Poland have won back-to-back Junior Eurovision Song Contest titles. One common thread in both their wins was the presence of singer-songwriter Lanberry, who co-wrote the winning songs “Anyone I Want to Be” and “Superhero”. A natural question arises: would the 32-year-old be willing to step to the mic and represent her country at Eurovision? Well she’s now told Polish web site Eurowizja.org that she’s open to the idea.
Shortly after the Junior Eurovision 2019 final, the web site put the question to her. She responded: “When it comes to representing Poland at Eurovision, I can definitely say one thing: I don’t say no. However, I do not know this year, but I will think about it.”
Lanberry is, of course, no stranger to Eurovision. In 2017 she entered Krajowe Eliminacje — the Polish National Final — with her song “Only Human”. It was the English translated version of her Polish Top 10 song “Piątek”.
The entry faced a lot of controversy. Eurovision rules state that no songs can be released prior to September 1 of the year before the contest. Lanberry’s participation raised a few eyebrows as the original version of “Piątek” had been released that August. Eventually, it was decided that she could still compete, but the song only managed sixth place.
Who is Polish singer Lanberry?
Lanberry — neé Małgorzata Uściłowska — started her music career posting covers of popular songs on Youtube. In 2013 she took part in season three of The Voice Poland, but didn’t pass the blind auditions. Lanberry fared much better when she entered season 4 of X-Factor Poland, managing to make it through to Judges Houses. She eventually fell at that hurdle. Though the X-Factor title wasn’t meant to be, after the show she signed with Universal Music Poland and gained her first number one in 2017 with “Gotowi na wszystko” (Ready for anything).
Lanberry then turned her skills to writing songs for Junior Eurovision. She co-wrote Poland’s Junior Eurovision 2018 winning song “Anyone I Want to Be” sung by Roksana Węgiel. And she wasn’t finished there. Just a year later Lanberry succeeded once again in the competition, co-penning Poland’s second Junior Eurovision winner in two years with “Superhero” sung by Viki Gabor.
Lanberry is on a roll and she certainly knows how to write a killer Eurovision track!
Many Polish fans believe Lanberry has sealed her place in the Eurovision spotlight and she is destined to bring home the Eurovision crown for Poland for the first time.
Lanberry & Patryk Kumór both wrote Anyone I Want To Be and Superhero so PLEASE can poland let them write a song for Eurovision 2020. ??
— caleb (@calebxar) November 25, 2019
Of course, one could argue that while Lanberry did co-write the lyrics to the two winning Junior Eurovision songs, she had no part in the creation of the music, nor did she sing. In that sense her biggest skill may well be writing lyrics and collaborating with winning songwriters. She did co-write two songs for Eurovision in 2018 — “Nie chcę Ciebie mniej” and”Błysk”, which placed sixth and seventh respectively in the Polish National Final.
Do you think Lanberry should sing for Poland next year in Rotterdam? If not her then who is your first choice? Tell us in the comments section below.