Ceska Televize is holding “Eurovision Meets Jazz” on April 20th, an evening featuring Martina Bárta and her sister as well as special guests.
Prague will play host to “Eurovision Meets Jazz” on April 20th, as this years Czech entrant Martina Bárta performs her song “My Turn” alongside other jazz pieces. Martina will be performing with her sister Kristina and her band the Kristina Bárta Trio. Also announced as a special guest performer at the event in Prague is Kasia Moś who will be representing Poland at Eurovision 2017 with the song “Flashlight”.
This is the first time that the Czech Republic has held a promotional event specifically for the Eurovision Song Contest. Last year Ira Losco from Malta was the only singer in the contest to travel to the Czech Republic to promote her participation in the contest.
Martina Barta and her song were internally selected by a panel of the Czech national broadcaster, following an open call for songs in December 2016. Over 300 songs were submitted into the selection process, with three shortlisted at the end of January to represent the country in Ukraine.
Martina is a relatively unknown artist having only performed in a small jazz band, 4 To The Bar in Germany. Alongside her role a singer plays the French Horn. Outside of her career as a singer and musician she has appeared in Robin Hood alongside a number of well-known Czech actors and performers.
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The Czech Republic debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 with the band Kabát and the song “Malá dáma”, they finished last in the semi-final scoring just 1 point from Estonia. The country went on to participate for a further two years before withdrawing from the contest after the 2009 edition in Moscow where Gipsy.cz scored nul points. In 2016 the Czech Republic qualified for their first final, Gabriela Guncikova finished 25th in the final with the song “I Stand”.