Gliwice-Silesia 2019

Poland: Four shows confirmed to select Junior Eurovision entrant

The casting process has begun in Warsaw

Following the internal-selection of Roksana Węgiel, who went on to win the contest last year, TVP have revealed that they will be running a national selection this year. The winner will go on to be the host entrant for this year’s Junior contest.

Poland’s TVP will be using Szansa na Sukces to select their host entrant for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. They had previously opted for an internal selection, with the Voice Kids Winner Roksana Węgiel eventually going on to win the contest.

Going all-out to select their host entrant for the junior contest, the selection will be formed of four shows. The show will be broadcast in September, comprising of three casting rounds and a final. Each casting show will put forward two singers for the final. In the final, each contestant will perform a cover of a famous Polish song and an original entry for the contest. The winner will go forward to represent Poland on home soil.

The Polish broadcaster also revealed that they had originally planned to internally-select their host entrant. In fact, they hoped to select their singer from the Voice Kids once again. This was unsurprising considering the success of their first internally-selected artist Roksana. However, they later felt that the could not find the right singer from the latest series of the show.

Junior Eurovision 2019

This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Gliwice Arena, Poland, on the 24th November 2019. It marks the first time Poland will host a music-based Eurovision event! Last year, Roksana Węgiel brought Poland its first Eurovision-adjacent win with “Anyone I Want To Be”

The following nineteen countries have confirmed their participation:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Belarus
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • Ukraine
  • Wales

Poland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Poland made their debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest when the contest began in 2003, in Copenhagen, Denmark. After winning the Polish national final for the contest Katarzyna Żurawik represented the nation with the song, “Coś mnie nosi”. Unfortunately, they finished last with just three points. In 2004, Poland came out with exactly the same result, finishing in the last place slot with again, three points.

After two years of poor results and despite TVP signing a 3-year contract with the EBU, Poland decided to withdraw from the contest in 2005. The country did not return to compete again until 2016, despite rumours in 2008 that the broadcaster was considering making a return. 

On their return in 2016, Poland sent Olivia Wieczorek with the song “Nie zapomnij”, which finished in 11th place with 60 points. Last year, Rossana Węgiel became the winner of the sixteenth Junior Eurovision Song Contest with “Anyone I Want To Be”. A strong public vote landed her with 215 points to France’s 203 points.

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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