Szansa na Sukces — that’s “A Chance for Success” — will serve as Poland’s national final for Eurovision 2020. While the grand final will be a mix of jury vote and televote, the three semi-finals will be decided solely by a three-person jury. And as Radio Zet reports, we finally know which giants of the Polish music industry will have the honour: Michal Szpak, Cleo and Gromee.
Szansa na sukces 2020: The Polish national final jury
If you’re a lover of televote memes, then Michal Szpak needs no introduction. In 2016 he overcame some heavy hitters at home — including Margaret — to book his ticket to Eurovision. He went on the place eighth overall with “Color of Your Life”. That’s despite the jury ranking him second-to-last. An epic televote, which put him third, saw him climb the scoreboard.
Cleo had the honour of bringing Poland back to Eurovision in 2014 alongside Donatan. Their number “My Slowanie” (Slavic Girls) was in-your-face and completely unforgettable, aided by the presence of that woman churning butter. Her deliberately over-the-top and overtly sensual motion was properly memorable. A British Eurovision juror famously said “it was two boobs too far for me”. Poland still won the televote in the UK and finished fifth in the televote overall. Owing to a stingy jury, it came 14th in the final calculation.
At Eurovision 2018 DJ Gromee didn’t fare as well. Performing “Light Me Up” with Lukas Meijer, he finished 14th in his semi-final — failing to make it to the Saturday show. No matter. He’s still remember for his quirky snake dance.
Poland’s Eurovision 2020 national selection
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 with a post on the official Szansa na Sukces Facebook page, where it shared the entry rules.
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 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.
TVP Chairman Jacek Kurski previously praised Poland’s Junior Eurovision selection process. He hinted at using a similar format for also selecting their Eurovision act.