On Saturday 5th March, Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 takes place in Poland. 9 songs will go head-to-head and the winner will go on to be the Polish entry for Eurovision 2016 at Stockholm. Let’s take a look at song number two:
Edyta Gorniak – Grateful
Jen’s Verdict: Eurovision veteran Edyta really knows how to work this song. I hear shades of Karen Carpenter’s velvety tones in her delivery as she builds the song to a climax, giving it her all. Liking this one. 10 points.
Garrett’s Verdict: The Polish Diva is back! Why has it taken so long Edyta? This is what I call a timeless classic! Just like in 1994, I have goose bumps listening to ‘Grateful’. How Edyta moves from her lower ranges to the falsetto is faultless! The climax of the song just leaves you feeling WOW. Am I fangirling too much? I really don’t care if I am. This could win the Jury vote and go Top 3 with the public at Eurovision. This is a moment waiting to happen! 12 Points
James’ Verdict: Miss Górniak brought Poland what was (at the time) the most successful Eurovision debut of any country by taking 2nd place. I must say, I am always dubious when a veteran returns to the contest (quit while you’re ahead and all that) but I must say, ‘Grateful’ is a solid ballad and flawlessly delivered. Just as in 1994, this is sure to pull in votes from around the continent. Can it win? I’m not convinced yet. But definitely a contender for Top 10! 8 points
John’s Verdict: This is a very sumptuous song. Lots of depth and friendly orchestration. And to cap it all the classy voice of Ms Górniak to sell this. This is a darn fine ballad which draws you in. Warsaw in 2017? It could happen if the people of Europe go for this. And with someone of Edyta’s pedigree, she might be a tough act to beat. 10 points
That gives Edyta Górniak a huge 40/48 Points so far.