Szansa na Sukces winner Alicja Szemplińska has just launched her graphic and thought-provoking music video for Poland’s Eurovision 2020 entry “Empires”.

The music video carries a significant message. As she told Polish broadcaster TVP, she wanted to highlight some of the crises the world faces. Men build great empires through their work and toil. But it’s these same people who can actually tear it down through their indifference to the environment, among other things.

The video certainly gives us food for thought, as we are met with a video homage of human destruction through both imagery and metaphor. Amid all of that ugliness we find beautiful Alicja, who is so poised and controlled you may forget she is only 17 years old.

Poland 2020: Alicja Szemplińska – “Empires” Music Video

The video begins with a visibly upset Alicja standing in front of huge sheets displaying dramatic war images. As the video continues, fire surrounds Alicja and archival clips show footage of our ravaged earth: devastation from war, pollution from factories, famine and poverty without end. It’s as though we are looking directly into Alicja’s mind and are witnessing the images running through her head.

The drama doesn’t stop there. Fiery clips of modern warfare and natural disasters as a result of climate change come to the fore, with blazing forests and fires from battle intertwined as Alicja struggles on the ground. Doves, enduring symbols of hope and peace, flee the flames around her.

 

But like a phoenix rising from the world’s ashes, our girl Alicja gets up. She rises before a cool blue background and walks though water — she is the calm after the storm. Before you get too cozy, though, floods come to the fore and we see Alicja walking through a thunderstorm. The final big note at the end gives Alicja one last release of anguish, which people should take as a warning.

Through the glossy video, “Empires” becomes a wake-up call for the world — a mirror for humanity to look into and fear.

What do you think of the “Empires” music video? Let us know in the comments below.

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Brit-bit
Brit-bit
4 months ago

This song its actaully a powerfull message to the world.

Luk
Luk
4 months ago

Amazing video klip
Amazing voice
Brawo Poland!

ESCJudge
ESCJudge
4 months ago
Reply to  Luk

ESC is not about an amazing video “klip”
Even not about an amazing voice…

When will you get that?
When she won’t qualify?
When?

ESCJudge
ESCJudge
4 months ago

Even with this footage the song is boring and is doing nothing to me. It’s not ESC song.
I don’t have an idea what she could do on stage to uplift that song… burn (?), blow up (?), drown in confetti (?), be gone with the wind (?) 🙂
It’s just… hopeless.

Again.

IHPIESC
IHPIESC
4 months ago
Reply to  ESCJudge

SF2 is really weaker than SF1, only few songs are good in SF2, so Poland have a small chance to be qualifying song (ofc from that weaker to fill up to 10 places)

Sylwek
Sylwek
4 months ago

Please, vote for Europe for Poland. Finally, you have to give Alice a chance. She will not disappoint you …

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago

Mixed feelings. The song is very powerful, and contains a lot of aspects that I like. The singer is also good. But the video… I’m not sure. This looks like a normal music video intercut with what should be pieces of a cinema movie, but instead there are clips from what look like the news? Hmmm. It could have worked for “Tomorrow Never Dies”, I suppose, but it comes across as hurried for Eurovision. It’s almost very good though. I like the higher vocal line in the Coda – it allows for more drama.

Andi
Andi
4 months ago

This song is soooooo gooooood!! Weeks ago I didn’t like it at all and then it became such a huge grower. That’s the Polish effect. It was the same with Michael Szpak. Her emotions in her face were better in the live performance though. Wished she would have shown that in the video too.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago
Reply to  Andi

Indeed. Agreed here too. 🙂

Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago
Reply to  Andi

Thing is, people will see it once. If they dont like it after 3 minutes, its over

David
David
4 months ago

Quite funny and shameful when Poland sends a song about bushfires which is a consequence of the carbon pollution and climate change, and Poland is the only country that didn’t agree with EU Carbon Neutrality Agreement and will continue to use fossil fuels ?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago
Reply to  David

Music has very little to do with politics. *hides*

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Not necessarily true. National anthems. A song literally about the Maastricht Treaty won the contest back in 1990. I wonder how Toto felt about Brexit. We’re not so “insieme” anymore. 🙁

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

“Insieme, unite unite Europe!” – That winner was my very first ESC. Ahh, so THAT’S what that song was about? LOL!

James
James
4 months ago
Reply to  David

The beauty of public broadcasting is that a lot of the time, it never really go along with what the state wants.

Which is probably why Ukraine’s UA:PBC and Israel’s KAN continue to battle for their autonomy.

Aphogeo
Aphogeo
4 months ago
Reply to  David

I saw your exactly same comment in different places. Trolling? Let’s talk about music here. You don’t really know us, what we do here and what we feel.

ESCJudge
ESCJudge
4 months ago
Reply to  David

What David says is truth.
You don’t like truth here and prefer glitter, sweetness, and saying everyone is great.
No, reality is not like that.

When Russia sends songs about being all together as one, or to believe or sing with million voices, united, love, peace, peace (and dressed in white) it’s also quite funny 🙂 So I get what he means about polish song…
He’s right.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago
Reply to  ESCJudge

David might be right or wrong about the politics, that’s just fine. However, this is a song, and it is in a song contest. The music can (and has been) appreciated solely for being music, which is a form of art. That is the “reality“ of this music video.

