Andrzej Tomasz Piaseczny more known as Piasek, is a Polish singer, songwriter and television personality. Former Mafia singer, Member of the Phonographic Academy of ZPAV. In the years 1997-2010 he performed in the TV series Złotopolscy, where he played the singer Kacper "Górniak" Złotopolski, his solo career began in 1998. In the same year he performed in a duet with Natalia Kukulska, with whom he recorded the song "You Are Near Me", released a solo single "I Know My Way", used in the soundtrack to the movie The Magic Sword - Camelot Legend. Piasek represented Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 with his up-tempo dance song "2 Long". Since 2008, the artist has collaborated with Seweryn Krajewski. Andrzej Piaseczny was born on 6 January 1971 in Pionki near Radom, he became interested in music in his childhood. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at WSP in Kielce, he studied music education. He has an older brother, a judge and harpist ZHR Krzysztof Piaseczny, a younger sister Basia.
In 1992, Piaseczny joined the Mafia band. In the same year he took part in the contest of young talents in Wroclaw and in the concert "Debiutów" at the Festival in Opole. Mafia's debut album of the same title was released on 3 November 1993 by the Kraków-based record company TOP Music. On the album included. Interpretation of the song "Wishing Well" from the band's repertoire Free In February 1995, Mafia's second studio album, was released The recordings were promoted by ballad titled " "Noce całe", but a large part of the album was rock songs; the same year saw the debut solo album of saxophonist Robert Chojnacki entitled Sax & Sex, recorded with Piaseczny. Composers enjoyed great popularity in Poland „Budzikom śmierć”, „Prawie do nieba” i „Niecierpliwi”. A year the album was certified double platinum Also in 1996 saw the release of Sax & Dance, which featured remixed songs from Sax & Sex; that same year, the latest Mafia album recorded with Piaseczny entitled FM One year Piaseczny together with the group recorded the single "Wolność jest w nas" promoting the film entitled "Sara" in the film Sara Slesicki.
Soon after, he ended his cooperation with the formation. In early 1998, the singer's debut solo album Piasek was released The publication was promoted among others; the singles "Mocniej" and "Jeszcze bliżej", which were recorded on the charts of the Polish Radio. On the album was the song "Pogodniej" used as the main theme of the music series Złotopolscy; the same year saw the release of "Wciąż bardziej obcy" recorded by Piaseczny with the guest participation of Jan Borysewicz from Lady Pank, as well as two songs performed in collaboration with Natalia Kukulska - "Jesteś blisko mnie" and "Znam drogę swą". Both numbers are on the soundtrack of the animated film Magic Sword - Legend of Camelot. In 1999 the singer took part in Karlshamn's Baltic Songs Festival. During the concert he sang the composition "Jeszcze biżej", thanks to which he won the second prize and the Audience Award. February 16, 2000 released his second solo album entitled Popers. Ewa Bem, jazz musician Wojciech Karolak, bassist Vail Johns and saxophonist Eric Marienthal participated in the recording.
As part of the promotion at the Polish Theater in Warsaw, Piaseczny played a concert called Piasek and Friends, where guest stars included Jan Borysewicz, Reni Jusis and Anna Przybylska. In May 2001, the singer was chosen internally by Polish Television to represent Poland during the 46th Eurovision Song Contest organized in Copenhagen, he sang the song 2 long. He finished 20th from a field of 23 participating countries; the song received 2 points from Sweden, 3 points from Slovenia, 5 points from Germany and 1 point from Denmark. After the final concert he was awarded the Prize for them. Barbara Dex awarded in the internet poll of the worst dressed participant of the competition. In 2002 Andrzej Piaseczny in cooperation among others. Zbigniew Wodecki, Maryla Rodowicz and Patrycja Markowska recorded the song "Oj Kot" promoting the costume movie Revenge, directed by Andrzej Wajda. On November 10, 2003, his next studio album, Andrzej Piaseczny, was released, promoted by singles „Szczęście jest blisko”, „Teraz płacz” oraz „Jedna na milion”.
The album reached the 13th position of OLiS. One year Piaseczny participated in an Olympic fire relay at the Athens Summer Olympics. In September of the same year Krzysztof Krawczyk's single "Przytul me życie" was released in a duet with Piaseczny. In 2005, Piaseczny took part in the recordings of the album entitled Words containing songs composed for the poems of John Paul II. On September 3 of that year Piaseczny performed at the Festival in Sopot, where he sang the song Z głębi duszy", thanks to which he won the main award of Bursztynowy Słowik. On September 19, his next solo album titled Jednym tchem was released, which at the end of 2006 was platinum status in the country. In the same year, Robert Chojnacki's next solo album, was released, featuring Piaseczny. In December of the same year, the singer appeared in the program "Arie z uśmiechem " broadcast on TVP2, where he sang two opera arias: "Dziewczyno Ty moja" and "Usta milczą, dusza śpiewa" together with Katarzyna Cerekwicka. In 2007 he performed at the TOPtrenda Festival in Sopot, participated in Seweryn Krajewski's recital entitled "Heaven from My Parties" which took place at the National Festival of Polish Songs in Opole.
