Have you seen Blanka’s performance in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023? Was it successful? Stay with me to the very end of this article and watch the video to find it out.
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This time I’m going to show you my honest comment on Blanka’s second semi-final performance. In this video I’ll analyse the most important changes made after the National Selection.
Let’s focus on the first snippet.
Well, frist things first. The whole performance seems to resemble a kind of video clip which starts with the clapperboard in one of the dancer’s hands. And yes, we have a lot of visual effects which make a difference here, don’t they. By the way, those dancers make a difference. Handsome guys and pretty ladies who make Blanka shine even more. This all adds up here.
As far as I know, Blanka’s got a kind of supporting vocals/backing vocals. No one is present on stage is not visible to the public. We see five people perform and we know that according to the rules the maximum number of people performing is six. However, some claim these are prerecorded vocals made by Blanka herself.
What we see in the background is more or less similar to the National Selection – some summery elements, sunny positive vibes. Some tropical graphics in the background with some gestures presented on the screen as well, which I find great. It’s well thought out because this fragment was chosen and shwon in the official recap. Maybe the audience will follow the hands’ moves and will remember that and repeat those moves in the same way they copied ‘bejba’.
Yes, Bejba. We could hear the audience singing this phrase with Blanka. However, I have to admit that I have the impression that Blanka sang that ‘bejba’ in a bit different way which was more delicate, wasn’t it?
Yes, and the dress change during the performance went very well, covered with some smoke effect on the screen.
And the dance break. Great! Blanka did her best and this really looks so professional. She’s a good dancer, isn’t she?
I can say that these changes undoubtedly work in favour of the Polish performance because after being predicted to be a non-qualifier, it was said to be ninth in the second semi-final and qualify for the Grand Final and once it was even pointed as eighth. Now we know that Blanka has made it to the final and it’s a success, isn’t it?
In the end, let’s talk about the Grand Final Running Order. After the performance Blanka drew ‘the first half’ of the show and all of the artists did it in the order they were announced so Blanka had four, let’s say ballots, to choose from, and it turned out that three of them were the second halves and one – the first half. We might say that she was unlucky, because it’s the second half that is seen as better for the final result but it doesn’t always work. Apart from that two of the hot favourites according to bookmakers, Sweden and Finland, as well as France or Spain, also start in the first half so Blanka will appear in good company, won’t she? Blanka will start fourth in the Grand Final after Switzerland and before Serbia.
All in all, I’d say this is a very good performance with decent vocals. Blanka seems to be self-confident and plays well toghether with her team on stage and this is a great plus.
Will Blanka’s song lead her ‘solo’ to victory? We’ll see if she will get the best result for Poland. To do that she would have to win the whole contest (as the best result for Poland so far has been the 2nd place in the Grand Final; it was in 1994).
In the end, I can only say: Well done, Blanka! Congratulations, Poland! I assume this song might get a decent score but a lot will depend on the jury how they will approach Blanka’s song and performance because, as it has been proven, it’s been well-received by the public. However, the detailed results will be revealed after the show and then we’ll find out how many points Blanka received and in which place she finished the second semi-final.
What do the bookmakers say about the Polish entry now? At this moment (12th May 2023) it’s in 17th place in the Grand Final (before the second semi-final it was the 24th position so she went up by seven places) on eurovisionworld.com.
Let’s hear it for Blanka and the whole team!
Let me know what you think of this performance in the comments section below. I encourage you read my articles and to watch my previous videos about the Eurovision Song Contest.
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