It has been a relatively bumpy ride for Poland at Eurovision 2019. Initially planning on a televised national selection, TVP abruptly changed their plans and opted to internally select girl group Tulia.  The band were to release their entry at a later date and finally, that day has come.  Entitled “Pali Sie (Fire of Love)”, Tulia will take to the stage to perform their song in the first semi-final on Tuesday 14 May.  Let’s take a look at their entry.

“Pali Sie (Fire of Love)” — Tulia

Opening with a haunting chant of “fire, fire, fire of love”, Tulia set the tone quickly. The song opens in English before transitioning seamlessly into Polish. The majority of the song is in their mother tongue but it opens and closes in English and the harmonies are both loud and strongly integrated.

Complimenting the traditional sound, the girls of Tulia incorporate their signature traditional look in a monochrome music video. The video shows the girls getting ready for their show before performing in front of an audience. Simultaneously, some firefighters go out to a fire raging in the countryside but there is no extinguishing their blaze.

Who are Tulia?

Tulia are a vocal quartet — but not your typical girl group. Patrycja Nowicka, Dominika Siepka, Joanna Sinkiewicz and Tulia Biczak (whence 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. 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 in front of jam-packed arenas. Tulia also picked up platinum certification for their debut self-titled record.

What do you think about Tulia’s entry for Eurovision 2019. Do you think that the all-female quartet will be able to improve upon Poland’s result from last year? Let us know down in the comment below.

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Richard
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Richard

I love it. Reminds me of Tatu in a funny sort of way

AngieP
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AngieP

Very interesting and unique. I think we need to see it live to get a better opinion. As a song it’s not sth exceptional.

Luk
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Luk

Video clip black and white is beautiful
Power girls . DARK HORSE EUROVSION 2019

TheMutt
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TheMutt

Falls flat for me tbh – and the staging from the live performance… well, you know Drag Race? It’s very… “CHARLIE, DO SOMETHING”.

Nikki
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Nikki

That can be a problem, I give you that. And being so many in the band, reduces to two the number of dancers they could bring. Maybe it could be a Heroes-like stage, the girls in front some kind of screen showing landscape or people.

Nikki
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Nikki

Ethno + rock= I’m in.
Earwormy and quite catchy, even if you don’t know the language.

T.J.
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T.J.

never heard a song that was about fire and left me so cold…

Luk
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Luk

Fuego Fuego Fuego go go go Tulia
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L’oiseau
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L’oiseau

This is very interesting choice and I am really excited about the staging. I adore their primm and propper, still atitude which is so non-Eurovision. So let’s see how Poland will pull that off. Their voices are obviously wonderful and brings us an authentic entry. Very unfortunately I’m not in love with the song itself, which is a pitty.

Fatima
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Fatima

Let’s have two dancers, in Stra? uniforms and boots, expressing their love for one another

R
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“Slavic Girls, we can use our charmic beauty” – Vocal version

Robyn Gallagher
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This has been a lingering earworm all day long. I hope this does well!

HBau
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HBau

It’s joined my list of potential winners – distinctive, from a country that does well in the televote, opportunities for quality staging. Not the most likely to do brilliantly with the jury, but juries can be weird.

Luk
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Luk

Modern folklore connected rock is it well done
Bravo Poland! Good luck Poland

minyt
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minyt

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Jo.
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Jo.

I don’t know how related to the post this is, but it made my day. Thanks lol

minyt
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minyt

Thank you, Kazahstan Calling.
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Piotr
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Piotr

This made my day! ?

West
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West

While I think it’s great that Poland is bringing something traditional and, well, polish, it doesn’t mean I’ll automaticaly love it. I don’t – this style of singing isn’t all that pleasant for me and the song itself isn’t my favourite. I like the chorus, but the verses not so much. I also wish those English parts weren’t there.

Biyonse
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Biyonse

I dont know why but I love this so much

esc stan
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esc stan

I highkey love this

ESCelebrate19
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ESCelebrate19

The song is truly marmite- you love it or hate it! It’s success will be down to whether enough of the lovers vote for it. There clearly are people who like it so let’s see if those people(fans) are outside of Poland and if they will vote.

Luk
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Luk

Made in Poland Made in Eurovision

ESCelebrate19
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ESCelebrate19

Shouty! Right from the start I just hear annoying noise. Personally, I don’t count this as singing. I do think it is different to other acts and I like seeing diversity but this one is not for me. I can see it qualifying but definitely not top 10 in the final.

Juy
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Juy

They need some singing lessons. It’s so annoying.

Poland12Points
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Poland12Points

no, they do not ? it’s called “white voice”, read a little about it

pastel de nata
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pastel de nata

I’m thinking this is way more stonger than Greece or Belarus.

Tom
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Tom

Absolutely terrible. Being different is good but that doesn’t equate quality. This sort of song is dead on arrival at Eurovision. No mass appeal whatsoever.

Yeeep
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Yeeep

Well done Poland, for not sending an expected mainstream pop song im English! Nice and interesting song, by the way.

