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Poland: Tulia – Fire of Love

Poland has finally confirmed that Tulia will be performing Fire of Love at Eurovision in May. I was quite pleased when I heard that Tulia would be representing Poland. I was less happy when Fire of Love was chosen as the song having hoped for a Babushki-meets-My Słowianie influenced song to excite the Polish diaspora. Fire of Love is nice, but it lacks an edge to bring western voters on board.  I'll keep my options open for the moment in the hope of them bringing a quirky ethno staging concept to Tel Aviv. If not, then Poland are very borderline in…
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Fire of Love is nice, but it lacks an edge to bring western voters on board

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Poland has finally confirmed that Tulia will be performing Fire of Love at Eurovision in May.

I was quite pleased when I heard that Tulia would be representing Poland. I was less happy when Fire of Love was chosen as the song having hoped for a Babushki-meets-My Słowianie influenced song to excite the Polish diaspora.

Fire of Love is nice, but it lacks an edge to bring western voters on board.  I’ll keep my options open for the moment in the hope of them bringing a quirky ethno staging concept to Tel Aviv. If not, then Poland are very borderline in semi-final 1, as ‘A random lurker‘ points out in the comments section. What’s also correct in the analysis is that juries tend not to enjoy ethnic songs [see Klapa s Mora and My Słowianie for starters]. That’s why delving into the somewhat novelty realm of the Russian Grannies and Donatan & Cleo might work, as it allows the televote to overcome any lag on the jury side of the scoreboard.

We can live in hope that Tulia surprise us in May.

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6 comments

  1. This song is literally screaming for diaspora votes, which could be a problem in this semi as Poland are strangely lacking for support, Belarus & Czech Republic the likely support to call on. Without much support and a first half draw I do think this is borderline at best.

  2. A random lurker appears

    It’s a hard sell. In Poland, Tulia are seen as a curiosity with little mainstream appeal, better known for their Metallica and Depeche Mode covers than their original material. And the semifinal draw almost couldn’t be worse, with diaspora-full countries not able to vote. The track itself is fine, but the televoters may find the white voice rather flat. I wish the verses were sung as duos.
    The bilingual version is likely a concession for the juries. Not gonna help, IMO. History shows ESC “experts” shooting down anything too “ethno”, and the novelty/weirdness vote is covered by three entries in the second half. Only Belarus might treat it as an actually credible piece.
    Disregarding unexpectedly disastrous/superb stagings in May, I’ve got 7 qualifiers and 3 non-qualifiers with Tulia borderline on the NQ side of the remaining seven. Hopefully the team that worked on Roksana Węgiel’s JESC stageshow brings out the heavy artillery.

  3. I am struggling to know what to make of this. The style of singing doesn’t seem to fit with the style of song. Yet it’s not at all bad, always interesting and will stand out for being different.

    But I think both Cathal and Random Lurker have hit the nail on the head. This is a televote song and unfortunately for Poland they are in wrong semi to pick up the diaspora vote.

    As Lurker says – a lot will depend on the live staging. So, for me, this is a wait and see.

  4. This is the song in the first semi that the casual viewer will most likely switch channels at. Montenegro and Georgia are unarguably worse yet this comes across as 3 minutes of shouting. I respect Poland for trying different and trying to bring a bit of culture to the contest but, as has already been pointed out by lurker and Cathal, given the draw they couldn’t have picked a worse year to enter this.
    Regardless of the draw, since 2016, Poland’s diaspora has been overated. For whatever reason, they don’t seem to pick up the phone as fanatically as those of Lithuania and Romania for example. Maybe this song would get them to, but that’s a moot point here.
    I don’t give this much chance of qualifying at all.

  5. The Polish broadcaster, today tightly managed by today’s neo-nationalist Polish government, wants to support the Polish countryside by creating this promo video. Sorry, not my kind of stuff. I see this as NQ

  6. The outcome of the draw does not seem to have anything to do with (bad) luck? Since: “The thirty-six semi-finalists had been allocated into six pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by the contest’s official televoting partner Digame. Drawing from different pots helps to reduce the chance of so-called neighbourly voting and increases suspense in the semi-finals.”
    For me, the monophonic approach works perfect. Just a bunch of girls singing in unison without voice-tricky embellishments – albeit with some unsettling sense of compulsion. So I shouldnt’ve used the word “just.’ It has something ‘posessed’ about it. As if they’re controlled by some dark outside forces. And that’s what sets it apart. I don’t believe viewers will switch channels. It’s too intruiguing from the start. Their voices just roll over you like a tank and at the end you wonder “What just happened?”
    I don’t think it can be ignored.

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