Inactive Countries: Poland!

Poland, Poland, Poland, Poland, probably the must underrated country in the Eurovision, most of the times sends great songs, but ends in the semifinals, like last year, Jestem was awesome, but it came last.

Poland debuted at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, many countries debuted that year, but Poland was the most outstanding because Edyta Gorniak came 2nd with To Nie Ja! and so far, no polish representative has equaled her result, by far, after To Nie Ja Poland’s best result was in 2003 when Ich Troje came 7th.

Since the introduction of the semifinals in 2004, Poland has only appeared 16 times, and has been in the final twice, in 2004 and 2008. And in all of them Poland achieved disappointing results, back in 2004 Blue Café and ‘Love Song’ qualified directly to the final, achieving only a 17th place, then in 2008 Iss Gee and ‘For Life’ made it to the final , but only achieved a 24th place, with 14 points, tying with Germany and the UK who became 23rd and 25th respectively.

And in most of the times that Poland competed in a semifinal, they were pretty close to qualify, coming 11th in 2005, and 2006, 12th in 2009, 13th in 2010, and 14th in 2007, really close sometimes, but in 2011 everything changed, Magdalena Tul and ‘Jestem’ were selected and honored to represent Poland, the odds were really good for Magdalena, we would have seen Poland in the final again, but, the day of the first semifinal it was reported that technical problems affected the performances of the first five performances, none of them qualified, and Poland, was the first, and to make it worse, Magdalena Tul came last, many people say that it’s because in the Jury semifinal, a backing dancer made a mistake, a big mistake in the choreography, and thus the jury gave low marks to Poland, and televoters, didn’t payed much attention to Poland.

So TVP said that in November 24th Poland will say if they’re staying or leaving, noting was reported, so later in the official Facebook page of TVP it was stated that Poland would withdraw, later that was confirmed by TVP.

So here are some videos about Poland:

1994: Edyta Gorniak – To Nie Ja!

2003: Ich Troje – Keine Grenzen-Żadnych Granic

2004: Blue Café – Love Song

2008: Iss Gee – For Life

2011: Magdalena Tul – Jestem

Tomorrow we will talk about: Andorra!


8 comments on “Inactive Countries: Poland!

  1. Poland was among my favourite ESC countries in the 90s. They debuted with a very strong quality screaming ballad in 1994 and sent 3 of the best ESC songs ever the following three years (1995 to 1997). Unfortunately, it has only been downhill since the turn of the century and the last Polish entries that were not embarrassing to watch were their 2004 and 2005 songs. Last year’s ‘Jestem’ was another nadir in Poland’s ESC history, a generic, irrelevant and generic pop number terribly performed (both vocally and visually). The minute Magdalena started performing I knew that I was watching the last place, and deservedly so. I hope that Poland comes back soon and uses the break to rething their approach to ESC.

  2. It all started so well for Poland with the wonderful ‘To nie ja’ and I continued to like some of their subsequent entries, especially ‘Ale jestem’. Since 2004 the only Polish entry that I remotely like is ‘For life’ and even that isn’t terribly high on my list for that year; some of the others are shockingly bad. I would like to see them return, if they can send better quality entries.

  3. Some clarity and factual issues that I want to point out so that you can correct them:
    1) At the beginning of the third paragraph, it would make much more sense to phrase it like this:
    “Poland has taken part in Eurovision 16* times. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Poland has been in the final…”
    *as opposed to the 22 that you currently have it stated as being.

    2) Poland has been in the final three times: 2004 and 2008, which you correctly mention, as well and 2009, when it qualified as the jury’s qualifier.

    Anyway, I love early-Poland (1994-1997). These four songs were the pinnacle of Polish artistic merit, as a personal opinion, in Eurovision. If Poland had continued down this path, it would be my favorite country in Eurovision. Following these entries, I only like Poland in 2003, 2006, and 2010. 2005’s effort was nice but underwhelming overall, while 2004 was a bad song with a good artist.

    I hated Poland in 1998, 2001, 2007, and 2011. All four of these songs are just not my taste or just bad. As for the remaining entries, for the life of me, I can never remember Poland 1999. It was that generic. Poland 2008 was an incredibly cliche ballad that I’ll never particularly like, and I didn’t find Isis Glee’s singing to be that great, and Poland 2009 was a great song ruined by Lidia Kopania’s oversinging and missed notes. It’s studio version is an 7/12 and would make my ideal final, but it’s live falls to a 3/12 and rightfully stayed in the finals.

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