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Poland: Michał Szpak – Color of Your Life

It's the final every Eurovision gambler was most interested in, and the Polish public eventually chose to send Michał Szpak to Eurovision with the song Color of Your Life. In a matter of seconds, Eurovision 2017 went from being held in Warsaw to haven't got a f*%king clue. Thousands has been staked on Poland winning in Stockholm, and just days later, they now sit 12th in the outright market at over 30/1. I think that price is still a little short, but the initial reaction to Michał being selected saw people ignore what is a decent vocal and reasonably acceptable song, albeit…
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If Poland are to hit the top-10, or even qualify with ease, Michał needs to lose the showy outfit and over-confident delivery.

User Rating: 3.76 ( 44 votes)

It’s the final every Eurovision gambler was most interested in, and the Polish public eventually chose to send Michał Szpak to Eurovision with the song Color of Your Life.

In a matter of seconds, Eurovision 2017 went from being held in Warsaw to haven’t got a f*%king clue. Thousands has been staked on Poland winning in Stockholm, and just days later, they now sit 12th in the outright market at over 30/1.

I think that price is still a little short, but the initial reaction to Michał being selected saw people ignore what is a decent vocal and reasonably acceptable song, albeit lacking in the oomph department. Polish diaspora should still get behind Michał, but I’m not expecting anything higher than 15th at this point, even with the new scoring system. This isn’t a Kuula, and Michał doesn’t exude a vulnerable, vote-for-me charm similar to Ott Lepland. In fact, the national final performance lacks warmth and appears stuffy.

If Poland are to hit the top-10, or even qualify with ease, Michał needs to lose the showy outfit and over-confident delivery.

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26 comments

  1. The Poles didn’t get the memo I guess…

  2. Shit meet fan.

  3. One of the golden rules of good betting: never bet on a country winning ESC when they haven’t even picked their song.

    I literally can’t stop laughing right now.

    • Well, that market doesn’t lie that much,,, Only if you backed under 10 I agree with you, at 50+ or so your point isn’t really valid

  4. Over 50k lost on Poland in the blink of an eye…

  5. Those crazy Poles, have fun being the punchline of every Eurovision joke for the next 5 years.

  6. A cheer went up in Birmingham,Southampton and Durham among others in stark difference to the ESC site twitter feeds who didnt see the warning signs flashing red and fainted in shock.Margaret simply couldnt pull the vocals off and perform anywhere near the studio version.She brought the wrong song to sell live as she showed in every performance she has done of it.I didnt think it would be Michal to beat her,more likely Edyta,but iv added him to my xmas card list.Genuine performer and good singer,but pretty hard to improve this much for ESC.Looks 12-17 area to me.

  7. This ruins my **** day! So horrible, backed them @ 60/1, and they ruined it as soon as possible… Also a horrible entry, and not because of that…

  8. The colour of Poland backers’ life is very much red now. The reaction on fan sites is priceless. Biggest national final shock of recent years certainly.

  9. Not surprised AT ALL that margaret didnt win. That performance was embarrassing to say te least. She can’t dance (hips were stiff), the whole performance was lacking energy, there was no life in this song. Maybe a different performer would be a different story.. but this was just very lackluster in every aspect.

  10. I can’t believe this Eurovision… By the way, Michal won by ¡12 percentage points! (36% vs 24% vs 18%). It’s really incredible.

  11. As soon as I heard there were no apps only one vote per phonecall I knew Margret weren’t going to win, as it would be arm/app- less youth vs conservative Poles. I cashed half of my greens on Poland wanted to keep some in case I was wrong or if Edyta would win it, either happened.. Can’t blame the Poles they gave me money should and could have been more but not their fault they’re weird.

    • There’s a better one. I dont have the link on me but apparently there is a petition out there to try and get Poland removed from ESC full stop for picking the wrong entry!

  12. got a bit layed @ top4 and top10 expecting Margaret to win (Never saw what market was seeing in her), but I actually think this has a decent shot to make top10. He has magnificent pipes and he song it not that badl. Not a winning song, so it’s not surprising the odds rocketed, but the odds were ridiculously low to begin with..

