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Poland's Euro 2012 song draws controversy



A rowdy Polish folk song picked as the country's official Euro 2012 tune has sparked controversy among fans who call it "kitschy" and a far cry from the Shakira hit of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The song Koko Euro Spoko - sung by a loud chorus of women from the rural folk band Jarzebina - won a contest this week for the official Euro 2012 song.

The band includes mostly heavyset or elderly country women who wear traditional white headdresses and long skirts as they sing of Poland's and co-hosts Ukraine's happiness in hosting the tournament.

Fans online have called the song "kitschy" and an "embarrassment" to Poland. Others have said that voters had played a joke in choosing the song over several hits from better-known Polish stars.

But others have defended the pick, and said that Poles should not be ashamed of their rural traditions.

"We really have nothing to be embarrassed about," performer Pawel Konnak told TVN 24 on Friday. "Let's not pretend that we, as a nation, were born on the streets of New York or Las Vegas. Most of us come from the rural parts of our nation."

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