This Saturday, Poland choose their entry for Eurovision in a show titled…..”Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję” which translates in English as “The heart of Europe beats here! We choose the hit for Eurovision”. I know, what a mouthful! Here, we preview the 10 acts and songs hoping to be chosen as that hit for Eurovision. But will any be a Eurovision hit, or a Eurovision flop?
Ania Byrcyn – Dokąd?
Ania rose to fame on the 2020 season of The Voice of Poland (as Anna Gąsienica Byrcyn) where she finished in 3rd place, losing out to a fellow competitor in this show, Krystian Ochman. She was mentored by Poland’s first-ever Eurovision contestant, and 1994 runner up, Edyta Anna Górniak. Ania will compete with the song “Dokąd?” (“Where to?”).
Daria – Paranoia
Daria is another product of The Voice of Poland, having appeared on the 2019 season, where she was eliminated in the Battle rounds. She has since released several singles, including “Love Blind”. Earlier reports suggested that Daria had in fact been internally selected for Eurovision with “Paranoia”, but after a poor live performance, TVP didn’t want to “take responsibility” for selecting her – so she now has to go through a National Final.
Emilia Dębska – All I Need
Emilia Dębska first came to fame in 2007, when she took part in the Polish TV show “Przebojowa noc” (“Hit Night”). She later took part in The Voice of Poland in 2015, being coached by Edyta and eliminated in the Battle Rounds. She also tried to represent Slovenia at Eurovision, taking part in EMA 2018 (simply as Mila) with the song “Svoboda”. She is now trying to represent her native Poland with “All I Need”.
Karolina Lizer – Czysta woda
Whilst very little information about Karolina is available online, she has released several songs such as Ptasi lot and Lśniąca. She now tries her hand at Eurovision, with “Czysta woda” (“Clean Water”).
Karolina Stanisławczyk feat. Chika Toro – Move
Karolina Stanisławczyk first came to be noticed in 2019, when she collaborated with Jonatan Chmielewski from the MIYO. Since then, she collaborated with other artists before being certified platinum with her very own single, Cliche. It appears Chika Toro is originally from Colombia, and has also had a few singles of her own, although some of these have been collabs also. Will this duo prove to be the hit Poland are looking for, with “Move”?
Krystian Ochman – River
Krystian Ochman (sometimes known simply by his surname) appears to be one of the fan favourites online, so his song “River” could be one to watch out for during the show. Born in California, he won the 11th season of The Voice Poland under the coaching of 2016 Polish representative Michał Szpak, beating out Ania Brycin in the process. Will he be victorious once again here?
Kuba Szmajkowski – Lovesick
Yet another past participant of The Voice, Kuba took part in the Kids version in 2018. He has since released several Polish-Language singles, however, he participates with the English-Language song “Lovesick” here. Will this prove popular with the voters? This remains to be seen.
Lidia Kopania – Why Does It Hurt
Some people may well recognise Lidia, as she previously represented Poland at the 2009 edition of Eurovision with “I Don’t Wanna Leave”. Sadly on that occasion, she finished 12th in the semi-final and didn’t receive the jury wildcard in place at the time, so she failed to qualify. Before her Eurovision stint, she was the lead singer of a band called Kind of Blue. Will “Why Does It Hurt” earn Lidia a second chance at Eurovision, and even a shot at the grand final?
Szlachta Sisters – Drogowskazy
Szlachta Sisters have also tried their luck at Eurovision before, having participated in Szansa na Sukces – Eurowizja 2020, however, they lost out in their first heat having covered Dancing Queen by ABBA. Will they have more luck this time with the song “Drogowskazy” (“Signposts”)?
Unmute – Głośniej niż decybele
There is very little information about Unmute online, however according to their website they are deaf, so they are aiming to become the first deaf act to compete at Eurovision. In the music video to their song “Głośniej niż decybele” (“Louder Than Decibels”), they use sign language to sign the lyrics. Will this strike a chord with voters to get them to Eurovision?
The Polish national final airs at 8pm CET this Saturday, live on TVP. Their Eurovision representative will be chosen by a 50/50 combination of Jury and Televoting. The members of the jury have already been revealed as Halina Frąckowiak (Singer), Krystian Kruczkowski (programme director of Telewizja Polska), Marcin Kusy (president of the first programme of Polskie Radio), Szymon Orłowski [(musician and composer) and Marek Sierocki (journalist and Polish commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest). There will also be several guest performances from former Eurovision acts, including Poland’s 2021 representative, Rafal, and their 2019 Junior Eurovision winner, Viki Gabor.
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