To ESC, or not to ESC: Krystian Ochman for Poland?

With just a few days to go before TVP unveils Poland’s representative for Turin, the rumor mill is going into over drive. Polish site Dziennik-Eurowizyjny is reporting that The Voice of Poland 2020 winner Krystian Ochman has submitted a song to the Polish preselection. TVP is currently planning to release the song and artist for Eurovision 2022 on 15th January, after an initial delay of two weeks.

Back in November, Ochman gave an interview with Empik [in Polish] where he gave some doubts about representing Poland in Eurovision, despite submitting a song, and that to compete in Eurovision he would need to be satisfied with his song, which he would want in a ‘Eurovision style’, although it’s tough to know what exactly he meant by that.

He went on to explain why Eurovision might not be the best fit for him;

Nice thing, but I don’t know if that’s the end for me, because some of these programs are political and maybe that’s something strong that I’m saying, but it’s true. I like to be aware of what is going on in this country, but I try not to worry because I have a lot of work. If I get into something I don’t love, I’d rather not be involved. However, I believe that it is worth trying.”

Ochman did reveal that, should he go to Turin, he would sing an English version of his song “Gdzie Iść?” (Where to go?).

Dziennik-Eurowizyjny also revealed today that Polish fans are somewhat divided on who they hope will carry the Polish flag to the Pala Alpitour in May! Their own Instagram poll shows “Paranoia” by Daria in the lead with 42% of votes, whereas their YouTube poll has 65% of viewers supporting Krystian, 35% behind Daria, and another 11% for Kuba Szmajkowski.

It has also been revealed that vocalist Mauer has submitted a song to TVP and is among the favorites to be chosen on 15th January. It is difficult to say officially who is in the running, as two phases of selection have happened behind closed doors. First, a panel of five jurors got to pick three artists each, of which a minimum of two had to come from the submitted songs, while another song could come from outside the pile of submitted songs. Since each juror could (in theory) choose the same artists, somewhere between 3 and 15 artists go on to the second phase where the jurors rank each song. The one with the highest score will get the Polish ticket to Turin!

Last year, rumors of Krystian Ochman representing Poland fell flat when Rafał was chosen internally instead. What do you make of Krystian’s chances for 2022? Let us know below or on our socials!

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