The wait is over and we finally know who will represent the Czech Republic at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. Broadcaster Ceska Televize has confirmed that Gabriela Guncikova is the representative for 2016, and will perform her song “I Stand”.
Earlier in the month, Ceska Televize dropped a hint about the singer who will fly the Czech flag in front of Europe. The “G” logo led fans to speculate that Gabriela Guncikova was the one, a long-term fan favourite to represent her country.
Czech Televize appointed a five-person jury to choose the Czech representative and their pick went to Gabriela Gunickova.
Last February, she was in Stockholm “working on something very special”. According to the broadcaster, the song is penned by a Swedish-Irish trio who has previous experience with Eurovision.
The song and video will be released Friday, March 11 at 14:00 CET. In the meantime, there’s a 30-second snippet to listen to.
Speaking of her participation, here’s what Gabriela had to say:
“For me, it is first of all a great honour. This contest has great history and this is the only project of such a big scale, which focuses on the musical taste of the whole Europe. It is like a European Super Bowl in sports, but here it is about the best song and its presentation.”
Gabriela Guncíková – “I Stand” (preview)
Born in 1993, Gabriela rose to fame on SuperStar, the Czech and Slovak version of Idol, where she placed second and made a name for herself in both countries thanks to her powerful rock voice and incredible charm. Following her journey, she released two successful albums, Dvojí tvár in 2011 and Celkem jiná in 2013
In 2014, she traveled to the US and began taking courses in the famous Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy where she says she learned how to control her voice better and gave it more power. She also recorded YouTube covers of famous rock songs, which racked up thousands of views. Later she joined the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in a tour all over the United States and moved the American crowd with her powerful vocals.
What do you think? Can Gabriela take the Czech Republic to the Eurovision final for the first time ever? Could she win the whole thing? Let us know in the comments section below!