#POLAND: #AllAboard for the Live Blog of Krajowe Eliminacje, from 21.25 CET
National finals continue apace, and tonight we get to see what Poland has to offer. This live blog will give you our opinions at EI. You can also watch the action HERE.
The winner will be chosen by a 50/50 combination of jury and public voting. But more of that during the show.
And we’re off! There’s a full crowd here in Warsaw. That can only be a good thing. We go straight to our first guest. It’s only Måns Zelmerlöw. What a trooper. The crowd know when to ‘Whoa whoa’ in the right places too. To return the favour, he throws in a few Polish words of encouragement. The arrangement with a saxophone is very novel too.
We now get introduced to tonight’s acts. There’s a winner there somewhere. The two sets of votes (jury and public) will each get converted to the 1-8, 10, 12 system we’re very used to. The jury of five get introduced to us. They have a tough job on their hands tonight. One of them is Kasia Moś! Bless her.
And it’s time for the songs!
Pablosson – Sunflower
Pablosson fronts a band who are no teenagers. That’s good. His song is a little bouncy with a potentially chorus. He makes lots of eye contact with the camera as it wanders around him. There do seem to be a lot of words in parts that get a tad lost at times. It’s a nice little opener and as he’s been around a bit he knows how to work an audience. The song, despite being slightly catchy, does lack something. Perhaps it’s a key change.
Marta Gałuszewska – Why don’t we go
Marta starts her song in the tunnel that the acts use to enter the stage. She very colourful with her purple hair and canary yellow coat. Her song is more midtempo than fast and has something about it. The song has a reasonable hook and good transition between verse and chorus. It could be a summer hit. A tad predictable perhaps, but that familiarity helps its chances.
We get a reminder that Iceland and Finland also pick songs tonight. Then we see some of the songs already selected: UK, Czech Rep (to massive cheers), and Denmark. We also find out that Margaret has made the final of Melodifestivalen. Big cheers ensue.
Maja Hyży – Błysk
This song is a little more downbeat, but not without its charm. Maja demonstrates the range in her voice and this is a proper singalong number. So much so her backing singers are really getting in on the act. It’s a pelasant little song that has hints of R&B in it. Maybe not a floor filler, but catchy all the same.
Future Folk – Krakowiacy i górale
Folk fans fear not. It’s here at last. A slow song that could be a chant in places. The lead singer is really getting into it, but it might just be lacking something. There’s a mixing deck on stage which sits incongrously with the well-played violin, also on stage. Much as I want to like this, it’s quite a long three minutes.
Isabell Otrębus – Delirium
This starts quite slowly and understated. A little funky and a little soul-ly too. She’s accompanied by a few dancers and backing singers that all seem to be doing their own thing. For her, it seems a slightly challenging song and potentially a tad shouty if she doesn’t quite get it right. Despite that. the tune does have a hook and she can work a camera. All good points. But maybe not a winner.
A quick break to speak to some young Poles. They seem to have forthright opinions.
Gromee ft Lukas Meijer – Light me up
A proper band with a lead singer with that razor-blade voice. But despite the look, this is a gentle midtempo song that could be out of Nashville. A pleasant verse and chorus and lots of building between the chorus and second verse. And a synthesiser. I like this and even the English intonation is very credible. They’re all having fun on stage and there are two very smiley backing singers. This hangs together very well. The best performance so far by quite a margin. Yep, even with the fun-sounding synthesiser.
Happy Prince – Don’t let go
Another band so soon? Yep. Their schtick is slower and downbeat. Compact Disco but slower? Maybe. The four-piece band has two dancers on stage with them. The dancers do make a difference, but I think that this might get a bit lost amongst the other acts. It’s not a contest song sadly.
Extracts of more songs already picked. Germany, Belarus (to big cheers), and Latvia.
Saszan – Nie chcę ciebie mniej
Saszan is a Belieber apparently. She has a song with much finger-clicking. It’s got a simple structure which is predictable. And more soul influence. She uses her two backing singers quite well and that annoyingly catchy hook is there. This has a chance tonight, although I fear for it if it wins. But she’s very popular with the crowd.
Ifi Ude – Love in stranger
It’s OK. The red dress has arrived. And a quirky song to go with it that is more chanting. There’s a heavily synthesised backing track here and lots of arm movements from her backing singers. This could be a song by someone like Björk or Tori Amos and it could be different enough to stand out tonight. Ifi’s look will make her memorable if nothing else, and we now have a real competition on our hands.
Monika Urlik – Momentum
Finally, we have an anthem of a song sung very well in English. It’s one of those uplifting songs full of optimism for the future. Monika has one of those slightly warbly voices, but also a reasonably good range to go with it. There’s nothing wrong with this song at all. But I don’t think it’s really a contest song.
And that’s the finalists. We’ve got through them very quickly. So we now get a reprise of them all for the benefit of the public vote.
Måns is back. With his band and a new song, ‘Happyland’.
Break time now. We’ll be back soon. So stay tuned…!
And we’re back. With more extracts of tonight’s songs.
Ooh. It;s Blue Café! They did their stuff for Poland in Istanbul, with a few different members. The song they perform is called ‘Buena’ in a mix of Spanish, Polish and English. It’s rather good.
More recaps of the songs.
And now a retrospective of 2017. This can only mean one thing. A phenomenal singer, so we’re told. It’s Kasia Moś. She sings ‘Flashlight’ for us.
She’s incredibly popular with the crowd.
The performers are all on stage again. It must be results time!
First, the five jury members.
And with the public vote…
And the winner is Gromee ft Lukas Meijer!!
A great result!
Author: John Stanton
Source: Eurovision Ireland, TVP Poland