It brought Poland its first-ever Junior Eurovision win, topping the public vote by a significant margin. But before “Anyone I Want To Be” was given to Roksana Wegiel, the song made its rounds for a few years and passed by some major stars.
The Eurovision-winning song was created by a team of international superstars, including Danish producer Mich Hedin Hansen, alias Cutfather, who has worked with the likes of Demi Lovato, Olly Murs, Jessica Mauboy, Kylie Minogue and many more. The songwriter revealed to DR that he actually wrote the song several years before Roksana’s tremendous victory in Minsk.
“The song has probably been in the drawer for four to five years, waiting for the right artist. There have actually been several major international artists who have been interested in it, but it has never been possible to get it off. I know that Iggy Azalea has been working with it, and Rita Ora was also very interested in the song.” While none of their original bids worked, the right artist got it in the end. He praised Roksana for her performance, saying that for her age, she sang marvelously.
The song had never been intended as a Eurovision entry, and had instead been written for commercial release and eventually shelved at the lack of a singer. He even claimed that he had forgotten about that song. In the music industry, songs end up bouncing around until a suitable or interested artist accepts the offer — we regularly see this in the Eurovision bubble. So, how did a song pitched to celebrities end up in the fortunate hands of Poland?
A few months before the contest began, Cutfather recieved an e-mail from an English music company saying that they were going to work with one of the song’s other songwriters, submitting it to TVP as a bid for the country’s candidate for Minsk. He did not know about Roksana, or about how would the original product would be translated to Polish, per Junior Eurovision rules.
“We agreed that they should use the song, and didn’t hear more from them. But when I saw the statement yesterday with the words ‘Junior Eurovision’, a bell suddenly rang,” he recalled. Pretty sure this could be the start of a new Eurovision chapter for the superstar producer.
What do you think? Did you feel Roksana did her song the justice that Rita or Iggy couldn’t? Let us know in the comments below!