Eurovision 2015 – Czech Republic

Of all the returning countries this year, Czech Republic is perhaps the most special. Absent from the Eurovision stage since 2009, this country has only competed in three previous contests. In all attempts, Czech Republic never made it to the final show, receiving nul points in 2009. Which is to say, they didn’t receive enough votes to gain any points. This is a rare occurrence and disappointing for a country and their artist.

But they’re back with fresh talent! Will 2015 be their breakout year?

Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta were chosen through internal selection to fly the Czech Republic flag in Vienna with their song Hope Never Dies.

I had to watch and listen a few times. The first time, I didn’t care for it much because their voices don’t seem to blend very well. The song itself feels like a solid rock power ballad, yet there was something else about it I couldn’t quite figure out. After a few more listens, it hit me. It sounds like a Broadway musical number. The lovers are about to be torn apart and sing this song to give themselves new hope. When I think of it like that, I like it better.

Václav Noid Bárta has a rough rocker voice that takes a little getting used to. Once you do, you realize he’s got a great sound. Marta Jandová has a lovely pop voice. Is this enough to get them into the finals? I don’t know. I do think it’s enough to place Czech Republic higher than in previous years.

Welcome back, Czech Republic and best of luck to you!

Find out more about Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta here.

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