Amanda
Amanda
4 months ago
Reply to  David

In the global ranking of CO2 emissions, Poland is in the eighteenth place and Germany in the sixth. I wonder where all that coal is from? Don’t be hypocrites.

Kinga
Kinga
4 months ago
Reply to  David

And Alicja is responsible for it or what? It wadn’t government who choosen that song.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

I didn’t really detect an environmental message with empires, so adding all the scenes of ecological disasters feels tacked on to me.

Niki
Niki
4 months ago

This looks like from 2001, budget version….inventive kids with their phone would do better job

ESCJudge
ESCJudge
4 months ago
Reply to  Niki

Not in Poland 😉
Here we do almost everything looking alike we’re fusty and backward….
Well… we are.

Everything just pretends to be modern.
(and we’re talking here only about ESC, right?)
🙂

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago
Reply to  ESCJudge

If talking about ESC, Poland have done notably well from 2014 to 2017. Ironically it was a most old-fashioned song by Michal Szpak that finished 8th in 2016. So retro can work, sometimes. 🙂

ESCJudge
ESCJudge
4 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Yes, because he didn’t pretend to be modern. He is not and that looked real….

The only modern entry from 2014-2020 period was “Slavic girls” by Donatan & Cleo… Others were just… pretending to be modern except Michal who did not pretend anyting. I think that’s one of the reasons why he ended up 3rd in public vote…

IHPIESC
IHPIESC
4 months ago
Reply to  ESCJudge

You are a Pole who dislikes own country song? (me too)

Tom
Tom
4 months ago
Reply to  ESCJudge

ESCJudge, you are so pitiful. It’s disgusting.

Mat
Mat
4 months ago

Who cares ? Where is the wining song from Russia !

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 months ago
Reply to  Mat

I couldn’t care less

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago
Reply to  Mat

Maybe ask the Russian broadcaster, not Wiwibloggs.

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 months ago

Sorry Poland, for me it’s a NO

Tom
Tom
4 months ago

This is coming very strong! Can be dark horse this year i think. Love all the emotions in her voice!

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
4 months ago

I think it would have been nice with some polish in it and more power in the song. I feel its very flat compared to Bulgaria.

Tom
Tom
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

Flat compared to Bulgaria? Lol great joke!
I had a problem to stay awake listening to the Bulgarian entry.

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Young teens dont like ballads, thats the reason why you almost fell a sleep. We that are over 25 like ballads and we are awake:)

Tom
Tom
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

You’ve just made my day.
Excellent sense of humor.
I’m 35… just saying.

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom

oh. actually i have heard that many younger ones DONT like ballads beacuse they think they are to slow haha. So its true in many cases. That is a mystery to me:)

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

once again, I am a young teen and Bulgaria is so far my winner.

An American ESC Fan
An American ESC Fan
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

I’m sure that’s true in same cases, but like Ashton, I’m also a teen. My top 10 consists of mostly ballads (Bulgaria, Italy, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, and Romania).

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

Sorry, but I gotta get this confirmed: YOU, Rasmus/Linus are OVER 25? I agree with you about Bulgaria, though. A much better song in comparison.

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
4 months ago

i am:). And someone stole the Rasmus name so i could not use it. I guess you thought i was 12 or even was braindead. its okey , i dont take offense. But i am totally normal.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

lol that comment gets a plus. You can be quite entertaining when you want to.

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
4 months ago

I often get in heated arguments on the topics: Online voting in JESC, Northmacedonia name dispute with greeks, Diaspora voting, people who hate Sweden in ESC for no good reason so i guess thats why people hate me and think i dont have a brain and are in kindergarden.

Kinga
Kinga
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

Except for the fact that you hate every Polish entry, no matter if it’s good or not. You just see the name of
Poland and start to spread the hate. That’s not normal.

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
4 months ago
Reply to  Kinga

actually i like this one, i just wanted more power in it. I like polish people but i dont like the online voting when Poland wins every time:)

Madonna
Madonna
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

Yeap… so why last year and two years ago Poland didnt through to the final?

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
4 months ago
Reply to  Madonna

i loeved last year:) it was very close though

Kinga
Kinga
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

Not every time. Just two. And both songs were amazing. Prriod

Natalie
Natalie
4 months ago

Dark horse

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
4 months ago
Reply to  Natalie

i am 99,9% sure you are polish. They always think Poland will win everytime. Like in JESC which they always do now a days with online voting when you can vote for yourself. 3 wins soon.

Kinga
Kinga
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

Omg… Again blaming Poland for winning jesc. Viki won almost in every poll across Europe, she was second with the jury, but no. She won because od Poles voting for themselves. I’m really sick of it. I hope that Poland will send this year some sh*** so everobody will see that the best song is winning

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
4 months ago
Reply to  Kinga

Poland have the largest audience voting and watching in JESC, EBU have said it So that Poland wins with online voting is very normal then. Online voting is not a good thing for small countries. thats my only point.

