Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station TVP
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances 21 (14 finals)
First appearance 1994
Best result 2nd: 1994
Worst result Last: 2011 SF
External links
TVP page
Poland's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Poland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 21 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 had qualified for the final for four consecutive years (2014–17), achieving a third top ten finish in 2016, with Michał Szpak finishing eighth. This streak was broken in 2018 with their seventh non-qualification.


The first ever performance by Poland was at the 1994 contest: Edyta Górniak's song was also by far the most successful for Poland to date, receiving 166 points and placing second. Poland was almost disqualified that year though; there was no free-language rule in operation at the time, and a furor erupted at the dress rehearsal when Górniak sung the second half of "To nie ja!" in English. Six national delegations formally petitioned for Poland to be disqualified; however Eurovision rules required a majority of delegations (13 in this case) to complain before the European Broadcasting Union could examine the case for disqualification, so Poland was allowed to remain.

Subsequent Polish entries were less successful, placing between 11th and 20th. Poland did not compete in 2002. For the 2003 contest Poland organized its first public selection for Eurovision entry; It was no surprise when the group Ich Troje won the public vote ahead of Blue Café, finishing 7th in the final. Blue Café finished 17th in 2004 with "Love Song".

Poland's only appearance in the final between 2005 and 2013, was in 2008. Even then, its song ("For Life", sung by Isis Gee) placed a lowly 24th.

In 2005 TVP went back to an internal selection, picking "Czarna dziewczyna", a multilingual song performed in Polish and Russian. The song just missed out on a place in the final, coming 11th in the semi-final, as did Poland's 2006 entry. With the comeback of the public vote on TVP, Ich Troje were chosen again in 2006, but could not repeat their 7th place from 2003. Poland's 2007 entry, "Time To Party", sung by The Jet Set, only finished 14th in the semi-final.

Members of the Polish OGAE have said at their annual convention that they would like Edyta Górniak to represent Poland for a second time. For years it was unknown if Górniak would enter Eurovision again,[1] until when in 2016 she made a second attempt at representing her country in the contest, placing third in the national final.

In December 2011, it was announced that Poland would not compete at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku. The Polish broadcaster stated that having to organize the European Football Championship 2012 (hosted by Poland and Ukraine) was a major factor in their withdrawal.[2] TVP informed esctoday.com that their decision to abstain does not hamper their chances of being back in 2013, thus leaving the door open for a return. However, Poland confirmed on 22 November 2012, that it will not be participating in 2013.[3]

TVP, the Polish national broadcaster has confirmed on 5 December 2013 that Poland will return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014.[4][5] On 25 February, it was announced that Donatan and Cleo would represent Poland with their song "My Słowianie".[6] The song qualified for the final which is only the second time Poland has qualified for the final, the last time was 2008. Donatan and Cleo performed 9th in the final and ended up placing 14th overall, achieving Poland's best result at the contest since 2003.

In 2015 TVP selected Monika Kuszyńska and her song "In The Name Of Love" internally as well. She was the first ever Eurovision participant to sit in a wheelchair during her performance, due to the fact that she was paralyzed after being involved in a serious car accident in 2006. She qualified for the final placing 8th out of 17 and came 23rd of 27 in the final receiving ten points. Just like Donatan and Cleo she fared clearly better with the televoters, coming 4th in the semi final and 15th in the final respectively.

In 2016 TVP went back to an national final, Michał Szpak won Krajowe Eliminacje.He qualified for the final placing 6th out of 18 and came 8th of 26 with 229 points gave the 3rd best result for Poland.Just like previous representatives he fared clearly better with the televoters,coming 4th in the semi final and 3rd in the final respectively.

In 2017 they continued national final, Kasia Moś won final.She qualified for the final placing 9th out of 18 and came 22nd of 26 entries.She fared clearly better with the televoters, coming 6th in the semi final and 12th in the final respectively.

