Poland: TVP confirms plans for national final in February

They’re the country that placed third with the televote in Stockholm. Now Poland‘s broadcaster TVP is making plans for its 2017 national selection, with news that a final will take place some time in February.

Polish broadcaster TVP has revealed to local media that it will again use a national final to select its act for Eurovision. While TVP has not released specific details, a spokesperson confirmed that the broadcaster will again use a national final show.

A TVP spokesperson told Wirtualnemedia.pl, “The exact dates will be announced as soon as they are ready, along with the precise rules of elimination.”

This makes a chance from Poland’s earlier plans for a big Melodifestivalen-style touring show. In June, a report suggested that TVP had taken inspiration from Sweden and was planning a Melodifestivalen-style touring national final. It would have been an ambitious undertaking, with regional broadcasters hosting their own selection shows each month.

Poland at Eurovision

Following a long period of non-qualification in the 2000s, Poland took a two-year break from Eurovision.

They returned in 2014 with the internally selected Donatan and Cleo performing the saucy “My Slowianie – We Are Slavic”. It placed 14th in Copenhagen and did particularly well with the televote.

The following year Poland internally selected  Monika Kuszynska and her uplifting song “In the Name of Love”. It did not impress juries, placing last in their vote with only two points, however televoters lifted Poland’s overall total to 23rd place.

For 2016, Poland reintroduced its national final Krajowe Eliminacje. Despite Margaret’s “Cool Me Down” and Edyta Górniak’s “Grateful” being fan favourites, the competition was won by Michal Szpak with “Color of Your Life”.

He went on to place eighth at Eurovision 2016, with a dramatic split between the televote and jury vote. Home viewers ranked him third, while the panels of experts put him way down in 25th place.

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