Albert Lake Malawi Poland Eurovision 2020

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

  1. Patryk Skoczyński (Episode 1)
  2. Emilia Sanecka (Episode 1)
  3. Sisters Szlachta (Episode 1)
  4. Kasia Dereń (Episode 1)
  5. Amelia Andryszczyk (Episode 1)
  6. Sargis Davtyan (Episode 1)
  7. Maja Hyży (Episode 1)
  8. Basia Gąsienica Giewont
  9. Adrian Makar
  10. Aleksandra Nykiel
  11. Saszan
  12. Alicja Szemplińska
  13. Paulina Czapla
  14. Nick Sinckler
  15. Patricia Kazadi
  16. Marek Kaliszuk
  17. Albert Černy
  18. Weronika Curyło
  19. Stashka
  20. Norbert Legieć
  21. 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.

What do you think of the line-up? Should Albert represent Poland? Let us know in the comments.

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EmilEskilsson
EmilEskilsson
9 months ago

I could see Poland being a powerhouse at Eurovision in the coming years after their victory in jesc and now this great show. Maybe the new Sweden of the east. Or the 90s Ireland of the 20s?
Good Luck anyways!

Luk
Luk
9 months ago

Weronika Cury?o
Alicja Szempinska
Kasia Deren
Sergis Davtyan
To have they the best Voice
Good luck Poland

GreenTea
GreenTea
9 months ago

I think that nobody expected Albert in Szansa na Sukces. Maybe Lake Malawi wants to gain popularity in Poland and it’s another step (after performance in Sopot Top Of the Top Festival) to it. I’m glad that Alicja Szemplinska is also a participant because her voice is really great. She has a strong fanbase after The Voice of Poland and many people would see her as the next Polish representative. But I see a ‘danger’ in this – assuming that she will be in the final, I’m afraid that people will be massively voting for her, even if her song… Read more »

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
9 months ago

Y’all just skipping Natalia Nykiel over there, I’m rooting for her she is amazingly talented.

Dawid
Dawid
9 months ago

Maybe because it’s Aleksandra Nykiel. Different person

Janek
Janek
9 months ago

Saszan also competed in the 2018 preselection with “Nie chce Ciebie mniej”. Kasia Deren was one of the backing vocals for polish entry in 2018. Alicja Szemplinska won most recent edition of ‘The Voice of Poland’, Weronika Curylo was runner-up in the 7th season of this program. Many other acts are also known from other talent shows. Patricia Kazadi is really well-known artists in Poland – she hosted for example ‘You Can Dance’.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
9 months ago

Does this mean that Lake Malawi are taking a break? Aww that’s sad…..

EmilEskilsson
EmilEskilsson
9 months ago

They were only together during esc.

Quin
Quin
8 months ago
Reply to  EmilEskilsson

This is not true. They have been performing as a band for many years.

Quin
Quin
8 months ago

No :)) They are performing all together. No worries.

Adam
Adam
9 months ago

Alicja Szemplinska , 2019 The Voice winner – mark my words 😉

Kris
Kris
9 months ago

I don’t get it !!
The participants have to prepare the original songs themselves(before they entered the competition) or the broadcaster will pair them with songs ?

Natalie
Natalie
9 months ago
Reply to  Kris

They don’t need to prepere the song themself

Dawid
Dawid
9 months ago

I’m happy with that, really. They are singing covers so juries will learn something about their voices. That’s basically it. It could be Taylor Swift episode and nothing would change. IF someone with amazing voice wins but has doubts about his/her song, they can always help them a little before final. I mean, there’s some time to work on it. If it’s 1-3 songs but no 21. I mean, I’d pick 3 good/ok songs instead of 21 meh ones anytime. Also this way all 3 Eurovision songs will be heard for the first time in same show, so I’d say… Read more »

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
9 months ago

Could this be Kazadi’s song?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXbcPmLxv3Y

Dawid
Dawid
9 months ago
Reply to  Ricky Gervais

100%

3 minutes long, January 11th 2020

Bartek
Bartek
9 months ago
Reply to  Ricky Gervais

Meh

Azaad
Azaad
9 months ago

Well it looks like they were able to pull in some established acts after all…

Marek
Marek
9 months ago

There is a little mistranslation in the article, “Szlachta Sisters” is a non-translatable term because the word Szlachta is a surname (so Szlachta sisters instead of “Sisters of Nobility”)

Katariina
Katariina
9 months ago

I don’t like national finals like this but oh well. Is Albert ethnically Polish or is he just a Czech trying to break into the Polish market?