HBau
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HBau

I kinda love it on first listen 🙂

Notmysong
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Notmysong

I was hoping for more…. too bad. Poland had great entries in the beginning… Justyna Steczkowska, Anna Maria Jopek, Edyta Górniak. I loved those entries… Anyway – Good luck! 🙂

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Salute Poland for bringing something unique….but no, not for me. That is not enjoyable to listen to.

fan
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fan

I think it is what is called open-throat singing ….very polish, and effective sometimes, ..not here though.

fan
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fan

What an earth is Poland thinking of sending this..so tuneless!!..this year, the majority of the songs are dire!!.and a few just mediocre.

Dawid
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Dawid

They have to host JESC. They don’t want to win at any cost .-.

Tom Ripley
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Tom Ripley

Dreadful.

David F
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David F

I want my coffee filtered like wiwi filters Iceland.

Yodenman
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Yodenman

It kind of reminds me vocally of Icona Pop.Its full on singing at a cranked up volume.

Sandy b
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Sandy b

I have to say, this is the first polish entry I’ve liked since ich troje. Apart from the cultural folk feel to it, it has something special about it that I can’t put my finger on. Best of luck Poland

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

Ich Troje 2003 or 2006?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I’m sorry that this entry is not to my taste, musically. I wish them all the best.

MrBrightside
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MrBrightside

With Poland officially out all acts from semifinal 1 are now revealed. Will be there a poll? ^^

S!sters
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This is better than any of her solo songs and almost as good as her ndubz stuff. “I been searchin all over Facebook, and I can’t seem to find you, I really need to find youuu”. Anyway I knew she would do Eurovision but thought it was for the UK. Maybe she doesn’t want the other X factor judges to find out ””embarrassed

Jon Hola Sand
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I don’t know, maybe it was because the drug scandal, and as Poland has a more tolerant attitude to its Stars being high on stage?

Colin
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Colin

Oh yeah, silly me. I said Poland takes risks like certain *other* country and automatically got filtered. Anyway, very interesting entry from Poland. Biggest standout of the evening.

Mariko
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Mariko

Your comment is there though?

Colin
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Colin

Eventually they appear.

Colin
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Colin

This is certainly different! Poland will stand out for sure. Not only that we haven’t heard Polish since 2014, but we haven’t heard this style since… ever! Much like Iceland and Portugal, there’s gonna be people who will hate it’s guts, but nobody can accuse them of playing it safe.

Atari 2600
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Atari 2600

What’s with the screaming. Poland won’t qualify for another year running.

I like the fact they’re singing in Polish though!

Polegend Godgarina
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i’ve had this on repeat for hours, this is already in my holy trinity of 2019 !

Jo.
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Jo.

I like it. Interesting, cool, different.

AnimalSkins
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AnimalSkins

Aah very good, has a surprising rock vibe, which is unusual in combination with the traditional harmonies of the voices. Love the diversity this song brings to the contest. Thank you Poland!

Jamjo77
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Jamjo77

Shame so many of the non-english songs are in semi final 1.

srulik
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srulik

It’s bad…it really is….what’s with the screaming???

MrBrightside
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MrBrightside

It is a special singing technique. You may like it or not but you have to admit it stands out from the bunch of pop songs the Eurovision is filled of. Check out Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_voice

David F
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David F

Special indeed.

pastel de nata
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pastel de nata

I like it, very interesting fusion but, the instrumental reminds me of some other rock song and I’m always trying to get that away from my head but keeps coming back, weird!

pastel de nata
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pastel de nata

I know now what it reminded me, it’s Morphine!

Miguel
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Miguel

I love it. This is so cool. They mix traditional music with rock and their vocals are spot on. Well done girls!

Héctor
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Héctor

I don’t like their voices at all. A bit annoying. Also, isn’t there too much reverb? I think Poland is trying to reprise its succes in 2014 with Cleo & Donatan.

Polegend Godgarina
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this is one of my favorites, i just hate how all the dramatic/psychedelic songs (iceland, portugal, poland, australia) are in the same semi-final. i hope poland pulls thru this year, @juries don’t sabotage the good sistren

Celine
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Celine

My only complaint about the song is that it’s too short, it ends at around 2:40.
I think that a bit longer intro would be great (just like in an original version).

Either way, a fantastic song from Poland. Love it to pieces.

Leo M
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Leo M

Oh, I bloody love this! Such an unusual song choice but in a good way. I love it when countries try something different and this certaintly ticks the box. Love that they’re really showcasing their culture. Won’t be to everyone’s taste but surely this will head to the final. Could be this year’s Denmark

Fun or ban?
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Fun or ban?

Original, cool, and natural. I hope they won’t shout the song. Well done, Poland

Pandaman
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Pandaman

Well, in a certain way it is controlled shouting. It’s called “white voice” and it’s a technique of singing specific for the region 🙂 But I know what you mean, I hope they will sound good live.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Thank you for the explanation Pandaman. I was aware that their vocals were like that “on purpose”, but I didn’t know how to call it. I’ve watched some of their live performances on Youtube and they sound very similar to the recordings.

JusticeForMaruv
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JusticeForMaruv

They can pull it off live.

https://youtu.be/cihgDDAlinE

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

oh wow this is actually really great!!! This is not what i expected to hear.

I was waiting for a good rock-sounding song to come this year and Poland finally delivered that just days before the deadline

I was worried i wasn’t gonna get what i wanted for a second