Poland’s 2016 Eurovision Entry
Whereas Armenia deploys a grumpy Jesus in a supporting role, Poland employs a Caravaggio Jesus in a starring role. You know those late Renaissance paintings where Jesus is given only a wisp of a beard and the most luxuriant and naturally wavy hair imaginable?
Here’s Michal Szpak’s video
It’s a rather lonely video. He has nobody for comfort except for four studious cellists who show up near the end. They don’t seem very interested in him, and I suspect he’s not interested in them especially. Caravaggio Jesus is also Rapunzel Jesus as it happens. Rapunzel Jesus is stranded atop a lonely round tower in the middle of a forest. He’s just waiting to let down his long and beautiful hair so that someone can climb up and rescue him.
The song itself is well-crafted, in a Supertramp sort of way. It plays on repeated and driving chords and it knows just how to raise semi-tones in the most emotionally manipulative way possible. I can see this doing well.
Funny thing, I’d never regard myself as an expert in the field of masculine pulchritude, but even I’ve noticed that this year’s cohort of entrants is marked by a plenitude of remarkably beautiful men. Beautiful men with wonderful wonderful hair. It seems a number of lads from across Europe have decided that they’re worth it.
I suspect a lot of people will fall in love with Caravaggio-Rapunzel-Jesus-Michal on Eurovision night, if only for the chance to lose themselves in all that hair – having rescued him from that tower.
But here’s Latvia,
Someone else who doesn’t look sullen at all is Malta’s representative –
Meanwhile, I found Bosnia and Herzegovina somewhat intriguing this year – see below…
More interesting than Montenegro, anyhow
Far, far more conventional is Azerbaijan
More chillingly, here is Estonia
But here, by way of some (but not much) relief is Cyprus
On a lighter note, see the Czech Republic’s offering…
San Marino – folks…
Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…
Here’s Austria by the way…