Have you seen the Czech National Selection 2023 winning performance? Is it going to be successful? Stay with me to the very end of this article and watch the video to find out if this entry’s going to win.
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This time I’m going to show you my honest comment on the song that will represent Czechia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. This is “My Sister’s Crown” by Vesna.
Let’s focus on the first snippet.
Well, frist things first. A rather traditional but at the same time vocally strong beginning. Definitely these ladies make a decent impression on the audience and above all seem to get points from the jury, if they qualify for the Grand Final, as in the semis only the public is to vote. Will they let Czechia go through to the final? I don’t know.
The song was chosen by the public voting only – 70% international and 30% Czech citizens (eurovisionworld.com) and is to represent the Czech Republic in the ESC2023.
The song is presented in four languages: Czech, Ukrainian, English and Bulgarian. Unfortunalety for Czechia this year Bulgaria isn’t participating in the Eurovision Song Contest so there won’t be extra much-anticipated points from them. Similarly to Poland whose representative – Blanka is half Bulgarian, half Polish because of her father.
The band’s songs are a mix of folk and pop. And “My Sister’s Crown” seems to be of this kind as well. This song was created especially for Eurovision and the main motive for its creation was to attract attention to Slavic culture and less popular Eastern European languages (eurowizja.org).
In the intro to the video clip we can hear:
“Once upon a time
In a Slavic Kingdom
There was love and sisterhood.
Until one day
Shadows crept in
And everything was
And the lyrics say as well:
“My sister’s crown
Don’t take it down” Rumour has it that, including the video clip, this might refer to Ukraine whose crown can or is being taken down.
I’m curious about the staging if this will be similar, the same or maybe different in Liverpool.
Here we have outfits of different colours that on the one hand give us diversity, on the other hand there doesn’t seem to be coherence.
They sound very good together, don’t they. Especially the three lead singers because we can call them this way, can’t we? You can hear that it’s not their 1st time together on stage.
We also have this kind of ‘spoken part’ – we can call it rap, can’t we?
The chorus is stronger, more sounds, more instruments, more diversity and this gives me goose bumps. A bit similar feeling to the one I had when I heard Jann’s chorus in his “Gladiator” in the Polish National Selection.
The Czech performance from the National Selection is just OK. Maybe it’ll be more impressive on a bigger stage in Liverpool. In all honesty, I have to admit that I prefer the studio version where this song is more powerful and thanks to what we see there has got the message which seems to be lost on stage by, for example random choice of outfits.
Honestly, I’m not sure if Vesna will make it to the Grand Final in the ESC 2023. Presumably, this entry might get more votes from the jury, but in semis this is only the public that votes. I’m just curious how the public will vote because the Czech Republic doesn’t usually get too many points from the viewers. What do you think about that, guys?
All in all, I’d say this is a decent performance with very good vocals.
Will Vesna’s Sister lead them to victory to get the crown? We’ll see if Vesna will get the best result for the Czech Republic. To do that they would have to finish at least fifth (as the best result for Czechia so far has been the 6th place in the Grand Final; it was in 2018).
In the end, I can only say: Well done, Vesna! Congratulations, Czechia! I assume this song might qualify for the Grand Final but I’m not 100% sure if this will happen as in the semis only the public is voting and the song is, I’d say, a jury type of a song.
What do the bookmakers say about the Czech entry? At this moment (18th March 2023) it’s in 8th place on eurovisionworld.com.
Let’s hear it for Vesna and the whole team!
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