Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Poland
National selection
Selection processTu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję
Selection date(s)19 February 2022
Selected entrantOchman
Selected song"River"
Selected songwriter(s)
Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

Poland is scheduled to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with "River" performed by Ochman. The Polish broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP) first announced in September 2021 that the Polish entry for the 2022 contest would be chosen through an internal selection. However, the broadcaster later decided to organise the national final Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję in order to select the Polish entry. The national final took place on 19 February 2022 and featured ten entries.


Prior to the 2022 Contest, Poland had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-three times since its first entry in 1994.[1] Poland's highest placement in the contest, to this point, has been second place, which the nation achieved with its debut entry in 1994 with the song "To nie ja!" performed by Edyta Górniak. Poland has only reached the top ten on two other occasions, when Ich Troje performing the song "Keine GrenzenŻadnych granic" finished seventh in 2003, and when Michał Szpak performing the song "Color of Your Life" finished eighth in 2016. Between 2005 and 2011, Poland failed to qualify from the semi-final round six out of seven years with only their 2008 entry, "For Life" performed by Isis Gee, managing to take the nation to the final during that period. After once again failing to qualify to the final in 2011, the country withdrew from the contest throughout 2013. Since returning to the contest in 2014, Poland managed to qualify to the final each year before failing to qualify to the final between 2018 and 2021, the latter with their entry "The Ride" performed by Rafał Brzozowski.

The Polish national broadcaster, Telewizja Polska (TVP), broadcasts the event within Poland and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. TVP confirmed Poland's participation in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on 29 August 2021.[2] The broadcaster opted to internally select the Polish entry for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, a selection procedure that was to be continued for their 2022 entry. The selected entry was scheduled to be presented by 2 January 2022, which was later delayed to 15 January 2022.[3] However, on 14 January 2022, TVP announced that the Polish entry would be selected via a national final; the last time the Polish entry was selected via a national final was in 2020.

Before Eurovision

Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję

Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję ("Here beats the heart of Europe! We choose the hit for Eurovision") was the national final organised by TVP in order to select the Polish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[4][5] The show took place on 19 February 2022 at the Studios 4 and 5 of TVP in Warsaw, hosted by 2021 Polish Eurovision entrant Rafał Brzozowski, Ida Nowakowska and Małgorzata Tomaszewska [pl] with Aleksander Sikora [pl] and Marek Sierocki [pl] serving as backstage hosts.[6][7] The show was broadcast on TVP2 and TVP Polonia as well as streamed online at the broadcaster's website tvp.pl.[7][8]


The winner was determined over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the jurors and televoters via SMS selected 3 superfinalists from the 10 finalists. Each viewer could cast one valid vote from one SIM card. Each juror had to distribute 100 points among all 10 competitors.[9] The jury votes were summed up and then converted into a percentage.[9] The result of the both rounds was a 50/50 combination of the jury vote and the televote.[9] In the event of a tie, the entry placing higher in the jury vote would go on to the tie.[9] In the first round, only the televote results of the competitors who hadn't qualified to the superfinal were revealed.[9] The jury consisted of Halina Frąckowiak [pl] (singer), Krystian Kruczkowski (programme director of TVP), Marcin Kusy (president of the Polish Radio Program I), Szymon Orłowski [pl] (musician and composer) and Marek Sierocki [pl] (Eurovision commentator, music journalist and artistic director).[10]

Competing entries

TVP opened a submission period for interested artists and songwriters to submit their entries between 20 September 2021 and 20 November 2021.[10] The broadcaster received 150 submissions at the closing of the deadline. A five-member selection committee selected ten entries from the received submissions to compete in the national final. The selection committee consisted of Halina Frąckowiak [pl], Krystian Kruczkowski, Marcin Kusy, Szymon Orłowski [pl] and Marek Sierocki [pl].[11][12] The selected entries were announced on 14 January 2022 during the TVP2 programme Pytanie na śniadanie. Among the competing artists was Lidia Kopania, who represented Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.[13]

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Ania Byrcyn "Dokąd?" Ania Byrcyn, Patryk Rogoziński, Wojtek Hartman, Szymon Orłowski [pl], Iga Janowiak
Daria [pl] "Paranoia" Daria Marcinkowska, Maciej Puchalski, Kevin Zuber, Duncan Townsend
Emilia Dębska [pl] "All I Need" Emilia Dębska
Karolina Lizer "Czysta woda" Marcin Partyka, Tomasz Kordeusz [pl]
Karolina Stanisławczyk [pl] feat. Chika Toro "Move" Peter Macko, Karolina Stanisławczyk, Neidy Viviana, Toro Salazar
Kuba Szmajkowski "Lovesick" Dominic Buczkowski-Wojtaszek [pl], Ewelina Skonieczna, Jan Bielecki, Kuba Szmajkowski, Mateusz Dziewulski, Patryk Kumór [pl], Sven Kolandson, Thomas Karlsson
Lidia Kopania "Why Does It Hurt?" Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, Rickard Bonde Truumeel
Krystian Ochman "River" Krystian Ochman, Ash Hicklin, Adam Wiśniewski, Mikołaj Trybulec
Szlachta Sisters "Drogowskazy" Piotr Walicki, Monika Wydrzyńska
Unmute "Głośniej niż decybele" Michał Król, Michał Pakuła

