COUNTDOWN TO (CANCELLED) EUROVISION: #11 – POLAND

#11 – Poland
Empires
Alicja
Songwriters: Patryk Kumór, Dominic Buczkowski-Wojtaszek, Laurell Barker, Frazer Mac

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica has begun its Countdown To the now-cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020! Over 41 days 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. As of the official announcement on March 20 2020, ALL of this year’s songs are now officially “lost”; Eurovision’s executive committee has stated that all songs in the ESC 2021 contest MUST be new, so there will never be an “Official” winner of ESC 2020 thanks to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak causing the contest’s first-ever cancellation. So this is my only chance to rank them. The songs will all be spotlighted on a special called Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which will air LIVE on May 16, when the Grand Final should have been held, so that’s at least SOMETHING…

In at #11 this year is the official entry from Poland, “Empires” by Alicja. It is performed in English, and would have been performed 7th at the second semifinal on May 14. Poland’s national finals contest is called Szansa na Sukces – Eurowizja 2020, and was held this year on February 23rd. Although there has been no official announcement by the country, Alicja has said she’d be thrilled to be asked to represent her nation at ESC 2021.

17-year-old Alicja is one of the youngest performers for the 2020 contest, having launched to fame in her native land by winning Poland’s “Voice” franchise in 2019.

What I’m thinking about this song…I think the reason this fantastic song is getting dissed so much by ESC fans is because it’s WAY better than two of the fandom “darlings” this year that are just not nearly as good as they think they are, and nowhere NEAR the level of this song. Unlike “Alcohol You” by Roxen, Romania, and “Tears Getting Sober” by Victoria, Bulgaria, which are very timid little songs with pretentious lyrics and vocals to match, although they’re well done, “Empires” just EXPLODES with style and substance, and the explosively powerhouse vocals that carry the tune are incredible, especially coming out of someone who is just 17 years old. The video is also top notch, one of my absolute favorites this year, and clearly conveys the passionate, angst filled story about a love gone wrong for two people who probably shouldn’t be together but can’t resist each other. All the way around, this is Poland’s best entry since 2016’s “Color Of Your Life” by Michel Szpak, one of (if not THE) best Eurovision entries EVER; it’s a damn shame I sadly don’t think it would have found the support to make it very far – although a finals slot could have been possible, it probably would have finished low on the chart unless Alicja knocked it out of the ballpark with an incredible live performance…

Poland made its EuroVision debut in 1994, and 2020 would have been their 23rd year of competiting. They have yet to top the contest; their best finish thus far was for “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 and 2019.

We enter my TOP TEN TERRITORY TOMORROW! BE HERE!

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica throughout the next 41 days as I bring you the 2020 entries, and also updates on the status of the songs and artists for this year. Hopefully the EBU will find a way to salvage this year’s contest – and if you want them to do so, use the hashtag #SaveEurovision2020 in all your social media posts!

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