On April 7, 2008, on the occasion of the fifteen years of Piaseczny's artistic activity, a 15 dni album was released.which featured his most popular songs and two premiere compositions: „Komu potrzebny żal” and the title „15 dni”At the end of March 2009, his next solo album entitled "Spis rzeczy ulubionych" The album, composed by
Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Poland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their entry was selected internally by the Polish broadcaster Telewizja Polska. Donatan and Cleo represented Poland with the self-written song "My Słowianie - We Are Slavic", which qualified from the second semi-final to compete in the final. Poland placed 14th in the scoring 62 points. On 5 December 2013, TVP confirmed that Poland would be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest for the 2014 edition after a two-year absence, their return to the contest was motivated by a reduction in participation fees by the European Broadcasting Union. TVP withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 stating that the broadcaster would be focusing on the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympics. For the 2013 Contest, the TVP board of directors decided against returning to the contest with reasons such as the contest lacking focus on music and the presence of voting among neighbouring countries behind the decision.
TVP selected the Polish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 through an internal selection. Donatan and Cleo were rumoured to be selected by TVP in the months prior to the selection announcement and on 20 February 2014, Donatan and Cleo confirmed via their social media accounts that they attended a meeting with TVP regarding the 2014 contest. On 25 February 2014, it was announced that Donatan and Cleo would represent Poland with their song "My Słowianie" during the TVP programme Świat się kręci; the song "My Słowianie" had been released earlier in October 2013 and received media exposure for its music video which mocks Polish stereotypes. During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Poland was drawn to compete in the first half of the second semi-final on 8 May 2014. In the second semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Poland would perform 5th, following Georgia and preceding Austria. Poland qualified from the second semi-final and competed in the final on 10 May 2014.
During the winner's press conference for the second semi-final qualifiers, Poland was allocated to compete in the first half of the final. In the final, the producers of the show decided that Poland would perform 9th, following Montenegro and preceding Greece. In the semi-final 2 the public placed Poland 3rd with 116 points, the jury gave Poland 34 points placing it 12th. Overall Poland placed 8th with 70 points. In the Final the public awarded Poland 162 points placing 5th, the jury gave Poland 23 points placing 23rd. Overall Poland placed 14th with 62 points. At the contest and Cleo performed their song in a Polish and English language mix under the title "My Słowianie - We Are Slavic". On stage, Cleo appeared without Donatan and was instead joined by three female backing vocalists who performed choreography: Alesia Turonak, Sylwia Klan and Anna Łapińska, an additional two female models: Ola Ciupa and Paula Tomala; the three backing vocalists were from the Mazowsze folk group. The performance featured the backing vocalists and models dressed in traditional Polish outfits with the two models suggestively churning butter and washing laundry on stage.
In Poland, both the semi-finals and final were broadcast live on TVP1 and TVP Polonia, as well as on delay one day on TVP Rozrywka. All shows were commentated by Artur Orzech; the Polish spokesperson revealing the result of the Polish vote in the final was Paulina Chylewska. The following five members comprise the Polish jury: Paweł Sztompke – Chairperson – radio journalist Dorota Szpetkowska – journalist Krzysztof Kasowski – singer Magdalena Tul – singer, represented Poland in the 2011 Contest Mietek Szcześniak – singer, represented Poland in the 1999 Contest The Polish votes in the second semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results; the Polish votes in the second semi-final were based on 50 % televoting results. Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Poland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Color of Your Life" written by Andy Palmer and Kamil Varen. The song was performed by Michał Szpak; the Polish broadcaster Telewizja Polska first announced in October 2015 that the Polish entry for the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Sweden would be selected through an internal selection. However, the broadcaster decided to organise the national final Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 in order to select the Polish entry; the national final featured nine entries. "Color of Your Life" performed by Michał Szpak was selected as the winner after gaining 35.89% of the public vote. Poland was drawn to compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 12 May 2016. Performing during the show in position 2, "Color of Your Life" was announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and therefore qualified to compete in the final on 14 May, it was revealed that Poland placed sixth out of the 18 participating countries in the semi-final with 151 points.
