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Czech Republic: Martina Bárta – My Turn

Having presented Marta Bárta as their singer, the Czech Republic have just released their song My Turn. Marta will perform My Turn in the second half of semi final 1. My Turn is a sophisticated slow burner of a ballad that is perfect for a TV or film soundtrack, but not so good for qualifying from this year’s most tricky semi-final where the first half is already packed with ballads.  Gabriela Gunčíková only just qualified in 9th last year with more interesting ballad. Martina will surely struggle to standout against Australia, Portugal and Belgium in the first half, with Georgia, Albania and Finland also fighting…
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My Turn is a sophisticated slow burner of a ballad that is perfect for a TV or film soundtrack, but not so good for qualifying from this year’s most tricky semi-final.

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Having presented Marta Bárta as their singer, the Czech Republic have just released their song My Turn.

Marta will perform My Turn in the second half of semi final 1.

My Turn is a sophisticated slow burner of a ballad that is perfect for a TV or film soundtrack, but not so good for qualifying from this year’s most tricky semi-final where the first half is already packed with ballads. 

Gabriela Gunčíková only just qualified in 9th last year with more interesting ballad. Martina will surely struggle to standout against Australia, Portugal and Belgium in the first half, with Georgia, Albania and Finland also fighting for the same votes. Then in the second half, we have the rumoured ethno ballad from Armenia and diaspora-magnet, Poland.

Keeping things brief, I would err on the side of non-qualification for now and see what the staging brings in May.

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11 comments

  1. It’s a song that I just can’t think of anything overwhelmingly positive or overwhelmingly negative to say, it’s just there definitely not as good as Gabriela last year granted it’s a different kind of song. Staging will make or break it’s chance’s in Kyiv but til then I’d have it down as a borderliner at best.

  2. Oh, I really don’t like this song 95% non qualifier, ITS BORING.

  3. Good luck to those who’ll be there sitting thru the rehearsals of semi 1. Maybe bring a board game or something to Kiev.

    • Yeah I’m going to need to, haha. Funny thing is, most of my favourites so far are in Semi 1

      We should also spare a thought for the production team who have to make a decent running order out of 15+ female ballads in one semi.

      • Hahaha yes, good luck to them, too.
        I feel like the only person who is happy with all these ballads getting announced is Slavko Kalezić… not that his chances of qualifying are any bigger now.

  4. It’s nice, it’s fine, it’s boring, It’s not qualifying, not even from last. 15th-18th, NQ.

  5. Actually, have listened to this Greece and Australia together, by the third listen this is the one I preferred.

    Positives – It’s a ballad but it’s more of an upbeat ballad than some of the others. Martina, sounds as if she can sing live.

    Negatives – It’s not strong enough to really stand out. Martina’s English sounds strongly accented which may come across as a negative. I can picture her performing this sitting at a piano, which will kill it. I don’t really see any great staging potential. The Czech Republic’s lack of televoting friends.

    Conclusion – although all is not lost, I can see My Turn being left in the semis while weaker songs may progress.

  6. If she can attract an okayish tele vote (i.e the same tele vote they have managed since they returned) than the Czech’s should be confident, the problem is with Belgium and Portugal delivering strong song’s it make’s semi 1 from what was a blood bath of a semi to an even bloodier bath and I really doubt this has the leg’s to even get close to the mark, doing my own qualifier list I’m already leaving out Latvia and Iceland who each I would rate with higher chance’s of qualifying confidently.

    • Semi 1 so much stronger than semi 2 so far. I’m even worrying a little that Finland might get lost in that first half if Azerbaijan and Armenia are even half on form, which tells you how tough this semi is. Previous borderliners that I had like Georgia, Poland (and Iceland assuming it’s Paper) are going to really struggle, so I’m afraid I don’t give much chance at all to the Czech Republic.

  7. Oh well. They made the final last year. Maybe next year??

  8. I’ve just noticed the still photo to promote the song. My eyesight is admittedly no longer the best, but it looks as if Martina is posed in front of a bunch of nudists! Is this hinting at a staging concept which would make Ivan’s hologram from last year look as innocent as a vicar’s tea party by comparison? Does anyone on here know what on earth is going on?

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