Blanka Stajkow, known by her mononym Blanka, is a talented Polish singer and model born on May 23, 1999. She is set to represent Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, where she will perform her song "Solo".
Blanka was born in Szczecin to a Polish mother, who works as a model, and a Bulgarian father, who is a successful businessman. Despite her parents having no musical background, Blanka's mother encouraged her to explore various activities, including joining disco dance groups and music schools. Blanka's love for music was further fuelled by watching MTV and Trace Urban during her mornings.
At the young age of 13, Blanka recorded and released her first single, "Strong Enough". In 2021, she appeared on the Polish reality television show Top Model and released her first official single, "Better". The following year, she signed a contract with Warner Music Poland and released her second single, "Solo".
The national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję, with her song "Solo". She won the competition with maximum points from the jury and second in public voting. However, her victory sparked international outrage due to allegations of rigged votes and jury corruption. As of now, the entry is being investigated, and the broadcaster has not released the full vote
Writer(s): Bartłomiej Rzeczycki, Blanka Stajkow, Maciej Puchalski, Marcin Górecki & Mikołaj Trybulec
Composer(s): Bartłomiej Rzeczycki, Blanka Stajkow, Maciej Puchalski, Marcin Górecki & Mikołaj Trybulec
Poland is set to participate in the ESC for the 25th time. To determine their entry, Polish Television TVP organized a national final called "Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję" which means "The heart of Europe beats here. We are searching a hit for the ESC". This was inspired by their respectable 12th place finish in the previous year's competition with Krystian Ochman. However, this year's entry, "Solo", is a Latino-pop song that has something outdated. The question remains whether "Solo" can follow in Ochman's successful footsteps, as the live performance did not convince in the national final.