Poland‘s broadcaster TVP has revealed very little of its plans for Eurovision 2021. But in the absence of any official news, fans are quickly filling in the gaps with their own ideas. The Voice of Poland winner Krystian Ochman is a fan favourite to represent Poland in Rotterdam with his new single “Wielkie tytuły”.
Ochman released his single “Wielkie tytuły” on Friday and already the video has clocked up over 400,000 views. The song brings a dramatic style combined with hip hop beats and it gives Ochman plenty of opportunities to show off his vocal talent, from rock snarls to soaring operatic notes.
The song is 3:15 long which puts it slightly over the maximum duration for a Eurovision entry. But it wouldn’t be difficult to edit the song down to a Eurovision-friendly length.
Fans have quickly decided that this is the song Poland needs to send to Eurovision. The YouTube video includes comments such as “For Eurovision this year, I don’t see any other option” and “Just someone like that should represent our country at Eurovision.”
Polish media have picked up on the fan hype around Ochman and Eurovision. However, at this stage it is important to note that neither Ochman nor TVP have made any statement about a potential Eurovision participation.
Who is Krystian Ochman?
Krystian Ochman — who performs as the mononym Ochman — is most familiar in Poland as the winner of the 2020 series of The Voice Poland. He auditioned with Labrinth’s ballad “Beneath Your Beautiful”, impressing Polish Eurovision stars Michał Szpak and Edyta Górniak, before eventually selecting Szpak as his coach.
Over the weeks, Ochman gave impressive performances in both English and Polish and eventually won the series grand final. From that point, fans started to call for him to represent Poland at Eurovision.
Krystian Ochman comes from a musical background. His grandfather is the acclaimed Polish tenor Wiesław Ochman, and it seems clear that a talent for singing has been passed down.
Who will represent Poland at Eurovision 2021?
Last year, Poland selected its act for Eurovision 2020 with the national final, Szansa na Sukces. However, due to the pandemic and TVP’s silence, it seems unlikely that they will use this method again and will internally select their act.
Let’s not forget Poland’s 2020 representative Alicja Szemplińska who was set to compete with “Empire” at Eurovision 2020. However, while many other broadcasters were quick to invite back their 2020 acts for another turn in 2021, no public announcement has come from TVP.
Back in July, Alicja told local media that she had not heard anything about Eurovision 2021, but noted that she was “waiting patiently”. She added, “I believe that in my heart I will be there next year and I am writing lots of new songs.”
And there’s another possibility — an Alicja and Ochman duet. Last year Polish radio station Eska asked Ochman if he would perform at Eurovision 2021. He said he’d be happy to — but diplomatically added he’d only do it as part of a duo with Alicja, not as a solo artist.
But nonetheless, with the deadline for Eurovision entries just weeks away, fans will soon learn who will represent Poland at Eurovision 2021.
What do you think? Should TVP select Ochman for Eurovision? Or should Alicja get the return ticket? Sound off in the comments section below!