12-year-old Wiktoria Gabor has won the right to represent host nation Poland at Junior Eurovision 2019, winning today’s Polish national selection final with her song “Superhero.”
Co-written by Polish singer-songwriter Lanberry, Patryk Kumór, and Dominic Buczkowski-Wojtaszek, “Superhero” crushed fellow Szansa na Sukces 2019 finalists Nikola Fiedor and Gabriela Katzer, winning both the jury votes and the televotes.
Over the course of three semi-finals and today’s final, Gabor emerged victorious and will be looking to match Roksana Weigel’s Junior Eurovision 2018 win. To date, no Junior Eurovision host has won the contest, with the closest being Georgia’s 2nd place finish at Junior Eurovision 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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Prior to Weigel’s victory, Poland’s form at Junior Eurovision has typically been terrible to middling. After two last place finishes in 2003 and 2004, Poland withdrew from the contest and did not return until 2016. Poland’s form improved, going from 11th in 2016 to 8th in 2017 to victory in 2018.
In Gabor, however, Poland have selected a young performer who is already well-established, so expectations are Poland is going to be hunting around the top half of the table. Gabor came in a close second at The Voice Kids: Poland. Shortly thereafter, Gabor released her first single “Time,” which has garnered over 2 million views on YouTube.
The German born, British-raised Gabor, with Roma roots and backed by one of Poland’s most-acclaimed female singer-songwriters in Lanberry, will prove a tough challenge in what is shaping up to be an exciting field of participants in Gliwice-Silesia on November 24, 2019.
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