Unlike last year, Poland will not have a PG-13/R/X/ “not appropriate for the 5 year old” performance. Instead, TVP decided to send Monika Kuszyńska singing “In the Name of Love”, a relatively straightforward ballad that focuses more on the music and less on the visuals. Song-wise, it’s definitely less marmite and more widely acceptable.
Despite all attempts to ignore the wheelchair (which they did a good job of hiding until the last 20 seconds), it’s probably the first thing that non-Polish ESC fans see and hear: she is paralyzed from the waist down due to a car accident in 2006. And then the video suddenly makes sense: photos and videos of her past and then accepting the present, which IMO has a similar feeling to “Do You Hear the People Sing” from Les Mis.
Since I have an anatomy exam soon, I couldn’t help but think how singing while sitting down differs from singing standing up: there’s a little less air involved and as a result there’s fewer low or long notes. But okay, it’s not like the contest involves people swimming sprints across the pool. Not to mention, if she sits up straight there shouldn’t be any major problems involved.