Eurovision 2017: [Poland] Kasia Moś / Flashlight

Poland’s song for Eurovision 2017 is a breathtakingly underwhelming affair.

Musically it feels like a bit of an exercise, and in the national final performance of Flashlight, I’m not entirely convinced about Kasia’s singing ability being reliable enough for her Eurovision moment.

The UK’s song ‘Never Give Up On You’ is similar in style, and far superior in execution.

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Eurovision 2016 – Poland: ‘Colour Of Your Life’ (Michał Szpak)

Musically speaking, Poland has contributed little of any great value to the Eurovision since 2001 (even that’s generosity). Poland’ appearances in the Grand Final since 2004 reflect that qualitative assessment too: they’ve failed to qualify six times.

Of those songs which did qualify, there’s not a lot to get excited about particularly. If you’re looking for memorable acts, look no further than 2014 with the milkmaids (13th) – but it’s an ear-bleeder.

Last year, they opted for something far middle of the road.  ‘In The Name Of Love‘ at last year’s Contest securing them their second place in the final since 2009.

Things might be different this year. Maybe. The introduction to ‘Color Of Your Life’ certainly hints at something a bit more considered, but once the verse kicks in, a tried and tested harmonic progression reveals the song for what it really is. The chorus makes up for things a little with a rousing sense optimism, but it can’t perform miracles.

Although ‘Color Of Your Life‘ isn’t anywhere near as weak and feeble as some of Poland’s previous efforts, this is an unadventurous composition and that’s reflected in the two key changes inflicted on us as the song careers towards its inevitable but overdue end.

Eurovision 2011: Poland

A reasonably satisfying, tub-thumping three minute piece of vaguely rock-ish pop from performer Magdalena Tul who’s also credited with writing Poland’s song this year Jestem. It doesn’t necessarily do great things. It doesn’t especially go anywhere musically. But it’s reasonably satisfying. It certainly doesn’t offend the senses.

I’m hedging my bets this year with this one however. Last year I was prepared to go out on a limb for Poland’s song which failed to secure a place in the final despite my confidence it would do. Last year’s song still charms me so maybe on that basis no one should take any notice of what I say at all.

Poland haven’t had a place in the final since 2008 when Isis Gee sang For Life and managed a miserable twenty-fourth place for a song I’m sure I hear played on the Heathrow Express train shortly before it pulls off from Paddington station.

Before then, Poland’s last appearance in the final was in 2004 with Blue Cafe’s Love Song. It managed seventeenth place.

Poland just haven’t succeeded at Eurovision yet. If they can get a place in the final this year, then that will be something.

Eurovision 2010: Poland

If viewers can get past the call to arms in the opening phrase of this song and stick with it during the daring verse, the rousing chorus of Poland’s Legenda from songwriter and singer Marcin Mrozinski might secure the country a place in the Eurovision final.

And judging by the line-up for the first semi-final Poland will be competing in, they might just do OK … just so long as sufficient telephone voters across Europe vote like I do.

Legenda is – without doubt – far better than Poland’s last moment in the Eurovision final when Isis Gee sang the bland For Life in 2008. That song came 24th in the final. I’ve every hope Marcin Mrozinski will do better this year.