Polish songstress Blanka Stajkow, who represented her country at the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest, finds herself embroiled in a scandal that has ignited a firestorm of public indignation. Following her performance during the second semi-final night, Polish citizens are now vehemently urging their compatriots not to vote for her in the final.
Allegations of Rigged Victory Spark Public Outrage
At the crux of the controversy lies the belief among the Polish populace that Stajkow's triumph in the national competition, which granted her the ticket to Eurovision, was orchestrated through foul play.
Contrary to the sentiments expressed on various social media platforms, where the public favorite appeared to be the talented young musician Jann, who mesmerized audiences with his captivating rendition of "Gladiator," Stajkow emerged victorious with her song "Solo." These allegations have not only triggered calls for a widespread boycott but have also left the Polish representative devoid of the adoration one would expect after securing a spot in the coveted finals.
"Please, don't vote for Poland in #Eurovision2023 if Blanka is the representative," one individual tweeted, encapsulating the prevailing sentiment. "She liked a comment which called Jann - the public vote winner - 'a person from the dregs of society who shouldn't participate in contests like these.'
He comes from a disadvantaged family of eleven."
Despite harboring hopes of garnering sympathy with her captivating dance moves and theatrical costume changes on stage, Stajkow has failed to captivate the hearts of viewers and fans.
Please, don't vote for Poland in #Eurovision2023 if Blanka is the representative.
She liked a comment which called Jann - the public vote winner - "person from dregs of society who shouldn't participate in contests like these".
He comes from a poor family of 11.
Controversial Remarks and Lackluster Performance Fuel Backlash
Critics unleashed a barrage of scathing comments, with remarks such as "Guaranteed last position," "What kind of lackluster visual effects are these?" and "She doesn't even sing" being hurled in her direction.
Born in Bulgaria, Blanka spent her formative years in the United States, accompanied by her mother, as she tirelessly pursued her aspirations of becoming a pop sensation. Upon returning to her native Poland, she delved into the world of modeling, gracing the catwalks of esteemed shows like Top Model.
Transitioning back to music, she embarked on her singing career, unveiling her debut single, "Better." Subsequently, Stajkow secured a recording contract and released her sophomore track, "Solo," which she performed to a live audience in Liverpool.