TVP, the Polish national broadcaster, has revealed that the upcoming series of Szansa na Sukces will be used to select the Polish entrant for Eurovision 2020.
Szansa na Sukces will be aired every Sunday from February 2 to February 23 on TVP2 and will be hosted by Artur Orzech. In the three semi-finals, six to seven artists will sing cover versions of songs from the guest artist of the week. An in-studio jury will select one artist from each semi-final to advance to the final. The jury will also award a Golden Ticket to one artist who did not originally qualify to also advance to the final. In the final, the artists will each perform a cover song and and original song, which will be their Eurovision entry. The winner will be chosen solely by public voting.
Any interested artists and composers can apply to take part by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by January 12. All entrants must be Polish nationals. The full rules of the contest can be found here.
Szansa na Sukces was used as the Polish national final for Junior Eurovision last year. The winner of the show, Viki Gabor, went on to win Junior Eurovision 2019, achieving Poland’s second consecutive win in the contest. This selection method is also likely to be used to select the Polish entrant for Junior Eurovision 2020.
Tulia were internally selected represent Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with “Fire of Love (Pali się)”. They finished 11th in the first semi-final, just two points away from qualifying for the Grand Final.
Source: Szansa na Sukces, Destination Eurovision Poland
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 up to 2017.