Earlier this month, TVP confirmed that Szansa na Sukces will be used to select their Eurovision entry for Rotterdam. The program was used to select their Junior Eurovision 2019 entry, which ended up winning the whole contest back in November. Now, Dziennik Eurowizyjny have confirmed more details of the selection, which is due to air next month.
As previously reported, Poland will be reverting back to a national final for the selection of their entry for Rotterdam. Now, with recording of the semi-finals due to begin this month, more details have emerged.
The show will be hosted by Artur Orzech. The three person jury will consist of three former Eurovision representatives – Cleo (2014), Michal Szpak (2016) and Gromee (2018). Each show will have a theme:
- 2nd February: Semi-Final One – ABBA
- 9th February: Semi-Final Two – Eurovision Hits
- 16th February: Semi-Final Three – The Beatles
Final on February 23rd
As with the Junior edition, the semi-final shows will be pre-recorded, rather than aired live. Recording of the semi-finals for Szansa na Sukces will take place from Sunday to Monday. Then, the shows will be aired on TVP2 every Sunday from February 2 to February 16.
One artist will proceed to the final from each semi. One artist will be selected via the in-studio jury, while an additional act will be qualified via a ‘Golden Ticket’ from the jury.
The final will be aired live on February 23rd on TVP. In the final, each act will perform a cover and an original song – their Eurovision entry. Unlike the semis, the winner of the selection will be entirely chosen by public voting. The winner will go on to represent Poland in Tel Aviv.
First acts confirmed
Although the full line-up is yet to be confirmed, Dziennik Eurowizyjny have compiled the first 10 contestants for the series. They following artists have confirmed their participation:
- Adrian Makar – Winner of “Mam Talent!” in 2014
- Aleksandra Nykiel – Winner of former season of Szansa na sukces and the audience award during Opole Debuts in 2019
- Alicja Szemplińska – Winner of The Voice of Poland season 10.
- Basia Giewont – A singer and actress from the “Roma” Music Theater.
- Daj To Glosniej – Runner up of “Disco Star”.
- Kasia Dereń – Backing singer for Lukas Meijer in Lisbon 2018.
- Nick Sinckler – Former “Star Factory” participant and dancer for Lanberry in 2017.
- Saszan – Finished 6th in the Polish national selection for 2018, which was ultimately won by Gromee.
- Stashka – 2014 winner of the Baltic Song Conest.
- Weronika Curylo – Runner-up of The Voice of Poland season seven.
Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest
Poland made their Eurovision debut back in 1994 with Edyta Gorniak’s “To nje ja”, which finished in 2nd place. To date, this remains their best result at the contest. Following the introduction of the semi finals, Poland failed to qualify in six out of seven contest between 2005 and 2011, before withdrawing from the 2012 and 2013 contests.
Upon their return, Poland enjoyed better results, until recently. After returning to the contest in 2014, they qualified consecutively until 2018. In Lisbon, DJ and producer Gromee featuring Swedish singer Lukas Meijer flew the Polish flag with “Light Me Up”. They failed to qualify, placing 14th place in the second semi-final with 81 points. Although the song would have qualified on a televote, it was only 15th with the juries.
Last year, they suffered a similar fate. In Tel Aviv, Poland was represented by Tulia with the song “Fire of Love (Pali się)”. They finished 11th in the semi-final with 120 points, missing a spot in the Grand Final by just 2 points.
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