szansa semi 3

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.

Read more Poland Eurovision news here.

Photo credit: Mieszko Czerniawski

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Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago

Would be the worst thing for Poland to send a foreigner who already competed the previous year.

Malalinka
Malalinka
1 year ago

Albert said in an interview after his Szansa na Sukces episode that he submitted himself his candidature for this format because he used to watch it as he was a child. And he also wanted to make his Polish grandparents proud. Well, interesting. I don’t think he’s going to win the whole thing.

Fatima
Fatima
1 year ago

Who decided this was a good format? Those shows should be promoting new songs, not Paul McCartney’s back catalogue

kjjkg@
1 year ago
Reply to  Fatima

i like this format a lot. it is fun

wojtekpankok
wojtekpankok
1 year ago

My predictions:
Kasia Dere? – uptempo, some to dance, some to show their amazing vocals
Alicja – song like from James Bond movie
Albert – maybe not something like Friend of a Friend, but a pop genre I guess

Luk
Luk
1 year ago
Reply to  wojtekpankok

Alicja let to sing Rock ballade

wojtekpankok
wojtekpankok
1 year ago
Reply to  Luk

I hope the songwriters from JESC will be responsible for the singles or Swedish composers. A lot of Polish songwriters write really boring songs, Landberry created a lot of good and amazing songs.

GreenTea
GreenTea
1 year ago
Reply to  wojtekpankok

Kasia’s song is not composed by our “Dream Team” from JESC. She was collaborating with Piotr Walicki (music), Marcin Januszkiewicz and Mateusz Krautwurst (lyrics)
(Source: Dziennik Eurowizyjny)

Safiya
Safiya
1 year ago

I’m curious to see what will happen next week. Of course it all depends on the right song, so everyone could be a good choice. I am also afraid that that it is all staged for Alicja Szemplinska. I have nothing against her, I think she is very talented, but it’s not only about the talent. Her fans sometimes seem really crazy and it doesn’t not work in her favour in my opinion… I am afraid that they will massively vote for her even if the song won’t be the best. But let’s hope the songs will be good… I… Read more »

Luk
Luk
1 year ago

Poland i am waiting for good song
We hope on unique amazing song!

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

The interesting thing to note is that on Instagram, Albert said that Lake Malawi would be competing in the final. I guess that means if he goes to Eurovision, he’ll be going with the rest of Lake Malawi too! That’d be so sick!

Eileen
Eileen
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

He might compete as Albert Cerny and Lake Malawi (kinda like how Switzerland in 2006 sent a dude named Pierro but he had other singers along so he competed as Pierro and the MusicStars) – unless of course, his contract with TVP for Eurovision will allow him to compete as Lake Malawi despite the fact that he made through the entire NFs alone.

Dawid
Dawid
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

I’m pretty sure he’ll be there as “Albert Cerny” but they’ll let him grab his friends as part of his team.

Dawid
Dawid
1 year ago

I hope either Weronika Curylo or Nick Sinckler gets golden ticket. Loved both of them. I wonder when we’ll find out about it.

Can’t wait to hear actual ESC entries now.

wojtekpankok
wojtekpankok
1 year ago
Reply to  Dawid

I don’t think if golden ticket will be ever given. Everything was – I think – set up. They would inform somewhere in the Internet about the fourth finalist.
So sorry 🙁

wojtekpankok
wojtekpankok
1 year ago
Reply to  Dawid

NICK SINCKLER will be a backing vocalist on Kasia Deren’s song, so nope.

Dawid
Dawid
1 year ago

One of these 3. Or 4 if one of 5 honorable mentions enters final.

wojtekpankok
wojtekpankok
1 year ago

People from Poland are fond of Alicja and she’ll won I guess. However everything depends from the song… if she will scream like previous, she won’t win

Dawid
Dawid
1 year ago
Reply to  wojtekpankok

She was screaming and there were people saying she sounds like an angel. She has massive fanbase after The Voice so I’m afraid that she may win even if she completely screwed her song up.

wojtekpankok
wojtekpankok
1 year ago
Reply to  Dawid

I’m also afraid. I’m sure Kasia and Albert will sing much better, but public will not vote for them. I think that Alicja maybe wanted too much to be good and that was the reason of cheap performance.

