After winning back-to-back Junior Eurovision titles, should Poland be allowed to host JESC again? Jacek Kurski, the chairman of Polish Television (TVP), reveals Poland’s plans for 2020. He also shares his ideas on how Poland’s Eurovision selection process can learn from the Polish Junior Eurovision successes.
TVP Chairman Jacek Kurski spoke with the news portal Wirtualna Polska recently about the past, present and future of Polish Television — including things Eurovision related. He spoke about how Poland’s Eurovision selection efforts can take inspiration from its Junior Eurovision formula for success. He also revealed if he thinks Poland will host Junior Eurovision 2020.
Can Poland use its Junior Eurovision success to boost its Eurovision efforts?
With the selection process for Junior Eurovision clearly working, Jacek was asked was why Poland is not as successful in the adult contest compared to the Junior version?
He said that TVP had created the perfect conditions for fostering their Junior Eurovision acts, with two shows. The first is The Voice Kids Poland — the show that gave us both Roksana Węgiel and Viki. The second is the new national final for JESC, Szansa na sukces.
Kurski explained that “This program gave them training in the form of eight to nine weekly performances. Professional, full tension. Practice makes perfect. The competition builds artistic and stage characters.”
But what works for Junior Eurovision doesn’t work for its May counterpart. And it’s down to the problem many countries have faced: when established artists don’t want to take a chance on a national final.
But Kurski notes that TVP has “created extremely positive and equal opportunities to select the best talents.” He also says that there’s no shortage of talents in Poland. His dream for the future is to use a JESC-style of selection process for Poland’s ESC entry.
Poland enjoyed aa successful run of qualifications after its 2014 Eurovision comeback. However, in the past two years, Poland has not qualified for the Eurovision grand final. Most recently, Tulia narrowly missed out on qualifying in Tel Aviv by just two points.
Perhaps with the successes of Roksana and Viki, the prize of the version of The Voice Poland may someday soon be a ticket to Eurovision?
Will Poland host Junior Eurovision 2020?
In Junior Eurovision, the hosting the next contest doesn’t automatically go to the winning country. Instead, interested cities put in a bid for the EBU to consider. So the big question is — is Poland looking to host Eurovision 2020 for the second time in a row?
Kurski confirmed that Poland is putting in a bid to host the 2020 contest. But he’s realistic about Poland’s chances of being picked for a second year.
He explained: “If Poland would win Eurovision for the third time in a row, this competition will become such a traditional, private property of Poland and may discourage other countries. The European Broadcasting Union must ensure that everyone in this organisation feels equal. It could be a problem for the EBU. We will try, but we will understand if the [hosting bid] answer is negative.”
But regardless of who hosts Eurovision 2020, it won’t take away Poland’s achievement of winning the Junior contest two years in a row — something that has never happened before at Junior Eurovision.
What do you think? Should Poland have more of a talent show-style competition to determine who goes to Rotterdam? And should Poland be allowed to host JESC for a second time? Let us know in the comments below!