passionpop: (southpark)
Czechia/Czech Republic
Semi final 1
Artist: Martina Bárta
Song: My Turn
Odds: $301

Word of the day
drzý - Sassy
well for Eurovision anyways.

Martina Bárta is a singer and French horn player. She plays the French horn both in a classical context as well as improvised, like the sassy jazz artist she is. Eurovision won’t care for her sass and this song may not get out of the semi.

This song was written by Kyler Niko and DWB (Paul Drew, Greig Watts and Pete Barringer). Pete Barringer also co-wrote this year’s entry for Poland. This song is possibly the better of the two but it feels wrong. It feels more gospel than jazz. It is Ok though because if DWB are the new SAW then Martina Bárta can be the new Rick Astley. Her low tones might even complement his….

Since returning to Eurovision after a five year hiatus, the Czech Republic changed from national finals to internal selections to determine who to send to Eurovision. These have been more successful, but then they could not have been worse. Czechia/Czech Republic has only made it to the final once in 6 attempts and even then the finished second last. Maybe Czechia needs friends, either that or better entries.

2015 was the first internal selection. It was not terrible, but it wasn’t great either. This years song is probably better. They are learning but baby steps.

passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
Czech Republic (Czechia)
Previous Entries 4
Wins: 0
First Entry: 2007 Kabát - Malá dáma
Most Recent Entry: 2015 Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta - Hope Never Dies
National Anthem: Kde domov můj


Gabriela Gunčíková - I Stand

This is dependence as a pop song. We have a generation that demands to be treated like individuals but they don’t see themselves as a person until they are no longer an individual. The Oxymoron of millennials.

Gabriela is another ‘talent’ show loser but at least she appears to be able to sing. What surprises me about this very middle of the road song is that it is in the top 15 with the bookmakers. Is it really that good or is it that this year that bad?

This video clip could be a shampoo commercial or a try hard Gotye clip. I don’t get the dark haired girl at the start and end of the clip and I don’t really care. I don’t care for the clip or the song. Bye bye Czechia.

The Czech Republic has never made it to the grand final. Maybe with a name change to Czechia and a more commercial song they can do better than 2009

passionpop: (my ass)
Czech Republic
Population: 10 358 275
Area: 78 866
Language: Czech
Eurovision Attendances: 3
Eurovision wins: 0

Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta - Hope Never Dies

The Czech Republic sent entries to Eurovision from 2007 to 2009 and they withdrew after not going anywhere. In 3 years the Czech Republic finished with 10 in total. Now they are back and I can see the Czech Republic maybe doubling that total.

Václav Noid Bárta sounds like the singer from the Crash Test Dummies, mmm mmm mmm mmm. Out of the two though, he would be the one you would expect to be the lead singer of an Alternative metal band, but that is actually Marta Jandová. That is as interesting as these two get though.

The song is a snore and I agree with the bookmakers that it belongs somewhere near the bottom of the pile. It is a shame but I hope the Czech Republic doesn’t withdraw again because of the poor result that this song is expected to get. We need the Czech Republic to return to be a cusion at the bottom of the ladder for everyone else…

I have to admit, ‘Hope Never Dies’ is a huge improvement from the last song sent to Eurovision by the Czech Republic….


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