Czech Republic Eurovision Odds
Martina Bárta, the Czech representative at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, has unveiled her entry for the Kyiv-hosted competition, ”My turn”.
Eurovisionary.com reveals that the Czech Republic’s entry for Kyiv was chosen after a long internal selection. In the last round, there were two songs. One was by the Swedish team that composed ”I Stand” (Czech 2016 entry for Gabriela Gunčíková) – Christian Schneider, Sara Biglert and Aidan O’Connor. The other one was called ”My Turn” and is written by a team from the United Kingdom, the composer of which is Kyler Niko. Martina was one of the five chosen singers to record these songs and then the best combination was chosen as the winner. It was the song from the UK team ”My Turn” that made it and Martina was glad that this one won because she felt it is close to her heart from the first time she heard it. If the other song had won, Martina would have considered a withdrawal. That is because the Swedish song is a typical pop song, similar to the style of Katy Perry, as Martina explained in an interview for Czech news server iDnes.cz.
The readers who follows the variety of Eurovision songs cataloged the song as "Another ballad? As if there were not enough already! ". In reality, however, My Turn is a song that, for quality, slips directly in the line of Gabriela Gunčíková’s ”I Stand”.
Martina Bárta is a 28-year-old jazz musician, currently living and working in Berlin, Germany. She started her music career when she studied in the selective high school of Jan Neruda. There she studied classical music and also the French horn that she plays until now. After high school, she was accepted to study at the Faculty of medicine of Charles University in Prague, but her love for music (and especially jazz music) was stronger. So she decided to go instead to a state conservatory in Prague to study singing in the class of famous Czech singer and vocalist Naďa Wepperová.
In the Czech Republic, Martina performs as a soloist with the Big Band of one of the most famous Czech band leaders and saxophone players, Felix Slováček. From other projects and groups she worked with, one ought to name the Prague Film Orchestra or, in 2015 and 2016, Sinatrology. That is a project consisting of jazz concerts sung by famous Czech and foreign musicians and singers such as Dasha, Martina Bárta, Jan Smigmator, Jumaane Smith or EN.DRU. Martina’s older sister, Kristina Bárta, is a successful jazz composer and pianist and they both enjoy working together. Their biggest success was their original, co-written song ”Find Peace of Mind”, for which Kristina wrote the music and Martina the lyrics.
Last year the Czech Republic reached the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in history. This year, the Czech is going to perform in the second half of the first semi-final.
Will Czech Republic qualify for the final?