RtD14: Looking Back at the Czech Republic
The short-lived Contest life of the Czech Republic is definitely not one of note. Three entries that all fell flat for various reasons, though, you cannot blame a poor performance for any of their failings. Let’s discuss, shall we!
2007 – Malà Dama – A rock entry that tried to capitalize on Finland’s win the previous year. It was just a bit too out there for your average ESC fan. Lordi won, not just because of the music, but also due to the gimmick of these rocking monsters. Kabàt was all hardcore without a bit of humor about them. Thus, they finished dead last with a single point.
2008 – Have Some Fun – While this song was ably performed, it was a bit over-the-top with the lights and the dancing and the dj on stage. The song is also fairly vapid. Not to mention, they tried to use cheap sex appeal to sell it. Shame, shame, shame. The folks behind this entry can take some solace, though, in the fact that it is the highest scoring Czech entry at the ESC, beating the other two’s combined score.
2009 – Aven Romale – The infamous nul pointer of recent years. This song received zero points in its semi-final, becoming the first to achieve this dubious honor since Switzerland in 2006. The song was fun and creative, but it glorified gypsies, not even Greece could get away with that.
Let’s Take a Closer Look at: Czech Republic 2007. The state of rock in the ESC is a tenuous one. It seems that only Turkey and Finland can pull it off well, and even that is not guaranteed as their two most recent rock entries both fell flat. Rock music is one those things that, many ESC fans claim to like. I think in reality, they like the diversity it brings to the stage, but ultimately, no one really wants to see it win unless its a gimmick (see Finland 2007) or is fronted by cute singers and is heavily popped up (see Turkey 2010). I think a prime example is the band Winnie Puh from Estonia. They almost got the ticket to Malmô this year, but narrowly lost. This is not a bad thing. While many bemoan the lost of musical diversity that the band surely would have though, there was no chance that it would have succeeded on stage in Sweden. Regardless of this fact, I think that rock bands should continue to fight to be at ESC. The diversity that they bring not only adds to the strength of the show, but also to the quality of the brand. The ESC is a song contest first and foremost, not an exhibition of pop music. Rock songs help achieve that mission.