If we know anything about Benny Cristo, it’s that he keeps things relaxed and makes music on his terms. So it’s more than fitting that the name of his Eurovision 2021 song is “omaga” — a fun take on the universal expression Oh my god.
A radio-ready dance number, the song is bouncy and sunny — much like the singer himself. And surely much of its polish comes down to the talent of noted producer Filip Vlček, who collaborated with Benny on the track.
Lyrically, Benny confesses that he’s done “a lot of big shhh” — slang for some proper shite — but not deliberately. “You say you’re still too mad about things that I did, but I don’t know what I did, bay-baaayy,” he sings. We’re particularly fond of this rhyme: “There ain’t no Apocalypse as long as you’re here on my lips.” In the build-up to the chorus Benny suggests he’s ready to reunite emotionally and physically: “Why don’t you come over and have it, why don’t you let me have it?”
While the song is mostly in English, about a minute and fifteen seconds in he transitions seamlessly into Czech. This transition is smooth and flows — no friction here!
Omaga! Benny Cristo reveals Eurovision 2021 song and music video
Benny — better known to his Czech fans as Ben Cristovao — has shared an eye-catching video for his Eurovision song. In it he transforms into a series of heroes from some of his favourite films and TV shows, including Grease, The Simpsons and Dirty Dancing.
Director Jan Strach described what it was like filming in freezing conditions.
“It was a challenge to refer to such cult classics as Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump and The Shining in the music video,” he said in a statement. “We put our own spin on it and Benny, through his acting performance, added just the right amount of flair and humorous exaggeration.”
“Many shooting locations became quite complicated due to unfavourable weather. Unfortunately, we unintentionally chose the snowiest and coldest weekend of the year. We couldn’t shoot the classic scene where Forrest is sitting on a bench outside, so we had to use a green screen for several scenes and finish everything off in post-production.”
Benny is rightfully proud of their work.
“We shot a lot of really great scenes during the filming. I was sure that even if we were to use only a tenth of them, the result would be great and indeed it really is. Honza came up with a great idea and he managed to implement it really well.”
Benny Cristo’s Eurovision 2021 staging
Along with the announcement, Czech Head of Delegation Kryštof Šámal confirmed that Marvin Dietmann will oversee the stage show. Marvin famously dreamed up Conchita Wurst’s winning Eurovision stage performance — and is also working with Austria, Cyprus and Spain this year.
“I believe that the EBU will finally be able to hold the Eurovision Song Contest in the most accessible way possible, so that Benny and the audience can enjoy the ‘omaga’ dance song to the fullest,” Kryštof says. “That is, live from Rotterdam and in full-stage form.”
“We are preparing a visually original concept, where Benny will be accompanied by two female and two male dancers. It is interesting that the position of stage director will this year be filled by Marvin Dietmann, a seasoned professional from Austria, who has extensive experience in this field.”
What do you think of the music video? Do you think this song can climb the scoreboard at Eurovision? And are you loving that the Czech team have hired stage maestro Marvin? Let us know in the comments box down below!
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