Szansa na Sukces – Eurowizja 2020, Poland’s national final for Eurovision 2020, has had its third and final semi-final. In this show, we saw the return of Albert Černý, who sang “Friend of a Friend” at Eurovision 2019 as part of Lake Malawi for the Czech Republic. He went on to win and claim the final spot in the grand final.
This week, the theme was hits by The Beatles. Seven singers performed their interpretations of Beatles classics. Again, it was up to the panel of Eurovision veterans Michal Szpak, Cleo and Gromee to decide which one performer should progress to the final.
Albert Černý wins semi-final three of Szansa na Sukces – Eurowizja 2020
Can you hear it? Albert Černý is now one step away from participating in two consecutive editions of Eurovision. He emerged as the winner of the third semi-final and booked the final spot in next week’s grand final. He sang one of The Beatles lesser known hits “Please Please Me”.
Nick Sinkler’s rendition of “Can’t Buy Me Love” and Basia Gąsienica Giewont’s version of “Love Me Do” were given the two honourable mentions.
Ahead of the show, Poland’s broadcaster TVP made some amendments to the official show rules. One of the rule changes involves the citizenship requirement of the competing singers, possibly allowing Albert to perform. 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.
Nevertheless, Albert will be in next week’s final alongside Kasia Dereń and Alicja Szemplińska.
In the grand final, contestants will perform two songs. The first song will be chosen for the contestants by the show’s producers and will be a previous Eurovision entry. Their second song will be their potential entry for Eurovision 2020.
Szansa na Sukces – Eurowizja 2020: Semi-final three running order and results
1. Marek Kaliszuk – “Help!”
2. Nick Sinckler – “Can’t Buy Me Love” – Honourable mention
3. Basia Gąsienica Giewont – “Love Me Do” – Honourable mention
4. Albert Cerny “Please Please Me” – WINNER
5. Norbert Legiec – “She Loves You”
6. Marzena Ryt – “Twist and Shout”
7. Adrian Makar “A Hard Days Night”
What do you think of Albert going through to the final? Are you happy that he may now compete for a second country in the space of two years? Let us know in the comments.
Photo credit: Mieszko Czerniawski