The rock group Kabat will represent the Czech Republic at the Eurovision song contest in Helsinki in May. The band won Czech Television's Eurosong competition to find the country's first ever Eurovision representative. Kabat formed in 1983 but have become big stars only in recent years. Their latest CD Corrida was the biggest selling album in the Czech Republic last year, despite not being released until December.
The Czech Republic is this year taking part in the Eurovision song contest for the first time, with Czech TV launching a new competition on Friday to find the country's representative. In this programme we meet some of the entrants - and find out why several Czech stars said no to a chance to appear in front of hundreds of millions of TV viewers around the continent. And guess which Czech represented another country in the Eurovision back in 1968?
Ten Czech pop artists are to take part in a competition to become the country's first ever entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest. The country's representative will be chosen by viewers of Czech Television's national Euro Song competition between February 23 and March 10. The entrants are Kabat, Petr Kolar, Helena Vondrackova, Gipsy.cz, Samer Issa, Petr Bende, Vlastimil Horvath, Helena Zetova, Lili Marlen and LBP. Czech TV said a number of pop stars turned down the opportunity to take part.
Many of you are probably familiar with the Eurovision Song Contest, an annual contest in which European countries compete for the best pop song. It has been taking place since 1956, and hundreds of millions of people all around the world now tune into it each year. But those hundreds of millions do not include the Czechs.