First of all, sorry for my absence. But to make up for it, you’ll be getting two previews in one day! (You can thank me later) So let’s go on, shall we? Our next destination is the land of Chopin, Copernicus and butter-churning girls. It’s Poland!!!
Poland first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. The same year they also got their best result in history, when Edyta Górniak came second with “To nie ja”. This year they will make their twentieth appearance in the contest. Last year, Michał Szpak came eighth in the final with “Colour of Your Life”, only the third top 10 placing for Poland ever.
The Polish broadcaster, Telewizija Polska (TVP) organised Krajowe Eliminacje 2017 to select the next Polish entry. Ten entries competed in the national final, in which an in-studio jury (50%) and public voting (50%) decided the winner. After finishing first in the jury vote and second in the public vote, Kasia Moś was awarded the Polish ticket to Kyiv.
Katarzyna “Kasia” Moś was born on March 3rd 1987 in Ruda Śląska in southern Poland. She studied cello and piano in the Frederic Chopin Music School in Bytom. At the age of 15, she started attending vocal classes. In 2011, she joined the Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Revue for six months. During that time, she collaborated with Kelly Osbourne, Mya and Carmen Electra and was asked to sing at a charity auction by Eva Longoria. In 2012, she took part in the third series of Must Be the Music – Tylko Muzyka and finished third in the final. In 2015, she released her debut album Inspination and appeared on the cover of the Polish version of Playboy the following year. This year was not Kasia’s first attempt to represent Poland. She came tenth in the 2006 selection with I Wanna Know and sixth in 2016 with Addiction. It was third time lucky for Kasia this time around with the song “Flashlight”. It was written and composed by Pete Barringer, Rickard Bonde Truumeel and Kasia herself.
Talk about building an atmosphere! This is maintains its mysterious vibe throughout, even when it changes from bare accompaniment to strings galore, all tied together by Kasia’s sultry and arresting vocals. Kasia has stated that although the song is dedicated to persecuted animals, it can go for “anyone who does not feel safe” and you can feel the anguish in her voice. Since their return to the contest in 2014, Poland has always qualified to the final. I see that streak continuing.
What Could Have Been
As mentioned earlier, Kasia was not the public’s favourite in the national selection. That honour went to Carmell with her song “Faces”. With her breathy tones and anthem-like feel to her song, it’s not hard to see why. Unfortunately, the juries only ranked her sixth, leading to a third-place finish overall. Kasia managed to edge ahead in a strong selection but Poland would have done well with Carmell as well.
Powodzenia do Polski!
Will Kasia’s flashlight guide her to victory or will her batteries run out? Leave your comments below. Stay tuned for another Eurovision preview!
(Sources: eurovision.tv, TVP, YouTube)