Around 6.3 million Polish viewers watched Michal Szpak in the grand final of Eurovision 2016. And now Poland’s TVP is keen to exploit the momentum and interest by staging a Melodifestivalen-like national selection for Eurovision.
As Wirtualnemedia reports, TVP’s board of directors wants to extend the life of Eurovision and give it a presence in the country beyond May. Just as Sweden’s Melodifestivalen “tours” through six cities every year, organisers want their own national selection to have regional qualifying rounds throughout the country and over many weeks or months.
They may also apply this traveling formula to the Opole Festival, one of the two most important music festivals in Poland (along with Sopot).
“Television Poland wants the Eurovision Song Contest and Festival in Opole, two great signs of music and entertainment, to be present on the air throughout the year,” says Wirtualnemedia.pl president Jacek Kurski. “We’ll do the regional qualifiers for Eurovision and Opole. I do not know whether this can be this fall.”
The proposed vision — which is not yet concrete or 100% confirmed — would see regional broadcasters take control of their local competitions, with eliminations held once a month.
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