In November Poland swept to victory at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with young Roksana Wegiel, a talented artist who had built a name for herself as the winner of The Voice Kids. She’d been internally selected by TVP, bypassing a national selection contest, and gave the network a bit of street cred. They had a hunch she would slay and their gamble paid off.
Now the president of Polish broadcaster TVP has suggested internal selection may be the way to go for the adult contest, too. That would mean killing off the much-loved “Krajowe eliminacje” — the national final that famously showcased the likes of Margaret and Michal Szpak.
Speaking to Radio Zet, Jacek Kurski spoke about the strategy for Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv. The decision, it seems, has not yet been made.
He first spoke about the success of the JESC internal selection. “Sometimes it is better to make such an intuitive choice, but then you have to bear full responsibility for it,” he said. “With Roksana, I succeeded. It was a hit.”
He also points out that established artists don’t always want to compete in a national final. They have to associate themselves with lesser-known acts and there are big fears about losing out to them.
“We are looking for a formula,” he said. “We know why the qualifiers have not been successful so far. We had signals from some prestigious — some of the best — Polish performers that they do not want to participate in the [national selection], where nine or ten artists have to lose and one wins. It is a bit ‘counting horses at the market’.”
“Therefore, we are looking for a more discreet formula that will involve the best, but at the same time not be such an open competition. Maybe this is the right formula. I can not give details yet.”
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