In the final, Poland performed in position 12 and placed eighth out of the 26 participating countries, scoring 229 points, from the start was 7 points. Prior to the 2016 Contest, Poland had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest eighteen times since its first entry in 1994. Poland's highest placement in the contest, to this point, has been second place, which the nation achieved with its debut entry in 1994 with the song "To nie ja!" Performed by Edyta Górniak. Poland has only, thus far, reached the top ten on one other occasion, when Ich Troje performing the song "Keine Grenzen – Żadnych granic" finished seventh in 2003. Between 2005 and 2011, Poland failed to qualify from the semi-final round six out of seven years with only their 2008 entry, "For Life" performed by Isis Gee, managing to take the nation to the final during that period. After once again failing to qualify to the final in 2011, the country withdrew from the contest during 2012 and 2013. Since returning to the contest in 2014, Poland managed to qualify to the final with both their 2014 entry, "My Słowianie - We Are Slavic" performed by Donatan and Cleo, their 2015 entry "In the Name of Love" performed by Monika Kuszyńska.
The Polish national broadcaster, Telewizja Polska, broadcasts the event within Poland and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. TVP confirmed Poland's participation in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on 10 October 2015. Between 2006 and 2011, TVP organised televised national finals that featured a competition among several artists and songs in order to select the Polish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. After returning to the contest in 2014 following their two-year absence, the broadcaster opted to internally select both the 2014 and 2015 entries. In October 2015, TVP announced that the Polish entry for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest would be selected via an internal selection and would be presented in February 2016. However, on 26 January 2016, the director of TVP1, Jan Pawlicki, announced that the Polish entry would be selected via a national final. After the winner of the 2015 Polish parliamentary election and Justice party, proposed a new media law, doubts regarding the country's participation in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest were reported across international media outlets.
The new law was perceived as the government's way of limiting freedom of the press as well as putting the media, such as the Polish national broadcaster Telewizja Polska, under government control with further concerns surrounding the issue stemming from the wider Polish Constitutional Court crisis. Based on the reported information, news outlets speculated that Poland would be expelled from the European Broadcasting Union over the freedom of the press concerns and therefore would be unable to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest without full EBU membership. On 15 January 2016, the EBU denied. Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 was the national final organised by TVP in order to select the Polish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016; the show took place on 5 March 2016 at the TVP Headquarters in Warsaw, hosted by Artur Orzech. Public televoting selected the winner; the show was broadcast on TVP1 and TVP Polonia as well as streamed online at the broadcaster's website eurowizja.tvp.pl. TVP opened a submission period for interested artists and songwriters to submit their entries between 28 January 2016 and 8 February 2016.
The broadcaster received 88 submissions at the closing of the deadline. A five-member selection committee selected nine entries from the received submissions to compete in the national final; the selection committee consisted of Anna Will, Artur Orzech, Zygmunt Kukla, Robert Janowski and Waldemar Skowroński. The selected entries were announced on 16 February 2016 during the TVP1 programme Świat się kręci, hosted by Artur Orzech. Among the competing artists was Edyta Górniak, who represented Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. "My Universe", performed by NAPOLI, was the runner-up in the 2016 Belarusian Eurovision national final. Between 23 February and 4 March, each competing artist presented their entry with a live performance during broadcasts of Świat się kręci; the competing artists were required to submit a promotional video for their song to TVP by 1 March 2016. The televised final took place on 5 March 2016. Nine entries competed and the winner, "Color of Your Life" performed by Michał Szpak, was determined by a public vote.
Blue Café are a Polish musical group with jazz and Latin influences. The band was formed in Łódź in 1998 and had three consecutive hit singles in Poland in 2002-03, they were nominated in the category Best Polish Act at the 2003 MTV Europe Awards, are known internationally for representing Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004. The original line-up of the band was leader, composer and keyboardist Paweł Rurak-Sokal, singer Tatiana Okupnik, Viola Danel, Sebastian Kasprowicz, Marcin Markuszewski, Łukasz Moszczyński, Piotr Sławiński and Michał Niewiadomski, their first single "Español" was released in 2001, with album Fanaberia following in late 2002. Blue Café submitted "You May Be in Love", a track from Fanaberia, to the 2003 Polish Eurovision Song Contest selection, where it made the final, finishing in third place, it subsequently topped the Polish chart. The following year, the band took part in the Eurovision selection again with "Love Song", a Latin-flavoured track from their second album Demi-sec.
