The Polish Musicians Union has called on TVP to only select songs written by Polish songwriters for the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Polish Musicians Union (Związek Zawodowy Muzyków RP) has written to TVP calling on the broadcaster to change its selection method for Eurovision. They are calling on the broadcaster to only select songs that have been written and composed by Polish musicians and not foreign songwriters. This years Polish entry “The Ride” was written and composed by a Swedish team.
Jacek Kurski the Head of TVP responded to the letter stating that the National Festival of Polish Song in Opole is a platform for the promotion of Polish artists. He added that the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest do not state that a song must be written by persons from that country.
The Head of TVP went on to encourage the ZZM to submit 15 songs to the broadcaster by the end of the year, commenting that one of those songs could represent Poland in 2022. This comment indicates that TVP is likely to participate in Eurovision 2022.
ZMM responded to Mr Kurski in mid-June stating that they believe that the Polish representative should be selected using a competition instead of the current internal selection method used by TVP.
Rafał Brzozowski represented Poland at the contest this year with his song “The Ride”. He failed to qualify to the final, finishing in 14th in the second semi-final.
Image Source: Andres Putting | Source: Eurowizja.org
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.