Roksana Węgiel

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Roksana Węgiel
JESC 2018. Roksana Wegiel with trophy.jpg
Węgiel in 2018
Background information
Birth nameRoksana Emilia Węgiel
Also known asRoxie
Born (2005-01-11) 11 January 2005 (age 14)
Jasło, Poland
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2014-now
LabelsUniversal Music Polska
Associated actsEdyta Górniak
Websiteroksana-wegiel.pl

Roksana Emilia Węgiel (Polish pronunciation: [rɔkˈsana ˈvɛŋɡʲɛl]; born 11 January 2005)[1], sometimes known as Roxie, is a Polish singer. She represented Poland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song "Anyone I Want to Be", and went on to win the competition. She is the first Polish entrant to win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Before Junior Eurovision, Węgiel won season one of the Polish version of The Voice Kids, where she was coached by Edyta Górniak.

Early life[edit]

Węgiel was born in Jasło, Poland. As a child, she competed in artistic gymnastics and ballroom dancing, and additionally competed in judo internationally. Węgiel began singing at age eight, during a karaoke concert at a judo camp in Croatia. She has a brother named Maksymilian.[2]

Career[edit]

2017–present: The Voice Kids and Junior Eurovision[edit]

Węgiel's professional singing career began in 2017, when she auditioned for season one of the Polish version of The Voice Kids. At her blind audition, she sang "Halo" by American entertainer Beyoncé and had all three coaches turn their chairs for her, eventually joining the team of Polish singer-songwriter Edyta Górniak.[3] Węgiel advanced through the competition until being declared the winner during the final on 24 February 2018, performing Górniak's 1994 Eurovision entry "To nie ja!" and an original song "Żyj".[4] After winning the competition, she was signed to Universal Music Polska, and released her second single "Obiecuję".[5][6] In October 2018, Węgiel performed with Górniak on the single "Zatrzymać chwilę", recorded for the soundtrack of the Polish version of the film Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.[7]

Roksana Węgiel and her dance troupe with Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 trophy

On 21 September, Węgiel was announced by Polish broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP) as Poland's entrant in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, to be held in Minsk, Belarus.[8] Her song for the competition, titled "Anyone I Want to Be", was written by an international team consisting of Polish singer Lanberry, Danish producer Cutfather, British-American songwriter Maegan Cottone, and Danish-Norwegian musician Daniel Heløy Davidsen.[9][10] The song was released on 6 November, with its official music video being released the same day.[11] The video surpassed one million views on YouTube within two weeks, becoming the most-watched video of the 2018 contest.[12] The competition was held on 25 November, where Węgiel was eventually crowned the winner, placing first with the viewing public and seventh with the professional juries. Węgiel is the first Polish entrant to win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.[13][14][15]

On 12 April 2019, Roksana released her new song called "Lay Low" although she got a lot of heat for it. Some people said it's inappropriate for her age.

Discography[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
POL
[16]
"Żyj" 2018 TBA
"Obiecuję"
"Zatrzymać chwilę"
(with Edyta Górniak)
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
"Anyone I Want to Be" 4 TBA
"Święta to czas niespodzianek"
(with Zuza Jabłońska and 4Dreamers)
Non-album single
"Lay Low" 2019 11 TBA
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mach, Magdalena (2018-11-25). "Roksana Węgiel wygrała Eurowizję Junior 2018. Zaśpiewała ostatnia, dostała najwięcej punktów". rzeszow.wyborcza.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  2. ^ "Scena talentów – Roksana Węgiel" (in Polish). TVP. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Roksana Węgiel triumfatorką pierwszej edycji "The Voice Kids"" (in Polish). TVP. 24 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Żyj – Single – Roksana Węgiel" (in Polish). iTunes. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Roksana Węgiel" (in Polish). Universal Music Polska. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Obiecuję – Single – Roksana Węgiel" (in Polish). iTunes. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Zatrzymać Chwilę (z filmu "Hotel Transylwania 3") – Single – Edyta Górniak & Roksana Węgiel" (in Polish). iTunes. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  8. ^ Herbert, Emily (21 September 2018). "Poland: Roksana Wegiel to Junior Eurovision 2018". Eurovoix.
  9. ^ Blazewicz, Maciej (24 September 2018). "Juliusz Kamil kompozytorem piosenki na Eurowizję Junior! (...)" (in Polish). Dziennik-Eurowizyjny.pl.
  10. ^ Granger, Anthony (26 October 2018). "Poland: Roksana Wegiel To Perform "Anyone I Want to Be"". Eurovoix.
  11. ^ Herbert, Emily (6 November 2018). "Poland: "Anyone I Want To Be" Released". Eurovoix.
  12. ^ Granger, Anthony (22 November 2018). "Poland: "Anyone I Want To Be" Passes Music Video 1.5 Million Views". Eurovoix.
  13. ^ "Poland's Roksana Węgiel is the winner of Junior Eurovision 2018!". EBU. 25 November 2018.
  14. ^ Farren, Neil (25 November 2018). "Poland: Roksana Węgiel Wins Junior Eurovision 2018". Eurovoix.
  15. ^ Stella, Nathan (25 November 2018). "Roksana Węgiel From Poland Wins The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018!". ESCBubble.
  16. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Poland:
  17. ^ "Certification criteria" (in Polish). ZPAV. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  18. ^ "Albums and singles certified gold in 2019" (in Polish). ZPAV. Retrieved February 7, 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Roksana Węgiel at Wikimedia Commons

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Inaugural
holder
Winner of The Voice Kids Poland
Season One
Succeeded by
Ania Dąbrowska
Preceded by
Alicja Rega
with "Mój dom"
Poland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
2018
Succeeded by
[to be determined]
Preceded by
Russia Polina Bogusevich
with "Wings"
Winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
2018
Succeeded by
[to be determined]