The Czech Republic has returned to Eurovision after a five-year absence and its representatives Marta Jandova and Vaclav Noid Barta are very busy preparing for Vienna. But, especially for you, Marta took a small break to chat with wiwibloggs. She told us about her background, her plans for Eurovision, and of course her powerful song “Hope Never Dies”.
Your song gave me goosebumps and made me so emotional. But how does the song make you feel?
Thank you very much. That of course makes us very happy! A few days ago we performed it for the first time at the Czech Music Awards and we were so happy about singing it. LOVE IT!
How do you imagine your performance on stage in Vienna?
We have been working on it already. It will, of course, be a surprise for you all. All I can say is that Eurovision will be in a rainbow-color-crazy-celebration mood. We want it quiet, easy — it is just about the song!
What are your plans for Vienna? What are you most looking forrward to?
I am looking forward to the mood in the city. I guess all the people and the contestants will be having fun, will support each other. Don’t think there will be any competitive feeling. And I love the city. The possibility to be there for so long makes me happy. My family will come with me.
Do you hope that Eurovision will become more popular in the Czech Republic after your performance?
Of course I do. It always depends on the succes, if “your people” are interested. The Czech Republic hasn’t made it to the final before, so we hope we can be the first.
You’re known as the lead singer of alt-metal band “Die Happy”. “Hope Never Dies” is a big shift in style (but you sound great). Were you nervous about performing in a new genre?
Well, I don’t see it as a complete change. We also have ballads and even made some offerings that are even more pop. I am really excited about the song. I would never do anything I wouldn’t believe in.
You previously won the Bundesvision Song Contest in Germany. How did that impact your career?
As it was only in Germany, not much. Yes, I had a little more focus from the TV, but I still sing in a rock band.
There are seven duets this year at Eurovision. Have you listened to them? Why does yours stand out?
I did. I am of course curious. And of course I will say that our song is different. You can feel the rock, the passion, the “realness”.
Have you listened to your competitors? Are there any songs that you like?
I did. Some I like more, some less. Just listened to them once. There are great singers!!! WOW. It will be the battle of the century. A great present to the 60th ESC birthday.
Did you follow Eurovision before this year? Are there any songs from the past that you particularly like?
I lived 16 years in Germany and watched it every year. Last year’s winning song is really great! My friends even wrote it. So proud of them!
Do you have a message for wiwibloggs readers and your fans all over the world?
Try to live your life as good as you can. Love, give, share, smile, enjoy and do good things. And keep your fingers crossed for us. Don’t forget – we never made it to the finals – it is about time to change this.
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