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Eurovision 2024: Czechia’s Second Rehearsal!

After Switzerland the next central European country to take the stage for the second rehearsal is Czechia. Czechia is being represented by Aiko and the song “Pedestal”!

Who is Aiko? 

Alena Shirmanova-Kostebelova, widely known by her stage name Aiko, is a visionary artist who delves into profound themes such as love, solitude and self-understanding, using her music as a medium for introspection and connection. 

She has hit several milestones in her career as an artist, including being the first Czech artist to feature on the Times Square screens and the first Czech female to take part in the Spotify Equal Campaign, embracing her principles of fostering inclusivity and equality. 

The Rehearsal 

Time for our first pop/rock anthem of the season, with Czechia’s Aiko singing her high energy belter Pedestal. Aiko was born in Russia, raised in Czechia, and now splits her time between London and Prague.

Aiko’s staging concept represents the five stages of grief during a breakup – Aiko is accompanied on stage by four female dancers, each representing Denial, Anger, Bargaining and Depression. Aiko herself represents the fifth and final stage – Acceptance.

The costumes are black bodystockings with mesh sections and lots of sparkle, and Aiko’s dancers have sparkly mesh face coverings. Aiko has a similar top section but with wide-legged trousers.

Also the CUBES are fully deployed in this performance – starting just a few feet above the performers’ heads, creating a more enclosed, domestic-feel environment that gets bigger and less confined as the cubes lift. Lots of black and red strobe lighting.

Czechia second rehearsal Eurovision 2024. Credit: Alma Bengtsson/EBU

Czechia second rehearsal Eurovision 2024. Credit: Alma Bengtsson/EBU

After today’s second rehearsals a recap video will be published on the official Youtube channel! Stay tuned!

The Dress Rehearsal for Czechia and the rest of Semi Final 2 is scheduled for Wednesday the 8th of May!

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Watch the performances of Australia, Albania, Germany and Czechia in “A Little Bit More”!

Just like last year, some time before the first rehearsals of the countries, the show called “A Little Bit More” aired on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.Advertisement Read more

Watch the performances of Germany, Moldova and Czechia in “A Little Bit More”!

Just like last year, some time before the first rehearsals of the countries, the show called “A Little Bit More” aired on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.Advertisement

So, for all this time before the rehearsals, Eurovision TV will upload different performances of the artists, like different versions of their songs, or covers of songs from other artists.

The first video of the day, comes from the Moldovan representative, Natalia Barbu, singing the acoustic version of her song “In The Middle”:

The last two performances of today, are two cover songs. The German representative, Isaak sings “Can’t Wait Untill Tonigh” by Max Mutzke (Germany 2004- 8th place), and Aiko, the representative of Czehcia singing “God is a Woman” by Ariana Grande:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5V-SDjOwmc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj2CejlkiwU

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Eurovision 2024: Czechia’s First Rehearsal!

After returning from the lunch break, it is time for Czechia and Aiko to have her first rehearsal of her entry “Pedestal”! 

 Who is Aiko? 

Alena Shirmanova-Kostebelova, widely known by her stage name Aiko, is a visionary artist who delves into profound themes such as love, solitude and self-understanding, using her music as a medium for introspection and connection. 

She has hit several milestones in her career as an artist, including being the first Czech artist to feature on the Times Square screens and the first Czech female to take part in the Spotify Equal Campaign, embracing her principles of fostering inclusivity and equality. 

 

The rehearsal 

Time for our first pop/rock anthem of the season, with Czechia’s Aiko singing her high energy belter Pedestal. Aiko was born in Russia, raised in Czechia, and now splits her time between London and Prague.

Staging notes were given to people in charge in the arena by the Czech delegation. Aiko’s staging concept represents the five stages of grief during a breakup – Aiko is accompanied on stage by four female dancers, each representing Denial, Anger, Bargaining and Depression. Aiko herself represents the fifth and final stage – Acceptance.

The costumes are black bodystockings with mesh sections and lots of sparkle, and Aiko’s dancers have sparkly mesh face coverings. Aiko has a similar top section but with wide-legged trousers.

