Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station TVP
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)
First appearance 1994
Best result 2nd: 1994
Worst result Last: 2011 SF
External links
TVP page
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".

However, since 2005 Poland has reached the final only once, 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.[1]

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] 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".[6]


Table key

     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was relegated
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
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
Top 11 Previous Year
2005 Ivan & Delfin English, Russian "Czarna dziewczyna"
Failed to qualify
11 81
2006 Ich Troje feat. Real McCoy English, Polish, German, Russian, Spanish "Follow My Heart"
Failed to qualify
11 70
2007 The Jet Set English "Time To Party"
Failed to qualify
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"
Failed to qualify
13 44
2011 Magdalena Tul Polish "Jestem"
Failed to qualify
19 18
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.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2011, Poland's voting history is as follows:

12 points[edit]

Table key

     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.
Year Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
1994  Hungary No semi-finals  Austria
 United Kingdom
No semi-finals
1995  Norway
1996  Ireland Unknown1
1997  France No semi-finals
No semi-finals
1998  Belgium
1999  Germany
2000 Relegated Relegated
2001  Estonia
2002 Relegated Relegated
2003  Belgium  Germany
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
2008  Armenia  Armenia
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[edit]

Year(s) Comentator Spokesperson
1994 Artur Orzech Jan Chojnacki
1996 Dorota Osman
1997 Artur Orzech
2000 Did not participate
2001 Maciej Orłoś
2002 Did not participate
2003 Maciej Orłoś
2007 Radosław Brzózka
2010 Aleksandra Rosiak
2011 Odeta Moro-Figurska
2012 No broadcast Did not participate
2014 TBA TBA


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Floras, Stella (2008-08-25). "OGAE Poland: A convention to remember". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  2. ^ ? (2011-12-19). "Poland: Confirmed - no participation in Baku". ESCToday. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  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. 

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