Since returning to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, Poland has gone four-for-four when it comes to making the final.

It’s a remarkable turnaround. Following three straight non-qualifications from 2009 until 2011, and two years sitting out in 2012 and 2013, Poland has emerged as a consistent qualifier — even when fielding songs in diverse genres from saccharine balladry to raunchy rap.

Today TVP confirmed that they’ll compete at Eurovision 2018 in Portugal — once again staging a national final. Ahead of that grand spectacle we just have to know: What is your favourite entry since Poland’s 2014 return?

Below you can re-watch each of their performances, and read a positive and negative review from the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals. Then let us know your favourites by voting in our poll.

2014: Donatan and Cleo with “My Slowianie”

Talk about a return! Cleo, who rapped about the physical attributes of Slavic women, parodied stereotypes of Polish culture. As we’ve discussed countless times before, she deliberately sought to portray Poland as a nation stuck in the dark ages, and a place where women have two duties: to be angels in the kitchen and wantons in the bedroom. It was all the more ironic because Poland, one of Eastern Europe’s economic success stories, celebrated its 10th anniversary of EU membership that spring. Whether viewers admired the sophisticated social commentary or simply the voluptuous woman churning butter, this tune climbed all the way to 5th with televoters and ultimately finished in 14th place (with 62 points).

The positive: Welcome back Poland! I’d like to say that I missed them, but honestly, with such lacklustre pre-break showings I barely noticed they were gone. Thankfully, they have returned from their ESC vacation ready to make amends for past sins. On paper “My Slowanie” is a stereotypical Eurovision song – a hand clapping, ethnic flavoured, “message” song sung by a busty blonde. However, Donatan & Cleo invert the formula to produce a feminist call to arms, albeit more in the vein of the Spice Girls than Emily Pankhurst. Some say the juries will crucify this, but can they really ignore over 40 million Youtube views and massive domestic sales? Poland have risen, Lazarus style, from their usual pit of mediocrity and deserve their place in the Grand Final. (Padraig)

The negative: All right. I kind of get it. It’s like a strong, sassy song that makes fun of Polish chauvinism or something. But come on, Eurovision is not the best venue for parody – the performance goes by so fast, people will either take it seriously and be put off, or they’ll just think it’s a joke. And musically this is something that just gets on my nerves – is it singing or whining? And is that really a melody? I might have to make this brash act one of my bathroom breaks. (James L)

2015: Monika Kuszynska with “In The Name of Love”

Monika, a former model who was left paralysed by a tragic car accident, sang the touching ballad “In The Name of Love”. The first singer to compete at Eurovision in a wheelchair, she didn’t shy away from her personal history: she displayed footage of herself from before her accident to make a statement on disability and inclusion. While she had changed physically, she was as talented and lovely as ever. She finished in 23rd place with 10 points — and left with the respect of millions.

The positive: Poland has gone from one end of the spectrum to the other in switching from softcore folk/hip-hop porn to pure white curtains and dresses and ballads. Monika’s voice is very pleasant to me, and that’s the winning aspect of the song. She isn’t striving for high notes that she can’t reach or chirping like a baby chick. She’s a true alto and works that to her full advantage with pleasant, full lower notes, and that is a stark contrast to many of the other girls trying to belt out octaves that aren’t humane to the ears. In summary, Poland’s song needs some improvement to stand out, but Monika’s voice is enough for me to be in love with it. (Sopon)

The negative: Positives first – the sentiments behind “In The Name of Love” are wonderful, and kudos to Monika for trying to become a role model for others. Sadly, good intentions aren’t enough at Eurovision. The song is about as exciting as soggy cardboard and goes nowhere. Some have speculated that this could be catnip for jurors, but will they be able to digest all the syrupy sweetness? (Padraig)

2016: Michal Szpak with “Color of Your Life”

He was the surprise winner of Poland’s national selection in a year when all of Europe was screaming “Margaret!” The Caribbean sounds of her Spotify hit “Cool Me Down” smacked of modernity. Critics said that his song was drab and dated in contrast. No matter. With his long hair and unique swerve on style, Poland’s answer to Conchita Wurst went to Eurovision, did his thing, and placed third with televoters. The jury may have dragged him down, but he still managed 8th place (with 229 points) — Poland’s best result since 2003.

