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.
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