They’re the country whose recent entries have been popular hits with viewers — even if the jury doesn’t always agree. Now Polish media is reporting that Poland’s national final Krajowe Eliminacje will be held on 11 February 2017.
The 2016 national final used 100% public televote to pick the winner, but in 2017 TVP will also use a jury vote. The jury-televote ratio has not been specified, but it is likely to be a 50/50 split.
Polish website Wirtualnemedia.pl has reported that rules for entering Krajowe Eliminacje 2017 will be released next week. But ahead of that, the site has revealed that entry submissions will run until 20 January.
The single grand final show will be held on 11 February 2017 and will be broadcast live on TVP1.
Poland and the jury vote
The last time Poland involved a jury at its national final was in 2009, when Piosenka dla Europy 2009 used a 50/50 jury-televote split. The televote favourite won, but Lidia Kopania and her song “I Don’t Wanna Leave” failed to qualify for the grand final in Moscow.
Since then, TVP has either used a national final determined by 100% televote, or the broadcaster has internally selected the entry.
TVP could have reintroduced a jury vote as a way of selecting acts that will appeal to both viewers and the expert panel. Since Poland’s comeback in 2014, their entries have scored very well with the televote but very poorly with juries. In 2015, the jury vote gave Poland just two points.
Earlier this year, Michal Szpak’s emotional ballad “Color of Your Life” was a hit with viewers who ranked him third. But the expert jurors in Stockholm were much less impressed, putting Michal way down in 25th place.
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