Polish public television (TVP) today broadcast the first semi-final of its ”Szansa Na Sukces-Eurowizja Junior 2022”, the selection process from which Poland’s representative in the children’s competition is black for the fourth year in a row.
These were the seven participants of the first elimination round, who performed the greatest contemporary hits of the recent music scene:
- Anastazja Broniszewska – “Wonder”
- Laura Bączkiewicz – “Run”
- Natalia Smaś – “Easy on me”
- Elena Popowicz – “Rain on me
- Zofia Tofiluk – “Hold my hand”
- Iga Kaczyńska – ”Dynamite”
- Helena Wlodarczyk – “Diamonds”
The jury of this first semifinal, consisting of Cleo and Sara James, the Polish representatives at Eurovision 2014 and JESC 2021, together with Marek Sierocki, former presenter of the format, has decided that Natalia Smás and Laura Bączkiewicz will become the first winners of the edition.
Natalia and Laura will have the privilege of defending an unpublished song in the grand final on 25 September, which will decide Poland’s next representative at Junior Eurovision. In addition, in this first semi-final, special emphasis was placed on the career of Sara James and she was presented with the platinum record for her hit “Somebody”, the song with which she represented the country last December in Paris.
The second semi-final of ”Szansa Na Sukces-Eurowizja Junior 2022” will take place next Sunday 11 September from 15:15h CET and you can follow it on our multi-screen system live.esc-plus.com live on TVP2. Don’t miss it!
You can re-watch the first semi-final of the zansa Na Sukces-Eurowizja Junior 2022 below:
How does the program work?
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 three 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 narrowly 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 aged between 9 and 14 will battle 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