Polish Television TVP confirmed the participation in upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Georgia. The broadcaster revealed the official rules of National Final called “Eliminacje Krajowe”. All talented Polish children (9-14 years old) can submit their entries until 11th September. Songs can be performed in Polish language or as the multilingual version with no more than 40% of lyrics in foreign language. The jury will then select the group of candidates and invite them for the internal audition scheduled for 15th September in Warsaw. Based on the live performances during this casting the jury will decide who should take part to the final on 1st October.
During the final (most likely in Warsaw) the jury and televoting will decide who should represent Poland in Tbilisi on 26th November during the Junior Eurovision Song Contest final. Only the winner of National Final will be revealed. Polish Television has the right to add additional participants to the final thanks to the “wildcards”. The official rules (in Polish only) can be found HERE.
Poland debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 with Kasia Zurawik and her song “Cos mnie nosi” but finished last with 3 points only. The same scenario repeated itself in 2004 with KWADro – also last place with three points. Due to poor results TVP decided to withdraw from the competition but came back last year after 13 years of absence. Olivia Wieczorek won the National Final with ballad “Nie zapomnij” penned by famous Polish composer Piotr Rubik. With bilingual version “Nie Zapomnij – Don’t Foget” Olivia finished 11th in Malta. According to the social media rumors some of the last year’s National Final participants are going to submit new entries and fight again to represent the nation in Junior Eurovision.