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Poland: Wiktoria Gabor wins Szansa na sukces 2019

Wiktoria will be representing Poland on home soil in November!

Poland will be hosting this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in the city of Gliwice! As such, they have gone all-out to select their host entry for the contest. It was previously announced that a four-part national final would be used to find their entry. Over the past few weeks, more details of the selection emerged, such as the dates and some of the contestants. The full line-up for each of the heats was later confirmed. 

Szansa na Sukces 2019 comprised of three casting rounds and a final and began earlier this month. The final took place today (September 29th). Each casting show put forward a singer for the final. In the final, each contestant performed a cover of a famous Polish song and then an original entry for the contest. Heat one, which aired on September 8th on TVP2, saw Nikola Fiedor proceed to the final. The second heat then saw Wiktoria Gabor proceed to the final. Last week, Gabriela Katzer won the third ticket to the final.

Today’s final

Yesterday, TVP confirmed that the winning act would be determined by 50% televoting and 50% jury voting. The jury was made of the following three members:

  • Dominika Gawęda
  • Paweł Stasiak
  • Majka Jeżowska

The show will was held in two parts. In the first part, each of the three finalists performed a song by the artist that was the theme of their heat. Once each of the three acts performed, they then performed their song for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In the end, Wiktoria swept the board, topping both the SMS vote and the jury vote. The results were as follows:

1Wiktoria GaborSuperhero5510
2Nikola FiedorBubbles in my head336
3Gabriela KatzerOn My Way112

Junior Eurovision 2019

This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Gliwice Arena, Poland, on the 24th November 2019. Excitingly, 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”. Roksana has since been announced to be hosting the contest, along with Ida Nowakowska and Aleksander Sikora.

The following nineteen countries have confirmed their participation:

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.

Did the right song win? Are you excited for Poland to host their first Eurovision contest? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates!

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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