After Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eurovision fans have continued to wonder which countries would keep their selected artists for Eurovision 2021. Several have already declared their intention to stick with their 2020 acts, and on Wednesday the Czech Republic became the latest to do so. Benny Cristo will represent the country at Eurovision 2021.
Benny Cristo will represent the Czech Republic at Eurovision 2021
In a statement posted to the official Facebook page of the Czech Republic Eurovision delegation, the manager of Czech broadcaster Česká televize, Lucie Kapounová, said they were happy to give Benny a second shot at Eurovision:
“Benny won this year’s national final, but unfortunately he didn’t get a chance to appear on the big Eurovision stage, so we decided to pick him as the Czech artist for Eurovision 2021.”
Benny is thrilled to be extended the opportunity to represent the Czech Republic at Eurovision 2021. He added:
“I am very happy that Česká televize gave me the opportunity to show what I can do, even next year. You have something to look forward to.”
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Following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, the EBU also decided that all countries must enter a new song to the contest for 2021. This means that Benny will not be permitted to perform his 2020 entry “Kemama” and must submit a new song instead.
Lucie Kapouová added in her statement that they hope to get the Czech public involved with the process to select Benny’s Eurovision 2021 entry.
Not outlining any other details of how this national selection process might work, Kapouová said: “we will keep the public informed about the song selection in a timely manner and continuously”.
Who is Benny Cristo?
Benny Cristo was selected for Eurovision 2020 through the third edition of Eurovision CZ, a uniquely constructed online national final that has yielded great results for the Czech Republic to date. Cristo was set to perform the afro-dance song “Kemama” at the competition.
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.
You can read other interesting facts about Benny in our 10 Facts article here.
Are you happy that Benny is returning for Eurovision 2021? What sort of song do you want to see him participate with? Let us know in the comment section down below!