The Czech Republic does not have a stellar track record when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest: the country fielded entries for three years straight from 2007 to 2009, but then withdrew until 2015. In all, all but one in five entries failed to make it to the final. This Tuesday, jazz singer Martina Bárta will be hoping to change things, however with My Turn.
The Czech singer Martina Bárta is set to take part in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Tuesday night. The 29-year-old will be performing the song My Turn with four backing singers from the Czech vocal group Skety. If Bárta is successful, she will go through to the final on Saturday night. No Czech singer has ever won the Eurovision.
Twenty-two year old pop-rock singer Gabriela Gunčíková will represent the Czech Republic at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night. This is the first time ever that the Czech Republic has made it to a Eurovision final. Gunčíková will perform the song I Stand, with music by Christian Schneider and Sara Biglert and lyrics by Biglert and Aidan O'Connor. The singer first got noticed in 2011 as runner-up in the Czecho-Slovak Superstar contest. She later studied with American vocal coach Ken Tamplin and joined the American progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra as a touring vocalist. She has released two albums.
Gabriela Gunčíková will make history in Stockholm on Saturday night when she becomes the first Czech to take part in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Czechs have had a rather cool relationship to the competition and Gunčíková is only the country’s fifth entrant. So how has she succeeded where Kabát and others have failed? That’s a question I put to historian Dean Vuletic, a specialist in the Eurovision who previously lived in Prague and is currently in Stockholm.
The Czech Republic has made it to the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in history thanks to 22-year-old pop-rock singer Gabriela Gunčíková. At the semifinals in Stockholm on Tuesday Gunčíková performed the song I Stand, with music by Christian Schneider and Sara Biglert and lyrics by Biglert and Aidan O'Connor. Gunčíková first got noticed in 2011 as runner-up in the Czecho-Slovak Superstar contest. She later studied with American vocal coach Ken Tamplin and joined the American progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra as a touring vocalist. She has released two albums.
In this week’s Sunday Music show we are profiling 22-year-old Czech singer Gabriela Gunčíková who will represent the Czech Republic at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The singer will perform the song I Stand, an English-language song with music by Christian Schneider and Sara Biglert and lyrics by Biglert and Aidan O'Connor.
Czech contestants, the duo Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta, have lived up to low expectations and failed to win through to the finals of the Eurovision Song contest on Saturday. Their entry was ‘Hope Never Dies’ and they were eliminated in the earlier stages. The duo were the first to take part for the Czech Republic since 2009 with previous poor results and lukewarm public interest leading organisers to drop participation in the following years. Czech Television decided to rethink its decision later and the finals in Vienna will be broadcast Saturday.
The duo Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta, representing the Czech Republic at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, have little chance of winning. Bookmakers see the Czechs, along with representatives of San Marino and Portugal, as the least probable winners, putting their odds at 1 to 970. The Czech duo is representing the country with a song called Hope Never Dies. According to bookmakers, Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow is the most likely winner. Russia’s Polina Gagarina is listed as second favourite.
Singer-songwriter Albert Černý is well-known to local guitar pop fans thanks to his former group, Charlie Straight. Indeed, their 2009 UK-inspired debut She’s A Good Swimmer won the Czech equivalent of a Grammy for album of the year. Now the rangy and charismatic frontman is back with a new band, Lake Malawi, who are just about to play their first live shows around the Czech Republic. On the eve of those shows, I spoke to Černý at our studios. Our conversation started with where it all started: his hometown of Třinec, one of the country’s most easterly