Country Of The Month: Poland Part 1

Introduction

We decided to continue our new series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Poland. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Polish entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Poland in the Eurovision 🇵🇱

Poland debuted at the contest in 1994. Since then, it has participated 22 times, missing the final 14 times. Since its first participation, Poland didn’t participate four times, in 2000, 2002, 2012 and 2013. Both in 2000 and 2002, the absence was due to the rules that applied those years. In 2012, the public broadcaster had to cover the European Football Championship and therefore withdrew not only for that year, but the following too.

The country has finished 3 times in the Top-10. Its best result, the 2nd place, was achieved at its debut in 1994. In 2016 the country scored 229 points (under the new voting system), making it the most points Poland got in any Eurovision Contest it has participated. In contrast, its worst result came in 2011, when not only it was eliminated at the semis, but also finished last – 19th – with just 18 points.

Anna Maria Jopek – Ale Jestem

In 1997, Poland selected Anna Maria Jopek and her song “Ale Jestem”. The song is entirely in Polish and it means “But I Am”.

It was composed by Tomasz Lewandowski and the lyrics were by Magda Czapińska. The conductor of the live performance was Krzesimir Dębski. The song placed 11th in a field of 25, with 54 points.

At 01:53 you can watch a clip of the live performance!

Anna Maria Jopek was born on 14 of December 1970, in Warsaw, Poland. She is from a musical family. Her father was a famous Polish folk singer and her mother was a dancer. Her sister is also an accomplished violinist. Since her Eurovision participation, she has released a variety of albums, with great success in her country and has toured globally.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Poland? Let us know in the comment box below.

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