Poland to return to national final for 2022?

Originally, TVP announced that the Polish representative for Eurovision 2022 would be announced on 2nd January.

This was more recently changed to this Saturday, 15th January, and ever since, some fan rumours have formed online as to who will represent Poland.

Now, online gossip magazine Jastrząb Post is claiming to have received an inside tip-off from TVP to suggest Poland might be the 27th country of the season to broadcast a national final.

According to the publication, which was also, it claims, the first to announce Margaret’s participation in Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 with Cool Me Down, there will be a pre-selection contest in mid-February containing 10 candidates.

All of the fan predictions, Krystian Ochman, Ania Byrcyn and Daria, are said to be taking part.

The format of the show is also unclear. The ten performers and mid-February slot, possibly around Valentine’s Day although it’s said to be taking place a bit later, brings to mind Krajowe Eliminacje, which ran on-and-off in Poland to select entrants between 2010 and 2018 before Szansa na Sukces replaced it.

However, this line in the statement might be hinting at a different format:

“The winning song will be chosen by a committee composed of people associated with the Polish music market, which will evaluate the proposals, but viewers will be able to cast their vote.”

(Spokesperson for TVP, quoted in Jastrząb Post)

The idea of “evaluating the proposals” could be implying that the show would be video-only, or comprised of recorded live performances, as was the case with ESCZ, and will be for the new North Macedonian selection for 2022, announced a few weeks ago.

TVP has not yet confirmed if the show will take place, or what format it would take.

Daria, in particular, has been vocal about her intent to participate in Eurovision ever since an interview with the same publication late last year. Her song Paranoia has been viewed nearly 9 million times on YouTube, and has cemented her as a key fan favourite Eurovision prospect.

A big name like her might be the motivation Poland need at Eurovision. Their track record over the past decade has been fairly mediocre, at least compared to their new-found super form at Junior Eurovision. Despite having qualified for the final on 4 of the last 7 occasions, the last of these was in 2017, and their best result ever remains their debut second place for Edyta Górniak in 1994.

Last year, The Voice Poland and Wheel Of Fortune Poland host Rafał tried his luck at Eurovision following a strange internal selection process with 80s-themed dad bop The Ride, which failed to qualify after finishing 14th in the second semi-final in Rotterdam.

TVP would now like to buy a vowel to increase their chances at this year’s Contest.

Who would you like to see represent Poland in Turin? Do you think Poland should bring back a national final? Let us know in the comments and on social media.

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