have full coverage.
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