In May, millions of European viewers will be closely watching 40 nations compete in the 6oth Eurovision Song Contest. Among them is the Czech Republic, who re-join the contest after a 6 years absence in Vienna, where the competition is held.
Well no one, really saw the return of the Czech Republic coming, when Czech broadcaster, CT announced its plans mid-November to take part in the Eurovision festivities in Vienna, but never the less fans were excited. Especially as it was announced well known Czech singers Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta emerged to the the lucky occasional duo to represent the country. A clever move by CT who have definitely pulled out all the stops to get the interest in the Eurovision Song Contest back up in their country with this duo and their entry ‘Hope Never Dies’.
Yes it’s all about hope for the Czechs, but not the kind of sugary, contrived (In a Hungary kind of way) done. No, ‘Hope Never Dies’ is a mid-tempo rock ballad, which hopefully brings the Czech Republic’s best result in the contest. Václav’s rough rock takes the spotlight straight away, and continues to bring the tough rock, grudge throughout the song, while Marta’s soft voice really compliments that male roughness. Does that make ‘Hope Never Dies’ a certain qualifier? No, unfortunately not, the track itself misses that final impressive punch to really have an impact at this stage, but taken into consideration that these two have a incredible presence and tons on live experience, we’re leaving room to be absolutely blown away during the rehearsals. Judging what Conchita and the Common Linnets achieved last year, nothing’s impossible after all. Marta and Vaclav will be performing in the second semi final on May 21st.
Marta and Václav have also been confirmed as performers during the London Eurovision Party on April 26 where they will perform Hope Never Dies.