In the national round of Eurovision, the singer Aiko won based on the fans’ vote. Next year, he will represent the Czech Republic in this international televised music competition.
She announced today Czech Television, which last week presented the seven participants in a live broadcast from Prague’s Roxy club. People could then vote for seven days via the official Eurovision Song Contest app or the ČT website. In addition to Aiko, singers Elly, Gianna Lei and Lenny, band MYDY and singers Tom Sean and Tomas Robin took part in the national round.
In May, 37 representatives of the countries of the European Broadcasting Union will strive for the favor of viewers in Malmö, Sweden. The first international semi-final of the competition will be held on May 7, the second semi-final is scheduled for May 9. On Saturday, May 11, the audience will decide the winner of Eurovision during the final. Last year’s winner was the Swedish singer Loreen, the girl group Vesna defending the Czech colors finished in tenth place.
Aiko, whose real name is Alena Shirmanova, introduced herself in the competition with her song Pedestal. She was born in Moscow, grew up in the Czech Republic and now lives in Brighton, UK. In 2018, Aiko debuted with the EP of the same name, two years later she released the album Expiration Date, and this year the album Fortune’s Child, from which the song Pedestal is also included. He performs at domestic and foreign music festivals. “Aiko made history as the first Czech artist to grace New York’s Times Square thanks to her participation in the global Spotify Equal campaign, thereby emphasizing her stance on promoting equality in the music industry,” Czech Television reported.
Eurovision has been held every year since 1956, with the exception of 2020, making it the longest-running international televised music competition. According to ČT, it is the most watched non-sporting television event in the world. It is watched by an average of 180 million viewers every year and 52 countries have participated at least once. Domestic performers are not doing very well in Eurovision so far. In 2018, Mikolas Josef achieved the best position for the Czech Republic, sixth place.