Last year Rafał brought ‘The Ride’ to Rotterdam, but the real journey came this year with Poland’s abrupt change of plans regarding their trip to Eurovision 2022: from an internal selection to any a national selection.
The ten artists in competition at Tu bije serce Europy performed their songs and Kristian Ochman ended up winning the crown and the ticket to Turin with the song “River”.
The one-night show took place at TVP Studio 5 and featured many hosts, including last year’s Rafał Brzozowski (Poland 2021) who performed his entry from last year. Ida Nowakowska and Małgorzata Tomaszewska joined him while Aleksander Sikora and Marek Sierocki were in charge of the green room.
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 winner Viki Gabor performed her song “Superhero” while Kasia Moś (Poland 2017) also performed.
“River” is written by Ashley Hicklin and Krystian Ochman.
Krystian Ochman is a Polish-American singer who won the 11th edition of The Voice Poland.
His family really had an influence on his musical journey since his father played the synthesizer and his grandfather was an opera singer.
It was during his high school years that he developed an interest in music and eventually joined musicals. After studying at the Academy of Music in Katowice in the classical singing class.
Krystian joined the lineup for the 11th edition of The Voice of Poland where he was mentored by former Eurovision actor Michał Szpak (Poland 2016). After winning the contest, he released his first original single, “Światłociénie”, followed by many more.
His first studio album was released last year.
Krystian was a big favorite to win Tu bije serce Europy. Both among bookmakers and among our visitors who voted in our survey.
Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Poland has participated 23 times since 1994 when we saw Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time. The first year 1994 was also the most successful. Here they finished 2nd, and this is the best result for Poland so far. They have only finished in the Top 10 in three of the 23 appearances. The worst result dates from 2011, when they came last in their semi-final.
Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Poland have qualified for the grand final 6 out of 15 times.