When Aiko sat down to write her Eurovision 2024 song “Pedestal” she wasn’t in the best place. As she told our Youyou ahead of the ESCZ 2024 final, the song was born of anger.

“I had a moment of realization that I’m not really putting myself first in a relationship,” she said. “I loved the person. But like at the end of the day you only have yourself and you will have yourself, so you should really prioritize yourself and put yourself on a pedestal.”

And with the “Pedestal” revamp, Aiko is doing exactly that. She’s invested in herself and her song, delivering a major glow-up that deserves your attention. 

Czechia’s Aiko shares “Pedestal” revamp and music video

The new version is slicker and shinier, more polished and better paced. It’s evolved from an excellent demo to a potential chart-topper.

The music video portrays a more sophisticated and elegant Aiko. Gone is the H&M jumpsuit from the national final and in its place comes a refined ball gown with elbow-length sleeves.

The Old World elegance masks a woman on fire. Aiko smoulders as she lets out her rage. She affirms self-love with some spirited dancing, at one point spinning and flailing her arms in the middle of a circle. The looks come thick and fast – a leather coat, a silky cocktail dress with faux fur stoll, and a little black dress.

Two minutes in and there’s a break where Aiko, serving a delicious English accent, stands up to her partner before having a moment of introspection in the bridge. The quiet repetition of “loving me, loving me” gives her a moment to pause before she lets out a final roar that takes us home. There’s even a cat call flourish to punctuate the drama.

Loving her, loving her, loving her? Absolutely. The girl-power firebrand we loved in the original remains in tact. But it’s punchier and elevated. This is precisely how a revamp should be done. 

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Sierri
21 days ago

Aiko is a great singer but she needs to optimise her staging and make sure she does not make it messy, just advice, because if she doesn’t do it, I don’t see it qualifying for the final

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
22 days ago

And Aiko remains Besa’s rival for the last place…

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
21 days ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

spoiled rich woman Besa is last place anyway with her duller than dull TiTan ballad

i doubt Aiko will be last or near last, maybe qualifying or maybe just nq’ing as 11th? this genre has its fans though

Jofty
Jofty
24 days ago

I thought I had better check out the infamous “live performance” but I had not expected it to be quite so erm raunchy. That will secure a few votes at least.

Euroviper7
Euroviper7
24 days ago

Love the song itself, but her live vocals will cause her to miss out on the final

Dida
Dida
24 days ago

Still awful…

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
24 days ago

I can’t identify the differences although I admit I have not been a fan of the song. It’s not bad, and it serves its style. I still feel her live performance at the NF was very bad. If she improves, she can qualify. It will be a nice addition to the lineup.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
24 days ago

great rock song, easy qualifier

my third fave rock song at ESC behind Yuksek Sadakat – Live It Up, Minus One – Alter Ego

Vivian
Vivian
24 days ago

Aaaaaaaaand it still sucks. Sorry, Czechia 🙁

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
24 days ago

This will not progress out of the semi

Marcin
Marcin
25 days ago

Slop, no chance, thankfully, to qualify.

Héctor
Héctor
25 days ago

So so underappreciated. This needs to qualify and a top 10 placing. Very uplifting and energetic. Hope she has put some work on the vocal because the song itself is really interesting.

Samo
Samo
24 days ago
Reply to  Héctor

I agree. The song is great but it needs a massive improvement in vocals. What we heard in the NF was a shame.

hebbuzz
hebbuzz
25 days ago

Its more Florence and the Machine & Marina and the Diamonds like. The finishing minute is much better. Still it will be hard for CZ to qualify in the semi with more hard songs.

Anna
Anna
25 days ago

Nice pure punk !!! The song is great. The problem is that she looks not able to perform live…in an appropriate manner.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
25 days ago

OMG! The original was already a banger but she managed to elevate it even more! I just hope her live performance lives up to the song *praying hands emoji*

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
25 days ago

Ahh bravo on one of the best ESC revamps. This is the best that I could have hoped for with the video. Their next big challenge will be the live performance – How to stage this? Use a big platform and have actors do the argument scene in shadow? Or, do the whole thing with a band set? Or, hook Aiko up to a harness and lift her onto a very high “pedestal”? (It’s in Sweden, so it’ll probably be the harness.)

hebbuzz
hebbuzz
25 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I dont think the talking will be in the live act. Might be projected or something on the LED wall.

