Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events||Krajowe Eliminacje do Konkursu Piosenki Eurowizji (2003–04)
Piosenka dla Europy (2006–09)
Krajowe Eliminacje (2010–11)
Internal Selection (1994–99, 2001, 2005, 2014)
|Appearances||17 (10 finals)|
|Best result||2nd: 1994|
|Worst result||Last: 2011 SF|
|Poland's page at Eurovision.tv|
Poland first competed in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. The country has taken part in most years since then, most recently at the 2011 event. 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 - even if delayed. After a two year break and absences from Baku and Malmo, it was announced on 5 December 2013 that Poland would return to the contest in 2014 at Copenhagen, Denmark.
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".
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.
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. More details regarding the 2014 Polish Eurovision project will be released in January. TVP has announced that the Polish representative and entry will be selected by end of February 2014. On 25 February, it was announced that Donatan and Cleo would represent Poland with their song "My Słowianie".
- Second place
- Third place
- Last place
- Automatically qualified to the final
- Did not qualify for the final
- Did not compete or was relegated
|1994||Edyta Górniak||Polish||"To nie ja!"||2||166||
|1996||Kasia Kowalska||Polish||"Chcę znać swój grzech..."||15||31||15||42|
|1997||Anna Maria Jopek||Polish||"Ale jestem"||11||54||
|1998||Sixteen||Polish||"To takie proste"||17||19|
|1999||Mietek Szcześniak||Polish||"Przytul mnie mocno"||18||17|
|2001||Andrzej Piaseczny||English||"2 Long"||20||11|
|2003||Ich Troje||German, Polish, Russian||"Keine Grenzen-Żadnych granic"||7||90|
|2004||Blue Café||English, Spanish||"Love Song"||17||27||
|2005||Ivan & Delfin||English, Russian||"Czarna dziewczyna"||
|2006||Ich Troje feat. Real McCoy||English, Polish, German, Russian, Spanish||"Follow My Heart"||
|2007||The Jet Set||English||"Time To Party"||
|2008||Isis Gee||English||"For Life"||24||14||10||42|
|2009||Lidia Kopania||English||"I Don't Wanna Leave"||
|2010||Marcin Mroziński||English, Polish||"Legenda"||
|2014||Donatan and Cleo||Polish, English||"My Słowianie - We Are Slavic"|
- 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 done 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.
As of 2011, Poland's voting history is as follows:
- Winner – Poland gave 12 points to a winning song / Poland won the contest.
- Second place – Poland gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Poland was runner-up in the contest.
- Third place – Poland gave 12 points to a third place song / Poland came third in the contest.
- Qualified – Poland gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Poland qualified to the Grand Finals.
- Non-qualified – Poland gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Poland did not qualify to the Grand Finals.
|1994||Hungary||No semi-finals|| Austria
|2004||Ukraine||Did not Broadcast||
||Did not Participate|
|2005||Ukraine||Hungary||Did not Qualify||
|2006||Finland||Finland||Did not Qualify||
|2007||Ukraine||Latvia||Did not Qualify||
|2009||Norway||Azerbaijan||Did not Qualify||
|2010||Denmark||Belgium||Did not Qualify||
|2011||Lithuania||Lithuania||Did not Qualify||
|2012||Did not Qualify|
1 The voting for the 1996 pre-qualifying round is unknown to date.
Commentators and Spoksepersons
|1994||Artur Orzech||Jan Chojnacki|
|2000||Did not participate|
|2002||Did not participate|
|2012||No broadcast||Did not participate|
- Floras, Stella (2008-08-25). "OGAE Poland: A convention to remember". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- ? (2011-12-19). "Poland: Confirmed - no participation in Baku". ESCToday. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
- "No return: Poland will not be in Malmö". esctoday.com. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- "My, Słowianie na Eurowizji" (in Polish). Tvp.pl. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.