He’s the charismatic frontman that first entered the Eurovision foray about one year ago. Now, after representing the Czech Republic with Lake Malawi in 2019, Albert Černý is trying his luck in Poland.
Filming for the season premiere of Szansa na Sukces 2020 took place on 19 January, with the remaining two heats set to be recorded in the coming days. Several local outlets, including eurowizja.org, have revealed both the list of candidates and the themes for each show.
The Czech star grew up in the town of Trinec which is located on the Czech-Polish border. It is only a two-hour drive to Krakow compared to four hours to Prague. Lake Malawi have toured Poland extensively and even performed at the 2019 Sopot Festival.
Szansa na Sukces 2020 Contestants
- Patryk Skoczyński (Episode 1)
- Emilia Sanecka (Episode 1)
- Sisters Szlachta (Episode 1)
- Kasia Dereń (Episode 1)
- Amelia Andryszczyk (Episode 1)
- Sargis Davtyan (Episode 1)
- Maja Hyży (Episode 1)
- Basia Gąsienica Giewont
- Adrian Makar
- Aleksandra Nykiel
- Alicja Szemplińska
- Paulina Czapla
- Nick Sinckler
- Patricia Kazadi
- Marek Kaliszuk
- Albert Černy
- Weronika Curyło
- Norbert Legieć
- Bartosz Kurkiewicz
Aside from Albert, other established acts include Patryk Skoczyński and Kasia Dereń from The Voice, Sisters Szlachta and Sargis Davtyan from regular editions of Szansa na Sukces and Maja Hyży who competed in the Polish national final in 2018.
Szansa na Sukces 2020: Episode Themes
Episode One — 2 February: ABBA hits
Contestants must tackle the timeless classics of ABBA. The group famously got its international break upon winning Eurovision 1974 for Sweden. “Voulez-Vous”, “Mamma Mia” and “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” are set to be among the hits performed.
Episode Two — 9 February: Eurovision hits
The next episode will see acts turn their focus to evergreen tracks from Eurovision itself. It is expected that we’ll hear a version of Edyta Górniak’s “To nie ja!” which placed second at Eurovision 1994 — Poland’s most successful entry to date.
Episode Three — 16 February: Beatles Hits
The last heat is completely removed from the world of Eurovision. Instead, the final batch of candidates will put their spin on legendary hits from The Beatles. “Help!”, “Twist and Shout” and “Please Please Me” are among the songs set to be covered.
Episode Four — 24 February: Grand Final
By this stage, only three acts will remain — one winner from each preceding episode. All three will be required to perform two songs — one cover and their song for Eurovision. The winner of this episode will sing for Poland at Eurovision 2020.
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 is using the long-running talent show Szansa na Sukces (A Chance For Success) to select its entry for Rotterdam.
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.
A three-person jury will vote on the performances — they are Cleo (Eurovision 2014), Michal Szpak (Eurovision 2016) and (Gromee Eurovision 2018). 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.
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