Next to confirm its participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 to ESCToday is Poland as the 10 Days of Confirmations continue! The Polish broadcaster TVP is ready for its 21st participation in the biggest annual music event in the world. The country has not won the contest yet, so the question is: How could they make it in 2018?
Poland’s Eurovision history
The central European country firstly participated in the contest in Dublin in 1994, making an impressive debut, as it earned a 2nd place with Edyta Górniak, their best placing so far. Since then, Poland has been absent 4 times from the competition and has two more Top 10 placings to remember; a 7th place in 2003 and an 8th recently in 2016.
The 2016 Polish entry had made a great sense during the reveal of the Grand Final results. With his remarkable performance, Michał Szpak and his entry Color of your life had come 25th (second after the end) in the jury vote by just 7 points, but had earned a high 3rd place in the televoting results with a great amount of 222 points!
The country has been qualifying to the Final every year since 2014. However, they have been eliminated in the semi-final 6 times since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004. Poland has dared several eccentric appearances at Eurovision, but has had mixed results, mostly ending up outside the Top 10.
TVP has used several selection methods for choosing their entry, as they have run many different national finals in the past. However, they have also gone internally, most recently in 2015. For 2018, the broadcaster has already confirmed that will be holding a national final, as they have also been doing during the last 2 years. The format of the national selection will be revealed in due course.
Is Poland overcoming itself next year?
So what do you think? Is the national final the best choice for Poland? Or they should have gone internally? And will their 2018 entry ensure them their fifth qualification in a row and – why not – a place on the top of the scoreboard?