A statement from the EBU has been released confirming that a member of the Polish delegation has tested positive for COVID-19.
During a routine test upon arrival at the Eurovision Song Contest venue on Saturday 15 May, a member of the Polish delegation tested positive for COVID 19.
They had last been at the venue on Thursday when the whole delegation were in possession of a negative COVID-19 test.
In accordance with our health and safety protocol this person has now gone into isolation.
As a precautionary measure in the run-up to show week the other members of their delegation will now undergo a PCR test and go into quarantine.
As a result of this, the Polish delegation will not attend the Turquoise Carpet event in person on Sunday16 May.
Because of this Polish delegation will not attend the Turquoise Carpet event in person on 16 May. In the event that Rafal will be unable to perform footage from the rehearsals can be used in the live shows. Meaning Rafał will perform in the first half of the second semi-final on May 20th regardless of the situation.
Who is Rafał Brzozowski?”
Rafał Brzozowski was born on 8th June 1981 in Warsaw, Poland. His career took off after he participated in the 2011 edition of The Voice of Poland and was knocked out just before the final. Fans of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will recognise Rafał as one of the three presenters of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 which was hosted in Warsaw. In 2019, he was part of the Polish jury at Eurovision.
Image Source: Andres Putting | Source: EBU
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.