IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!
Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, I did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last year never made it to public consumption. So this year, rather than just cover the songs, I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such. Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary.
In at #39 is the official entry from Poland, “Fire Of Love (Pali Sie)” by Tulia, music written by Nadia Dalin, and lyrics by Sonia Krasny, Allan Rich, and Jud Friedmann. The song is performed in Polish and English, and will be performed fourth on the first semi-final on May 14.
The polish folk band made up of members Joanna Sinkiewicz, Dominika Siepka, Patrycja Nowicka and Tulia Biczak, for whom the group was named, have been together since 2017. The video made for their entry this year was inspired by the look of the Academy-award nominated 2018 film from Poland, Cold War.
I have to admit that this is probably a very good entry for the country, but because I am not from and am not that familiar with the area, the song doesn’t speak to me personally, although the video is stylishly executed, and the music is well done. But I have to say, after three years of stellar pop songs as their contest entry – 2016’s unbelievably spectacular “Color Of Your Life” by Michel Szpak (possibly my ALL TIME favorite ESC entry), 2017’s “Flashlight” by Kasia Mos, and 2018’s “Light Me Up” by Gromee featuring Lukas Meijer (which thanks to an abysmal live semi-final performance ended up missing the grand finals). this year’s entry is a huge change of style and could prove very interesting to see how a contemporary folk number does in the contest overall; hey, it’s worked occasionally for other countries, why not give it a try? 🙂
Poland made its EuroVision debut in 1994. They have yet to top the contest, their best finish in the 20 years they have previously participated having been “To nie ja!” by Edyta Gorniak, runner up in their debut year, 1994; they also missed the grand final for seven consecutive years, 2005-2011,and again in 2018, their first time doing so since returning to the contest in 2014 after an absence of several years.
Here’s the official music video…WOW…
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