Natalie
Natalie
1 year ago
Reply to  Dawid

she won’t screw up her song because it’s gonna be in her style

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

Watching Albert performing to Cleo, Michal and Gromee sitting on a couch seems like a crazy dream of an Eurovision hardcore fan! 😀

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

It might just be Albert’s dream and we’ll all living it. 😉

mescen
mescen
1 year ago
Sverige
Sverige
1 year ago

I hope someone else gets the chance to represent Poland! Sorry Albert.

Dawid
Dawid
1 year ago
Reply to  Sverige

I wouldn’t be surprised if they picked him to boost final’s viewership .-. Not that he doesn’t deserve place there. I still do think that it’s all set up to give Alicja Szemplinska win and they just want to promote her more before actual contest.

Luk
Luk
1 year ago

Good luck Kasia Deren, Alicja Szemplinska and Albert
Good luck Poland

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Luk

Albert is really charismatic and a very good singer. It would be cool if he represents Poland this year. I’m wondering will we hear Albert’s, Kasia’s and Alicja’s songs before the finals. That would be another, albeit short, list of NF top 3 to do. Yeah, good luck to Poland! 🙂

Natalie
Natalie
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

We won’t hear songs before the final

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

OMG that would be amazing! A cool artist representing two countries two years in a row. I love that idea.

wojtekpankok
wojtekpankok
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Yeah, but Polish people are not really fan of artists from aboard who want to represent our country. They were not satisfied with jury’s choice, however I was very happy. They will vote according to names, not the songs I think.

esc1234
esc1234
1 year ago

These selections dont work very often. Just look at Georgia, a snippet of the song was released and Tornike is literally screaming… next level bad

Sale
Sale
1 year ago

Does he have any connection to Poland?

Natalie
Natalie
1 year ago
Reply to  Sale

yes

percy
percy
1 year ago
Reply to  Sale

Yes, he went to a polish school, and speaks fluent polish. It’s literally mentioned in the article!

Sale
Sale
1 year ago
Reply to  percy

Oh I didnt read it all the way through hahah

Malalinka
Malalinka
1 year ago
Reply to  Sale

His Grandparents are Polish

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
1 year ago

As much as I like him – he’s a great singer and fun, wonderful person – he wouldn’t qualify based on this performance, if it was up to me. IDK if the whole thing was rigged or not but I’m sure the majority feels that Alicja and Albert were chosen based on their potential and not actual performances. My ranking: 1. Marek Kaliszuk – Help! – he was a star of Musical Theatre in Gdynia (sort of Polish Broadway) and won Polish “Your Face Sounds Familiar” so his experience was very visible, he gave a great vocal performance during a… Read more »

KESC
KESC
1 year ago

Off-topic: A snippet on how Georgia’s song will sound like:

https://youtu.be/jVc6OPNUBfk

Sounds quite good actually

Edit: Pay attention to 1:30, that’s probably the chorus! 😉

Sale
Sale
1 year ago
Reply to  KESC

Too much shouting

KESC
KESC
1 year ago
Reply to  Sale

Yeah, but that’s not surprising at all, considering his style.

esc1234
esc1234
1 year ago
Reply to  KESC

Noise pollution

Malmklang
Malmklang
1 year ago
Reply to  KESC

I have no idea what he’s doing in that video, but singing it’s certainly not…

jack
jack
1 year ago
Reply to  KESC

I wanna puke. Thats wrong on every level

Malalinka
Malalinka
1 year ago

I like Albert a lot but I say NO to him representing my country at ESC. Nick and Basia were better. I think TVP adopted a strategy to have bigger audience in the Final. And Albert is not popular in Poland, and two other finalists are better than him, so I think he will not win the whole thing.

Dawid
Dawid
1 year ago
Reply to  Malalinka

I have absolutely no issue with him prepresenting Poland. There were people representing countries that have nothing to do with them. Freaking Celine Dion is half French half Canadian and she won ESC for Switzerland. Margaret took part in Melodifestivalen, twice. Albert has family here, speaks Polish better than Nick who lives here for over 13 years and went to Polish school aka knows our history, traditions, things like that. Also, “not popular in Poland” means nothing for Eurovision, because it’s Europe who votes. He’d be more favoured if anything, because ESC fans knows him already. Hate this attitude, really.

Natalie
Natalie
1 year ago

yes one of these three

MrBrightside
MrBrightside
1 year ago

Yup. Plus there is a possibility the producers will introduce fourth finalist via wild card.