    So if the price is right (need to think what the right price is..) I think I’ll become a top10 backer..

  13. In saying they will qualify with ease you appear to have forgotten the fact that Poland have never qualified with ease in there history (Highest is 8th)

    • History which is based on 10 performances in semi-finals should not be given a big emphasis. It has more to do with the song quality than anything else. It’s very dangerous to start looking at the data from previous years and make conclusions based on that. The sample size is way too small to make conclusions.

      • It does come down to song quality, and while this song isn’t as bad as some people say it’s still just fluff. Poland the last two years sent more Eurovision appropriate entries and finish 8th in there semi so that’s sort what I’m getting at.

  14. I would like to understand why Europe rejects Polish choice. From what I read, there was a great expectation on Margareth, which, in fact, meets the taste of the common euro-fan. Now, an expectation becomes a reality is something totally different. I could hear both versions; the album version and the “live” one (before YouTube blocked NF show’s audio… why no one asks about such blocking, huh ???): the difference is abysmal. She does not have good live performance. And to be honest, not good singer she is. I’m sorry to say this.

    I must recall that Polish final was decided by the audience (one vote per phone number) without fraud clue, and it chose the best presentation. Does Polish audience was so stupid to choose “Color of your life”?!? I think not. They realized what Margareth Euro-fan did not: in a National Final which has three favorite songs (Cool me down; Color of my life and Grateful), people were chosen the best show. That National Final proves that a “Favorite Song” does not always take the title.

    What those “Euro-fans” didn”t say that Michal Szpak was also favorite. “Color of your life” is a good ballad, with a real message, which lacks in “Euro-fan sweetheart.” Michal sang it masterfully and his impeccable show DESERVED THAT VICTORY!

    The betting stalls did not fail to consider “Color of your life” one of the favorites to win. Its “fall” is natural, because there are many songs to introduce. How can we say “this country is favorite to win” if its entry didn’t have chosen? I’d prefer to talk about favorites after knowing all songs. Sorry for the harshness in the comment, but the excuses came from those “Euro-fans” show that Poland had personality in choosing Michal instead of following trends…

    And let’s stop this “hate” ok ?: I doubt that all Europe has watched Polish National Finals to say “Cool me down” was the best option than “Color of your life.” And it was not: Polish people showed that.

    • I watched Mandy and Michal deserved his victory, furthermore I think he will do very well.

      This is actually a betting site and few fans post their comments here. There is no “hate” just disappointment maybe from those who had money on Poland at 4/1

      • I hate it. Terribly old fashioned nonsense that may not even qualify. Hate is good.

        (It’s quite tuneful really but still may NQ. And is still old fashioned).

  15. Iv been coming around to this a lot more and have backed some top 10 and a small amount of top 4,there is a layer who is certain this is sinking though offering 1000+ to lay on the top 10,but this has a chance of coming together well with a few changes for me.Its dated,but eastern juries and televoters might be more friendly than first appears.

  16. I agree with Durhamborn, at the current odds this is in my view the strongest top10 bet. I am taking everything over 4.5 very happily. Dated and cheesy, yes, but I think many viewers will find it to be emotional and sincere. Singer is also exceptional.

    • Thats whats tempted me Johnny,the song is dated,but the vocals are very strong and there is a chance of intimate staging.4.5+ seems too high

    • The thing is, there’s so much more ballad-competition for Poland this year. And it’s usually the more contemporary stuff. Countries like Armenia, Estonia, Serbia, Latvia, Czech Republic and Ukraine come to my mind. ‘Contemporary’ is what counts nowadays with ballads too.

      You have to have BOTH a very good contemporary song AND good vocals. And what I see especially this year, is the fact that there are really great vocalists this year. Together with Michael, you have to recognize the vocal powers of the other ballads.

      In the end I think Poland will do much more an ‘Iceland 2013’….results wise. Also that was vocally very competent, but lacked when judged as a ‘contemporary’ ballad.

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