Polish broadcaster TVP has updated the rules for Krajowe Eliminacje 2018. According to the change, both the singers and the composers of a submitted entry do not need to be Polish citizens.
Interested parties have until 1 February 2018 to submit their entries. The submitted entries must be in either Polish or English.
The updated rules also reveal that the scores during the national final will be revealed in Eurovision format with a 50/50 weighting between televoting and jury. In the event of a tie, the jury will have the casting vote. The national final is expected to take place at some time in February with the winner taking the Polish ticket to Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon.
Poland has been using the show Krajowe Eliminacje since 2016. In that year, Michal Szpak placed eighth in the Grand Final with his song “Colour of Your Life”. He received 229 points overall. This year, Poland used the same selection format to choose Kasia Mos. She qualified for the final and went on to finish 22nd with a total of 64 points. She received 23 points from the juries finishing 23rd in the jury vote while finishing 12th in the public vote with a total of 41 points.
Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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 every year since there return. At this year’s contest in Kyiv, Kasia Mos finished 22nd with the final with her song “Flashlight”.