Polish Eurovision fans have begun an online petition urging the Polish government to overturn the decision that saw Michal Szpak’s ‘Colour of Your Life’ chosen as their Eurovision 2016 pick. The fans were outraged that their favourite and runner up Margaret was not chosen as the Polish Eurovision act during Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 at the weekend.
In a change to the typical internal selection, Poland announced that the Polish public will choose their act and song for 2016 in a national selection show called Vox Populi. This competition featured nine acts and was staged last night- the winning entry being Michal Szpak’s ‘Colour of Your Life’.
Poland made their Eurovision debut in 1994 with Edyta Górniak’s ‘To nie ja!’. To date this is their best result, finishing in second place. In addition to their second place finish they have had one other top ten finish which was in 2003. Since then their best result has been 14th which they achieved with Cleo and Donotan’s ‘My Słowianie (We Are Slavic)’ in 2014. This song fared particularly in the televote but fell down when added to the jury votes. Poland did not participate in 2000, 2002, 2012 and 2013 and failed to qualify from the semi finals on six occasions between 2004 and 2012.
Today say the third day of rehearsals in Austria’s Wiener Stadhalle Arena. We were given a glimpse at how Norway, Montenegro, San Marino, Lithuania, Ireland, Malta, Czech Republic and Portugal would stage their songs ahead of the semi finals next week. Read on to find out more.
The Polish Eurovision entry for 2015 was chosen by internal selection by broadcaster TVP and will see Monika Kuszynska take on ‘In the Name of Love’ in a less than a fortnight’s time in the second semi final on May 21st. We take a closer look at the song in our review. Read on to find out our thoughts.
This week was another action packed week with many of the countries taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest finalising their acts and songs for Vienna in May. Majority of the songs have now been revealed, but let’s take a look back on the things we learned this week.
Guy Sebastian is Australia’s choice
1. Australia will make their debut at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, but it was revealed this week that their first ever representative would be former Australian Idol and R n B singer Guy Sebastian. In a press conference this week he stated that the song choice would be revealed in due course, but it could be a song that featured on his latest album, as it was written within the Eurovision deadline.
2. Controversy was rife when the German selection process crowned Andreas Kummert as the winner of the live final this week, only for the singer to turn down the chance to represent his country at Eurovision with song ‘Heart of Stone’
3. Instead it would be runner up
Poland have made their decision for Eurovision 2015, via an internal selection process which decided on Monika Kuszynska and her ballad ‘In the Name of Love’. The song, not to be confused with the U2 hit of the same name, was presented for the first time live on Polish chat show Swiat Sie Kreci. The show featured a number of special guests including last year’s Polish entry Cleo and Donotan.