The jury members for Poland’s National Final Selection “Krajowe Eliminacje” have been revealed today.
Poland’s national broadcaster TVP have revealed some more details about their national final, that will be held on the 18th February at 20:30CET. Artur Orzech has been announced as the presenter of the show this year. Artur is a well-known Polish journalist, radio and television presenter. Doda and Olivia Wieczorek are to perform in the interval. Doda is a popular Polish artist, winning the MTV Europe Music Awards and releasing two platinum albums in her career, amongst other achievements. Olivia Wieczorek represented Poland at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, placing 11th with 60 points with her song “Nie Zapomnij”.
The jury will consist of:
- Alice Węgorzewska
- Maria Sadowska
- Robert Janowski
- Wlodek Pawlik
- Krzesimir Dębski
The jury is a new concept to the show, as last year featured purely public televoting to pick a winner and the next Polish representative at the Eurovision Song Contest. This year, the jury will make up 50% of the vote, with the public televote making up the other 50%.
Another change to the contest is the introduction of the 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.
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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.