Poland – The Polish national broadcaster TVP has apparently decided to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest. On their facebook profile, TVP announce that they won’t send an entry to Baku. One of the main reasons is the fact that one of the biggest television events in the world, the UEFA European Football Championship will be held in Poland (and Ukraine). TVP wants to focus on this major event. Since 2008 no Polish entry has made it to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. This year Magdalena Tul came last in the semi-final in Düsseldorf.
Poland has only twice made it to the Top 10 of the Eurovision Song Contest: with their debut entry in 1994 (Edita Gorniak – 2nd) and in 2003 (IchTroje -7th). TVP has not clarified whether they are simply taking a pause or whether the withdrawal is permanent.
The withdrawal has not been confirmed officially by TVP.
Poland was the country with the 9th biggest population of all participating countries (after Big 5, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine) and its withdrawal is thus a big loss for the Eurovision Song Contest in terms of possible viewers!
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