And now for something completely different. Here is Tulia with “Fire of Love (Pali się).”
Tulia are a Polish folk quartet who formed in 2017. They gained national attention in Poland with their reworking of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence,” and they rode that attention to a top 10 hit album on the Polish charts in 2018.
Tulia has also covered Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” which makes sense to us because there is an interesting hard rock undercurrent to “Fire of Love.” They could compete with Hatari for heaviest Eurovision entry at the 2019 Song Contest. Is it weird that this reminds us of Babymetal, the Japanese J-pop/thrash metal crossover? There is something about the dissonance between the style of music and the style of singing that is striking in a unique way.
Like Portugal’s Conan Osiris, Tulia are an act at this year’s Eurovision that we don’t entirely get, but are thrilled to have competing. “Fire of Love” may be a smidge more conventional than “Telemóveis,” but only just a smidge. Poland has sent some mainstream and old-fashioned pop choices the past few years and missed out on the final last year with a fairly safe option. Like Iceland, they’re going to Tel Aviv with something different, and we hope they get rewarded with a spot on Saturday night.