A record-breaking 26 artists are returning to Eurovision this year. Following the cancellation of last year’s contest, the majority of the class of 2020 are back to finally get their chance on the Eurovision stage. But, as is standard Eurovision regulation, they’ve all got new songs.
Thus, comparisons to their previous entries are inevitable. So, we want to hear from our readers. We’re running a series of polls to ask — do you prefer the returning artists’ 2020 or 2021 songs?
Today, we’re saying ahoj and shining a light on Czech Republic. In 2020, Benny Cristo was set to take “Kemama” to Rotterdam. This year, he’ll be singing “Omaga” at Eurovision 2021. Two years, two tracks, both signature Benny. But which song is your favourite? Vote in our poll now!
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“Kemama” (Czech Republic 2020)
Benny Cristo originally earned the right to represent the Czech Republic at Eurovision after winning Eurovision Song CZ. “Kemama” is a play on “okay, mama” — with lyrics about showing resilience, and Benny proving to his mother that he’s strong enough to fight his own battles. The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — gave “Kemama” an average score of 5.43/10.
“Europe is a diverse place”, noted juror Jonathan. “With that comes a diverse array of music that should be celebrated, particularly at Eurovision. “Kemama” brings African-inspired instrumentation to the forefront, with the guitars, horns and percussion blending well in the final revamp. The track has a wonderful carefree vibe to it. It’s not here to make a big statement, rather put a smile on people’s faces and get them dancing along.”
“Omaga” (Czech Republic 2021)
Czech broadcaster CT were quick to confirm Benny Cristo’s return to Eurovision. His 2021 song “Omaga” — a play on “oh my god” — stays true to his signature style, combining elements from multiple genres with influence all over the world.
The music video features a myriad of references to pop culture, including The Simpsons, Rocky and Forrest Gump.
Poll battle — Czech Republic: Which Benny Cristo entry do you prefer?
In this poll, you can only vote for one song — so choose wisely. And as always, you can only vote once. Let the battle commence!
Which song did you vote for? How does “Omaga” weigh up against “Kemama”? Let us know what you think in the comments below.