Also the CUBES are fully deployed in this performance – starting just a few feet above the performers’ heads, creating a more enclosed, domestic-feel environment that gets bigger and less confined as the cubes lift. Lots of black and red strobe lighting, and a really nice moment towards the end when Aiko’s dancers lift her above their heads. Aikonic, as we believe the kids are saying these days.

PYRO UPDATE! Czechia have brought some relationship breakup flame jets that heat up the arena for the the entire first verse and the bridge into the second chorus, then return for a big finish. Definitely adds to the drama and storytelling.

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Aiko Czechia Eurovision 2024 – 1st rehearsal

 

 

You may watch a part of Aiko’s rehearsal from TikTok here: 

https://www.tiktok.com/@eurovision/video/7363309710453378336?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7269788284946957856

 

Czechia’s second rehearsal is set for Thursday, 2nd of May and we will get a clearer view of Aiko’s performance once the official TV snippet is released. 

Source: eurovision.tv 

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Czechia: Listen to the revamp of “Pedestal” by Aiko!

Aiko, the representative of Czechia, just released the revamp of her song “Pedestal”, which is going to take part in Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö! Read more

Czechia: Aiko had submitted songs for ESCZ in previous years!

About a month ago, Aiko won ESCZ, and at the same time the representation of Czechia in Eurovision 2024, with the song “Pedestal” .

Aiko won the national final, with almost twice as many votes as the runner-up Elly. However, this great win was not Aiko’s first attempt at the national final.

As she revealed in “The EuroTrip Podcast”, she has submitted her songs to ČT several times, in order to participate in ESCZ:

“I think this is my third try at this point. I just really like the community around it. I love that in Eurovision the artists are actually going in with their own music, which is very different to other contests. It’s something I really wanted to experience, and this is the year that it just worked out.” 

Apparently, each times Aiko submitted songs, the public television did not select her to participate in the National Final.

Furthermore, Aiko made some revelations about her stage appearance and what we can expect from her in May:

“You can expect it to be very conceptual – there is a very interesting idea. There will be black, red and white.”

Aiko will represent Czechia in Eurovision 2024, with her song “Pedestal”:

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Czechia: The detailed voting results of ESCZ 2024!

Just a few hours ago, ČT, the national broadcaster of Czechia, announced the winner of its national selection.

A week ago, seven artists performed their songs live during the Czech national final, with voting opening during the evening and closing on December 12. The result was determined by 70% of the voting of an international audience and 30% of the voting of the Czech audience, crowning Aiko with “Pedestal” as the winner of ESCZ 2024.

Moreover, ČT has also published the detailed voting results of ESCZ 2024, which were shaped up as following:

International Votes (70% of the outcome)
  1. Aiko – 33.107 votes
  2. Elly – 7.817 votes
  3. MYDY – 7.283 votes
  4. Tom Sean – 3.573 votes
  5. Lenny – 1.586 votes
  6. Tomas Robin – 1.563 votes
  7. Gianna Lei – 773 votes
Czech Votes (30% of the outcome)
  1. Elly – 24.679 votes
  2. MYDY – 6.443 votes
  3. Lenny – 4.216 votes
  4. Tom Sean – 3.331 votes
  5. Aiko – 2.410 votes
  6. Tomas Robin – 728 votes
  7. Gianna Lei – 372 votes
The Final Result (as calculated and rounded up based on the 70/30 proportion)
  1. Aiko – 23.898 votes
  2. Elly – 12.876 votes
  3. MYDY – 7.031 votes
  4. Tom Sean – 3.500 votes
  5. Lenny – 2.375 votes
  6. Tomas Robin – 1.313 votes
  7. Gianna Lei – 653 votes

 

It is noticeable that the International and Czech audience did not agree upon the winner of the selection. International viewers gave the win my a massive margin to Aiko, while the Czech audience massively voted for Elly, while placing Aiko fifth out of seven. Although, the win in the international votes was crucial for Aiko, giving her the ticket to Malmö.

Who is Aiko?

Aiko, currently based in Brighton (United Kingdom), is a visionary artist who delves into profound themes such as love, solitude, and self-understanding, using her music as a medium for introspection and connection.

Aiko’s journey in the music industry has been nothing short of remarkable. Her sophomore album, Fortune’s Child is a testament to her growth as an artist and the depth of her musical prowess.

Breaking barriers and making history, Aiko proudly stands as the first Czech artist to grace the iconic Times Square. Moreover, she has earned the distinction of being the first Czech female artist to contribute to the global Spotify Equal Campaign, emphasising her commitment to inclusivity and equality within the music industry.

You can listen to the entry of Czechia for Eurovision 2024, below!

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Czechia: Aiko to be the Czech representative at Eurovision 2024 with “Pedestal”!

It’s Czechia’s turn to present the representative and song that won the national final and the country’s representation in Eurovision 2024 in Malmö. ČT, the public broadcaster of the country, selected seven artists who took part in the grand final of ESCZ 2024, last week. The hosts of the nationl final, were Adam Mišík, and also the Austrian representative of 2018, Cesár Sampson was the co-host.

The seven artists performed their songs live during the Czech national final, with voting opening during the evening. The final result was determined by 70% of the voting of the international public and 30% of the voting of the Czech public, a clear indication of the importance given by the Czech delegation to the preferences of foreign Eurofans who will also have the final say during the three nights in May in Sweden.

The official Eurovision YouTube channel announced a while ago that the Czech representative for 2024 will be Aiko with the song “Pedestal“! You can listen to the entry of Czechia at the video below:

Who is Aiko?

Aiko, currently based in Brighton (United Kingdom), is a visionary artist who delves into profound themes such as love, solitude, and self-understanding, using her music as a medium for introspection and connection.

Aiko’s journey in the music industry has been nothing short of remarkable. Her sophomore album, Fortune’s Child is a testament to her growth as an artist and the depth of her musical prowess.

Breaking barriers and making history, Aiko proudly stands as the first Czech artist to grace the iconic Times Square. Moreover, she has earned the distinction of being the first Czech female artist to contribute to the global Spotify Equal Campaign, emphasising her commitment to inclusivity and equality within the music industry.

What do you think of the result? Let us know in the comments section below!

Czechia: The winner of ESCZ 2024 will be announced tomorrow morning!

The national final period has officially started. It’s Czechia’s turn to present the representative and song that won the national final and the country’s representation in Eurovision 2024 in Malmö.

ČT, the public broadcaster of the country, selected seven artists who took part in the grand final of ESCZ 2024, last week.

The hosts of the nationl final, will be Adam Mišík, and also the Austrian representative of 2018, Cesár Sampson will be a co-host.

The participants of ESCZ 2024:

In the following list, you can find the seven artists and their performances in ESCZ 2024:

The seven artists performed their songs live during the Czech national final, with voting opening during the evening. The final determined by 70% of the voting of the international public and 30% of the voting of the Czech public, a clear indication of the importance given by the Czech delegation to the preferences of foreign Eurofans who will also have the final say during the three nights in May in Sweden.

The announcement of the winner of ESCZ 2024 and the representative of Czechia in Eurovision 2024, will be made tomorrow at 8:15 CET.

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Czechia: ESCZ 2024 took place tonight | Watch the performances and Vote!

Just a while ago, ESCZ 2024, the national final of Czechia, took place and the artists presented the songs with which they are vying to represent their country in Eurovision Song Contest 2024, in Malmö.

The hosts of the night were the well-known actor from Prague, Adam Mišík, and the Austrian representative in 2018, Cesár Sampson as a co-host.

The Performances

The seven finalists, presented their song, by performing them live and here are the perfromances:

  • Aiko“Pedestal”
  • Elly“The Angel’s Share”
  • Gianna Lei“Starlet”
  • Lenny “Good Enough”
  • MYDY“Red Flag Parade”https://youtu.be/0uj9xNyJvZw?t=2235
  • Tom Sean“Dopamine Overdose”
  • Tomas Robin “Out if My Mind”

The results will be announced on December 12

The voting started during the show and will go on until next Monday, December 11, with the winner being announced next Tuesday.

The winner will be determined by 100% publice vote:

  • 70% International Online Voting
  • 30% Czech Online Voting

If you want to vote for your favourite song and help Czechia select its representative, you just need to download the official Eurovision app, HERE!

Until we find out who will represent Czechia at Eurovision 2024, let’s remember the country’s participation in last year’s contest. The previous ESCZ winners and representatives of the Czech Republic at Eurovision 2023 were Vesna with the song “My Sister’s Crown” and they finished in 10th place:

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