The revamped Polish talent show Szansa na sukces is heading towards its third and final semi-final this Sunday. But ahead of the show, there have been a few changes behind the scenes. Poland‘s broadcaster TVP has made some amendments to the official show rules.
As reported by Polish Eurovision site Eurowizja.org, the broadcaster has published an updated version of the show rules with some notable changes.
One of the most significant rules involves the citizenship requirement of the competing singers. The rules previously required that the contestants had to be citizens or residents of Poland. This requirement has now been removed.
This may be related to the involvement of Lake Malawi frontman Albert Černý. While he grew up in a Czech town near the Polish border, attended a Polish school and speaks Polish fluently, the singer is still a citizen of the Czech Republic. The rule change means he is now free to compete in the upcoming third semi-final of Szansa na sukces.
The jury’s decision is final
The rules are also now clear that the results of the semi-finals are decided by the jury alone. In what is a fairly standard clause in contests, the jury’s decisions are now “final and not subject to appeal”.
This change follows criticism from fans following the second semi-final. Some fans felt that the jury had favoured The Voice of Poland winner Alicja Szemplińska. In the Eurovision-themed episode, Alicja was givenEdyta Górniak’s 1994 Eurovision runner-up “To nie ja!”, while other contestants were given much older songs like “Dschinghis Khan”, “Congratulations” and “Save Your Kisses for Me”.
Szansa na sukces 2020 continues
There are also changes for the grand final. Contests will now perform two songs. The first song will be chosen for the contestants by the show’s producers and will be a previous Eurovision entry. The second contestant’s second song will be their potential entry for Eurovision 2020.
The third semi-final of Szansa na sukces will take place this Sunday, 16 February. The seven contestants — including Lake Malawi’s Albert Černý — will perform pop classics from the Beatles’ songbook.
The winner of the episode will go on to join previous semi-final winners Kasia Dereń and Alicja Szemplińska at the grand final on 23 February. The winner of the show — and therefore Poland’s entry for Eurovision 2020 — will be selected by a combination of jury vote and televote.