Cool us down please, because Poland just put on one of the fiercest national finals of the entire year – and dropped one of the biggest surprises in the process. We went in to Krajowe Eliminacje with high expectations and an expectation that Margaret would slay the pack. But after all nine songs had been performed, it was Michal Szpak with “Color of Your Life” who won the ticket to Stockholm.

Watch: Michal Szpak — “Color of Your Life”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txL8BYydmDM

Check out the Color of Your Life lyrics here

Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 Result

1. Michal Szpak — “Color of Your Life” 35%
2. Margaret – “Cool Me Down” 24%
3. Edyta Gorniak – “Grateful” 18%

The final was widely expected to be a close contest between Margaret and Edyta Gorniak. The bookmakers, meanwhile, had already placed their bets on Margaret being victorious with “Cool Me Down”. In the end though, both ended up runners up to Michal!

Poland are currently sitting high at the top of the odds tables, having climbed ahead of Russia in late February. Obviously, with Michal now as winner, it will be interesting to see what happens to the odds in the coming days.

The decision ultimately came down to a 100% public vote. Before the contest, it was confirmed that whilst the public could vote as many times as they wanted, only the first vote would ultimately count towards crowning the winner. All other votes would then go to awarding a secondary prize. This was used to avoid the chance of any act rigging the televote by mass voting — a smart move perhaps by TVP.

https://youtu.be/9cDxkoKSg-M

Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 Running Order

1. Taraka — “In the Rain”
2. NAPOLI — “My Universe”
3. Natalia Szroeder — “Lustra”
4. Dorota Osinska — “Universal”
5. Kasia Mos — “Addiction”
6. Ola Gintrowska — “Missing”
7. Michal Szpak — “Color of Your Life”
8. Margaret — “Cool Me Down”
9. Edyta Gorniak — “Grateful”

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Cam
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Cam

It’s a really great song, first time im voting for Poland both today and on saturday!

danpito
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danpito

>>>simply fabulous!

Mandy
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Mandy

I would like to understand why Europe rejects Polish choice. From what I read, there was a great expectation on Margareth, which, in fact, meets the taste of the common euro-fan. Now, an expectation becomes a reality is something totally different. I could hear both versions; the album version and the “live” one (before YouTube blocked NF show’s audio… why no one asks about such blocking, huh ???): the difference is abysmal. She does not have good live performance. And to be honest, not good singer she is. I’m sorry to say this. I must recall that Polish final was… Read more »

Dominik
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Dominik

I’m so angry that Margaret hasn’t won. I think Poles have forgotten what Eurovision SONG Contest means. They thought it’s something like The Voice so they have to choose the best one. Of course, Michal’s live performance was better than Margaret’s, but his song doesn’t have a chance to reach the top 10 in the final. It will be a miracle if Poland qualifies to the final at all…

miroos
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miroos

We love Michal Szpak’s song and his voice. It is much better then this plastic and atrificial product like Margaret is. Even if we don’t win… we are proud of him. Listen to the words his song.

WTF
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WTF

@emre: I think you and the deluded petition bunch should stop lying to yourselves…

emre
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emre

I think Poland will send Margaret instead of Spazk.

MGR
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MGR

Most people still do not have their favorites. A large number of comments under articles with Michal Szpak on wiwibloggs and eurovision.tv can help him.

J4M
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J4M

Maybe the Czech Republic should scrap what they’re doing and internally select Margaret… At least they’ll see their first final!

manu
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manu

Eurovision is a songs contest not is The voice, Poland forget this.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

HEY!! What’d I miss? Was it really that bad for Poland to drop like an anvil from the top of the bookies’ board (BetFair)? When I read that Margaret had a lousy live performance a week or two before this contest, I knew there was trouble ahead, and that Edyta would have to win this thing to keep Poland from falling out of the top 10.

David Who
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David Who

Has anyone else mentioned Kasia Mos? I thought she was stunning as well, and could be a future winner of ESC with the right song! Well done, Kasia; you have at least one fan here. 🙂

Gosia
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Gosia

What are you with the Margret not coped at a live performance. Michal Szpak it the best. He has a wonderful voice.

MGR
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MGR

Trzeba bylo sfalszowac wyniki. Takie proste rozwiazanie.

Bhrister Cjorkman
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Bhrister Cjorkman

Good vocals. The song, not so much.

Bastian
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Bastian

Even if you have millions of signed petitions…Margaret will not go to eurovision. Michal will and will show you all he will qualify and get a decent result for Poland.

Zuzanna
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Zuzanna
John
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John

Poles are morons! They rejected the best song! (Cool Me Down – MARGARET!!!!!!!)

Huh
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Huh

Davve: You need to get off your high horse because I don’t think you understand my point here at all. If you were pointing at my first comment, then let me say that I wasn’t forcing others to adjust from Margaret’s defeat, hence why I said “I hope” on the sentence. Also, are you disregarding my right to have the same amount of freedom of speech then? From what you are saying here, I did not know that freedom of speech in Europe could entitle Europeans to make comments like demanding someone (like ESC and their rules) to focus on… Read more »

emre
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emre

There’s still chance for Poland and Margaret. Okay, Szpak won but please send MARGARET instead of Szpak!! LETS MAKE AN ACTION!! Poland, if you go with MARGARET you will WIN. If you send szpak, 20th place..

HANYS
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HANYS

Polacy to mistrzowie! Zawsze wiedza, jak w ciagu kilku godzin zyebac sie ze szczytowej szansy na same dno! Brawo! Ps. A moglo byc tak pieknie… MARGARET – I TAK JESTES WIELKA!

