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”
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.
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”