The televised final took place on 19 February 2022. Ten entries competed and the winner was selected over two rounds of voting.[14][15] After two rounds of voting, "River" performed by Ochman, was determined the winner by the public and jury vote. Ochman was the winner of the public vote while Daria was the winner of the jury vote.[16] In addition to the performances of the competing entries, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 for Azerbaijan Ell and Nikki, former Polish Eurovision entrants Justyna Steczkowska (1995), Blue Café (2004), Kasia Moś (2017) and Rafał Brzozowski (2021), and former Polish Junior Eurovision entrants Viki Gabor (2019) and Sara James (2021) performed as the interval acts.[17]

Final – 19 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Televote
Percentage Place
1 Kuba Szmajkowski "Lovesick" 4% 4
2 Ania Byrcyn "Dokąd?" 3% 6
3 Szlachta Sisters "Drogowskazy" 3% 7
4 Lidia Kopania "Why Does It Hurt?" 1% 10
5 Karolina Stanisławczyk feat. Chika Toro "Move" 2% 8
6 Karolina Lizer "Czysta woda" 3% 5
7 Unmute "Głośniej niż decybele"
8 Mila "All I Need" 1% 9
9 Krystian Ochman "River"
10 Daria "Paranoia"
Superfinal – 19 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Place
1 Krystian Ochman "River" 51% 1
2 Unmute "Głośniej niż decybele" 10% 3
3 Daria "Paranoia" 1st 39% 2
OGAE Poland voting

On the day of the final, members of the OGAE Poland fanclub association members voted for their favourite of the selection. 131 OGAE members took part in the voting.[18] Ochman was chosen as the OGAE favourite with the song "River", winning the voting with 1,445 overall points. "Paranoia" by Daria finished 2nd in the voting, scoring 948 points. "Dokąd", performed by Ania Byrcyn, placed 3rd with 929 points. The Top 5 was completed by Kuba Szmajkowski with the song "Lovesick", and Karolina Lizer with the song "Czysta woda".

Results of the OGAE Poland voting[18]
Artist Song Points Place
Krystian Ochman "River" 1,445 1
Daria "Paranoia" 948 2
Ania Byrcyn "Dokąd?" 929 3
Kuba Szmajkowski "Lovesick" 830 4
Karolina Lizer "Czysta woda" 793 5
Karolina Stanisławczyk feat. Chika Toro "Move" 738 6
Szlachta Sisters "Drogowskazy" 517 7
Unmute "Głośniej niż decybele" 508 8
Lidia Kopania "Why Does It Hurt?" 464 9
Mila "All I Need" 424 10
Lidia Kopania's participation

The final performance of the song "Why Does It Hurt" by Lidia Kopania was widely commented on local media and social networks.[19] It had been speculated that Kopania had forgotten the lyrics of her song, and her facial expressions during the performance and gestures after the song allegedly showed that she was aware of the failed performance.[19] The songwriters Ylva and Linda Persson also accused the singer of sabotaging the song, adding that "a good song was wasted".[19] When asked in interviews to comment on the matter, Kopania said that such a performance had been planned, and with the song she wanted to pay tribute to her deceased family members – her father, her brother and her father's sister.[20] Later asked by different media outlets, she stated that she had been inspired by Monty Python, and that she knew her performance would cause outrage.[20] After the singer's performance, her fan-club founded 14 years prior was disbanded, with its founder informing about the singer's "notorious" lies and suggesting that she needed "treatment for her mental health, which had been damaged for some time."[21] Later, the composers of the song "Why Does It Hurt", Ylva and Linda Persson, were accused of plagiarising "Glitter & Gold" by Rebecca Ferguson. It was speculated Kopania had not been informed about the copyright infringement of the song.[22]

Viewing figures
Show Date Viewing figures Ref.
Nominal Share
Final 19 February 2022 2,300,000 12.6% [23]


Ochman is currently making appearances across Europe to specifically promote "River" as the Polish Eurovision entry.[24] He first performed at the London Eurovision Party, which was held on 3 April 2022 at London's Hard Rock Hotel venue, and later performed at Israel Calling in Tel Aviv's Menora Mivtachim Arena on 7 April.[24] He also performed in the Eurovision in Concert at Amsterdam's AFAS Live on 9 April, and the PrePartyES which will take place in Madrid's Sala La Riviera on 16 April.[24] In addition to these promotional events, on 21 March 2022, Ochman recorded his 'live-on-tape' backup performance in TVP's Studio 5 in Warsaw.[25] This can be used if he is unable to travel to Turin, or subjected to quarantine on arrival.[25]

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Poland has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[26]

Once all the competing songs for the 2022 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Poland was set to perform in position 14, following the entry from Romania and before the entry from Montenegro.[27]


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