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Czech Republic: Gabriela Gunčíková – I Stand

The Czech Republic have just presented their Eurovision 2016 entry, I Stand, which will be performed by Gabriela Gunčíková. The Czech Republic will now be hoping for a great running order slot from SVT. At the fifth time of trying, it's clear the Czech Republic have grown up and are ready to send real music to Eurovision that stands a chance of qualifying. Gabriela's I Stand is just that. It's a credible, well written ballad with haunting instrumentation. The problem for Gabriela is that, while the song is nice, it doesn't really go anywhere. In a 19-strong semi-final, and an expected helping hand from SVT,…
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I Stand isn't the sort of song that jumps out at you after 25 other entries and several glasses of Prosecco.

User Rating: 4.03 ( 30 votes)

The Czech Republic have just presented their Eurovision 2016 entry, I Stand, which will be performed by Gabriela Gunčíková.

The Czech Republic will now be hoping for a great running order slot from SVT.

At the fifth time of trying, it’s clear the Czech Republic have grown up and are ready to send real music to Eurovision that stands a chance of qualifying. Gabriela’s I Stand is just that. It’s a credible, well written ballad with haunting instrumentation.

The problem for Gabriela is that, while the song is nice, it doesn’t really go anywhere. In a 19-strong semi-final, and an expected helping hand from SVT, the Czech entry will attract enough support to qualify. However, once in the final, the classic jury-drop will severely affect its chances, plus it’s likely televoters will gravitate to other more mainstream songs. I Stand isn’t the sort of song that jumps out at you after 25 other entries and several glasses of Prosecco, but if the staging is equally as dramatic, then maybe the left hand side of the scoreboard will be within reach.

Can the Czechs qualify for the first time?

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22 comments

  1. So many three star entries this year, backing anything before rehearsals is literally gambling.
    She is a fantastic performer, so live vocals may elevate it… but so was Vaclav and we all know how that ended. But I’m certain the juries will go nuts for this. After all, they had Greece 4th last year (I still can’t get over that).
    The other female ballad in her half will most likely be Azer, but with a much less competent singer and probably an earlier draw.
    So I’m leaning towards Q at the moment. But if they do manage to qualify, it’s going to be a strong last place contender in the final.

  2. I agree with the rating so far. Although I think that past results are no warranty for today’s or future results. This is easily the best Czech entry ever. And it handily outtrumps last year’s entry, which at that time I found the best.

    At Gavster. Think it’s a TOP 10 contender?

  3. It’s sort of like last year (Drama heavy) but this entry lends itself to the jury and with the Czechs managing 10th in the televote last year in a semi more or less the same size who knows, With this mini revival after those dirge years they certainly deserve to and I think it’s time for them to be rewarded. If it does make it I can’t see it troubling the top 15 but the Czechs won’t care I don’t think.

  4. It’s a good song and should be enough for the Czech’s to qualify. The second half of semi one is more competetive however- 7 of the 9 could qualify in my view so I’m still a bit cautious. I’m guessing it will get a good running order to help it along and a lot jury help, so overall it should just qualify. I don’t see it on the left side of the scoreboard in the final though.

  5. It’s a similar story to Macedonia for me, it’s a nice classy ballad that will most likely be lifted by the live performance. Finger crossed SVT give them every help in the running order to get it qualifying.

    • Agreed. Thing is I don’t know where the points for the Czech Republic are coming from, I do with Macedonia.

  6. It is really stupid to rate this lower than the Australian entry. You seem biased.

  7. think i’ll have to go back to the beginning because i think i’m overrating some of these later entries, perhaps trying desparately to latch onto something. it strikes me we are in danger of rating these more highly because the vocals are good rather on the quality of the songs which don’t really flow, especially this one and australia’s. i’m reminded of azer’s beautifully sung entry (Dilara?) that got absolutely nowhere.

  8. This is the most underrated song by the betting market this year. It has one of the best hooks at this year’s contest and a great singer. juries will love it and i also think the public will like it to. I think this will really come to life in the live performance. Certain qualifier and with great staging this could do very well. If there is a song that’s going to do calm after the storm and come from nowhere this is it. I’d rather be backing this at 130 than Australia at 14’s that’s for sure.

    • I’m tempted to agree, but I think it might be my personal favourite of the year which may be clouding my judgement slightly. This isn’t saying much because I don’t LOVE this song, but the first time I heard it, I did think to myself “this is good.” Whereas with Dami Im’s chorus I was immediately like “this is crap.” I hold the belief that Eurovision fans are more impressed by visceral power and impact over melody and control.

      There’s a memorable hook in the Undo-style chorus, (which is a compliment to Sanna more than Gabriela really,) and I love her voice, but I do think the hook is a bit repetitive. Fingers crossed it does come alive in Stockholm. I’m not hearing a shock top 5 here though. The staging will be interesting to see because the music video seems like three different concepts in one and isn’t giving us any consistent theme apart from perhaps “triangles”.

  9. Monika Kuszyńska would have killed for a song like this.

    • Your punishment for making this joke will be having to sit through the rehearsals of San Marino, Montenegro, Moldova and Greece. Twice.
      I did laugh more than I should though.

  10. After seeing the Croatia performance, I’m starting to think that this could be the Jury winner in the first semi. Add in the fact that with a weak enough song last year they managed 10th in the tele vote with a first half draw and that this year they will likely have a good draw this year which will only benefit them in the tele vote and I feel as if this could be a good top 3 bet in the semi final, it may bomb in the final but in the semi final when theres only Russia really ( and possibly Croatia if they improve drastically.)

    • Stunning vocals as we knew,without effort she can go up the range pitch perfect while delivering real power.With backing singers added in the chorus and refrain this is going to sound amazing in Sweden.Its after Russia because it has such gravitas.This will do very very well i think.
      Iv got this top two with the jury with Armenia in the semi.

    • I’ve been starting to wonder how high this could get if things come together just right. My initial reaction was that it was strong, but wouldn’t threaten the top 10. In fact I think I said that the price going briefly to 30s was ‘ridiculous’.
      Since then I do think it will do considerably better than I thought Top 5 is achievable if they play their cards right, and I think they just might.

      • Question is – when did czech Republic EVER play their cards even close to right in esc?

        Look at the official video. It’s beyond stupid. My guess is that the live presentation will be too. Do we dare hope for some more thrown shoes?

        • I think the same argument could be used pre-Anouk for Netherlands and pre-Aminata for Latvia. I understand there’s a new team in charge of ESC in the Czech Republic, and while budgets are nowhere near that of Russia and Sweden, they have at least recognised what ingredients are required to do well.

          How technologically advanced were Is it True?, Kuula and Suus? Simple staging and make her the focus.

    • I like it. Studio perfect rendition. But I think if this is going to threaten the contenders, we need more going on visually in Stockholm. Her white dress she’ll be wearing (revealed on Eurovoix) is lovely, but if she just stands on stage in front of a backdrop of passing clouds, then I don’t think we’re looking at any more than 9th place, at a push.

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