While we were all occupied with Junior Eurovision, Marta Jandova was changing clothes, slipping into hair and make-up, and dropping that powerful voice. That’s because she was participating in the Czech version of You Face Sounds Familiar (or Tvoje tvar ma znamy hlas). Marta fought her way through the contest for three months and grabbed bronze in the end — a job very well done!

Though Czech celebs Jan Cina and David Gransky managed to earn higher positions in the final ranking, Marta delivered several remarkable performances. She even won three episodes while channeling Beyonce, Cee Lo Green and Meat Loaf — talk about variety! — and came second twice by recreating performances from Alice Cooper and Bonnie Tyler. In honour of Marta’s success we just have to take a look at some of her transformations…

Remember how Marta hated walking on high heels at Eurovision and threw them away on stage in Vienna? Well, this time she had to not only walk, but also dance in those bloody high heels. Because if you want to be Beyonce, you have to work your hips even when standing on spikes!

Marta did that extremely well in her “Crazy in Love” performance, earning her victory that week by dropping energetic moves and major attitude.

You can hardly recognize Marta, but it really was her bringing soul and funk to the show. Dressed as Cee Lo Green — replete with body padding, loads of make-up and the illusion of baldness — she performed his well-known single “Forget You”.

She simply nailed it and brought the house down as no one could resist that sweet temptation to dance by the end of the performance.

She then through herself into a time machine and reincarnated the glorious Bonnie Tyler, who of course belongs to our Eurovision family after representing the UK at Eurovision 2013. Marta showed the fire, showed the struggle and showed us her need for a hero! She delivered it with passion and that 80s realness. No wonder she received such great feedback from the judges.

Marta deliverd a lot more of these amazing transformations. She also stepped into the shoes of Adele, Katy Perry, Annie Lennox, Kaoma, Mariah Carey, Jessica Rabbit and even her father Petr Janda. You can watch them all on the show’s YouTube channel.

And what do you think? Did you enjoy seeing Marta Jandova covering all those superstars? Which transformation is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Esgalnor
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Esgalnor

As a person who lives in Czech republic, I have to say, that this season’s costumes were terrible. Last seasons, the singers had amazing changes. And to that racist thing… If you don’t know “Your Face Sounds Familiar” is a TV show, where celebrities draw other celebrity and sing their song PLUS they make them look like them. So when Marta drawed Cee Lo Green, she picked Forget You to sing AND she had to look like him. And how could she, when she is not black? They had to paint her face black… In previous season, one celeb had… Read more »

mad-professor
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mad-professor

@Daan
‘Did anyone here state racism is only in the US? No.’
‘Oh my gosh stop it. Blackface is only a thing in the USA, stop forcing it as a racist thing upon other countries.’

Daan van Wissen
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Did anyone here state racism is only in the US? No. But the whole blackface racism thing is. You see, there is a huge difference between painting yourself black and being stereotypical about it or impersonating an artist for a tv show which is just about playbacking that artist. That wikipedia page someone send just now is exactly the problem. Stop reflecting upon stuff like this with going “Oh he / she has a black face oh he or she must be racist”. If you can’t see the difference between this show and black face, then that is your problem,… Read more »

Pollaski
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Pollaski

“Nowhere was racism as bad as the USA.”

Might just be the most ignorant statement I’ve ever seen on here.

Anyways, always remember two important facts of life.

1. Being offended is a choice.
2. Critical thinking is always better than kneejerk/blanket reactions.

Realist
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Realist

Everyone…

She painted herself brown to pay tribute and impersonate Cee Lo in a non-offensive way WITHOUT racist intentions and WITHOUT wanting to make fun of people with a dark skintone or Cee Lo himself. Therefore it is NOT racist.

Mei International
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Mei International

it’s racist because cee lo is….African American. the performance could have been perfectly fine with the right costume, dancing, wardrobe and execution, that black face was not required. It unleashes racial stereotypes. You all are so quick to deflect and say it is only a problem in America. Well it is, and it involves an AMERICAN performer being impersonated. You claim racism doesn’t exist in Europe but i find that VERY hard to believe. but i digress. you wouldn’t paint your face yellow to convey an Asian impersonator. You wouldn’t put on a big fake nose for a Jew. You… Read more »

mad-professor
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mad-professor

@Daan
Blackface is not just an American thing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackface

Avstriya
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Avstriya

Marta is great singer but she did not have the slightest resemblance in her impersonifications to the impersonified acts.

I have seen better in “Tu cara me suena”, where btw. “blackface” is no taboo neither.

Here some imitaciones of my bae:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQXhGTY2dOo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRa_-qIY5iQ

Leaf
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Leaf

Then let’s talk about Beyonce’s whiteface …….. Isn’t that racist?
She bleaches skin to the point she changes ethnicity and I am offended.

well not really offended but just to prove a point lol

Daan van Wissen
Guest

That doesn’t mean btw that the whole blackface standup thing in the USA isn’t terrible. It is! But the intentions are different between this, and that.

Anyway, Great job Marta! I wonder how long it will take until we get this show in Netherlands

Daan van Wissen
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Oh my gosh stop it. Blackface is only a thing in the USA, stop forcing it as a racist thing upon other countries. Nowhere was racism as bad as the USA. Also, white slaves existed as well.. people tend to forget that. Marta was just impersonating someone, who was dark skinned, of course she made her face look black. I would only imagine someone with dark skin impersonating fe Bonnie Tyler would do the opposite. Or are things like White chicks not racist then because they paint themselfs white? Netherlands atm is being divided by people who somehow think whatever… Read more »

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Jan Cina for Eurovision!

drag
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drag

In Italy for a is not a taboo the blackface, many White in Your face sound familar have make this make up

mad-professor
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mad-professor

It’s just kind of ridiculous that her Beyoncé is white and looks like an Irish Eurovision entry, but she had to do blackface to play Cee Lo when they’re the same skin colour.

D
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D

So people in places like America believe blackface is racist because of its history, correct? Then why should it be racist in a place like the Czech Republic, where it has no history of being racist. Food for thought.

Anyways, this is an article about Marta’s accomplishments, not to debate the ethics and history of blackface.

Mei international
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Mei international

Right…I get there are no black peoole in Czechs but it’s still unacceptable.

Robyn Gallagher
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mocosuburbian: Me too 🙁 I think a lot of Eastern European countries, especially ones without a large black population, have no history of blackface minstrel shows so it’s not seen as being a negative thing. For those viewers, Marta wearing black makeup is as unremarkable as wearing thick eyeliner to play Alice Cooper or a big wig to play Bonnie Tyler. But for those of us who comes from countries that had a history of “black and white minstrel shows” and all their racial connotations, it can be really uncomfortable to watch such performances, even if it is intended as… Read more »

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

yikes blackface 🙁
maybe just an american thing but it makes me feel super uncomfortable