In recent days Polish Eurovision fans have been buzzing over the news that a wide range of singers —established and aspiring — had submitted songs to Krajowe Eliminacje 2017 ahead of the January 20 deadline.
But now — on the day that Poland’s TVP was set to reveal the five to ten finalists for its Eurovision 2017 selection show — it has instead decided to extend the submission deadline to February 10.
In an extremely concise statement published on TVP’s web site, the broadcaster said:
Polish Television is pleased to announce that due to great interest from artists who want to take part in the National Selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, the deadline for applications is postponed to 10 February.
Therefore, the National Selection concert will be held on February 18, 2017.
Our condolences go out to all of you who had booked flights and hotels for the original national final date, which was originally slated for February 11.
Naturally there are a lot of ways to interpret this.
They may legitimately have interest from other artists who didn’t have time to get their songs in. Perhaps a host of A-listers have offered to compete, so long as they have more time to prepare their bids. That would, of course, slay our socks off.
But there’s also the possibility that TVP simply wasn’t satisfied with the quality and variety of songs that they received.
Thus far the confirmed submissions include “First Kiss” — a track from androgynous male model Mateusz Maga — and an undisclosed song from Gosia Andrzejewicz, a popular pop and dance singer you may remember from Switzerland’s selection process back in 2014.
But given that other A-listers, including Wegrowska, Szulc (Helolove), Sabik, Paula and Ruchala are known to have submitted, the latter seems unlikely. Surely this lot have brought quality already?
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