After two weeks of online voting, the final result is in. Benny Cristo has won Eurovision Song CZ (ESCZ) 2020 and will represent the Czech Republic at Eurovision 2020 with the song “Kemama”.
Benny Cristo earned top marks from the online voting of Czech viewers. He also came second in the jury vote.
Meanwhile, Barbora Mochowa came out on top of the international jury vote. However, the two-time ESCZ participant came last in the Czech online vote, which meant she finished third overall. Elis Mraz & Čis T earned the silver medal.
Benny Cristo – “Kemama”
A popular rapper in the Czech Republic, Benny Cristo already has a number of hits to his name in his home country. His past songs (under the name Ben Cristovao) have racked up millions of views on YouTube. Now, he’ll be taking the party to Rotterdam and be hoping to win over international viewers at Eurovision 2020.
Benny Cristo will perform in the first half of semi-final two in Ahoy Arena on Thursday 14 May.
ESCZ 2020: Results
An international jury of former Eurovision participants counted for half of the final vote. The online vote from viewers outside the Czech Republic was also weighted the same as one juror. Individual juror top marks were awarded as follows:
- Estonia (Stig Rästa) – Benny Cristo
- Slovenia (zalagasper) – Pam Rabbit
- Norway (KEiiNO) – Elis Mraz & Čis T
- Bulgaria (Kristian Kostov) – Barbora Mochowa
- Australia (Isaiah) – Benny Cristo
- Finland (Sebastian Rejman) – Karelll
- Spain (Miki Núñez) – Karelll
- Poland (Kasia Moś) – We All Poop
- Malta (Michela) – Barbora Mochowa
- Greece (Katerine Duska) – Barbora Mochowa
- International online vote – We All Poop
- 12 – Benny Cristo
- 10 – Elis Mraz & Čis T
- 8 – We All Poop
- 6 – Olga Lounová
- 4 – Karelll
- 3 – Pam Rabbit
- 2 – Barbora Mochowa
Czech Republic at Eurovision
Debuting in 2007, the Czech Republic’s first few attempts at Eurovision were not so successful. They failed to qualify to the grand final with their first three entries, coming last in the semi-final in 2007 and 2009.
After taking a five year break, things eventually began to turn around for the central European nation. Gabriela Gunčíková took Czechia to the grand final of the contest for the first time in 2016 with her power ballad “I Stand”.
Things also improved once the Czech Republic introduced their online national final Eurovision Song CZ. Mikolas Josef took the country to the top six in 2018, while Lake Malawi secured a solid eleventh place finish in 2019.
With Benny Cristo now winning the third edition of ESCZ, no doubt they’ll be aiming to continue their recent success.
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