In a close televoting and SMS result, "Love Song" emerged the winner, earning Blue Café the Polish ticket for the 49th Eurovision Song Contest. 2004 was the year. Five members - Okupnik, Rurak-Sokal, Sławiński and newcomer Piotr Grąbkowski - appeared on stage on the night of the contest, when "Love Song" finished in 17th place of 24 entries. Okupnik decided to leave the band in 2005, was replaced as lead singer by Dominika Gawęda; the band's fourth and most recent album, Four Seasons, was released in 2008. Official Site in Polish
Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Poland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Flashlight" written by Kasia Moś, Pete Baringger and Rickard Bonde Truumeel. The song was performed by Kasia Moś; the Polish broadcaster Telewizja Polska organised the national final Krajowe Eliminacje 2017 in order to select the Polish entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. The national final featured ten entries. "Flashlight" performed by Kasia Moś was selected as the winner. Poland was drawn to compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 9 May 2017. Performing during the show in position 11, "Flashlight" was announced among the top 10 entries of the first semi-final and therefore qualified to compete in the final on 13 May. Prior to the 2017 Contest, Poland had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest nineteen times since its first entry in 1994. Poland's highest placement in the contest, to this point, has been second place, which the nation achieved with its debut entry in 1994 with the song "To nie ja!"
Performed by Edyta Górniak. Poland has only, thus far, reached the top ten on two other occasions, when Ich Troje performing the song "Keine Grenzen – Żadnych granic" finished seventh in 2003 and when Michał Szpak performing the song "Color of Your Life" finished eighth in 2016. Between 2005 and 2011, Poland failed to qualify from the semi-final round six out of seven years with only their 2008 entry, "For Life" performed by Isis Gee, managing to take the nation to the final during that period. After once again failing to qualify to the final in 2011, the country withdrew from the contest during 2012 and 2013. Since returning to the contest in 2014, Poland managed to qualify to the final with both their 2014 entry, "My Słowianie - We Are Slavic" performed by Donatan and Cleo, their 2015 entry "In the Name of Love" performed by Monika Kuszyńska and their 2016 entry "Color of Your Life" performed by Michał Szpak; the Polish national broadcaster, Telewizja Polska, broadcasts the event within Poland and organises the selection process for the nation's entry.
Between 2006 and 2011, TVP organised televised national finals that featured a competition among several artists and songs in order to select the Polish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. After returning to the contest in 2014 following their two-year absence, the broadcaster opted to internally select both the 2014 and 2015 entries; the entry for this year's contest in Kiev, Ukraine was selected through a national final like in 2016. Krajowe Eliminacje 2017 was the national final organised by TVP in order to select the Polish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017; the show took place on 18 February 2017 at the TVP Headquarters in Warsaw, hosted by Artur Orzech. A five-member jury panel and a public telephone vote selected the winner; the show was broadcast on TVP1 and TVP Polonia as well as streamed online at the broadcaster's website eurowizja.tvp.pl. The televised final took place on 18 February 2017. Ten entries competed and the winner, "Flashlight" performed by Kasia Moś, was determined by a 50/50 combination of votes from a professional jury made up of music professionals and a public telephone vote.
The national final was hosted by Artur Orzech. In addition to the performances from the competitors, the show featured guest performances by Doda, 2016 Polish Junior Eurovision entrant Olivia Wieczorek and 2016 Polish Eurovision entrant Michał Szpak. Kasia Moś made several appearances across Europe to promote "Flashlight" as the Polish Eurovision entry. On 25 March, Moś performed during the Eurovision PreParty Riga, organised by OGAE Latvia and held at the Cristal Club in Riga, Latvia. On 2 April, she performed during the London Eurovision Party, held at the Café de Paris venue in London, United Kingdom and hosted by Nicki French. Between 3 and 6 April, Kasia Moś took part in promotional activities in Tel Aviv, Israel where she performed during the Israel Calling event held at the Ha'teatron venue. On 8 April, Moś performed during the Eurovision in Concert event, held at the Melkweg venue in Amsterdam and hosted by Cornald Maas and Selma Björnsdóttir. On 15 April, she performed during the Eurovision Spain Pre-Party, held at the Sala La Riviera venue in Madrid, Spain.
According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final. The European Broadcasting Union split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 31 January 2017, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Poland was placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 9 May 2017, was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show. Once all the competing songs for the 2017 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Poland was set to perform in position 11, following the entry from Greece and before the entry from Moldova.