Robert
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Robert

Edyta was by far the best ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkcw9TqSJpA

Nicky91
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Nicky91

Poland won’t qualify, awful entry

it’s rigged this year to let Douwe Bob win

Peter
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Peter

Ok, still in shock from yesterdays announcement! No Micha? Szpak is not the best representative in any measure to send to Eurovision in comparison to Margaret! I don’t buy any comment saying she was out of tune in any way, I saw it myself and Margaret sang it well! Yes, Michal sang very well, but his act as a whole is not the better for Eurovision. And all comments about everyone voting for Margaret just for her looks are so silly, yes she looks good, but it’s the song that really stands out and she would’ve brought it big time… Read more »

davve
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davve

Why didnt TVP just internally select either Margaret och Edyta.. that would have been a much better solution.

MGR
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MGR

Margaret was favorite yesterday, but today she is lost for many people and much more doubtful. Even if Michal Szpak will be cancelled, Margaret will not have the same hype as she could have if she won yesterday. Defeat is defeat.

Yens
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Yens

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Where is MARGARET??? Disgrace! In Poland, the rigged the results!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MGR
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MGR

Simple things are rational things, complicated things are irrational things!

MGR
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MGR

Why Eurovision is dead? Because now it is too complicated! “Experts” ruined it, because they are not in fact experts of Eurovision Song Contest, but they are experts of bad complications.

MGR
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MGR

Please kids, do you really have not homework to school? You need some discipline.

MGR
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MGR

Better mensuration of choruses + visual refinement = hit for top 10 in ESC 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Michal Szpak!

MGR
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MGR

You are so dumb pokemons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Margaret was bad and her entry was not possible to refine for stage in Stockholm!!!!!!!!!!!!! With Michal Szpak Poland still has chance for top 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Szymi
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Szymi

POLISH PEOPLE ARE DUMB IM ASHAMED OF MY OWN COUNTRY!

marie
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marie

He wins easily !
Margaret was far away and Edyta more!

beccaboo1212
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! WHYYYYYYYYY?!?!? 🙁

Laburnum
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Laburnum

*I’m not signing

Laburnum
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Laburnum

Actually watching him again, I found him really shouty. So I am once again for Margaret 100% but I’m signing the petition. It’s been done before and it just doesn’t work. 🙁

ct_greece
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ct_greece

I think the polish public definitely went for the best singer of the night. Personally I thought Margaret had the best overall package (even with a lot of help from her backing vocalists), but it’s clear she doesn’t have the personality to pull this off and she is no ESC winning material. Not at all impressed with Edyta’s performance last night either. At least, we had Estonia choosing a real class act yesterday. I can’t believe a guy as young as him is such a mature singer and performer. Well done Estonia for a second year in a row! My… Read more »

MadeInPoland
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MadeInPoland

I’m sorry but this isn’t going to win. Szpak’s song is like listening ballads in early 90. Outdated, tired, and very bad English. Nothing can cool me down.

fikri
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fikri

urgh why does everyone send their second/third best to eurovision?! UK, denmark, finland and now poland! *smh*

his voice is great… sounds a little like marc anthony. the song, however, is so boring. crossing my finger that they will come to their senses in the coming days and let him change his song. 🙁

Alvin Sebetero
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Alvin Sebetero

This song is so sweet and very romantic.
Plus, it sounds better live. A very deserving victory.

Jeeeheee
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Jeeeheee
sonic0201
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sonic0201

Actually I’m a bit dissapointed, because I wanted to see Margaret preform in Stockholm, just to see her finishing between 10-20, or not even making the grand final. Now polish trolls will say forever that they produced a ESC winner, but they were just too dumb to select her to represent Poland, and it was rigged, etc etc

sg
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sg

Margaret is better. I’m crying so hard.

marie
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marie

MIchal’s voice is very impressive!
For me it’s not a surprise.The polish chose the best live.
And the best live was undoubtedly Michal Szpak.

Adam87
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Adam87

People! Cut it out, he was the best in the terms of singing yesterday. It wasn’t a day of edyta or margaret but micha?’s. Margaret would never succed live with that song in Stockholm big stage. I think she’s inmature for eurovision, in the question of artistry. And i want to answer some utter thoughts, yes poland is quite conservative, but it was a miracle that Szpak won because he always portrays himself as a queer. And i’m very fine with that. And Margaret too scandalous? She hates colored people so she would be great for our “conservative” society.

ESC 4ever
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ESC 4ever

No !!!
Margaret 🙁
My new top 30:
1-Spain (Go for gold <3)
2-France
3-Iceland
4-Armenia
5-Latvia
6-Germany
7-Russia
8-Switzerland
9-Belgium (Really high chance now…)
10-Ukraine
11-Denmark
12-Cyprus
13-Norway
14-Italy
15-Hungary
16-Finland
17-Austria
18-Ireland
19-Malta
20-The Netherlands
21-UK
22-Israel
23-Poland
24-Slovenia
25-Moldova
26-Albania
27-Bosnia & Herzegovina
28-Belarus
29-Montenegro
30-Georgia

@EugeneESCUK
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Edyta had the song and the voice, and WAS the choice on the night. The vocals in the last 30 seconds showed the rest how to do it. The crowd reaction was the best of the night and that was the clue. Margaret was a bit like Barei; the studio recording excites you and makes you want to listen and keeps you really interested, the live not so much. The right song, but the wrong singer. The ESC juries would not have liked that performance and Margaret just does not have the personality to carry that song off live even… Read more »