POLAND – Due to the title of the Polish representative in the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, Krystian has gained even greater popularity in recent weeks than before, which we are very proud of. His name reigns not only on the Internet or television but also on radio stations. The media praises him for his vocal skills and fans love him for his innate modesty.
How did he get to where he is now?
Krystian was born and raised in the United States of America. His parents left to work there in the eighties. Becoming a singer was far from his plans – he dreamed of being a footballer or …an astronaut! At the urging of his parents, he attended piano and trumpet lessons. As he recalls, the breakthrough moment in his life was playing the role of a prince in one of the high school theatre musicals.
His grandfather, Wiesław Ochman, saw his performance and persuaded him to study at the Academy of Music in Katowice. Thanks to his advice and persuasion, Krystian decided to move to Poland. Wiesław Ochman is the most popular Poland opera and operetta singer. He has performed on the biggest opera stages in the world. Constantly involved in charity work to support culture.
Krystian doesn’t hide the importance of his grandfather in his life. It is an amazing bond, but also a relationship between a master and a student. Krystian inherited a great musical talent. As a student of the Academy of Music in Katowice, he decided to try himself in one of the most popular talent shows, The Voice of Poland. During the impressive performance of “Beneath Your Beautiful” during the blind auditions, Edyta Górniak (ESC 1994) and Michał Szpak (ESC 2016), whom Krystian chose as his mentor, turned their chairs. The juror spared him with compliments and was the first to speak:
“I am very pleased that you came to this show. We are looking for such people here. (…) It was an amazing journey and I am glad, that you chose this way of presenting this song. This number is incredibly difficult and beautiful, and you portrayed it in such a way, that for the first time I had shivers. Thank you for that!”
Krystian was able to overcome the next steps of the show with ease, but with incredible modesty. One of the most touching and popular moments was his duet with Weronika Szymańska in “Voice Battles”.
The Grand Final was an extremely emotional experience for Krystian. He had the opportunity to present his first single – “Światłocienie / Lights in the dark” – and was able to remind viewers of his classic roots, performing in a duet with his mentor, Michał Szpak, a song extremely close to him -“A Mi Manera”, the Spanish version of the melancholic French song “Comme d’habitude” from 1967:
“These were so huge emotions that are just coming down. What just happened is out of my mind! I am so happy. I have a plan to sing for people all over the world and be involved in music for the rest of my life. It will never change.” – he told shortly after being announced as The Voice of Poland.
After winning “The Voice of Poland”, Ochman fans didn’t have to wait long to listen to what he wanted to convey with music. His debut single “Światłocienie” was released in December 2020, which he wrote together with Tomasz Kulik, Adam Wiśniewski and @atutowy. In the following months, fans received more singles – “Wielkie tytuły”, “Wspomnienie”, to finally gather them together and release his first album – “Ochman”. The album reached high, 5th place on the Polish OLiS sales list and was nominated for the Fryderyki Award and “Bestsellers of EMPIK”. Even then, Ochman’s fans strongly marked their presence and support for the Artist. It was them, who decided to give him the Audience Award during the festival in Opole for the breathtaking performance of the song “Prometeusz”.
January 2021 brought Ochman’s fans the news, that everyone had been waiting for – participation in Polish selections for Eurovision. On February 3rd, the single was released in digital download format through the Polydor Records record label distributed by Universal Music Polska. On the same day, Poland upgraded to first place in betting on which country will win the Eurovision Song Contest. On February 19th, thanks to the votes of the audience and jurors gathered in the studio, he won over 9 other artists and was elected as the representative of Poland.
THE PRESS CONFERENCE
Krystian Ochman will set off to Turin in a few days to start his great, Eurovision adventure.
Polish media are so interested, that on April 20th, a press meeting with the artist, his management and the Polish delegation took place at the headquarters of TVP. The studio was very crowded. The invitation was accepted by almost 30 editorial offices – news, lifestyle and ESC outlets, which wanted to talk to Krystian and his delegation about everything related to a trip to Italy as part of a great music celebration. The official part was led by Aleksander Sikora (JESC 2019 Host), who – together with Marek Sierocki – will comment on the competition for Polish viewers.
The official Polish delegation was also presented, including:
- Maja Frybes – Head of delegation
- Mikołaj Dobrowolski – Show director,
- Tomasz Klimek – Show director,
- Tomasz Sołowiński – Head of production,
- Kamil Staszczyszyn – Head of press,
- Tomasz Mosiołek – manager (in behalf of Universal Music Polska).
In interviews, Krystian emphasized how excited is he and how great a lesson will it be for him, and also an adventure in his life. Undoubtedly, a good introduction and a rehearsal before his performance on the large, Eurovision stage was his ability to participate in pre-parties (the UK, The Netherlands, Israel and Spain) Despite the fact, that the details of the performance were not revealed, Maja Frybes – the head of the Polish delegation admitted in an interview with “Dobry wieczór, Europo!”, that there is something to wait for, and the process of creating the performance was a big, but pleasant challenge for the crew:
“There is a huge stage in Turin, that needs to be used in such a way that in addition to a beautiful song, you can show Krystian’s wonderful performance. (…) We hope, that the viewers will be positively surprised.”
Krystian’s departure to Italy for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 2nd of May. A day later, at 1:40 pm, he will have his first rehearsal, then meet & greet with the press in the online form and consultations with the beauty team. The semi-final with Poland participation – 12th of May, at 21:00 CEST.