As we are getting closer towards the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, we are getting more information on the selection of the entries of the countries participating.
The main focus for this article is host country Poland. We have previously reported that Poland will once again select their Junior Eurovision entry via Szansa na Sukces. It has now been revealed that Poland’s representative will be revealed on the 27th September, which will be the final of Szansa na Sukces – Eurowizija Junior 2020.
Three Semi-Finals and a Final to select Viki’s successor
Along with the announcement of the final of Szansa na Sukces, it was also revealed that the final will be preceded by three shows on the 6th, 13th and 20th September.
In each show, seven participants will be performing cover songs, which will be selected by the producers. One act, would then be selected by the jury to the advance to the final.
During the final, the three selected participants will be performing two songs. One song selected by the producers, and another song which they wish to represent Poland with in Warsaw. Poland’s representative will be selected via a mixture of jury and public vote.
Junior Eurovision 2020 – what we know so far
Junior Eurovision 2020 is to be held on November 29 in the Polish capital of Warsaw. The slogan for the show is ‘Move The World’. Following Viki Gabor’s victory on home soil in 2019, this will mark TVP’s second consecutive time hosting.
Note, unlike previous years, the show is due to be held in a TV studio, rather than an arena. The venue itself is yet to be confirmed, and will either be ATM Studio or Transcolor Studio.
To date, the following countries have confirmed participation in the contest:
Poland at 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.
In 2019, 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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