A key theme running through the 2016 contest is the “surprise” winner that has emerged from many of the various National televised selections. Michael Szpak caused a mighty upset at the Polish national final when he triumphed over the much fancied Margaret’s cooler-than-cool “Cool Me Down” to take his “Colour of Your Life” to Stockholm.
Szpak is a serious contender for 'Best Hair of Eurovision 2016' and his soft-rock ballad is an earnest effort that actually is, to its determent, a bit too black and white.
Poland have produced some much talked about entries over the past couple of years (milkmaids anyone?) but this paint-by-numbers effort may bring an end to their recent success. The Poles should have stuck with Margaret.
Watch Michał Szpak's official video for 'Color Of Your Life':
Four Questions with Michał Szpak
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
One important thing is that I will have the opportunity to perform on an international stage. It’s a stepping stone to achieving my dream. Also the fact that I can show people true emotions and present my motto "Be yourself, whatever it takes" that I’ve been living by ever since I can remember.
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
I can be consistent in achieving my goals, I never give up and I can turn failure into success.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
I focus on myself and try to shut myself away from my surroundings only to "explode" with energy on stage.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
I have the honour of representing Poland at the largest Song Contest in the world. I’d like to win the audience’s hearts and I’d love the next 2017 Eurovision Song Contest to take place in Warsaw.