The positive: Every time I listen to this song I like it more and more. The chorus boasts a killer hook – although they could do with spicing up (and modernising) the production, which would benefit hugely from more understated verses. And Michal is possibly the best performer of the whole year – his raw emotion when singing convinces me that the awful lyrics are in fact a masterpiece. With a memorable, gothic performance, this should at least qualify. (Edd)

The negative: I’d shed a tear for Margaret, but Michal is such a drip that Europe’s already at risk of flooding. The man just exudes misery. “Color of Your Life” is already a dirge of immense proportions, but Michal sings it in such a languid manner that it’s difficult to avoid being dragged under. Life is a myriad of colours, fuelled by progression. However — as Michal doesn’t quite sing — “all this stinks”. (Padraig)

2017: Kasia Mos with “Flashlight”

A stunning beauty with a heart of gold, Kasia used her Eurovision 2017 promotion to advocate for animal rights and to raise awareness about dogs in chains. She kept the animal theme going on stage by releasing a flock of digital birds across her LED, which eventually displayed the word “Freedom”. Looking fabulous in a white bandage dress and hitting every note like the pro she is, Kasia finished in 22nd place with 64 points.

The positive: “Flashlight” is varied, textured and deep. Although it lacks immediacy, there’s enough atmosphere and subliminal messaging here to power a grid. Kasia is showing up with a heady mix of activism and flesh. Not many stars can slay this way. (Deban)

The negative: I try to be a positive person, and although I appreciate artists who dare to include deep stories in their songs, I can’t feel the same for those who sing dramatic songs just for the sake of it. That’s exactly what Kasia does. This song is over-the-top and apocalyptic… and what’s the point, really? It’s too pretentious. Also, lyrically it’s a mess. Rhyming “fire”, “desire”, “higher” and “wire” should be illegal. (Luis)

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Joan
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Joan

2016 The Best !

Shanfa Chai
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Shanfa Chai

1. 2017 (Dark, mystical, powerful)
2. 2015 (Beautiful but cliche)
3. 2014 (Not my cup of tea)
4. 2016 (Boring)

Megan
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Megan

My favorite is Michal Szpak. His song touched my heart and I strongly support him in his career.

Christian
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Christian

Never got the hype about Micha?. My personal fave is Kasia but to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the Polish entries.

Daniel
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Daniel

I actually said In the Name of Love

Bozena
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Bozena

Michal Szpak was, is and will by amazing !!!!

Karolina
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Karolina

Micha? najlepszy.

Dana
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Dana

Micha? Szpak 2016r

Dana
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Dana

Micha? Szpak 2016r

Dana
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Dana

Micha? Szpak 2016r

Dana
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Dana

Micha? Szpak 2016r

Dana
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Dana

Micha? Szpak 2016r

Dana
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Dana

Micha? Szpak 2016r

Dana
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Dana

Micha? Szpak 2016r

Chatrinne
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Chatrinne

Definitely Michal Szpak …. Delighted, dazzled by singing and all his person !!! It provides strong emotions and such elation as no one else! It is amazing, unusual, unique !!! MASTER !!!

Joude
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Joude

My favorite is Michal Szpak. I like his wonderful voice, and the COYL song has a hidden message to think of

Ana
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Ana

2016 Michal Szpak

Joe
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Joe

None.

Ewa
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Ewa

My favorite is Micha? Szpak 2016

AngieP
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AngieP

2014: I get the feeling of the song and what is about, but honestly,I never liked it.
2015: Beautiful, but maybe too cliche for Eurovision. Love, love and love everywhere. Nice try though.
2016: My favourite in this list. I don’t love it, but I like it and the chorus sticks in your head. Beautiful.
2017: When Kasia won the NF I went crazy, because at the time I loved that song. When the rehearsals started and as the time went by, my enthusiasm disappeared. Great voice BTW!

joecrook96
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joecrook96

My S?owianie is one of the best Eurovision songs of all time – my winner from 2014. I love Kasia’s song too!

Vladimir P.
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Vladimir P.

My Slowianie is one of the most memorable Eurovision entries ever. I really like it!

Napaw
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Napaw

2014: My Slowianie is an iconic entry that will be remembered in years to come. A comeback to Eurovision with a bang. They definitely used their charming beauty xD

2015: a bit boring and unmemorable, sorry Monika. The staging was unbearable. It’s like they didn’t even try.

2016: dated, boring, whiny wailing. Basically robbed it’s own country of a potential win. Sorry, Michas, lubie cie, ale to byl istny obled.

2017: powerful vocals, mystical song, interesting staging, heartwarming postcard, did deserve a much higher ranking. Kasia is my favorite <3

DenizNL
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DenizNL

I always think they choose the worst song of their national final, but everybody seems to love it for a reason.

2014: Good
2015: Okay/good
2016: My last, horrible.
2017: Boring but okay after 30 listens.

Danuta
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Danuta

Micha? Szpak 2016 Poland

Muriel
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Muriel

For you who say We are slavic is sexist, please check those hideous lyrics from Lena-Satellite-2010winner—-
”Whether you are sweet or cruel
I’m gonna love you either way”
”You sometimes make me sad and blue
Wouldn’t have it any other way”
What is more sexist? A fun song about beautiful girls, or a song about a girl who says she can accept abuse?

