Natalia Smaś and Laura Bączkiewicz are the first finalists of Szansa na Sukces – Polish selection for Junior Eurovision 2022

September 4, 2022


The Polish national selection for Junior Eurovision is back! In the first episode of Szansa na Sukces, the jury including Cleo, Sara James and Marek Sierocki decided that Natalia Smaś and Laura Bączkiewicz will be the first finalists of the show.

Polish broadcaster will once again choose its representative by Szansa na Sukces. Just like in previous years, the selections will consist of three semifinals and a final. In the first semifinal young singers performed covers of worldwide hits. The participants in the running order were:

  • Laura Bączkiewicz with “Run” by OneRepublic
  • Zofia Tofiluk with „Hold my hand” by Lady Gaga
  • Natalia Smaś with „Easy on me” by Adele
  • Helena Włodarczyk with „Diamonds” by Sam Smith
  • Iga Kaczyńska with „Dynamite” by BTS
  • Anastazja Broniszewska with „Wonder” by Shawn Mendes
  • Elena Popowicz with „Rain on me” by Lady Gaga ft. Ariana Grande
After all performances, the jury decided that both Natalia Smaś and Laura Bączkiewicz are the winners of this episode and will perform in the final of the selection. Honorary mention went to Helena Włodarczyk. It is the first time there are two semi final winners of Szansa na Sukces for Junior Eurovision.

Who are Natalia Smaś and Laura Bączkiewicz?

Natalia Smaś is quite well known to TVP’s public, because she participated in the 3rd edition of The Voice Kids. This year’s attempt isn’t her first try for Junior Eurovision. In 2021 she performed in the Szansa na Sukces semi final, but did not advance to the final.

Just like Natalia, Laura Bączkiewicz also participated in The Voice Kids. Despite her young age she has a lot of experience. Polish audience might now her as a voice of many movie and television series characters, including Young Kate Bishop in Hawkeye or Emily in Clifford. She also dubbed the main character of animated series Vampirina, where she sang most of the songs.

What's next?

The second and third semifinal will take place on the 11th and the 18th of September. The final, which will include both jury and public voting, will be on the 25th of September. During the final, we will most likely not only get to know the Polish representative, but also the song they will perform on the Junior Eurovision stage.

What is your favourite Junior Eurovision entry from Poland? Do you think Szansa na Sukces is a good way of choosing a representative? Let us know in the comments below!

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