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.

What do you think? Is Poland making a good choice by reintroducing the jury vote? Share your thoughts below!

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Napaw
Napaw
4 years ago

Sigh. Why couldn’t we have only jury votes last year?

Nevertheless I’m already getting excited. Hopefully we’ll get the chance for another catchy top favorite act. I’m mosty tired of ballad songs for Poland’s acts.

Cool Me Down 2.0 we’re counting on you 🙂

mar
mar
4 years ago

Hope Margaret wll win it this year <3

an esc fan
an esc fan
4 years ago

I like Michal more than Margaret, but it seems that this year polish people were so torn between the two.

Möhrant
Möhrant
4 years ago

Putting juries into their national final sounds like a good idea for Poland. They’ve done so well in the last three years with the televote, but are always struggling with a jury vote. It also sounds like Poland is continuing to up its game at Eurovision so I’m excited to see what they will produce!

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
4 years ago

Great they realized their mistake. Juries are always needed.

Leaf
Leaf
4 years ago

Sweden giving Australia 12 points 2 years in a row….. I mean, talk about Swedish EBU justifying Australia’s return tho their song was good.
The entire Eurovision concept is mostly rigged but the winner is usually the country that manages to balance their jury and televote score well.
We are about to see a Russia or a Sweden win yet again.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

Either way I think the juries at the Eurovision should be eliminated. They’re even more biased and corrupt than the televote, and they’re clearly a way for EBU to control the winner (see Sweden and Australia’s suspicious 100p+ leads in jury vote). All the recent Polish entries deserved the televote points they got, or even more.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

Oop @ the juries being back, they must be regretting not using them last year.

khm
khm
4 years ago

*fre=few

khm
khm
4 years ago

And if I remember correctly, the Belarussian HOD said fre weeks ago TVP invited them to be a part of KE. Does it mean KE will have international juries, as well?