After much speculation over Poland‘s entry for Eurovision 2019, broadcaster TVP has finally confirmed it will internally select its act for Tel Aviv. The broadcaster is now accepting applications from interested artists.

The broadcaster has published rules for interested artists. The regular Eurovision conditions apply (three minutes, no animals, etc), but TVP also notes that songs may not contain fragments of folk melodies nor audio loops.

Applications close on February 5, giving interested acts less than two weeks to get their entries in. And the broadcaster has given themselves an even shorter deadline. TVP will announce the confirmed artist and song on February 8.

Why has Poland ditched its national final?

In the past decade, Poland has used national final Krajowe eliminacje five times to select its Eurovision act. The format has brought Poland mixed results at Eurovision, from Michał Szpak’s triumphant eighth-place finish in 2016 to Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer shock non-qualification last year.

Last year Poland ditched the junior version of Krajowe eliminacje and internally selected Roksana Węgiel with “Anyone I Want to Be”, who went on to win the contest.

Last year, TVP president Jacek Kurski spoke about the benefits of internal selection. He told Radio Zet, “Sometimes it is better to make such an intuitive choice, but then you have to bear full responsibility for it.” He added, “With Roksana, I succeeded. It was a hit.”

Kurski also pointed 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.

The announcement to use internal selection follows earlier fan speculation that Polish pop star Natalia Szroeder had been in talks with TVP. The songstress recently posted an update to Instagram, where she wrote of having something to share in February.

Some fans interpreted this as meaning Natalia would soon confirm her Eurovision participation. However — as increasingly seem to be the case in such situations — she later explained she was referring to a new single and not Eurovision.

What do you think? Who would you like to see represent Poland in Tel Aviv? Share your thoughts below!

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Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 years ago

Good luck TVP. If all else fails, I have a song to enter. 😛

The truth
The truth
2 years ago

When you look at Polish best selling albums undeniably Poland buys alternative and hiphop. The celebrities and artists mentioned in the context of eurovision are even out of top50. Poland should sent what tey got really best or someone who is with one leg on the alternative side and but is also flirting with mainstream. Natalia Nykiel? Daria Zawia?ow? Rebeka? Something composed by Daniel Bloom? Dziarma?

Esc1234
Esc1234
2 years ago

I am feeling that within the next years Poland will win the contest. They have what it takes.

Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

i liked the natalia szroeder rumors but i can see it being a michal szpak comeback

Claudie
Claudie
2 years ago

No, he said that he is focusing on his new album, not eurovision but maybe in next years

Ann
Ann
2 years ago
Reply to  Claudie

He said also that he had a wonderful song which is not on the album and he might use it for Eurovision.

Virtu
Virtu
2 years ago

Natalia Szroeder is not a pop Star in Poland. Its a celebrity with 1 radiosong and famous bf.

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

I hope it’s Natalia Nykiel.

Ola
Ola
2 years ago
Reply to  Alex

She’s questionable live.

Adam
Adam
2 years ago
Reply to  Ola

Are you serious? I was at her concert in November and she was amazing live

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
2 years ago

Just some Polish fan theories: some people say, that TVP already has preferred artist(s), with whom they already had some meetings and generally their participation is pretty certain, and open submission is organised just to pretend like it’s an democratic choice, and everybody could take part. The other theory says, that indeed TVP was consulting with some artist about the participation in Eurovision, but it ended with a fail, which left TVP with nothing, so they decided to quickly organize submission – in 2016 Polish artists had about the same time to submit their songs. These are just theories, but… Read more »

Ann
Ann
2 years ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

The second one sounds much more credible.
If the announced rules were just to “pretend”, they could as well post them in december.

DobDob
DobDob
2 years ago

Whatever they’ll choose,let’s pray it is not Rafal Brzozowski

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
2 years ago
Reply to  DobDob

He’s a one hit wonder, but if you’ll listen to his song in KE 2017, you’ll understand.

#pioneer
#pioneer
2 years ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

And he’s also much of a diva, kinda “look at me, I’m so cool and what not” :/ He’s been hosting renewed Polish version of the show Wheel of Fortune (where he also does sometimes covers of songs, but these performance are sooooooooo bad… not even the band playing on the show with Kasia Dere?, one of our backvocalists from 2018, can help… :/ ) and from what I know from people who were on the recordings that the guy was really rude towards people… :/

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
2 years ago

Another “shock non-qualification”? Damn, I must have been asleep in 2018 because I wasn’t shocked a single time. 😛 During the semi finals, anyway. I WAS shocked at the outcome of the jury voting in the final.

zup
zup
2 years ago

Oh my, I thought they were already done and that they have already chosen the artist and song at this point. I hope this won’t be a trainwreck.

Ann
Ann
2 years ago
Reply to  zup

Why should they? There are only a few countries that have already chosen their artists/songs. And some will do it in march.

ZMG
ZMG
2 years ago

This will likely be among the submissions, and I’m personally all for it! Especially after they completely snubbed her submission last year
Clödie – Devil in Disguise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e_WFeixSyU

Kris P. Kreme
Kris P. Kreme
2 years ago
Reply to  ZMG

She confirmed already that it has been submitted. And good! It’s a great track! Should easily stand out.

Rafal
Rafal
2 years ago
Reply to  ZMG

This songs is terrible. Completely outdated and unmemorable..

Ann
Ann
2 years ago
Reply to  Rafal

It’s rock…If we’re thinking like that, so ALL eurovision songs that aren’t newest EDM are outdated.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
2 years ago

All of this seems a bit rushed, doesn’t it? I could be wrong, but I don’t feel too positive about this situation.

James
James
2 years ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

The call for submissions may have already been made behind closed doors but only made it public only now. No way would they get quality entries if they give themselves such a small window for submissions and an even smaller window to reveal their act days after submissions closed.

Ann
Ann
2 years ago
Reply to  James

“No way would they get quality entries if they give themselves such a small window”
Why? Good artist had already been preparing for Krajowe Eliminacje. They have good songs – the only thing left to do now is to send them.

James
James
2 years ago
Reply to  Ann

I meant that in the context that on paper, it looked like they (TVP) have only made calls to have songs submitted to them now, but it may not necessarily be the case because of the small window of submission between now and February 5 and the announcement of a chosen song and artist happening days later on the eighth.

hi guys
hi guys
2 years ago

please TVP send something uptempo and fun, don’t go back to your boring ballads

Rome
Rome
2 years ago

Ugh. They are hurrying and I don’t like this.