The Polish Eurovision commentator, Head of Press, and one of the jury members who selected last year’s Polish entry – Mr. Artur Orzech, spoke to Onet.pl about journalism, music and Eurovision. Orzech claims that Eurovision is not a place for real artists, even though many participants are confident that they are “true stars”, but most of the time before and after the Contest not many people heard about them. “Of course there were some exceptions like Celine Dion or ABBA, but they would have reached popularity anyway” – he said.
Artur Orzech recalled a short chat with Terry Wogan when this legendary commentator convinced him to have more fun at his job and not to be too serious. “From this moment on, I’m not pretending that it’s fine if it’s not. I let myself add some malicious comments even if I was criticized because of that” – TVP presenter said and pointed what the main Polish mistake is when it comes to Eurovision. He believes that Polish national pride is too big for a competition like Eurovision, because Poles think if they participate, they should win. They don’t consider it as fun and usually blame the Polish representative for failure, and even ask for a withdrawal from the contest.
Orzech admits that at the beginning he was against the idea to send Donatan & Cleo to Copenhagen, but when he realised how the duo is prepared for the contest, he started to think that it could work very well. He pointed the promotion abroad as one of the main things to do before Eurovision. As he said, many previous entrants believed that TVP will promote them in Poland, and they were disappointed after the competition.
TVP announced back in October that the next Polish Eurovision entry will be chosen internally by a specially formed team of professionals, journalists, composers and producers, as well as the board of OGAE Poland. The final decision will be revealed in the beginning of March 2015. Newest fan rumours are focused on new Doda’s song called “Riotka” which is 3 minutes long, was composed by a Swedish team and released in late December. English version of this song should be presented soon as well. The Facebook fan page which supports Doda currently has over 10,000 likes in the last statements, saying that this popular singer spoke about Eurovision in positive way.
You can check her newest single “Riotka” right here: