Yesterday, Czech Republic Eurovision singer Benny Cristo released the revamped version of “Kemama”, the song he will take to Rotterdam in May. But the song faced mixed reactions from fans, with some finding the new guitar sound to be distracting. Now Benny has addressed the feedback and says he is reassessing the revamped version.
Benny uploaded a video to Instagram, where he talked about the reactions to “Kemama”, shared his thoughts on the situation and discussed the possibilities for the song.
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For those who dont know me.. I kind of like to face obstacles and challenges head on and I dont care much if people see me do a mistake. With that being said, I need to find out if a mistake was actually made or if the outrage comes from a tough adaptation to make for an ear already used to the old version. Those who still believe in me i beg for patience and understanding ????? I have no ego when it comes to mistakes me and my team do in process, but i need to know if they were even made ?? Thanks for your interest in my creations guys, sending love from ?? #kemama #revamp #eurovision @eurovision @escz_official @wiwibloggs @eurovision.ua @ogaeukraine @eurovisionnews @ogaealbania
Benny has nothing but praise for the team he worked with on the revamped version of “Kemama”. He revealed that having won the Czech national final, people urged him to revamp the song. Benny explained that being new to the Eurovision experience, he took this advice.
In the video caption, he explained that his task now is “to find out if a mistake was actually made or if the outrage comes from a tough adaptation to make for an ear already used to the old version.” Benny has sent the song to some music experts to get their opinion on the matter.
Can “Kemama” be changed?
If it’s decided that changes to be made, the next issue is if any changes can actually be made. The song submission deadline has already passed, but as we saw in 2016, when Serhat switched to the disco remix of “I Didn’t Know”, sometimes a deadline extension can be arranged.
Benny also talked about the strange situation he found himself in. His song was out on one of the biggest music platforms in the world but, he notes, “I didn’t even have an international audience and now half of them are angry.”
But whatever, version of “Kemama” Benny ends up taking to Rotterdam, he seems to be keeping a good attitude, facing the challenges and making the most of the opportunities coming his way as the Czech Republic’s Eurovision 2020 artist.
What version of “Kemama” should Benny Cristo perform at Eurovision?
What do you think? Which version of “Kemama” should Benny take to Rotterdam? Should he stick with the original version that won the national final or should he bring the new sound of the revamped version? Or should he create a new version? If so, explain your ideas in the comments section below.