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ⓘ Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Poland originally planned to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The Polish broadcaster Telewizja Polsk ..




                                     

ⓘ Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020

Poland originally planned to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The Polish broadcaster Telewizja Polska will use the national selection Szansa na Sukces - Eurowizja 2020 to decide their representative. However, due to 2019-20 pandemic of Coronavirus, the contest was cancelled.

                                     

1. Background

Prior to the 2020 Contest, Poland had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-two times since its first entry in 1994. Polands highest placement in the contest, to this point, has been second place, which the nation achieved with its debut entry in 1994 with the song "To nie ja!" performed by Edyta Gorniak. Poland has only, thus far, reached the top ten on two other occasions, when Ich Troje performing the song "Keine Grenzen – Zadnych granic" finished seventh in 2003 and when Michal Szpak performing the song "Color of Your Life" finished eighth in 2016. Between 2005 and 2011, Poland failed to qualify from the semi-final round six out of seven years with only their 2008 entry, "For Life" performed by Isis Gee, managing to take the nation to the final during that period. After once again failing to qualify to the final in 2011, the country withdrew from the contest during 2012 and 2013. Since returning to the contest in 2014, Poland managed to qualify to the final with both their 2014 entry, "My Slowianie - We Are Slavic" performed by Donatan and Cleo, their 2015 entry "In the Name of Love" performed by Monika Kuszynska, their 2016 entry "Color of Your Life" performed by Michal Szpak and their 2017 entry "Flashlight" performed by Kasia Mos. In 2018, Poland was represented by Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer with the song "Light Me Up", which placed fourteenth in the semi-final with 81 points, marking the first time Poland failed to qualify to the final since their return in 2014. In 2019, Poland was represented by Tulia with the song "Fire of Love Pali sie" which placed eleventh in the semi-final with 120 points, missing the final by two points. That was the second time Poland did not qualify since 2014.

The Polish national broadcaster, Telewizja Polska TVP, broadcasts the event within Poland and organises the selection process for the nations entry. Between 2006 and 2011, TVP organised televised national finals that featured a competition among several artists and songs in order to select the Polish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. After returning to the contest in 2014 following their two-year absence, the broadcaster opted to internally select both the 2014 and 2015 entries. Instead of having the entry being selected through a national final like in 2016, 2017 and 2018, in 2019, an internal selection was used. In 2020, the Polish entry will be chosen by Szansa na sukces.

                                     

2.1. Before Eurovision Szansa na sukces

Szansa na sukces transl. Chance of Success is a competition organised by TVP that selected the artist and song representing Poland in the contest. It consisted of three pre-recorded semi-finals broadcast on 2, 9 and 16 February 2020, each lasting 65 minutes and a final held on 23 February 2020. All shows will be broadcast on TVP2. In all episodes, participants will be judged by a jury made up of former Polish representatives in Eurovision:

  • Cleo – Polish representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014
  • Gromee – Polish representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018
  • Michal Szpak – Polish representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
                                     

2.2. Before Eurovision Semi-final 1

The first semi-final was broadcast on 2 February 2020 at 15:15. All seven semi-finalists performed songs from ABBAs discography. The following seven artists competed in this semi-final.The contestant in highlighted gold qualified for the season finale, while other contestant highlighted in blue was the honourable mention.

                                     

2.3. Before Eurovision Semi-final 2

The second semi-final was broadcast on 9 February 2020 at 15:15. All seven semi-finalists performed songs from Eurovision Song Contest. The following seven artists competed in this semi-final.The contestant in highlighted gold qualified for the season finale, while two other contestants highlighted in blue were the honourable mentions.

                                     

2.4. Before Eurovision Semi-final 3

The third semi-final was broadcast on 16 February 2020 at 15:15. All seven semi-finalists performed songs from The Beatless discography. The following seven artists competed in this semi-final.The contestant in highlighted gold qualified for the season finale, while two other contestants highlighted in blue were the honourable mentions.

                                     

2.5. Before Eurovision Final

The final will be broadcast on 23 February 2020 at 15:15. Three finalists will compete and the winner will be determined by a combination of jury voting and televoting. Each finalist will perform two songs: one cover song and one original song to be their candidate entry in hopes of representing Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

                                     

3. At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union EBU split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 28 January 2020, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Poland was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 14 May 2020, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show. However, due to 2019-20 pandemic of Coronavirus, the contest was cancelled.

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