"We've had a long, but constructive dialogue with our Polish colleagues," says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the contest on behalf of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). "I'm very happy the hard work paid off, and that TVP returns with a renewed energy," he adds.
TVP's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest is a strong message to Europe and Poland's 38 million citizens, twenty years after the country joined the contest for the first time. Edyta Górniak's To nie ja! finished 2nd, making it Poland's most successful participation to date.
The EBU will continue its talks with broadcasters who announced not to participate in 2014, focusing on the possibility to return for the 60th anniversary of the contest in 2015. In the speculations leading up to the official list of participants, traditionally to be released in early January, a lot has been said about one country in particular; Greece. Earlier this year, the Greek government dismantled public broadcaster ERT, a new and fully operational public broadcaster has yet to go on air. "One thing is for sure; we are determined to make sure that Greece is represented in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest," says Jon Ola Sand, hinting at the efforts being made behind the scenes.
With today's announcement, the slogan for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest just gets an extra dimension - #JoinUs!