The all-female band Tulia are representing Poland this year at Eurovision. After a successful second rehearsal, the girls were more than willing to take a little time out of their busy schedule to sit down with our William and talk about everything from lucky omens to the true meaning of their gorgeous crowns.
Tulia interview at Eurovision 2019
The fierce foursome are dressed like brides, with their flowing gowns, mysterious veils and a golden crown. They are standing on a platform which turns around and around. Together with their amazing vocals and stunning stage appearance, the act gives us three minutes of breathtaking visuals. But the girls do admit that in the beginning, they were rather nervous about stepping up on their turning table, because they were afraid they might fall off. However, once they got used to the sharp moves, they became steady as a rock.
Tulia, Joana, Patricia and Dominika were thrilled with their second rehearsal in Tel Aviv. “It was perfect. At the first rehearsal, we had some technical issues but it was fixed quite quickly, so today we only had to focus on our singing because everything else was okay,” says Tulia herself, giving a thumbs up to the Expo Tel Aviv’s technical team.
The “Pali Sie” performance is definitely full of symbols, and the girls say that they are mixing various elements together, such as Polish folklore and ethnic symbols. Tulia says that when she was watching VH1, she got a glimpse of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” video in which Dave Gahan is wearing his golden crown. As such, they drew inspiration from that for their performance. Their cover of “Enjoy the Silence” was in fact Tulia’s breakout single last year, and the girls like to believe that singing with golden crowns is some sort of lucky omen for them.
Tulia second rehearsal reaction
The Tulia girls are definitely stunning in person — they’re joyful, charming and have excellent fashion sense. However, their director thought that the four girls in ethnic costumes was not enough and decided to add gripping images of the girls in their natural look in the background. This was done to light a little bit more fire of love. The girls were not impressed at first. “Personally I didn’t agree with this at the beginning,” says Tulia. “I like our public image in those wonderful costumes. I think it’s beautiful, but maybe our faces in the background like this will make an interesting contrast. Didn’t like it before, but when the whole staging is put together, its good.”
Fire of love!
The first rehearsal didn’t go as well as people and Tulia themselves expected. For example, the veil-ripping was off and the girls say that they practised it relentlessly between rehearsals to get it right. They were also open to advice on how to improve their performance. Taking advice paid off, as they nailed their second rehearsal to perfection. But with such a busy schedule, rehearsals, interviews and performing day in and day out, how do the four Tulia girls find time for themselves? What do they do to relax and unwind? The answer in Joana’s case is clear and simple. Sleep! They also mention swimming, walking on the beautiful beaches of Tel Aviv and enjoying the sunshine and heat.
They are ready to slay on May 14th and hope to bring Poland all the way to the grand final. Until then, we hope that they manage to relax and enjoy everything Tel Aviv has to offer. Whatever lies ahead for the gorgeous ladies of Tulia, they have definitely made a big impact on Europe. They close off the interview in a slam dunk Tulia/Depeche Mode-style with the undying words of “Enjoy the Silence”: “All I ever wanted, all I ever needed is here in my arms”.
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