After weeks of waiting and waiting, Czech eurofans can breathe a sigh of relief as broadcaster Ceska Televize has announced the artists who will be making the big comeback for Prague. Marta Jandová, the frontwoman for German rock band Die Happy, and Václav Noid Bárta will be the man and woman to show Europe that the Czech Republic actually does have a sense of music after all! It’s gonna be a duet, people! They’ll sing “Hope Never Dies”.

In the press release, Marta Jandová (who was a fan favorite in a poll on escportal.cz) said,

I’ve lived in Germany for ten years, where everyone was watching Eurovision, including the toughest rockers with the biggest beers. It’s a big night for them, probably because of Germany’s two victories in the past. For me, it will doubly interesting because I know a lot of my friends in Germany will be watching.”

Bárta agreed, saying

“I am very happy, it’s an honor for me. Marta and I will try to not make the Czech Republic a disgrace. Eurovision is a great competition, but it’s not a huge cultural event here. However, for my friends abroad, I know that they treat it like a holiday event.”

Their duet, produced by Ondrej Soukup, will be in English and entitled “Hope Never Dies”. Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta were hand-picked by an internal jury from dozens of Czech artists.

Who is Marta Jandová?

Marta Jandová is one of the Czech Republic’s and Germany’s biggest names. She’s an indie rock chick and the frontwoman of her ex-husband’s band Die Happy. Marta Jandová was the featured artist of Oomph!’s “Träumst du?”, which won the Stefan Raab-produced Bundesvision Song Contest in 2007. Since then, she’s also been a judge on Czech-Slovak Superstar and has began a solo career.

“We had the opportunity to meet on stage and we both felt that we get along quite nicely. Marta is an animal. She’s a real woman and has an amazing voice and a great technique. ”

-Václav Noid Barta

Who is Václav Noid Bárta?

Marta Jandová and Vaclav Noid Barta 4

He’s not as seasoned as Marta, but still has plenty of experience. Born in a musical family, Václav Noid Bárta has been singing professionally since age seventeen. He’s also an actor, having performed in Hamlet and Jesus Christ Superstar, among others.

http://youtu.be/QUfxJnYG_58

“Václav is a very talented singer. Previously, I thought he was an independent rocker, but he’s a true musician. We have a common style and have made this song our daughter that was have dealt with together.”

-Marta Jandová

We are excited to see what the two of them can bring to Vienna. Best of luck, Marta and Václav!

Follow all of our Czech Republic Eurovision news here.

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Fatima
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Fatima

Good luck, they can’t fail to prove CZE with it’s best ever Eurovision placing which (correct me if I am wrong) is 40th.

Pastora Soler haha!
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Pastora Soler haha!

Thank you Radek!

Very interesting your info about Czech Republic

I wanna now about how popular is Eurovision in other countries…

Radek Peka
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Radek Peka

I am from Czech republic and actually I’m the only person I know who know this competition. Basically maybe 2/10 people know what Eurovision is in my country. And that could be the reason why we don’t send our great singers. ?T (Czech television) is absolutely useless and can’t show Czechs how amazing Eurovision is. For more czech artists check it out youtube video “Who should represent Czech Republic at Eurovision 2015?” where are much better singers than these two. But I hope we can go to next round and win this competition for the first time. Sorry for my… Read more »

Darren
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Darren

I really hope I am proved wrong but a male-female duet and a ballad is a little too cliche! However, I wish Czech Republic a successful comeback, it’s a beautiful country and Prague would be an awesome host city. I expect them to qualify though, because returning countries always do well (Italy, Austria 2011, Poland 2014)

DR
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DR

@Realist
Stop talking about diaspora. Azerbaijan, Sweden, Denmark, and Austria have not got a huge diasporas across the whole of Europe, yet they won. Now it’s about the song not the country. If it was Russia would always win. With such a large population thier diaspora is huge, 300,000 in the UK alone. Today it is a SONG contesy, not a COUNTRY contest.

a.
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a.

Dhani, excuse me, but where did you find the song?

Dhani
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i just heard the song and its AMAZING! Czech republic are a real contender for the victory! Prague 2016!

PP
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PP

I think that song wili be like Slovakia 2009, when Slovakia return at Eurovision after pause from 1998.

a.
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a.

okay, I am starting to be a little bit scared of their entry being cheesy again.
Not as cheesy as this crazy Gypsy song, but, still, cheesy. Because in NO WAY does “rock duo live singing a ballad” mean “great and memorable entry that we’re all going to enjoy”.
I know, I haven’t heard the song yet; maybe they will prove me wrong. But for now I have mixed feelings.

Ian D
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Ian D

This looks promising, really hoping for some kind of rock-ballad. Given that the Czech Republic have been drawn in the first half, they really need singers like this to avoid that being a big disadvantage. Also, the fact that Marta Jandová’s band Die Happy are popular in Germany helps, considering Germany are voting in Semi-Final 2.

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

that name perfectly describes the czech republic on eurovision

Alex
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Alex

Yeah, besides it would be pretty hard to send a song worse than Kabat’s.

Sopon
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Sopon

@Marcus (Day One)

I think Márta Jandová’s rock is much different than Kábat’s.

Marcus (Day One)
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Marcus (Day One)

I have a lot less optimism about The Czech Republic now.
I thought they were waiting until March to reveal details About their song.
The singers seem like something Albania or Montenegro would send. And for some reason I don’t feel the Czech Republic qualifying.
We all remember when the Czech Republic last sent rock right?

William Lee Adams
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I’m feeling optimistic!

Realist
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Realist

by looking at there photo you would not think that there genre would be rock 😛

Tony
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Tony

LOL at the name of the song! Hope never dies!

Oostenrijk
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Oostenrijk

seksý seksý seksý

Siggy
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Siggy

I am optimistic about the entry, of course i will have to hear the song first but fingers crossed for the Czech Republic. It would be lovely to see them in the eurovision grand final

Realist
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Realist

I’m sure there is a decent czech Diaspora in europe, but i doubt that many actually watch eurovision so that could hurt them, and metal rarely does well in europe, but on the positives at least there putting together a respectable entry unlike any of the other 3 🙂

D
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D

Really hoping it’s an alternative metal song like Die Happy’s music. That’d stand out a lot and I really love the genre.

George Mick
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George Mick

Go go go ! i hope they do well !!!

Johnnyrapid
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Johnnyrapid

hope they put Czech Republic on the right track ,so the czechs can feel the eurovision spirit

Dhani
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looking forward to hear the song!! i really wish czech republic will be in the grand final!

Daniel
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Daniel

Czech Republic want one thing for their comeback, and only one: POWER!