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Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest


Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest

Member station TVP
National selection events
Appearances 18 (12 finals)
First appearance 1994
Best result 2nd: 1994
Worst result Last: 2011 SF
External links
TVP page
Poland's page at

Poland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 18 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 (as of 2015) 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.


  • History 1
  • Contestants 2
  • Voting history 3
  • Commentators and Spokespersons 4
  • Photogallery 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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 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.[1]

In December 2011, it was announced that Poland would not compete at the European Football Championship 2012 (hosted by Poland and Ukraine) was a major factor in their withdrawal.[2] TVP informed 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 after a serious car accident in 2006 Monika Kuszyńska had been involved in. 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.


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 Relegated
2001 Andrzej Piaseczny English "2 Long" 20 11
2002 Relegated
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 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
  • 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 2015, 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


See also


  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". Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ "My, Słowianie na Eurowizji" (in Polish).  

External links

  • Points to and from Poland
  • OGAE Poland official site
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