Introducing 2010: Poland

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All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 39 entries in random order. Part eleven of the series is dedicated to the Polish entry.

Basic information

Performer: Marcin Mrozi�ski
Song: Legenda (Legend)
Language: English and Polish
Music: Marcin Nierubiec
Lyrics: Marcin Mrozi�ski
Draw: 9th in the first semi final

The song

Legenda is a mid-tempo ballad featuring traditional elements in the arrangement and operatic interludes. The lyrics present the singer's longing for the woman he loves in the style of a traditional legend. He is the knight and she is the princess to be saved:

Lovely Princess
I am here to save you
Take my hand and say that you love me
If you ever say it even lying
I will let you fly like a bird – free

I'll be forever, ever and ever
Feeling this love 'till the day when I die
Being together even no matter
You didn't want me to be by your side

The performer

At the age of nine, Marcin MroziÅ�ski entered his first singing contest for children and he won the first prize. Following this success, he played various roles in theatrical productions in Poland. In 2002, he competed in the first edition of Idol, but did not make it past the recall stage. Over the following years, he competed in various international music festivals and in 2005, he auditioned for Idol again, this time making it to the semi final. The singer has appeared in various stage musicals since. In 2008, he played the role of Raoul in The phantom of the opera. The original recording was also released as an album and it was certified double platinum in Poland. Other musicals he still appears in include Piosenka jest dobra na wszystko and Notre dame l'histoire. From September onwards, he will starr in Les misérables in Warsaw.

Marcin Mrozi�ski is also known as a voice actor in Poland. He spoke various parts in television series and films for children including Garfield, Spongebob Squarepants, Scooby-Doo, The princess and the frog and High School Musical. Furthermore, he hosts the programme Staraoke and he has appeared in the music game show Jaka to melodia?.

In 2010, he entered the Polish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. He won the national final with more than one third of the televotes and will therefore present his song Legenda in Oslo. He is the 15th Polish representative in the competition and the first male solo performer to represent the country since 2001.

The songwriters

The Polish entry was written by Marcin Nierubiec (music) and Marcin Mrozi�ski (lyrics). Marcin Nierubiec has worked with various Polish singers including Krzysztof Krawczyk, Maryla Rodowicz, Katarzyna Skrzynecka and Marzena Korzonek. In 2006, one of his songs competed in the Polish national final: I fell in love was performed by Queens and finished sixth overall.

The national selection

The Polish national final was held under the title Krajowe Eliminacje 2010 with ten acts competing. For the first time since 2004, the winner was chosen by televoting alone. Marcin Mrozi�ski was the clear winner getting more than twice as many votes as runner-up Anna Cyzon.

Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest

Poland has entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and achieved second place, which is still the country's best result in the competition. The only other top ten placing came in 2003. Between 2005 and 2007, Poland was eliminated in the semi finals, but came very close in 2005 and 2006, when they finished eleventh two years in a row. In 2008, the country made it to the final again but finished equal 23rd and hence last. In 2009, the country was elminated in the semi finals.

Dużo szczÄ�Å�cia i osiÄ�gniÄ�cie dobrych wyników w Oslo życzymy Polsce oraz Marcinowi MroziÅ�skiemu!


Videos

Live performance in the national final:

The preview video:

Performing Careless whisper on Jaka to melodia?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F35RdxCAgf0

Live performance in a Polish TV show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMoFU_oIoaY

Tomorrow, we will take a look at the Croatian entry.

Previous parts of this series:

  1. Ireland
  2. Belarus
  3. Albania
  4. Denmark
  5. Russia
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Switzerland
  8. FYR Macedonia
  9. Armenia
  10. Spain

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