TVP has adjusted the rules of Szansa na sukces midway through the broadcast of the semi-finals.
The Polish national broadcaster has changed the rules of Szansa na sukces, midway through the competition being broadcast on TVP. Changes have been made to the eligibility of participants to compete, as well as how the final of the competition will work.
Previous rules that stated all participants must have Polish citizenship have been removed, previously Albert Černý who represented the Czech Republic in Tel Aviv, was in breach of the rules. The rules also state that the jury has final say in the semi-finals and that results can no longer be appealed.
The way in which the final of Szansa na sukces has also changed. Previously singers were to present a song of their choice from their repertoire. Now the contests producers are to select a past Eurovision entry for the singers to compete with. The singers will then perform the song they want to take to Eurovision.
One artist will directly qualify from each Semi-Final, with one act across the three shows being saved and also qualifying for the final. The winner will be chosen solely by public voting.
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.