The two semi-finals and the final will be broadcast in Poland on TVP1 and TVP Polonia with commentary by Artur Orzech. The three shows will be aired on a one-day delay on TVP Rozrywka; the Polish spokesperson, who will announce the top 12-point score awarded by the Polish jury during the final, will be Anna Popek. Kasia Moś took part in technical rehearsals on 30 April
Michał Szpak is a Polish singer who found fame on the first series of the Polish X Factor in 2011. On 12 May 2016, Szpak represented Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden with the song "Color of Your Life". Michał was born in a small town in southern Poland, his older sister Marlena is an Opera singer born from his father Andrzej Szpak's first marriage. After the split, father Szpak got married for the second time, from this relationship was born Damian, Michał, Ewa; the couple split when Michał was 10. Because of this and a job offer, his mother moved to Italy; the Szpak children kept living in Poland with dad, used to visit mom during holidays. Brother Damian became one of the greatest support for the young Michał due to his excentricity, his early music influences included Queen, Zbigniew Preisner, David Bowie and Michael Jackson. As a high school student together with his friend, Kamil Czapla, Szpak was part of the Whiplash band playing hard rock style music. Over the years, he has admitted that unlike his older sister, he has never taken any formal music lessons.
Szpak resides in Warsaw, where he is pursuing a psychology degree at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. On March 6, 2011 Szpak took part in Poland's first edition of the X Factor when he sang Czesław Niemen's classic "Dziwny jest ten świat", he reached the final of the X Factor competition. On 5 June 2011 Szpak and Alexandra Burke sang "Hallelujah" during the final. On June 17, 2011 he was part of the lineup for the Orange Warsaw Festival at Stadion Legii, which included international artists such as Moby, Skunk Anansie, My Chemical Romance, Plan B, The Streets and Jamiroquai. Between September 4 and November 6 of 2011, Szpak participated in the 13th edition of Taniec z gwiazdami—the Polish version of Dancing with the Stars, where he was partnered with the Polish professional dancer Paulina Biernat. Together they reached 5th place in the competition. Szpak's debut EP, XI, was released by Universal Music Poland in 2011. On December 7, 2011, Szpak performed as a guest celebrity on the finale of the Top Model.
Zostań modelką show, an ongoing Polish reality documentary based on Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model. In 2013, he was awarded first prize at the Russian song Festival in Zielona Gora for his performance of the famous Russian song titled Dark Eyes. Byle być sobą is the debut studio album by Szpak, it was released in Poland on 13 November 2015 through Sony Music Entertainment Poland. Titled as a reflection of his life kurwa mać and frame of mind at 24 years following the unexpected death of his mother, the album includes 12 songs performed in Polish as well as in English; the album, dedicated to the singer's mother has met with critical success in Poland. His flawless rendition of the song "Jesteś bohaterem" brought him first prize at the 2015 National Festival of Polish Song in Opole. Michał Szpak represented Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden with the song "Color of Your Life"; the winner in the Polish national final was chosen by televoting. He beat world-famous Polish performer Margaret, who came second, another long time accomplished singer, Edyta Górniak, third.
This was the first time Poland has held a competition to choose its entry since its return in 2014. The Eurovision pre-selection show took place on 5 March 2016 at the TVP Headquarters in Warsaw and was hosted by Artur Orzech; the Polish public chose Michał Szpak and his entry song titled "Color of Your Life", with Szpak winning overwhelmingly with 35.5% of the vote. “I would like to take part in Eurovision, to face the European artists and present the entry which I believe will leave big emotional mark on everyone”, stated Michal. To promote his Eurovision Song Contest entry Szpak took part in the Eurovision Concert Tour in London, Tel Aviv and Portugal. On 12 May, Szpak performed in the first half of the second Eurovision semi-final. Following his live semi-final performance of "Color of Your Life" he made it through to the grand final. On 14 May he performed 12th in the running order between the Eurovision contestants from France and Australia. All in all, Szpak won 3rd place from the public tele-voting and ended up benefiting from the new voting system.
Despite being in second to last place with the juries, he leapt from seven points to 229 when public votes were added, finished eighth overall. After finishing in 8th place in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Michał Szpak has gone on to become a coach on The Voice of Poland replacing Natalia Kukulska. In 2017 he was the winning coach in his debut season with The Voice, promoting the winner, Marta Gałuszewska. In 2018 he released his second studio album titled Dreamer; the songs from the album have achieved huge success on YouTube, each receiving well over a million views. In November 2018 he released his latest single, titled Dreamer! The song is about being strong, moving on and chasing your dreams with the help of your friends and loved ones, his previous singles from the album, King of the Season and Rainbow, have received 1.9m and 1.6m views on YouTube respectively. XI Tour Color Of Your Life Tour Classica Tour 2011: Polish Edition of The X Factor – second place 2011: Poland Style & Design Awards for Creative Performance & Achievement Emerging Talent 2013: Golden Samovar – Russian Song Festival 2013 in Zielona Góra 2015: Super Premie