WARSAW, POLAND – Unlike like year, TVP has not decided to go internal, and a new edition of ‘Krajowe Eliminacje” (National selection) will take place next Saturday in Polish capital city. 9 acts will fight in order to become the 19th Polish Eurovision entry. In this post we introduce the oikopanel, a feature which during March and April will review and vote for the Eurovision 2016 entries, a feature which will also be applicable next season for major interest national finals.
Michał Szpak – Colour Of Your Life: When you see Michał with his long hair and his leather pants, you could expect a powerful rock act. Well, you’ll be disappointed since “Colour Of Your Life “is a pure ballad, with some rock influences though, but it is neither original nor up to date.
Margaret – Cool Me Down: Polish superstar Margaret has eventually decided to take part to Krajowe Eliminacje! What a song! “Cool Me Down” could have been listed on some Rihanna album. He real ragamuffin track. It’s powerful, original, catchy… well it has everything to be a Eurovision hit. The only question is, can Margaret perform it live with as much power as the studio version.
Napoli – My Universe: If you think you’ve already heard this song before, do not worry, you’re not going insane. Back in January, Napoli got the silver medal in Belarus, and is now trying her luck in Poland. Well, well, well, what to say… This is definitely not my cup a tea. A traditional Eurovision anthem that sounds very old fashioned to my ears I’m afraid. Not my universe at all though I cannot say it’s an absolute bad song. Close enough though.
Natalia Szroeder – Lustra (Mirrors): The only song in Polish in this year’s line-up. “Lustra” is a mid-tempo song that is not unpleasant at all. Nevertheless I fear it has nothing special to stand out. It’s good but easily forgettable.
Taraka – In The Rain: That’s very Eastern-European, and I like it (to my own surprise). It’s underground and rather traditional at the same time. And don’t know if it’s possible, but I would consider it too Polish for a Eurovision audience. It would be much more suitable for a live concert in old town Krakow eating pyrogys and drinking vodka.
Dorota Osińska – Universal: Here is THE dramatic ballad! Once again, it is nice, powerful, but it could have been sung as a soundtrack for some Disney movies in the 1990’s.
Kasia Moś – Addiction: It seems that in 2016, every national selection has its electro track. Here is the Polish one, and it’s a rather good one. But, the song struggles to reach a climax and is rather flat unfortunately. Only a great staging could save this one to be remembered.
Edyta Górniak – Grateful: After 22 years (a much expectation) Lady Górniak is back. She was the very first Polish Eurovision entrant and the most successful one so far. Like many, I was waiting for this entry for years and today, I have only one word coming to my mouth… DISAPOINTMENT. How can such a diva come with such a blank ballad? Was it not Edyta, this song would not have qualified for the national selection. “Grateful” is not bad at all, but so “nothing special”. Given Edyta’s carreer since 1994, we could have hoped for a much more powerful and unforgettable entry…
Ola Gintrowska – Missing: A mid-tempo ballad for Ola. It’s modern and powerful with a good rhythm but once again, it lacks that little something to stand out despite Ola’s great voice.
Of course Edyta can be considered a hot favourite given her Eurovision legend status. But she’s not mine. If Margaret gives a great performance, her song should go to Stockholm, and could do very well on the competition.
*oikopanel is consisted of Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece), Morten Kaiser (Denmark), Jaime Solloso (Spain), Olivier Rocher (France), Victor Cruz Lafuente (Spain) and Luka Popovic (Serbia)