The Czech Republic will be performing 8th in the upcoming Second Semi Final this Thursday. The country is represented by Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta with the song Hope Never Dies. Are there any changes since the country’s first rehearsal? What is the impression left by the song amongst the other entries in the running order? We try to answer your questions reporting live from inside the hall of Wiener Stadthalle.
To me, the offering from the Czech Republic sounds more interesting than that from Portugal. It probably does not have the most contemporary of sounds; indeed, it reminds me of some of Meatloaf’s power ballads of the 90’s – not necessarily a bad thing of course. Both due to the song’s characteristic dark tone and the performers’ imposing visual style, I still feel during this second round of rehearsals that there are possibilities that are left unexplored in regards to the presentation. It looks simple but quite elegant to start with but there is something missing. When, in particular, the song reaches its crescendo right before the last chorus, Marta taking off her shoes looks a bit underwhelming – as well as a bit messy – for a gimmick. During the later runs, the shoes are thrown towards the camera and that works a bit better actually. The two singers, not a couple in real life, look very comfortable with each other on stage. Both singers have exceptional voices and I hope that their physicality will not stand in the way of their vocal ability being recognized. Having said that, Václav’s last note sounds a bit strained time after time this afternoon. Marta and Václav are some of the nicest people in this year’s Eurovision and their press conference was a blast; Marta in particular stole the show with her spontaneity, honesty and humour. The song is not a definite qualifier (to the extent that Eurovision predictions can be trusted) but I would be so glad if they made it to the final.
You can read a report on the Czech Republic’s first rehearsal here.
The Czech Republic has never qualified for the final despite three previous attempts in the semi finals.
Our video for the Czech Republic’s second dress rehearal can be seen below.