For this year’s contest the Czech Republic held a national selection process in order to choose who will carry its flag in Rotterdam. Although not the favorite to win it was Benny Cristo which was the winner of the national final with his song “Kemama”.
Yet, following the mixed feedback the entry got on behalf of many fans and bloggers it was decided to revamp the song. A statement on behalf of Cristo himself didn’t take long to be published.
Dear Eurovision fans, 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 this little delay and some bumps in the road in achieving this. Thanks for your understanding and patience, Benny
Listen to the revamped version here:
The Czech Republic’s first participation in Eurovision was in 2007 with rock band Kabát with the song “Malá dáma”. During its first years in the contest the country didn’t manage to get to high rankings and never made it through the semi-final. After a withdrawing from the 2010 contest which will end with a comeback to the 2015’s contest the country will only manage to qualify to the final for the first time in 2016 with
Gabriela Gunčíková and her song “I stand” which finished 25th that night. Since then the country qualified twice with its highest ranking being 6th in 2018.
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