POLAND – Michał Szpak is a Polish singer who found fame on the first series of the Polish X Factor in 2011. On 5 June 2011 Szpak and Alexandra Burke sang “Hallelujah” during the final. On 12 May 2016, Szpak represented Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden with the song “Color of Your Life”.
Szpak was born in Jasło, a small town in southern Poland. He has two sisters and a brother. His early music influences included Queen, Muse, Zbigniew Preisner, David Bowie and Michael Jackson. As a high school student together with his friend, Kamil Czapla, Szpak was part of the Whiplash band playing mostly hard rock style music.
Over the years, he has admitted that unlike his older sister, he has never taken any formal music lessons. Szpak currently resides in Warsaw, where he is pursuing a psychology degree at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities.