Poland Rafal First Rehearsal Eurovision 2021

Krajowe Eliminacje 2022, Poland’s national selection for Eurovision, wasn’t even on the cards last week. But on Friday TVP published the full list with 10 names, with some familiar faces, who will compete in the final on February 19. That’s what you call a ride.

As reported by the Polish news site Plejada.pl, the list includes Eurovision 2009 alum Lidia Kopania and The Voice winner Krystian Ochman, who has been heavily rumoured over the past two years.

Fan favourite Daria, whose song “Paranoia” has clocked over nine million views on YouTube, and Ania Brycyn, who was also heavily rumoured, are in as well. 

Krajowe Eliminacje 2022 – competing acts

  • Unmute – “Głośniej niż decybele”
  • Karolina Stanisławczyk & Toro Chica – “Move”
  • Emilia Dębska (Mila) – “All I Need”
  • Daria – “Paranoia”
  • Krystian Ochman – “River”
  • Lidia Kopania – “Why Does It Hurt”
  • Kuba Szmajkowski – “Lovesick”
  • Karolina Lizer – “Czysta woda”
  • Siostry Szlachta – “Drogowskazy”
  • Ania Byrcyn – “Dokąd”

Some of the songs are already available to listen to already. Besides Daria’s “Paranoia”, you can listen to Unmute’s “Głośniej niż decybele“, Kuba’s “Lovesick” and Ania’s “Dokąd“.

Unmute’s song, which translates as “Louder than Decibels”, is performed entirely in sign language with no audible lyrics. The song seems to call on greater awareness and recognition of the deaf community. The lyrics, which you can read in the subtitles, go like this:

“Get crazy, shout, we wanna do it louder! Scream, more, we wanna go even louder. You can’t hear us? This has got to be changed! We’re gonna get louder than decibels.”

Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest

There’s little that Poland hasn’t tried. Following their hiatus from the competition, the country decided to internally select Donatan and Cleo and Monika Kuszyńska in 2014 and 2015. Then they organized a 10-song national final, Krajowe Eliminacje, which had regular instalments until 2018.

Since then they’ve tried their luck internally selecting Tulia and Rafal, for 2019 and 2021 respectively. For the canceled 2020 edition, they repurposed the long-running talent show Szansa na Sukces as a national selection show, which has also been in place to select their Junior Eurovision entries since 2019.

What do you think? Who would you like to see in this new Polish selection? Do you think Poland can find their way in the final once again? Let us know in the comments below!

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Epicurean
Epicurean
3 hours ago

If they want to have a chance of doing well send Ochman or Unmute.

Trust Polish TVP and “jury” to send especially thst which will do zero on Eurovision.

Dawid
Dawid
23 hours ago

So it’s staged again? Welp, I guess it’s Daria then

Dana
Dana
1 day ago

This is so suspicious, we know how TVP works and things like this don’t just happen unless there is a reason. Hmm

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
23 hours ago
Reply to  Dana

My guess? The broadcaster just couldn’t decide from the 10 remaining contenders in the internal selection that they decided to make a national final all of it for the people to have a say.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 day ago

I’ve listened the 4 already released songs and I don’t think Daria and Kuba would be good choices, Poland needs something with character after giving us the laziest entry of 2021. Ania’s ballad is not memorable either, but at least is something that sounds a bit more organic. Do the lyrics really say something like “Because time is big and like a cat it will take your own world”? Curious line, but actually a true statement. I think it’s great that Unmute will be part of the competition. Just their presence there will already be a big deal. But same… Read more »

bartosz
bartosz
1 day ago
Reply to  Sabrina

No, the lyrics are actually
“Because the time goes by and as an executioner
It will take your own world”

In the lyrics the word that is used is “kat” which means executioner. Cat in polish is “kot”