Andrea
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Andrea

I don’t like hip-hop, so Cleo was my bottom choice. Besides, as a woman, I don’t like being objectified, TYVM. My top choice was by far Michal. Honestly, when I heard this song for the first time, I cried. Not just a tear here or there – huge racking sobs. That’s how touched I was by it, mostly because I was going through the hardest time in my life, and I related to the song way more than I did to any other that year. The melody and the haunting lyrics work well, and no one else could’ve given it… Read more »

The Anders
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2014, but for solely musical reasons. While I really don’t appreciate the borderline sexist staging, the track is really great with a lot of details in the soundscape.

Unfortunately it didn’t really work live. Cleo’s live performance wasn’t good, and many of the musical details more or less drowned in the acoustics from the hall and the audience noise. It is better suited for listening to the studio version with headphones one. There you can really pay attention to all the details.

The Anders
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(*with headphones ON of course…)

Samo Lee
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Margaret should be the winner of this poll.

Napaw
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Napaw

Well, she came first in the second chance contest, so the song ended up winning after all 🙂

Kimmm
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Kimmm

More songs like My Slowianie please. It is not song written for Eurovision. They choosed it, because it was a huge hit in their country. And this is the way what should every country do. Not songs specially for ESC – it is still the same, mostly ballads or average pop songs by female. But music scene is so colourful and Eurovision offers only 50% of what we could see.

kenna
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kenna

‘My Slowanie’ may seem very trashy and sleazy, due to it’s rather over-sexualized imagery, but it’s actually a very nice song. A mix of traditional instruments and a simple catchy melody make it an outstanding track. Others, well they’re kinda there.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Monika Kuszy?ska was actually my no.1 before the live performances that year. Unfortunately, it did not sound that great live but still, I think it is much better than the other three entries.

PP
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PP

1.2016
2.2017
3.2014
4.2015

Yellowman
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Yellowman

All the songs except Cleo’s has been trash, and don’t get me started with Michal, did not deserve the final at all.

olvresc
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olvresc

Each of them is awesome but 2015 is average.

Claudia
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Claudia

Dear Journalist, Michal is NOT Polish version of Conchita, Michal is Michal. And he definitly had the best performance among these! Last year we saw how “big” influence Polish diaspora has when Kasia ended up on 22nd place… Michal has not only huge voice, he is also very charming, lovely and charismatic person! It would be a big honour for Poland if he would like to represent us again… Margaret? Sic, her vocal live is horrible!

Kris
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Kris

The televote favourites had a solid Top 7 and it was difficult for other countries to get points in Televote this year……So despite their diaspora power Armenia Azerbaijan Greece and Poland failed to get a lot of televote points.

Christina Jakobsson
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Christina Jakobsson

Looove Michal ?

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Slavic Girls was brilliant.
In the Name of Love was adorable.
Color of Your Life was emotional.
Flashlight was…sung by a nice girl.

bis
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bis

All these four entries are very bad :-((

Niko
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Niko

Are you fkin serious??? Each of these entries were very, very good. Especially 2017!

Jo
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Jo

Flashlight starts very well, but then comes that “fire, burning desire, taking me higher…”, that was terrible.

Malgosia S.
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Malgosia S.

definitely Michal Szpak – 2016.

Catherine
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Catherine

As Russian, I can’t listen Michal’s song without laught, because it sound realy alike with two old russian song – Zelenoglazoe Taxi by Michael Boyarsky and Davay Za by Lube, even our commentators can’t stop singing this songs after his perfomance. And it’s very funny in contrasc with Michal’s serious face

Áustria
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Áustria

“The man just exudes misery”, says the grumpiest blogger of all.

Voted for 2014 and 2015, love those sincere pieces of emotional arts.

D
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D

I like all four, but I think 2017 is their worst. It’s hard to rank the other three but I think 2016 might be my favorite.

Marcelina
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Marcelina

My Favorite is Micha? Szpak

Marcelina
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Marcelina

My Favorite is Micha? Szpak

sato
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sato

l love their 2014.2015.2016 songs.
I dont like 2017.

sato
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sato

Carmell’s song “Faces” so much better,should have won Tvp NF!

Jo
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Jo

To be honest, I don’t like any of them…so I voted for Monika (message) and Slavic Girls (fun).

Colin
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Colin

All 4 are really good, to be honest. For me:

1. 2017
2. 2014
3. 2015
4. 2016

Marc
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Marc

Michal and Cleo by far. Love both and what a 2 memorable memorable performances.
They stood out a lot in their years. Kasia doesn’t deserve to be on the same level. Not even close. (as televoting proves it)

Poland1990
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Poland1990

My dream is to come Ewa Farna, Mateusz Gredzinski, Margaret, Grzegorz Hyzy or Danny Saceudo from Sweden.