He won Eurovision CZ last week and will represent the Czech Republic at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam.
But before Benny Cristo gets there, he has announced a detour to Kenya.
That’s because he’ll revamp his entry “Kemama” ahead of the contest.
Cristo announced the news to his 785k followers on Instagram:
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"KEMAMA" will get a hell of a revamp ? Just spoke to my producer @osama_verse and i will be flying to Kenya to take the song to the next level. This trip will be just as important for the song as it will be for the message behind it. Will be talking about this later, all I can say now is that racism is far from over even when you try to represent the country you were born in ?????? Thx so much for all the love, incredible support, kind words, sharings and reposts.. still cant believe what is happening ?? #teambenny #ESCZ2020 #ceskatelevize #bennycristo #unfoldyourdream #slozsvujsen @eurovision @escz_official @theglowsticks @championshipmusic photo by @benediktrenc stl @cotemerofficial
Benny revealed the decision was taken with his producer Osama Verse-Atile.
The duo will fly out to Kenya to “take the song to the next level”.
In the post Cristo takes time to thanks his fans for “all the love and incredible support.”
He goes on to praise them for their “kind words, sharings and reposts”.
Despite positive reaction from fans, Cristo did also use the post to draw attention to negative online commentary he’s received, saying:
“This trip will be just as important for the song as it will be for the message behind it. Will be talking about this later, all I can say now is that racism is far from over even when you try to represent the country you were born in.”
The post has racked up 27k likes since it was published, which is over 3,000 more than his post reacting to victory in Eurovision CZ.
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Dekuju za tuhle sanci, dekuju za tu duveru ?? Vzdycky jsem chtel, aby na me cesi byli pysni a ted mam sanci ????? Udelam jen to nejlepsi, co umim ???????This is exactly the face i made when i found out im representing Czech Republic in this years @eurovision . Its been so many ups and downs in the qualifiers i lost hope I could be the one ? Thank you for this blessing, cant wait to go to Rotterdam and do my hearts best ? ? @escz_official #teambenny #ESCZ2020 #ceskatelevize #unfoldyourdream #slozsvujsen @escz_official @theglowsticks @championshipmusic thx to all the cz finalists @weallpoop @barbora_mochowa @elismraz @cistofficial @karelllofficial @pam.rabbit @olgalounova
Benny Cristo to revamp “Kemama” in Kenya
Once the song has been revamped, Benny will represent the Czech Republic in the Second Semi-Final.
Cristo won the national final off the back of strong showings in both the jury voting and televote. “Kemama” picked up the maximum 12 points from the televote and 10 points from the juries.
The Czech Republic has historically had a poor track record at the contest, including two last places in the semi-finals.
Since 2016 it has seen an improvement in its fortunes, with three grand final appearances, including a Top 10 result in 2018 for Mikolas Josef.
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