Vesna to represent Czechia at Eurovision 2023
The band Vesna has been chosen to represent the Czech Republic at this year’s Eurovision Song contest. The all-female group won the national round with the song "My Sister's Crown", beating competitors such as Markéta Irglová and Pam Rabbit.
For the first time in 15 years, the Czech Republic hosted a live broadcast of the songs competing to represent the country at this year’s Eurovision Song contest. On the evening of Monday, January 30, five musical acts including Rodan, Maella and Markéta Irglová, known to international audiences from the hit film Once, competed against each other to be the one to have the honour. However, instead of crowning a winner during the show, fans were given until 6 February to vote via the official Eurovision app.
The Prague-based band Vesna received the most votes from the public and will get to perform their song, My Sister's Crown, in Liverpool this May. Band leader Patricie Fuxová says the song is about sisterhood, respect, support, and cooperation. Bulgarian rapper Tanita Yankova and Ukrainian musician Kateryna Vatchenko also feature in the Eurovision song.
Vesna’s permanent members come from Czechia, Slovakia and Russia. Their music includes elements of folk combined with contemporary pop. The group has so far released two albums, and in 2019 they were nominated for an Anděl Award. They've also been the opening act for Norwegian singer Aurora.
The Czech Republic has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 10 times. After three years of poor results, they decided to withdraw from the competition for five years, with only 10 points in their Eurovision account. But their Eurovision ambitions never died, so they returned to the contest in 2015, qualifying for the Grand Final for the first time in 2016. Their best result so far was in 2018, when Mikolas Josef secured a 6th place finish with the song Lie To Me.
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in May in the UK city of Liverpool.