Duncan
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

That’s why you have to vote for multiple countries. It only becomes a problem when people intentionally vote for Portugal and Wales to give their own country more chance.

Kinga
Kinga
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

Yes she won public voting. Yes Poles voted for Her. Yes the the rest of the Europe as Well! Do you understand that most of the Europe voted for Her not only Poland? Do you understand that Her song was one of the best? Do you understand that profesional jury who usually hates Poland have Her second place? What’s wrong with you? You are complaining about it for months! Set an official petition to EBU. Plenty of people will sign it and you do sth different with your life than complaining On every posdible website.

Somebody
Somebody
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

It was the Polish who didn’t like Empires and smashed the dislike button for their own entry while the rest of the world tried to figure out what’s wrong with them.

Fan
Fan
4 months ago

Love her voice, music and the video.

GreenTea
GreenTea
4 months ago

Well, I like the music video because it accurately reflects the message of “Empires” but I’m still not convinced to the song. Not my vibe. Many people think that this entry needs really good staging but our director’s ideas are very often weak and not in line with what our representatives would like to show (fun fact: some Polish fans ironically call him “a visionary” XD), so there are reasons to be afraid of our performance.

MrBrightside
MrBrightside
4 months ago
Reply to  GreenTea

Don’t worry, she’ll probably be standing all alone in the middle of nowhere with blue (or maybe red) background. 😡

GreenTea
GreenTea
4 months ago
Reply to  MrBrightside

That’s what I meant. Even “Superhero” had a cold blue background (which I still don’t understand), so we shouldn’t expect anything spectacular from staging to “Empires”. :/

Duncan
4 months ago
Reply to  GreenTea

What about Roxie’s staging? That was perfect (altough I don’t understand the random numbers).

Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago
Reply to  MrBrightside

Don’t forget lyrics in background.

Ron
Ron
4 months ago

If this pulls a North Macedonia with the juries and Poland with the viewers, we’ll most likely being going to Poland for ESC 2021. But, hey, at least we know Poland CAN host (JESC 2019 had a better stage than ESC 2019)

Niki
Niki
4 months ago
Reply to  Ron

i bet it won’t make it to the final

Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago
Reply to  Ron

Switzerland, Italy or Norway will pull of North Macedonia with the juries if any ballad will do so.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

Glad to see some support for this in the comments because this is one of my biggest growers. It’s really grand, her voice is amazing and the lyrics are layered and with a double meaning. This year has a lot of amazing ballads, this certainly being one of them. I hope it qualifies.

Erik
Erik
4 months ago

Hmmm. Rise like a Phoenix was a good song. How did it end? ’Cause you’re my fla-a-a-ame (Bond theme)

Yes, let’s change that completely.
Just let her sing: fi-re (Bond theme)

Luk
Luk
4 months ago

Wow wow wow !!!!
Brawo Poland video klip is amazing
Alicja is beautiful
Poland Top 5
Good luck

Adam
Adam
4 months ago

I think people are sleeping on this entry – I really hope it qualifies.

Nicolas
Nicolas
4 months ago
Reply to  Adam

With so many ballads this year it may have a chance finally.

Tom
Tom
4 months ago

TOP 10 for Poland
Mark my words

Somebody
Somebody
4 months ago

This entry is in my Top 10. However, I found the music video very bland compared to her live performance in national final. I hope she manages what Aminata did in 2015 vocally.

Vlad F.
Vlad F.
4 months ago

”Keep the Faith”, but more with a slicker tone…

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
4 months ago

That is… a lot of pyros. I have to admit, this music video kinda reminded me of “Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente”‘s one.

A random russian guy
A random russian guy
4 months ago

One of my favorite songs this year. Hope it gets to the final.

Jeydelrey
Jeydelrey
4 months ago

I wasn’t a huge fan of it at the beginning but the song grew on me so much. I really like her voice. Not my winner but one of my favorites!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
4 months ago

I don’t wanna be cruel but this will be my break entry. I find it nothing but annoying, I can’t bare three minutes of it. She is really pretty, Poland is a great country and everything, but this is the kind of songwriting I loathe. Contrived drama going nowhere desperatey trying to sound meaningful. Right there at 41 with Latvia for me. I swear, even if Destiny was singing this s***, I’d still have it at 41. And maybe it’s not even you-know-who’s fault, I see two Polish songwriters credited, so it seems to be a home-made mess. Albert would… Read more »

Mia
Mia
4 months ago

Agreed.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

I’ll jump onboard the downvote train.
It’s the songwriting I’ve a problem with also. Her talent is obvious but once she was selected, they should’ve changed the song. “Contrived” is an excellent word to describe it (I might borrow that).

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
4 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Not that it makes a difference, but shouldn’t you rather jump onboard the upvote train if you agree with my – as you point out – excellent opinion? 😛

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

I meant more in terms of the collecting of downvotes, rather than the giving. 😉
I up’d you but it’s little more than a drop in the Polish ocean at this point.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
4 months ago

“I don’t wanna be cruel”, then says it is s*it. Hmm.

Feather
Feather
4 months ago

Poland might be the dark horse of this year. Mark my words!