While some countries have ditched their national final and opted to internally select their entry for Eurovision 2020, Poland is doing the opposite. Broadcaster TVP has announced that it will revive the talent show Szansa na Sukces (A Chance For Success) to select its entry for Rotterdam.
The broadcaster confirmed the news this morning with a post on the official Szansa na Sukces Facebook page, where it shared the entry rules.
Regulamin post?powania konkursowego maj?cego na celu wy?onienie uczestnika Konkursu Piosenki Eurowizja 2020 w audycji Telewizji Polskiej „Szansa na Sukces. Eurowizja 2020”?
The show will be run in the classic Szansa na Sukces format. Each week, around six or seven acts will compete in three semi-finals. Each semi will have a special guest and the contestants will cover a song from the guest’s back catalogue.
A three-person jury — expected to include Polish Eurovision stars — will vote on the performances. There will be no televote in the semi-finals. The three acts who have each won their semi-final will go through to the grand final.
At the live grand final, the three finalists will each perform a cover as well as an original song which will be their intended entry for Eurovision. The winner will be decided by a mix of jury vote and public televote.
If this format sounds familiar, it is! Last year, TVP revived Szansa na Sukces to use as the national selection for Poland’s Junior Eurovision 2019 act. Given that series winner Viki Gabor went on to win JESC with her song “Superhero”, it’s understandable that TVP would want to stick with a successful format.
Last month TVP Chairman Jacek Kurski praised Poland’s Junior Eurovision selection process. He hinted at using a similar format for also selecting their Eurovision act.
Poland’s Eurovision selection methods
Over Poland’s Eurovision history, TVP has alternated between national finals and internal selections.
The last national final used was Krajowe Eliminacje. It was held in 2010 and 2011, then again from 2016 to 2018.
Poland’s most recent Eurovision act — folk-rock vocal group Tulia — was internally selected by TVP. Neither Tulia nor Krajowe Eliminacje 2018 winner Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer qualified for the Eurovision grand final in their years.
Szansa na Sukces initially ran from 1992 to 2012 and was a popular Polish television show. The show was successfully revived last year in a junior format to select the Polish act for Junior Eurovision 2019.
Applications for Szansa na Sukces 2020 are currently open and will close on 13 January. The first semi-final is due to begin on 2 February.
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