Poland's run of qualifications came to an end in 2018, when the song "Light Me Up" by Polish DJ Gromee and Swedish vocalist Lukas Meijer failed to qualify from the second semi-final, placing 14th.


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1994 Edyta Górniak Polish "To nie ja!" 2 166 No semi-finals
1995 Justyna Steczkowska Polish "Sama" 18 15
1996 Kasia Kowalska Polish "Chcę znać swój grzech..." 15 31 15 42
1997 Anna Maria Jopek Polish "Ale jestem" 11 54 No semi-finals
1998 Sixteen Polish "To takie proste" 17 19
1999 Mietek Szcześniak Polish "Przytul mnie mocno" 18 17
2000 Did not participate
2001 Andrzej Piaseczny English "2 Long" 20 11
2002 Did not participate
2003 Ich Troje German, Polish, Russian "Keine Grenzen-Żadnych granic" 7 90
2004 Blue Café English, Spanish "Love Song" 17 27 Top 11 Previous Year[a]
2005 Ivan & Delfin Polish, Russian "Czarna dziewczyna" Failed to qualify 11 81
2006 Ich Troje feat. Real McCoy English, Polish, German, Russian, Spanish "Follow My Heart" 11 70
2007 The Jet Set English "Time To Party" 14 75
2008 Isis Gee English "For Life" 24 14 10 42
2009 Lidia Kopania English "I Don't Wanna Leave" Failed to qualify 12 43
2010 Marcin Mroziński English, Polish "Legenda" 13 44
2011 Magdalena Tul Polish "Jestem" 19 18
Did not participate between 2012 and 2013
2014 Donatan and Cleo Polish, English "My Słowianie - We Are Slavic" 14 62 8 70
2015 Monika Kuszyńska English "In the Name of Love" 23 10 8 57
2016 Michał Szpak English "Color of Your Life" 8 229 6 151
2017 Kasia Moś English "Flashlight" 22 64 9 119
2018 Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer English "Light Me Up" Failed to qualify 14 81
  • NOTE: If a country won the previous year, they did not have to compete in Semi Finals, or back in the early 2005-2007 era, countries who did well did not have to compete in Semi Finals the following year. The top ten non-Big four along with the Big four countries automatically qualified, for example, if Germany and France placed inside the top 10, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with everyone within the top 10.

Voting history

As of 2018, Poland's voting history is as follows:

Commentators and Spokespersons

Year(s) Comentator Spokesperson
1994 Artur Orzech Jan Chojnacki
1996 Dorota Osman
1997 Jan Wilkans
1998 Artur Orzech
2000 Poland did not participate
2001 Maciej Orłoś
2002 Poland did not participate
2003 Maciej Orłoś
2008 Radosław Brzózka
2010 Aleksandra Rosiak
2011 Odeta Moro-Figurska
2012 No broadcast Poland did not participate
2014 Artur Orzech Paulina Chylewska
2015 Aleksandra "Ola" Ciupa
2016 Anna Popek
2018 Mateusz Szymkowiak


All conductors are Polish except with a flag.

  • Republic of Ireland Noel Kelehan (1994–1995)
  • Wiesław Pieregorólka (1996, 1998)
  • Krzesimir Dębski (1997)[7]


See also


  1. ^ Floras, Stella (2008-08-25). "OGAE Poland: A convention to remember". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  2. ^ Van Ee, Dennis (16 December 2011). "Poland: TVP withdraws from Eurovision 2012". ESCDaily. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "No return: Poland will not be in Malmö". esctoday.com. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.esctoday.com/69854/tvp-poland/
  5. ^ http://www.tvp.pl/o-tvp/centrum-prasowe/komunikaty-prasowe/tvp-znow-w-konkursie-eurowizji/13230106
  6. ^ "My, Słowianie na Eurowizji" (in Polish). Tvp.pl. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  7. ^ http://andtheconductoris.eu/

External links

  • Points to and from Poland eurovisioncovers.co.uk
  • OGAE Poland official site eurowizja.org

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