We continue our series looking at the participating countries of Eurovision and the reasons why we love them so very much. Next up is the Czech Republic. They might have only competed seven times, but every time they give us something to remember from nil points to bop-whop-a-lu bop-ing on a wood bamboo. Here are 10 reasons why we love the Czech Republic at Eurovision.
1. They know how to make a comeback
After three years of flops, Czechia wisely took a five-year break from the contest. When they returned in 2015, the Czech renaissance showed they had learned from their time out. Likewise in 2018, after Mikolas Josef injured his back in rehearsals, he knew to cool things down, relax and recover and was then fighting fit for his energetic grand-final dance moves.
2. Gabriela Gunčíková rocked the very first Wiwi Jam
In 2016, Gabriela Gunčíková was there to promote her Eurovision song, the ballad “I Stand”, but the rock diva had something else to prove. She took to the Hard Rock Cafe stage and delivered some hard rock, in the form of AC/DC’s classic “Highway to Hell”. Her scorching rock vocals brought out the inner röck göd amongst the Eurovision fan audience.
3. They scored nil points in a semi-final
Getting a big fat zero in a semi-final is arguably worse than getting it in the grand final. And that’s what the Czech Republic managed in 2009 when Gipsy.cz‘s jaunty “Aven Romale” didn’t entice anyone to vote for it in the first semi-final. But the performance has become legendary in Eurovision circles and hasn’t made a dent in Gipsy.cz’s career.
4. They debuted with a growly rock number
Perhaps they were inspired by Lordi’s win the year before, but for Czechia’s debut in 2007, they made the unconventional choice to send the hard rock group Kabát with the rough ‘n’ ready rock ballad “Malá dáma”. Sadly the song wasn’t to Europe’s liking — it earned only one point in its semi, from metal-loving Estonia.
5. They know how to throw a shoe
Honestly, who throws a shoe? Marta Jandová is who. Along with Václav Noid Bárta, Marta included some dramatic shoe throwing at the climax of the duo’s 2015 song “Hope Never Dies”.
6. They represented a minority language
The Czech Republic was responsible for the first inclusion at Eurovision of the Romani language, which made up part of the lyrics of Gipsy.cz‘s celebration of Romani life, “Aven Romale”.
7. They understand the importance of good supportive underwear
In the video for Martina Barta‘s 2017 song “My Turn”, she was joined by dozens of women and men wearing very sensible, supportive undergarments in subtle flesh tones. Martina had no time for sexy lace lingerie either — in Kyiv she rocked a gold jumpsuit with a hint of a beige bra underneath.
8. The Gipsy.cz website is still running
We are impressed that after nine years, the Gipsy.cz website is still very much a thing. Anyone stumbling across it for the first time in years can learn that the band is still working and has released the new song “Je to tak”.
9. They have dozens of uses for silver foil
Tereza Kerndlová‘s “Have Some Fun” was a hot mess, but look at the staging — everything is covered in silver foil. Tereza and her backing singers and dancers are clad in silver. Her DJ is wearing a silver-accented boiler suit and he’s standing at a silver desk in front of a foil-wrapped silver heart. Not even Verka Suduchka could achieve this intensity of silver!
10. They know how to bop-whop-a-lu bop on our wood bamboo
We’re still not sure what this means, but we like it.
What do you think? What are your favourite Czech Republic moments at Eurovision? Do you want to eat Mikolas’s spaghetti? Leave your comments below!