POLAND – It is no secret that since 2016, Polish interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has risen. After all 3.1 million watched the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and TVP is aware of that. Having in mind the Opole Festival, TVP’s President Jacek Kurski announced in the annual program presentation that he is thinking new ideas to promote Polish music. This could affect the national selection, Krajowe Eliminacje, as there are suggestions to start marathon selection across the country just like (what else) Melodifestivalen. There is still no decision on how Poland will decide its entry though.
Poland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 20 times since its debut in 1994. Although Poland did not become a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) until 1993, earlier contests had often been broadcast on Telewizja Polska (TVP), the Polish broadcaster. Poland’s debut in the contest in 1994 remains its most successful entry, with Edyta Górniak finishing second. The country reached the top ten for the second time with Ich Troje finishing seventh in 2003. Poland failed to qualify from the semi-finals in six out of seven years between 2005 and 2011, before withdrawing from the contest in 2012 and 2013. Since returning in 2014, Poland has qualified for the final for four consecutive years, achieving a third top ten finish in 2016, with Michał Szpak finishing eighth.