He was the surprise winner of Poland’s 2016 national selection, cutting through the cloud of hype surrounding “Cool Me Down” singer Margaret to book at spot at Eurovision.
And today Michal Szpak can claim another victory, as our readers have named him their favourite Polish Eurovision act since the country’s return to the contest in 2014.
The “Color of Your Life” hitmaker earned 1,910 votes — or more than half of all the votes in our poll — to claim his spot at the top. That put him well ahead of 2014 act Donatan and Cleo, who earned around 22% of the vote with their urban R&B tune “Slavic Girls”.
Ahead of Eurovision critics said that his song was drab and dated. But 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.
Wiwiblogger Edd was among those championing Michal, whose undeniable vocal prowess and razor-sharp cheekbones have made him one to remember.
“Every time I listen to this song I like it more and more,” he wrote in the weeks ahead of the contest. “The chorus boasts a killer hook – although it could do with some spicing up and modernising of the production, which would benefit hugely from more understated verses. 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.”
Following Eurovision, Michal secured two victories in the wiwibloggs Vision Music Awards.
Nodding to Michael Jackson, the Marquis de Sade and potentially the Pirates of the Caribbean, he wore a striking red coat with fringe epaulettes and shiny gold buttons, both of which complimented his song and staging perfectly. What colour is your life? We have no doubt that it’s red!
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