After scrapping Krajowe Eliminacje and delaying its Eurovision reveal, TVP has finally made the long-awaited announcement: folk girl group Tulia will represent Poland in Tel Aviv.
After using national final Krajowe Eliminacje for the past three years, TVP has reverted to internally selecting its act. It is thought that the broadcaster has slimmed down its Eurovision 2019 selection process in order to focus on hosting Junior Eurovision later this year.
Who are Tulia?
Tulia are a vocal quartet — but not your typical girl group. Patrycja Nowicka, Dominika Siepka, Joanna Sinkiewicz and Tulia Biczak (from whom the group takes its name) sing in the traditional Eastern European style of “white voice” folk music, but they add the twist of modern music production.
Tulia first became known for their cover of iconic electronic group Depeche Mode’s song “Enjoy the Silence”. They have also covered Metallica’s rock ballad “Nothing Else Matters” in their own unique style.
Tulia was formed in early 2018 and in that short time they have gone from strength to strength. The group performed at the 2018 Fryderyk Awards (the Polish Grammys) along with popular singer Natalia Nykiel and jazz pianist Pianohooligan. The performance of “Total błękit” melded genres and was one of the most memorable moments of the gala.
And while Tulia are yet to win a Fryderyk, their trophy cabinet is not empty. At the 2018 National Festival of Polish Song in Opole, Tulia won three awards including the prestigious Super Premiere award for their song “Jeszcze cię nie ma”.
This led to the group embarking on their first tour, where they played to full houses. Tulia also picked up platinum certification for their debut self-titled record. Not bad, eh?
Despite their Eurovision entry not being revealed yet, there are strong hints that their competing entry has been already released. The song “Pali się” is exactly three minutes long and it was released back in November last year, so it doesn’t interfere with the 1st of September rule.
However fans are also suggesting that “Pali się” may have been a potential Eurovision entry that the group — or broadcaster TVP — decided not to go with. Either way, have a listen to “Pali się” below:
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