Last edited 1 day ago by bartosz
Luk
Luk
1 day ago

Krystian Ochman is the Best

mrnews
mrnews
1 day ago

So Doda instastoried from TVP building 😉

Mr X
Mr X
1 day ago

Neither Daria nor Kuba for me – so far I would prefer Ania Byrcyn

Reid
Reid
1 day ago

Looks like Krystian’s song debuts in early Feb? Polish friends please give us full understanding of this article, thanks
https://www.eska.pl/news/krystian-ochman-wygra-eurowizje-2022-to-te-piosenke-zglosil-tylko-u-nas-aa-ku9g-QtW3-VEyx.html

escfan123
escfan123
1 day ago
Reply to  Reid

yes you right and they always write “Krystian Ochman sent a solemn ballad, which was composed with the use of electronics and piano. In terms of lyrics, the song focuses on the themes of nostalgia, regret, indifference and it is hard to find a continuation in the work of the young artist. He has not yet shown such a face as in the song for Eurovision 2022. The potential hit of Eurovision 2022 is called River and it is a completely premiere composition”.

Safiya
Safiya
1 day ago
Reply to  Reid

Yes, it debuts in early February. A ballad with electronic elements and piano.

Reid
Reid
1 day ago
Reply to  Safiya

Thanks Safiya 🙂 Any more info to glean from the video interview in Polish?

Apollo
Apollo
1 day ago

What happened with Doda’s participation? She confirmed she would send Fake Love to Eurovision on Instagram.

Safiya
Safiya
1 day ago
Reply to  Apollo

Apparently she sent it too late. But anyway, I was not sure whether TVP would like to send her.

sasha
sasha
1 day ago

sad that alicja isn’t participating

Dawid
Dawid
23 hours ago
Reply to  sasha

Or she wasn’t chosen

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
23 hours ago
Reply to  Dawid

Maybe that’s the case, but I think at this point, we’re just gonna have to accept that Alicia might never return to represent Poland for Eurovision. Maybe it might happen in a few years, but I’m losing hope on that. At this rate, the only 2020 non-returning participant that I can see returning for 2022 is probably Athena for Armenia. I bet she would’ve represented Armenia last year, if they hadn’t withdrawn in 2021. There has been no word so far on Armenia’s plans for 2022, Oh but I hope Athena gets her second chance, unless they go with somebody… Read more »

Bandar Seri Begawan
Bandar Seri Begawan
1 day ago

When will we hear the rest of the songs? Only during the contest or before that?

Sisi
Sisi
1 day ago

Doda confirmed she sent her Fake Love. I’m sure it will be the best song for Poland. I hope she win Krajowe Eliminacje

Kinga
Kinga
1 day ago
Reply to  Sisi

She sent it over a month after the deadline so she won’t participate

Niko
Niko
1 day ago

Fun fact: Lidia Kopania got her PhD comparing Intervision and Eurovision

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 day ago
Reply to  Niko

That’s my kind of science!

TheDrMistery
TheDrMistery
1 day ago
Reply to  Niko

I’d like to read it.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 day ago

Wow, another national final on February 19! It’s turned out to be a very crowded day. Ironically, I’ll be very busy myself on that day because that day is part of the weekend for the annual Gallifrey one Doctor Who convention That is returning after a two year absence due to the pandemic.

margaretqueen
margaretqueen
1 day ago

i really hope ochman will show us a really good song cause he’s really interesting it is just a pity that it will not be a song in Polish and i think that Karolina Stanis?awczyk might suprise us but i I doubt that she could win despite the fact that i would like to. paranoia is a good song but not for ESC, she has no charisma and character. lovesick especially its.. its terrible.

sss
sss
2 days ago

Doda confirmed she sent her Fake Love. Maybe there will be a wild card.

mipr
mipr
1 day ago
Reply to  sss

Yes, two months after the deadline and without filling in the necessary form (:

Last edited 1 day ago by mipr
Safiya
Safiya
2 days ago

Disappointed but not surprised. The two most hyped song – Paranoia and Lovesick – kind of sound like Melfest rejects to me. They may seem quite nice but they are also very generic. And most importantly – live performances that I have heard so far really did not sound good and were completely flat. Idk, maybe the studios where they performed were not well equiped etc. but isn’t it just an excuse? I listened to Ania Byrcyn’s song and sorry but I got tired. I wasn’t even half way through and I already expected the song to be over. Yes,… Read more »

