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In the past the Eurovision Song Contest has gone a long way towards helping some musical acts become world-famous, among them ABBA, Celine Dion, and Lordi - the monster rock group from Finland who won last year with the rock anthem "Hard Rock Hallelujah". Despite the contest's long history, contestants from the Czech Republic had never before taken part. Until now.
On Saturday a total of nine acts competed for top spot in the national round to decide whom to send to Finland. Among them were a number of Czech R'n'B singers, pop rock musicians, as well as the band gipsy.cz, who successfully combine the traditional Romany language with the contemporary sounds of hip hop. Gipsy.cz got the crowd behind them with their song Muloland while a figure of Death swayed rhythmically back-and-forth on the stage.
Muloland was seen as one of the catchier entries viewed by around 750,000 who tuned in to public broadcaster Czech TV on Saturday night, and the band explained that the title of the song meant the Land of the Spirits, or Land of Ghosts in the Romany language.