Road to Copenhagen 2014: Donatan & Cleo – “My Słowianie” (Poland)

2014 sees the welcome return of Poland, last seen coming last in a 2011 semi-final and pulling out due to the financial constraints of co-hosting Euro 2012 with Ukraine. It’s not difficult to see why the interest in Eurovision wasn’t there for a more prompt return, with the nation failing to qualify on six of the seven occasions it was required to.

PolandThat said, they’ve had some decent songs over the years, such as 2006’s “Follow my heart”, 2008’s “For Life” and 2010’s “Legenda”. It’ll be interesting to see if they will ever hit the heights of their 1994 debut that saw them come 2nd.

They’ve opted for internal selection this year, and gone for popular duo Donatan & Cleo, extolling the virtues of Slavic girls. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but a brilliant blend of urban swagger and Eastern folk music definitely wasn’t it.

donatan cleo polandThe clapping rhythm is a great backdrop, the half-rap-half-singing delivery is done tunefully and confidently. I just hope Europe don’t have a sense of humour failure, because I rather like this.

Poland don’t seem to have a typical style of entry, and that means we get unusual entries like this, then I’m all for it!

For reviews of ALL the competing entries in the 2014 contest, as well as coverage of all the national finals and all sorts of other news, please visit my Copenhagen 2014 Hub by clicking the link, or the “Copenhagen 2014” menu on the top banner, or the “#Joinus” crystal on the left-hand bar.

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