Polish public television (TVP) today broadcast the third semi-final of its ”Szansa Na Sukces-Eurowizja Junior 2022”, the selection process from which Poland’s representative at the children’s contest will emerge for the fourth year in a row.
These were the seven participants of the second qualifying round, who paid tribute to the greatest hits of the Eurovision Song Contest:
- Ida Wargskog – “If I Were Sorry” (Sweden 2016)
- Aleksander Szwarnowiecki – “Waterloo” (Sweden 1974)
- Beniamin Nowacki – “Fairytale” (Norway 2009)
- Kinga Kipigroch – “Euphoria” (Sweden 2012)
- Alicja Smyk – “Light me up” (Poland 2018)
- Antonina Kraszewska – “Save your kisses for me” (United Kingdom 1976)
- Julia Kowalska – “Arcade” (Netherlands 2019)
In this third gala, dedicated to the greatest hits of the Eurovision Song Contest, a total of seven children competed for the last available place in the grand final. Ala Tracz, Poland’s representative at Eurovision Junior 2020, Michał Wiśniewski, Poland’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 and 2006 and Ida Nowakowska, the 2019 and 2020 presenter of the children’s festival, were in charge of judging the contenders and choosing the last finalist of the edition.
Ida Wargskog will have the privilege of defending a previously unpublished song in the grand final on 25 September, from which Poland’s next representative at Junior Eurovision will emerge
The grand final will take place on 25 September, which will determine Poland’s representative at Junior Eurovision 2022. This is the final list of finalists for the 2022 edition:
- Natalia Smás
- Laura Baczkiewicz
- Alexander Malag
- Ida Wargskog
You can re-watch the third semi-final of Szansa Na Sukces-Eurowizja Junior 2022 below:
THE THIRD HEAT
The format ”Szansa Na Sukces” has throughout its history become one of the longest running programmes on Polish television. Since its first broadcast in 1993, the quiz show has positioned itself as one of the highest rated entertainment programmes on TVP
Since 2019 it has been linked to the election of the Polish representative at the Children’s Festival. However, in 2020 it was also the selection method by which Alicja Szemplińska would represent Poland in Rotterdam, the senior edition cancelled due to the COVID-19 health crisis
The format consists of four televised galas: three semi-finals and a grand final. In the first three, a total of seven boys and girls try to defend different pieces of music selected at random with a theme previously established by the competition organisers. Once they have performed them, a jury made up of celebrities from the national music scene is in charge of determining which of them is the finalist
In the grand final, broadcast live, the finalists undergo two rounds. In the first round, each of the contestants will perform the song with which they made it to the grand final, while in the second round they will perform an unreleased song that is a candidate to represent Poland at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The final decision is in the hands of the televote and the 50/50 jury, who will decide the winner in case of a tie.
POLAND AT THE JUNIOR EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
Poland’s first participation in Junior Eurovision dates back to 2003, when it was one of the first countries to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. However, despite their enviable recent track record, Katarzyna Zurawik with the song “Cos mnie nosi” did not make it past the last position.
After more than ten years of absence due to poor results, the Polish delegation returned to the festival in 2016 and since then Poland has enjoyed a golden era at Junior Eurovision with two consecutive victories: in 2018 with Roksana Weigel ‘s “Anyone I want to be” and the following year with Wiki Gabor and “Superhero” as hosts.
Last year, Poland was represented in Paris by Sara James ‘ “Somebody” , who just missed out on her third win, just a few points behind the great Maléna Fox.
JUNIOR EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2022
On Sunday 11 December the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will take place, the 20th edition of the children’s contest in which European artists between the ages of 9 and 14 will battle it out for the crystal microphone. The Karen Demirchyan Complex in Yerevan will be the main stage for the second time.
Armenian public broadcaster ARMTV will once again host the festival eleven years later, as it did in 2011, in the midst of a collective euphoria following Maléna Fox’s victory in Paris with “Qami Qami”
With the return of the UK, a total of 17 countries have already confirmed their participation in Junior Eurovision 2022, including Spain and hosts Armenia. However, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the children’s contest in 2022, the organisers are expecting a greater number of participants, in an attempt to ensure that this 20th edition will be remembered as one of the most spectacular in its history