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Katariina

The town he grew up on is right on the Polish border. He seems to have gone to a Polish-language school and I think Polish might even have been his first language. (I remember last year, a Polish friend commented on how excellent his Polish was.)

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
9 months ago

Cieszyn Silesian dialect is his first language, and it’s a bit like a fusion of Polish and Czech. Throughout the history Tesinsko/Zaolzie has been a border region, hence why there are many Poles living there. There’s even a town – Cesky Tesin/Cieszyn, one part of which is Polish and the other Czech. Ewa Farna, another bilingual singer popular in both countries, comes from the same town as Albert.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
9 months ago

Cieszyn Silesian dialect is his first language, and it’s a bit like a fusion of Polish and Czech. Throughout the history Tesinsko/Zaolzie has been a border region, hence there are many Poles living there. There’s even a town – Cesky Tesin/Cieszyn, split in half by a river, one part of which is Polish and the other Czech. Ewa Farna, another bilingual singer popular in both countries, comes from the same town as Albert does.

filipko54
filipko54
9 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

yeah Ewa is very popular in both countries and in Slovakia too 🙂 I hope she’ll try to do Eurovision one time too (hopefully for Czech Republic 😀 )

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
9 months ago
Reply to  Katariina

Albert is Czech and he’s not known to the Polish public, but interestingly he speaks Polish – he went to a Polish school in Trinec (which is just a few kilometers from the Polish border) and even one of “Friend of a Friend” writers – Mikolaj Trybulec – is Polish.

Malalinka
Malalinka
9 months ago
Reply to  Katariina

Albert has Polish roots from his Grandmother, speaks perfectly Polish and likes Poland, that’s it.

Michal
Michal
9 months ago
Reply to  Katariina

Ethnically both Czech-Polish

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
9 months ago

Well actually “Beatles” did perform on the Eurovision stage… sort of. Anyone remember Sweden 1977?

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Paul McCartney launched Mary Hopkin’s career, who represented the UK in 1970, and she was signed to the Apple record label, owned by The Beatles.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Yeah, that’s right! Poor Mary, later on she said she hated her song, she didn’t feel any connection with it and she was basically forced by the BBC executives to go to Eurovision. She actually felt humiliated because she didn’t win the contest – which may sound a bit funny now, when anyone who’d come 2nd for UK would instantly become a national hero and get his or hers own column in Trafalgar Square, but back then she had just released “Those Were The Days”, a huge hit in Europe, and she was defeated by a no-name singer.

John Oflaherty
John Oflaherty
9 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Dana (Ireland 1970) hardly became a “no-name” singer!

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
9 months ago
Reply to  John Oflaherty

I mean she was a no-name singer before Eurovision, at least compared to Mary. I believe she was only 19 when she took part.

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago

I don’t like any selection process that presents the contest as a talent show for new acts. It’s a song contest. What have all these Abba/Beatles nights got to with anything? Only four years ago, Edyta herself was competing – now they’re singing her song trying to copy her? Nah. I do like Albert, though.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

ABBA = Eurovision 1974 winners

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  James

I’m aware of that. The 1974 winner isn’t eligible for 2020.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Doesn’t make the group any less globally iconic than they already are.

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  James

I love Abba. My point is that the first three episodes of this show have absolutely nothing with selecting the song that will represent Poland. Only the last episode is relevant, and by that time nobody will care about the actual song, it will have become a popularity contest.

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  James

I love Abba. The point I was trying to make is that the first three episodes of this talent show have absolutely nothing to do with selecting the best song to represent Poland.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

What matters is the actual final where all the finalists from the heats perform their songs for Eurovision.

Natalie
Natalie
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

It’s just choosing good voices and then giving them (hopefully) good songs, better than KE

Apple
Apple
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I agree. It would be better to have everyone sing their own song and then that’s it. Maybe someone can’t cover ABBA well but has the best original song. It’s silly. But hey! This is a broadcaster that wants ratings and they think this makes good tv

emeej
emeej
9 months ago

Id rather have their old selection back..

Natalie
Natalie
9 months ago
Reply to  emeej

10 songs < 3 decent (or maybe even really good ones like Superhero) ones written especially for Eurovision by Universal writers

Yurij
Yurij
9 months ago

He is No name in Poland. Alicja Szemplinska is The hottest name. And she should go to holland. Or Emilia from Daj to g?o?niej. I love hej Voice in Song mama ostrzega?a.

Dawid
Dawid
9 months ago
Reply to  Yurij

Better no name than being known from disco polo