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”.

Czech Republic ceska televize teaser
G is for Gabriela

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!

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MMs
MMs
6 years ago

Semi final 1 just keeps getting better 😛 I hope Bulgaria will have an amazing song, they would definitely pass from that semi.

MQNDE
MQNDE
6 years ago
tady
tady
6 years ago

Czech tabloid has already revealed the whole song … What a voice !!! :O

Racal
Racal
6 years ago

Snippet doesn’t sound bad. Could be good! I really hope Czech Republic will finally qualify! It’s a very weak year so far with all these cheap Heroes copycats, so they can do it!

Sal
Sal
6 years ago

Okay..I thought this year was gonna be a really good year at one point BUT, all the recently-announced songs sound the same and all are sung in English. BORING.

Nicky91
Nicky91
6 years ago

come on Ira Losco, unveil your song

i’ve seen a sneak peek of her album cover, it has Ira with a guitar on the cover

Czechs had a better song last year, more classy

Gabriela is a good talented singer, but time will tell how good of a live performer she is

the best live performers i know are

Kaliopi

Ira Losco, if she has the right song for her voice

Poli Genova, also a good live performer

Kreuzbergfan
Kreuzbergfan
6 years ago

It sounds like Australia! I couldn’t tell which is which one ????

sufle
sufle
6 years ago

Sounds promising, I’m expecting something good. It’s obvious that the Czech Republic are trying so hard to qualify, and I think this might be their year.

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
6 years ago

Semi final 1 has less songs but they’re better. This does sound good though. This could be their first ever qualification!!!!

Nico
Nico
6 years ago

Probably another non qualification to the finals for the Czech Republic…

Nicola
Nicola
6 years ago

When is Poli Genova announcing her song?

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 years ago

This definitely sounds promising.
Looking forward to the rest of it!

Griffin
Griffin
6 years ago

Semi Final 1 was a deathmatch, even i’m not really sure Estonia would qualify. I hope this song would be strong enough to make Czech Rep. direkt till final

E.Scott
E.Scott
6 years ago

This sounds like it will be excessivly dramatic…… I cant wait

mad-professor
mad-professor
6 years ago

If she were in the first half of the semi-final, with all the bad songs there she would be a guaranteed qualifier. The second half, however, is a little stronger so it’s hard to say.

PP
PP
6 years ago

With this song they have strong chance for be first time in final. In final, I don t see Czech Republic in TOP 12.

Freyah
Freyah
6 years ago

I don’t think she can win, but this sounds promising. But The Czech Republic are in Semi 1 so even its good it may struggle. I hope they make the final though

NoScoped
NoScoped
6 years ago

Good Song TireSome

Elainovision
Elainovision
6 years ago

I was so hyped for this based off Gabriela’s songs like ‘?erný and?l’. Rock songs, powerful ones, getting to use the full strengths of her voice.

But ‘I Stand’ sounds worryingly like a Melodifestivalen ballad. I am really hoping the snippet is unrepresentative of the whole song otherwise I have to say that the Czechs chose the perfect artist for Eurovision and then wasted her, and that they’ll have no-one to blame but themselves if their NQ record is upheld.

Why send a rocker without a rock song?

Colin
Colin
6 years ago

Sounds good, although context is needed. Good luck, Czech Republic.

irish esc
irish esc
6 years ago

mgr: stop being so negative try to be posttive instead of being an a- holeee

MGR
MGR
6 years ago

Polina Gagarina and Mans Zelmerlow got above 20 million votes, while Il Volo got above 30 million votes in final. Now popularity will be lower due to a poor level of entries.

irish esc
irish esc
6 years ago

wow sounds great from the snippet can’t wait to hear the full version i loved your entry last year should have been in the final i hope you make it this year.

MGR
MGR
6 years ago

Crapvision Contest 2016

MGR
MGR
6 years ago

Next crap.