Brko
Brko
2 days ago

But guys, two more years and Poland can send Viki Gabor! 😀 I am excited for that idea. Poland can be their own Eurovision superhero. 🙂

Kinga
Kinga
2 days ago
Reply to  Brko

If she agrees. Roxie is 17 and doesn’t want to go for now

Brko
Brko
2 days ago
Reply to  Kinga

I would love to see both of them representing Poland in ESC one day. Maybe Roxie did not have a good song yet. Maybe she wants to find a song she believes in. “Anyone I want to be” had a great message. Maybe she wants to go with something more artsy or bold now. While her song was very JESC, Viki’s song Superhero was good enough for ESC (in my books). I really hope for all my Polish friends they’ll soon take their first ESC victory. And it would be more than amazing if Viki or Roxie do it.

Dawid
Dawid
5 hours ago
Reply to  Brko

She won’t risk humiliation as she’s viewed as “eurovision winner” now. Viki’s career isn’t thriving that well so I can see her participating

Kinga
Kinga
2 days ago

I am really dissapointed when it comes to the “artists” but let’s wait for all of the songs to hear. Then we can argue.

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
2 days ago

Off topic. Any leaks on UK’s participant?

Jofty
Jofty
1 day ago

Yes, it might be a plumber from Wales

name*
name*
1 day ago
Reply to  Jofty

Why from Wales?

Jofty
Jofty
1 day ago
Reply to  name*

Leeks

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
1 day ago
Reply to  Jofty

Good one! 🙂

Grftn
Grftn
2 days ago

The sign language song feels really powerful to me

Reid
Reid
2 days ago

Any news on the ground in Poland re Krystian’s song? Sounds a new song – not the reported English version of a song on his album?

qwerty
qwerty
2 days ago
Reply to  Reid

it’s an entirely new song. piano and electronic pop, written by the same group of people involved in the jesc entries.

Tom
Tom
2 days ago
Reply to  Reid

Yeah he mentioned in the interview it is a completed new song. It will be a ballad that will expose his vocal range.

Reid
Reid
2 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Cheers Tom. Is there a link to that?

Reid
Reid
1 day ago
Reply to  Tom

others saying the song from the album does have water themes so could well be River…?

esc1234
esc1234
2 days ago

All these national finals this year and our broadcaster ERT still refuses to allow people have a say in the selection in order to send a random unknown doctor who sings part time in Norway. Montenegro struggles to find someone to select internally and Greece which has a big music scene “sends” the talent to Cyprus….

Colin
Colin
2 days ago

I am glad that Poland is giving the people input on who to pick as that was the major criticism last year. Of course, due to a NF song (Sanremo this time) winning, more countries which shift their ways of selection opted on having a NF themselves. As there are many selections this year, I’ll likely end-up not raking some of them, but I do wish them all the best in their process. As Poland has already released some songs, I might include them still. As for the finalists, I liked Lidia’s song in 2009, so her inclusion once again… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
2 days ago

curious to hear all the songs. i hope daria and kuba don’t end up being the favorites considering how weak their songs are.

Mr X
Mr X
1 day ago

Sorry but I don´t like Kuba at al….

ImpressiveInstants
ImpressiveInstants
2 days ago

Hopefully they won’t send Spoken Word like they did last year

Last edited 2 days ago by ImpressiveInstants
Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
2 days ago

And a silver lining, Poland will be able to compete in OGAE Second Chance Contest since they’re organising the NF. 🙂

Brko
Brko
2 days ago

I must be honest and say that I really enjoy Daria’s Paranoia, but I don’t think this is a good song for Eurovision. It reminds me a lot of the 2010 era. Which is good for a nostalgic throwback to 2010, but not at the Eurovision stage 2022. Hope that makes sense. Would love to see something more contemporary for Poland this year. They are a JESC powerhouse. Hope this can translate to ESC too soon for Poland.

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
2 days ago

I’m glad that it’s no longer a 2 horse race between Daria and Kuba. Although if I had to choose I’d go for Paranoia. Lovesick loses its flare halfway through and then it’s only ‘la la la lovesick’ and ‘why why why’. Shame because he’s a talented vocalist.