Natalie
Natalie
1 year ago

I was rooting for Nick but Albert is okay I guess

All Wei
All Wei
1 year ago

Oweee, noooo!! You are kidding me?? really are we back in the 50’s???

All Wei
All Wei
1 year ago
Reply to  All Wei

Im not impressed with his vocals on this

Natalie
Natalie
1 year ago
Reply to  All Wei

What? This isn’t Eurovision song, it’s song by The Beatles and Albert is one of 3 finalists not our representant

All Wei
All Wei
1 year ago
Reply to  Natalie

i misunderstood. Sorry!! Im still not impressed with his singing!!

West
West
1 year ago
Reply to  All Wei

I admit – for a second I thought that you were serious.
Go back to your cave, troll!

All Wei
All Wei
1 year ago
Reply to  West

why soo hatefull, my Dear?? Sometimes people can have misjudgements and giving in on that!! Hope your cave is nice and cosy!!?? Big hug

West
West
1 year ago
Reply to  All Wei

Well, judging by your hateful comment (you already deleated) where you were spewing vitriol on Poland about not qualifying and other angry stuff I guessed that you were trolling – especially since it seemed to me imposible that someone would not recognize a Beatles song.

All Wei
All Wei
1 year ago
Reply to  West

Im NOT trolling, otherwise i would have posted the same negative comment 40 times on all this posts would be concerned. I swear i didnt recognize this Beatles song and really thought this was Alberts song for Poland. I said i was mistaken, I gave in and therefor deleted my comment indeed as i understood I made a mistake!! But Im still not impressed by his vocals!! I hope Poland will have a Good and Feel Good song for Rotterdam!! I embrace honesty and dont like hate. All the Best and lovely Greetings to All of Ya!!

West
West
1 year ago
Reply to  All Wei

Yeah – mistakes happen. But that comment you left before was really nasty tho, mistake or not. I guess my advise for you is – always read the article you’re commenting on. Then you would know right away that the contestants sang Beatles song.
Have a nice rest of the weekend, friend.

All Wei
All Wei
1 year ago
Reply to  West

Yah, I know by now thanks. Usually I do, and im not a shout out reactor. This was just a slipp of the keyboard!! Have also a good evening. My comment wasnt meant to be hatefull towards Poland, I hope they will do well!!

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  West

Even if it isn’t as famous as Hey Jude or Let It Be, I’d be a bit depressed if someone didn’t recognize a Beatles song.

All Wei
All Wei
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

than be depressed my friend as I really didnt recognize it!! Sorry, for that. i thought this was his song in the selection. i didnt read the headlines properly of the posts. i have a down or off day!! And talking about being hatefull in the comments. its logical if you dont fancy a song, your changes for qualification dimishes. That is hatefull imo. Its hatefull when you keep on underlying that they wont qualify as they are such or so country always with the same sheit etc. See whats happening with France now……………………………..Also a lot of hate. But also… Read more »

GreenTea
GreenTea
1 year ago

I like Albert but I don’t think he was the best in this semi-final. I was rooting for Nick and Basia.

Btw I’ve read somewhere that Alicja has a ballad like from a James Bond movie and Kasia will sing an up-tempo song but I don’t know if it’s true. We’ll find out next Sunday.

Natalie
Natalie
1 year ago
Reply to  GreenTea

Kasia will have uptempo song 100%

wojtekpankok
wojtekpankok
1 year ago
Reply to  Natalie

There are no rumours about the songs, but I heard somewhere that Kasia song will be uptempo with elements of dance, while Alicja’s song is themed by James Bond.

mescen
mescen
1 year ago
Reply to  GreenTea
Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Not a bad rendition, but just as I suspected: doing it in the original key pushed his range a bit too high. Still happy to see him around. Maybe Lucy is his potential entry?

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Albert is so cute that even if he would stand without the music on for 3 minutes people would vote for him

wojtekpankok
wojtekpankok
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

I’m from Poland and watched the whole show. Polish singers are really strict and they only want to win the whole thing. However, Albert is magical – he was wearing normal pullover, jeans (instead of Marek who had shining outfit). He stood on stage, performer and had fun! 99% acts of Szansa na Sukces are good, but are too confident and some of them can’t even sing… i Know Albert won’t win maybe, but I’m keeping fingers crossed for him

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  wojtekpankok

He’d be a refreshing kind of change of pace.