TVP has announced that the final of the Polish selection process has been delayed until February 18 due to high interest.
Poland had been due to announce the participants in their national selection tonight, however TVP has opted to extend their submissions process until February 10. The announcement means that those wishing to represent Poland in Kyiv have a further three weeks to get their songs into the broadcaster. Krajowe Eliminacje will now be held one week later than originally planned with the final taking place on February 18.
A number of changes have already been announced to this years Polish selection including the introduction of a rule that states only Polish citizens are permitted to enter a song into the competition. Secondly, it has also been decided that artists who have competed in the national selection of another country this year will also not be allowed to enter. These changes have been influenced by NAPOLI’s participation in last years selection, with “My Universe” being performed in Belarus’ selection earlier in 2016.
Furthermore a change has been made to the voting this year, a jury vote has also been introduced to the show. Whilst last year’s results were decided solely by the public, this year there will be a 50-50 split between the public and a jury. The jury members are yet to be announced.
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Poland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 alongside a number of other Eastern European countries. Their debut year saw their best result to date, as Edyta Gorniak finished in 2nd place with her song “To nie ja!”. Following this, Poland failed to repeat this initial success, managing a top 10 placing on only one other occasion during their initial 1994-2011 run in the contest. In 2012, following a string of non-qualifications, Poland withdrew from the contest due to financial difficulties. Since their return in 2014, they have been considerably more successful in the contest, having qualified for the final for the past three years. Last year, Michal Szpak went on to finish 8th in the grand final, Poland’s third-best result ever and their third top 10 placing.