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
24 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

On some photos Aiko is standing in front of some fabric with a projection of her arguing with some dude – maybe that will be an element in the staging. Also green colour is quite prominent.

Tom
Tom
25 days ago

It is great, my winner at the moment . Go Aiko!

Kosey
Kosey
25 days ago

Best rock song in the contest

Marseille
Marseille
25 days ago

I liked the original and I like the revamped version even more… but can she sing it live? That’s the big question. I hope this new version is easier for her to sing, because her vocals are the only thing keeping her out of my top 15.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
25 days ago
Reply to  Marseille

If her live performance lives up to the song, this could be my winner

Bejba
Bejba
25 days ago

Winners Vibe

Leo M
Leo M
25 days ago

I always thought the song was quite catchy. it’s the live performance that was terrible so hopefully she’s working on her vocals

Sofiii
Sofiii
25 days ago

Having faith Helps a lot

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
25 days ago

Good job! I prefer this end.
Good luck Aiko, good luck Czechia!

Efthymios
Efthymios
25 days ago

Jumped straight from a 5/10 to a 7.5/10 rating for me. Still not included in my qualifiers but it is much more polished than before and I wouldn’t be mad if it actually managed to do qualify for the Grand Final.

Arystophan
Arystophan
25 days ago
Reply to  Efthymios

Well said Pikos

oran
oran
25 days ago

the thing is imo I’m not worried about the song I’m more worried about her singing it

Robbert762
Robbert762
25 days ago

Love the song, but the revamp still sounds a lot like All My Pride from Black Honey.

Aníbal
Aníbal
25 days ago

First time listening to this song, for me it is really good, the ending is great, the chorus is catchy, it’s up to her vocals and the staging, it could easily qualify.

MissYouMrTakeItAway
MissYouMrTakeItAway
25 days ago

It’s remarkable how revamps can make an entry more competitive. We can see it now with Albania and Czechia. In the case of Albania, Titan now is being considered as a potential qualifier.

Steven
Steven
24 days ago

Titan a potential qualifier? By who? Albania is not seen as a qualifier at all, maybe by some ESC fan but not by any professional or odds or the general public.

WhiteSox
WhiteSox
25 days ago

This song’s lyrics are still a very big problem for me. Can’t like it, sorry.

CagardiB
CagardiB
25 days ago

I’m baffled to see this go so unnoticed by fans. Yes she might have not done her best on her NF but I trust she’ll deliver on May. She’s my current top 3 and out of all the rock entries this is by far the more approachable. Crossing my fingers to see her succeed on the stage 🙂

yeesy
yeesy
25 days ago

I like it even moreeeee! It’s on repeat now on my mind

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
25 days ago

Very great revamp. i think the best one in this years edition.

The new hook at 2.15m is very well done.

I hope she has the strong vocals bringing this live to the stage at Malmö.

Congrats Czechia.
All the best of good luck.

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
25 days ago

This is an excellent revamp and I’m particularly happy with the addition of the bridge that is really memorable and can potentially create a moment on stage (and also allow Aiko to take some breaths before the final chorus). If -as already suggested by the Czech Eurovision team- Aiko is also working on her vocals and breathing technique this is moving to potential qualifying territory. “Pedestal” is going back to my playlists once re-released in the platforms and that’s a good sign from my perspective. Good luck Czechia!

Apricot stone
Apricot stone
25 days ago

You guys, this revamp is great! I think Aiko is the only one this year serving “Paramore Hayley Williams – pop-rock girl” vibes and I’m here for it! This is a million times better than Megara’s song, I’m sorry, but this one sounds more full and rich in production. It’s going straight to my top 10! I just hope that her performance will be badass, I can already imagine some dark staging potential with sick lights and her musicians going crazy like rock artists love to do when they perform. Please, Aiko, take this advice (*fingers crossed*), haha.

