Earlier today, Polish broadcaster TVP confirmed that the TV host Rafał would represent Poland at Eurovision 2021. Now Alicja Szemplińska — who had been due to represent Poland last year — has spoken out about the end of her Eurovision 2021 dream.
In a post on her Instagram, Alicja shared an emotional message about her Eurovision journey:
“The dreams of taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest have come to an end. I’ve already gone through it but the last time there was still hope with which I’ve lived for another year. Up to this very day. Last year I was stopped by Covid, and this year…
“I am 18 years of age and I do want to sing, create, write and meet all of you at concerts. I do not imagine any other life. The stress, the honour and pride stemming from the ability to represent the country, the country which I love, they all were mixing for the past 12 months with the feeling of uncertainty and hope for “being called” for this year’s contest.
“It did not happen… apparently my new Eurovision song was not liked enough to give us a chance.
“I do thank YOU for your support throughout the whole year, for the hashtag #alicjanaESC2021, for the amazing energy and faith in me!!! I promise that I am not putting aside my music career, next surprises from Alicja are in the making especially for you!
“My dream of going to Eurovision still lives on and I strongly believe that one day I will succeed at making it come true, Today’s hope lies in the form of the great representer Rafał Brzozowski. Rafał, me and my fans will always support you!! Congratulations!!!
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Alicja also mentioned that her proposed song for Eurovision was apparently “not liked enough” to be selected. This puts a quick end to the rumour that Rafał’s song “The Ride” had originally been intended for Alicja. It seems that Alicja actually had been working on a different song.
In her message, Alicja also showed support for Poland’s Eurovision 2021 act Rafał Brzozowski.
Alicja’s Eurovision journey
Alicja Szemplińska came to fame in 2019 when she won The Voice of Poland. She was then announced as one of the acts competing in Szansa na sukces, Poland’s national final for Eurovision 2021.
On the show, Alicja performed the song “Empires”, co-written by regular Eurovision songwriter Laurell Barker. Alicja won the national final and was due to represent Poland at Eurovision 2020 — but sadly the 2020 edition of the song contest was cancelled.
But Alicja did have her Eurovision moment with “Empires”. At Junior Eurovision 2020, she was given the opportunity to perform the song as an interval act, showing the kind of performance she could have brought to Eurovision 2020.
And while Alicja won’t be representing Poland at Eurovision 2021, that’s not to say we won’t see her at another edition of Eurovision in the future.
What do you think? Are you sad that Alicja won’t get to return to Eurovision this year? Would you like her to try again in the future? Tell us your thoughts below!