TVP are reported to be planning to hold a televised selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in February.
According to Wirtualnemedia.pl TVP is currently working on the rules of the selection process before announcing the exact date of the final. Last year saw Poland hold their first televised selection process for Eurovision since 2011 when Michał Szpak was selected with the song “Color of Your Life”, he went on to finish in 8th in the final.
Interest in the Eurovision Song Contest within Poland has been increasing year on year following three years of qualification for the final. Poland returned to the Eurovision Song Contest stage in 2014 having withdrawn from the contest in 2012. Before returning to the contest in Copenhagen Poland had failed to reach a final since 2008, when Isis Gee finished 24th in the final in Belgrade.
It had been reported before the summer that TVP was looking at hold a multi-month selection process which would have traveled across the country. It now seems unlikely that the format of one show per month would occur if this selection method is announced by TVP.
A total of 43 countries are to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Returning to the Eurovision stage are Portugal and Romania who both took a year out from the contest. Bosnia & Herzegovina has however withdrawn from the contest due to financial difficulties at the national broadcaster, BHRT. The 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is being held on the following dates:
- Semi Final 1 – 9 May
- Semi Final 2 – 11 May
- Final – 13 May
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Poland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 where they were represented by Edyta Gorniak, she finished 2nd in Dublin with a total of 166 points, the countries best result to date. Poland’s results in the contest wavered during the 2000s when between 2005 and 2011 the country only managed to reach the final on one ocassion. The countries worst result came in 2011 when Magdalena Tul finished last in the first semi final scoring just 18 points.