Last week, Czech Republic’s singer Benny Cristo released the revamped version of his Eurovision 2020 song to a less than enthusiastic response. Now Cristo has released the re-revamped version of the song, combining the best of the two previous versions of his song “Kemama”.
The release of the final version of “Kemama” wasn’t without drama. There was a technical issue with the first upload, but eventually Benny was able to share the definitive version of “Kemama”.
The new version thoughtfully mixes the best features from the two previous versions of the song. From the national final version, we get the fresh electronic sound, while from the first revamp we get the African guitar sound. It creates a blend of the electronic and the organic, but keeps the celebratory feeling of “Kemama”.
“We need to make it the best it can be”
Writing on YouTube, Benny explained the story behind the final revamp, including feedback from fans who were unhappy with the first revamp. Benny explained:
“Thank you so much for your immediate feedback regarding the revamp of Kemama! It helped me and my team to realize that the master of the track was not completed and that we need to make it the best it can be. With the approval of the Eurovision Song Contest team at the EBU, we were allowed to finalize the mix exactly how we wanted it to be and now we are 100% happy with it. This final revamp is exactly how we wanted it to sound and we hope you’ll forgive us little delay and some bumps in the road in achieving this.”
Earlier, we asked wiwibloggs readers which version of “Kemama” Benny Cristo should take to Eurovision. 66.02% of readers said he should go with the national final version while only 7.93% supported the first revamp.
However, in the middle, 26.05% of wiwibloggs readers wanted to hear a “different version” — and indeed that is what Benny Cristo has delivered.
What do you think? Do you like the final version of “Kemama”? How should Benny stage it for Eurovision? Tell us your thoughts below!