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Czech Republic Picks Benny Cristo for Eurovision 2021

Benny Cristo will perform ‘omaga’ at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.

Already a competitive snowboarder, tennis ace and master of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Plzeň-born performer Cristo can now add a second Eurovision entry to his list of accomplishments!

Check out the video for Benny’s banger omaga, the song he will perform in the first half of the second Semi-Final on 20 May 2021 in Rotterdam:

Cristo explains how much he enjoyed filming the video for omaga:

“We recorded so many different, amazing scenes, so I knew that even if we only used 10% of them, we could still make a great, funny and entertaining video. Jan (Strach), the director, came up with the creative idea and I feel we’ve managed to realise it in the best way possible. I hope fans enjoy the video as it was so much fun to make!”

Director Jan Strach added:

“To reference a bunch of iconic movies in a funny way was a big challenge, but we pulled it off thanks to Benny’s superb acting and sense of fun. He was able to pay tribute to those movies in such a respectful and fun way.”

The Czech Republic’s first trip to the Eurovision Song Contest came about in 2007 with thrash metal band Kabát, but their song, and the following three Czech entries, failed to qualify for the Grand Final. It wasn’t until 2016 when Gabriela Gunčíková performed her ballad I Stand that the Czechs finally qualified for the Saturday night showcase!

The Czech Republic’s fortunes have improved in recent years with great results for Lake Malawi (2019) and Mikolas Josef (2018) who finished in 11th and 6th place respectively. A feat all the more impressive from Mikolas when you consider he managed to seriously injure himself while practicing his acrobatics during rehearsal week.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place in Ahoy, Rotterdam in The Netherlands on 19, 21 and 23 May 2021. Eurofans in New Zealand can watch all three shows live on the official Eurovision YouTube channel, without commentary.

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