Poland's debut in the contest in 1994, remains (as of 2014) its most successful, with Edyta Górniak finishing second. Poland has reached the top ten on only one other occasion, when Ich Troje finished seventh in 2003.
Between 2005 and 2011, Poland failed to qualify from the semi-final round six out of seven years. The country then withdrew from the contest in 2012 and 2013. Poland returned in 2014 with Donatan and Cleo, who finished 14th in the final, Poland 's best result in the contest since 2003.
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, winning 166 points and second place. Poland was almost disqualified that year though, as Edyta sang the chorus in English in the rehearsals.
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 a public selection of its entry, and then 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. It is unknown if Górniak would enter Eurovision again.
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. 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.
TVP, the Polish national broadcaster has confirmed on 5 December 2013 that Poland will return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014. On 25 February, it was announced that Donatan and Cleo would represent Poland with their song "My Słowianie". 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.
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.