Mikołaj Dobrowolski will be the new director of this year’s Polish performance at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Dziennik Eurowizyjny reports that Mikołaj Dobrowolski is the Artistic Director for Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest. Mr. Dobrowolski will be in charge of creating the staging for Poland’s performance this May, he will be replacing Konrad Smuga, who was the Artistic Director since 2017.
Mr. Smuga has received a lot of criticism from Polish fans, stating that his staging ideas were confusing. Mr. Smuga had greater success at Junior Eurovision where he worked on the nation’s performances in 2019 and 2020.
Dobrowoski is well known among the Polish Eurovision fans since he became an assistant to the Head of the Delegation in 2014, Maria Makowska. He was involved with selecting the Polish representatives for the Eurovision Song Contest between 2014-2015. Dobrowoski ended up stepping down after the change of leadership at TVP in 2016.
With this change to roles within the Delegation, there is talk about separating the adult Eurovision and Junior Eurovision teams.
Image Source: Eurovision.tv – Andres Putting | Source: Dziennik Eurowizyjny
Fans are excited to welcome Dobrowoski as the director.
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.