I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the unknown songs won. Let’s hope it goes well for Poland this year, so they don’t give up again for a few years like last time.

Jacob
Jacob
2 days ago

Let’s hope people and jury will vote (since they decided to organize concert with voting) for either Daria, Krystian or Kuba. Sad there’s no Alicja Szemplinska, but at least there are 3 decent artists to choose from.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 day ago
Reply to  Jacob

I had hoped that Alicja would be considered for 2022 because I think she is still owed another chance to compete at Eurovision, but I think at this point, We might have to accept that she’ll never come back at least right now.

Tibor
Tibor
2 days ago

Four of these songs are already on YouTube. I’m a bit confused by the sign language song. Isn’t there a rule that a Eurovision entry has to feature singing? As of now, they are only doing sign language to a pre-recorded backing track. It’s taking the lip-syncing conundrum to the next level.

James
James
2 days ago
Reply to  Tibor

I think there can be an argument to be made for having sign language (or Polish sign language in particular) be seen as a validly equal counterpart to hearing languages so the EBU will have to put that into consideration since they historically have been accommodating in making exceptions upon their discretion and accordingly adjusts to make the rules be fair and inclusive for everyone in the future if needed be.

Last edited 2 days ago by James
Tibor
Tibor
2 days ago
Reply to  James

The question is not so much if sign language is an equal counterpart to hearing languages (because it obviously is), but if signing is an equal counterpart to singing (i.e. uttering sounds with your vocal chords), isn’t it?

Kinga
Kinga
2 days ago
Reply to  Tibor

The song is short right now. They might add some “real” singing.

Tibor
Tibor
2 days ago
Reply to  Kinga

But wouldn’t this completely ruin or at least significantly lessen the impact of the performance?

James
James
2 days ago
Reply to  Tibor

We just gonna have to see for ourselves how the act will test the waters in the national selection stage. It’s not gonna be an issue for now until the situation arise if they do get selected.

Tibor
Tibor
2 days ago
Reply to  James

I think it’s interesting nonetheless.

esc fin 22
esc fin 22
2 days ago

Kuba is my crush for so long 🙂 so happy he’s there even though the song isn’t that strong :/

Jack Popfield
Jack Popfield
2 days ago

Poland doesn’t have a really good track record with national finals but I’ll keep an open mind here, I hope TVP are will step up completely after last year’s cringefest.

Xxx
Xxx
2 days ago

Poland said we’re not flopping again!

Jamie
Jamie
1 day ago
Reply to  Xxx

And yet they will

The Orinoco Child
The Orinoco Child
2 days ago

Really interested to see how Daria fairs. Given that “Paranoia” has already Number 1 in Poland I would imagine she is one of the favourites. Or I wonder if we will have another Margaret 2016 situation. Speaking of which Daria has in numerous interviews compared herself to Margaret ironically. Has stated that her and Margaret are the only Polish female soloists to sing English language songs. But yes I will be rooting for Daria and “Paranoia.” Think its contemporary and dark nature could do well in Turin.

bartosz
bartosz
1 day ago

The problem I see with “Paranoia” that it is quite overplayed. I wonder if it will result in lower televotes.
I personally hate this song. I hear it in the radio at my work at least 2 or 3 times a day. Everyday. For at least a month or two. It gets pretty irritating.

Tommy
Tommy
2 days ago

Can’t wait to see that! Ochman is my favourite, Daria 2nd and Kuba 3rd. Pity they didn’t accept Doda’s song, she would fire the stage! :/

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
2 days ago
Reply to  Tommy

Depends on Ochman’s song. It’s still a Song Contest.

Polegend Godgarina
2 days ago
Reply to  Tommy

i’m still convinced had doda gone to eurovision 2008 with nie daj sie, poland would’ve won… that era was in desperate need for a pop rock winner

Raussen
Raussen
2 days ago

Lol, fashism

Raussen
Raussen
2 days ago

We deafinitely never heard anything like that

begi
begi
2 days ago
Reply to  Raussen

Some idiot without humor dissed you