The Polish public broadcaster TVP has dismissed Artur Orzech leaving the Polish commentary booth open for the first time since 1997.
Artur Orzech the voice of the Eurovision Song Contest in Poland has been dismissed by TVP. The television presenter and commentator was dismissed by the Polish public broadcaster after he failed to inform the channel in a timely manner that he would not be turning up for a recording of Szansa na sukces, which resulted in delays to production.
Artur’s manager stated to the press that he resigned from TVP due to disagreements over the appearance of Boys and Pietrzak on Szansa na sukces.
Following the dismissal of Artur from TVP, there has been speculation regarding who will become the Polish commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest. He had been commentating on the content since 1992 and had only missed the 1996 and 1997 contests as well as 2012 and 2013 when Poland withdrew from the competition. He also provided commentary for the Eurovision Dance Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
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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.