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