Poland - Luc Spencer-Gardner

Powerful Polish Possibilities in Krajowe Eliminacje 2017

This year’s Polish National Selection brings us 10 songs, 5-6 of which are of very high quality.  Notable standouts include “Chce tam z toba byc”, “Reason” and “Flashlight”.  There are a coupld of duds, as per EVERY national selection, notably “Sky Over Europe”, a boring, poorly sung and tuned discardable track… And the horror of “Ulalala” and its ridiculously inane lyrics.

Last year Poland came third in the televote at Eurovision, finishing eighth overall.  This is the third time in Poland’s history of making the top ten, most notably having come second in their debut year, 1994, with Edyta Górniak’s “To Nie Ja!”.  This year, Poland are hoping to extend their qualifying streak.  The 10 songs in the National Final are strong contenders to achieve this!

Initially the show was to be held on February 11, however the broadcaster extended the deadline for applications until February 10, and so the show was moved back for a week.  The venue was alive with excitement and anticipation, as Poland steeled themselves to vote for the artist to represent them in the world’s largest music event. 

For the first time, Poland introduced a 5 Panel Jury to make up 50% of the overall score for the artists.  The other 50% remained with the audience.  This jury consisted of: Alice Węgorzewska (mezzo-soprano opera star), Maria Sadowska (singer and director), Robert Janowski (actor and singer), Wlodek Pawlik (jazz musician and composer) and Krzesimir Dębski (composer of music for recording artists, film and theatre).

Scores were allocated as follows: the highest televote or jury vote received 10 points, the second highest 9 points, and so on.  The artist who received the lowest votes and scores would receive just 1 point.

Song

Writers

Artist

1.     “Fight For Us”

Marcin Mroziński, Sean Kennedy

Martin Fitch

2.     “Only Human”

Małgorzata Uściłowska (Lanberry),
Piotr Siejka, Sarah Reeve

Lanberry

3.     “Voiceless”

Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger

Isabell Otrębusy

4.     Chcę tam z tobą być” (I Want to be There with You)

Michał Kacprzak

Paulla

5.     “You Look Good”

Ashley Hicklin, Rufus Hamsen, Farchard Samadzada

Olaf Bressa

6.     “Flashlight”

Kasia Moś, Rickard Bonde Truumeel, Pete Barringer (DWB)

Kasia Moś

7.     “Ulalala”

Kevin Zûber, Maciej Puchalski, Aneta Sablik, Heavym Gates

Aneta Sablik

8.     “Sky Over Europe”

Marcin Kindla, Marek Dutkiewicz, Rafał Brzozowski

Rafal Brzozowski

9.     “Faces”

Małgorzata Bernatowicz (Carmell), Paweł Jurczak, Marcin Kuczewski

Carmell

10.  “Reason”

Marcin Kindla, Allan Rich,
Jud Friedman

Agata Nizińska

And how did the competition go?  Well, the voting looked like this…

Song

A

B

C

D

E

Jury Total

Jury Score

F

Total

Placing

1.     “Fight For Us”

6

7

4

7

5

29

6

2

8

7

2.     “Only Human”

5

2

1

6

1

15

3

5

8

6

3.     “Voiceless”

9

9

8

9

9

44

9

6

15

4

4.     “Chcę tam z tobą być”

4

4

5

5

4

22

4

3

7

8

5.     “You Look Good”

1

1

2

4

2

10

1

1

2

9

6.     “Flashlight”

10

10

10

10

10

50

10

9

19

1

7.     “Ulalala”

2

3

3

1

3

12

2

4

6

10

8.     “Sky Over Europe”

8

5

7

8

7

35

8

8

16

2

9.     “Faces”

3

8

6

2

8

27

5

10

15

3

10.  “Reason”

7

6

9

3

6

31

7

7

14

5

A= A. Wegorzewska   B= M. Sadowska   C= R. Janowski   D= W. Pawlik   E= K. Debski   F= Televote (Score out of 10 only) 

Artist’s Biography:

Kasia, for those who follow the Krajowe Eliminacje, will be very familiar.  Last year, she performed her song “Addiction”, only placing sixth. 

A vision of blonde hair and intense eyes, Kasia won the hearts of the jury and the public to represent Poland in Kiev!  Her exceptional ownership of the stage, song and audience was hypnotising.  This song is powerful and commanding, and should fare quite well in the competition this year.

Kasia, a Polish singer and songwriter, was born 3 March 1987 (30 years old) in the city Ruda Slaska.  The daughter of Marek Moś, who is the conductor of the well-known Polish musical group Aukso. She is a graduate of the Frederic Chopin Music School in Bytom, where she studied cello and piano. Impressively, Kasia also has a degree in jazz and contemporary music, graduating from Karol Szymanowski Vocal Academy of Music in Katowice.  At age fifteen, she began to attend vocal classes by Elżbiety Chlebek, her first steps towards a professional singing career.

In 2005, she released "I Wanna Know", which she performed in Piosenka dla Europy 2006, Poland's national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, where she finished in tenth place.  In 2008-2009 she portrayed the character of Judas in the play Pasja wg św. Marka by Paweł Mykietyn.  The play was shown at the Wratislavia Cantans, the Polish Music Festival in Kraków and Warsaw.

October 2015, she released her debut studio album “Inspination”.  "Addiction", qualified to Krajowe Eliminacje 2016, Poland's national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.  In the same year, Kasia appeared on the cover of the October issue of Polish version of Playboy magazine.

Now, Kasia is heading to Kiev to represent Poland with Flashlight", which will be included on her upcoming studio album.   In an OGAE Poland interview, she said the song is dedicated to all who are persecuted.   "For me it was mainly about all the poor animals. But it can also go for refugees and anyone who does not feel safe and has to flee from the place where they left their family, their home, and their life..."

What a sweetheart – and what a Star!  This excellent song and exceptional artist will wow Europe (and Australia) at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest without a doubt.