Further details of the Polish selection process for Eurovision 2020, Szansa na Sukces have been revealed ahead of the filming of the semi-finals.
Following the reveal of Cleo, Szpak and Gromee as the jury members for Szansa na Sukces, it has been revealed that they will not be performing in each show. This is a change from the traditional format of the show that sees one judge’s songs covered in each show. Instead the theme of the semi-finals are:
- Semi-Final One – ABBA
- Semi-Final Two – Eurovision Hits
- Semi-Final Three – The Beatles
Five acts have also been confirmed so far as competing in the show they are:
- Daj To Glosniej
- Saszan – Competed in the Polish national selection in 2018
- Adrian Makar – Winner of Mam talent! in 2014
- Weronika Curylo – Runner up in The Voice of Poland season 7
- Basia Giewont
Recording of the semi-finals for Szansa na Sukces will take place from Sunday to Monday.
Szansa na Sukces will be aired every Sunday from February 2 to February 23 on TVP2 and will be hosted by Artur Orzech. The 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.
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.
Source: Dziennik Eurowizyjny
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.