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Jury picks Czech entry for Eurovision

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The Czech Republic is back in the televised contest for the first time in five years

Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta will represent the Czech Republic in the Eurovision song contest to be held in May in Vienna. The pair will sing “Hope Never Dies.”

The Czech Republic has not participated in the televised song contest for the past five years due to poor extremely results three times in row.

Jandová says he is excited by the chance. “For 10 years, I have been living in Germany where everybody watches Eurovision, including the toughest rockers who always have a six-pack to go with their TV. It is a major evening for them, one of the reasons probably being they’ve already won twice. To know that a lot of my German friends will be watching makes the whole thing twice as interesting for me,” Jandová said

Bárta is hoping to improve on the country’s previous showings in the contest. “It’s an honor for me and I’m really happy about it. Together with Marta, we’re going to try not to embarrass the Czech Republic. Eurovision is a good contest, not quite as well established around here, but I know from my friends abroad that they are super-excited about it, consider it a real spectacle and festivity,” he said.

Jandová was born on April 13, 1974. She is the daughter of Petr Janda, a popular Czech rock musician. In 1993 she went ot Germany and joined the band Die Happy as their lead singer.

In 2008 she moved to Prague and worked as a TV presenter and continued to perform as a vocalist with several popular bands in Germany and the Czech Republic.

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Bárta was born on October 17, 1980. His father was a lyricist and producer, and his mother was a singer.

At the age of 17 he became the lead vocalist of the rock band Dolores Clan, and also starred in several musicals including Aida and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Currently he is known as a singer, composer, lyricist, and actor.

Some countries choose the singer by televised contests, but the Czech Republic opted to use a jury. The expert jury consisted of music journalist Honza Dědek, talent scout Martin Červinka, Czech Radio announcer Jitka Benešová and musicians Michal Hrůza and Michael Kocáb. Producer Ondřej Soukup explains the choice to Eurovision.tv

“We have been going through Czech musicians basically one by one and finally figured that on an European contest like this one, nobody is going to judge based on popularity, but rather how charming and how good of a singer the contender is. There are not many people that are really worth betting your own shoes on. In this contest, each contender only has one chance that lasts three minutes,” producer Ondřej Soukup said, according to Eurovision.tv.

Jury member Červinka said Jandová and Bárta were a great choice in his opinion. “Marta has international experience that can certainly come in handy in the contest. And Noid is a charming singer, which is why I think they make a really good combination. Whole Europe will participate in this contest — I can’t see a reason why it shouldn’t include Czech Republic too. After all, it’s about entertainment and viewers all across the Europe are really excited about it,” he added.

The expert jury also selected the song. Both Czech and Slovak songwriters were approached for potential material. a song for the contest. Michael Kocáb describes the decision process:

“The songs we were choosing from were quite on par with each other in my opinion. However, the winning song Hope Never Dies was a candidate of mine too. It sports a peculiar and nice chorus, along with some nice and surprising modulation. And when I heard it, I figured that this song can really impress if done well,” jury member Kocáb said.

The jury selected the song without knowing the songwriter. TI turned out that by chance “Hope Never Dies” was written by Václav Noid Bárta, who will now be singing it.

The Czech Republic first took part in the contest in Eurovision in 2007 with the band Kabát, which didn’t qualify for the Grand Final and scored only one point in the semifinals.

The country participated two more times. Tereza Kerndlová received nine points, coming in 18th place out of 19 semifinalists in 2008. In 2009 the Romany band Gipsy.cz scored no points, the 16th entry to do so poorly since the current voting method was introduced in 1975, according to Wikipedia.

The contest is being held in Vienna since the previous winner, Conchita Wurst, represented Austria.

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