Last month, Poland became the first country to win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest twice in a row. The champion, Viki Gabor, was selected through a national final called Szansa na sukces. In light of this, TVP have stated that they will likely be using this same method for Junior Eurovision 2020.
Jacek Kurski, the Head of Poland’s TVP has announced that their artist for the 2020 contest will likely be selected through the same method. This comes as little surprise considering that the Szansa na Sukces brought them their second consecutive victory. The national final mostly comprised of contestants from The Voice Kids Poland, which was previously won by Roksana Węgiel.
In an interview Mr Kurski with Tele Magazyn, he reaffirmed that the combination of The Voice Kids and Szansa na sukces were the best methods for selecting their entry. Clearly, he is onto something. The cycle will start sooner than you might think, with the next season of The Voice Kids Poland kicking off in January.
TVP are no strangers to getting the ball rolling early. Previously, the broadcaster announced that they would be happy to host the 2020 contest. Note, this was before Poland even won the 2019 contest!
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, Roksana 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.
This year, Viki Gabor won the contest with the song “Superhero”. She scored a total of 278 points, 51 points ahead of second place Kazakhstan. Poland received over 550,000 votes in the online vote, over 200,000 votes ahead of Spain.
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