Im so fab
Im so fab
25 days ago

But she can’t sing. A new version will make no difference

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
25 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

It will if it will allow her to improve her breath control (along with some vocal training of course) – that was her main issue, she doesn’t have a bad voice otherwise.

Apricot stone
Apricot stone
25 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

Bejba, it’s kaina krejza that after so many years you think that only vocals matters in Eurovision. Remember Blanka from Poland last year? She did qualify to the final by the way.

Bejba
Bejba
25 days ago
Reply to  Apricot stone

Blanka Lives In Your Mind For Free . You Are So Jealous It Makes Me Sick , Get Ower Yourself Because Blanka Is A Real Star

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
25 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

She can sing – and with changes done to the song it’ll be much easier for her to sing this song and if she won’t be jumping up and down the stage like a maniac, that’ll help too.

Heyey
Heyey
25 days ago

I don’t see a lot of change except for some lyric changes and the bridge at the end, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The song was great even before the revamp. The bridge was a bit sudden and I’m wondering how it will look like live. Anyways I’m loving the changes and this song, and I really hope Aiko can prove everyone wrong and get Czechia to the Grand Final.

Konrad
Konrad
25 days ago

Was in my top ten before and still is. l love the song, the message and the singer.
I will be sad if she did not qualify, but there is fierce competition in semi2 especially it’s an almost entirely female first half.

Fatima
Fatima
25 days ago

Yes it really is a delicious English accent

Jofty
Jofty
25 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

She lives in Brighton

Efthymios
Efthymios
25 days ago

Much better than the original. Aiko now has chances to qualify as well, if her live performance is good. That bridge was needed.

Andrew Tate McRae
Andrew Tate McRae
25 days ago

What I’m a bit disturbed by is the fact that we’ve been getting Russians in Eurovision every single year since Russia itself was banned. Last year we got Mia and Alika, this year Aiko… seriously?

Especially Aiko seems like an asset, since she won the ESCZ international vote by a large margin despite not being anywhere near the favorite. So watch out on her

Fatima
Fatima
25 days ago

The World Figure Skating Championships (on now) are the same. There are Russians popping up everywhere.

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
25 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

@Fatima: Touchée

Heyey
Heyey
25 days ago

What a rude and unnecessary comment..

Pandaman
Pandaman
25 days ago

Since she won, she was a favourite, right?

Just not within the fandom.

Bejba
Bejba
25 days ago

Russia Is Banned For No Reasons And It Is The Least That Countrys Can Do To Share Supoorts To Us By Alowing Russian People To Represent Countrys . A Lot Of Russians We Dont Live In Russia , And We Deserve To Share Our Woices And Songs Too .
Why Dont You Speak About The Izraelis Popping Up On Nationaly Final Across Europe Like Luxemburg ??

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
25 days ago

She was just born in Russia, to Czech parents iirc

Pakman
Pakman
25 days ago
Reply to  BiCHOTA

She’s Jewish tho.

Andrew Tate McRae
Andrew Tate McRae
25 days ago

Now onto Luxembourg and Slovenia to release theirs. And be quick!

Zanoni
Zanoni
25 days ago

Personally, I think the revamp is kind of a mixed bag. Some of the production changes are great. “I love me more than you once did” is arguably a better lyric. At least initially, the changes to the last minute are less good. Those yelps at the end are my very favorite part of the song, and I feel like they don’t pop like they used to. That whole added section robs the song of a lot of momentum, though after a couple of listens, it might be growing on me. I really liked this song as a *punk rock… Read more »

Heyey
Heyey
25 days ago
Reply to  Zanoni

Oh, she says “I love me more than you once did”, to me it sounded like “I love me more then your monsters”, but what you said makes much more sense.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
25 days ago
Reply to  Heyey

I mean, she had to take out the profanity in the song because that’s not allowed at Eurovision.

3art
3art
25 days ago

WOW now that’s how you do a revamp!

3art
3art
25 days ago
Reply to  3art

and the new bridge is ACE!

Thomas
Thomas
25 days ago

Does anyone know when the order of performances in the semi-finals will be announced?

Sav001
Sav001
25 days ago
Reply to  Thomas

Last year they were revealed 23rd of March but knowing how everything takes longer with Sweden, I would expect them after Easter at the start of April