Polish broadcaster TVP have announced a change in rules for their national selection, Szansa na Sukces. This change comes just before the broadcast of the final semi-final which will be broadcast on Sunday (16th February).
No citizenship required!
Previously, the rules of the selection stated that all participants must hold Polish citizenship. However, TVP have announced this rule has since removed. This allows Albert Černý to compete in this week’s The Beatles-themed semi-final without breaching any rules. Albert represented the Czech Republic at Eurovision 2019 as part of Lake Malawi. He will perform The Beatles’ hit, “Please Please Me”, during this Sunday’s show.
Another minor change to the rules is that results can no longer be appealed. Therefore, all jury decisions within the semi-finals stand. So far, Kasia Dereń and Alicja Szemplińska have qualified for the final, after winning their respective semi-finals.
A slight change in the final’s format
During the final, which will be broadcast live on 23rd February, the three winning semi-finalists along with one other selected act saved as a “wildcard” from across the three semi-finals will perform. In a change to what was previously outlined, the singers will first performer a cover version of a past Eurovision entry, decided by the producers.
They will then perform their song that they hope will get selected to represent Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. The winner of the final will now be solely chosen by public vote.
Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest
Poland debuted at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Dublin, where they finished in second place with Edyta Gorniak’s “To nie ja!”. The country have failed to ever reach a position as high again in the contest, with their second best result being Ich Troje’s attempt in 2003. They took “Keine Grenzen – Żadnych granic” to seventh place in Riga.
In recent years, Poland haven’t been as successful in the contest failing to qualify for the final on the past two occasions. Tulia represented the Eastern European nation at the 2019 Eurovision in Tel Aviv with “Fire of Love (Pali sie)”. Tulia finished in 11th place in the semi-final, with 120 points.
Who are you hoping will represent Poland at Eurovision 2020? Do you hope that Albert will again make it to the Eurovision stage?
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