Benny Cristo scores Czech Eurovision spot

It’s a strange old time to have a Eurovision national final, 6pm CET on a Monday night, but it seems to have worked for Czech Television, as that was the appointed hour they decided to release the hounds … no, the results of their selection process!

An International jury consisting of Isaiah Firebrace , Kristian Kostov , Stig Rästa , Sebastian Rejman , Katerine Duska , Michela Pace, Keiino, Kasia Mos, Zalagasper and Miki – a motley crew if ever I saw one – and an international/national webvote had a 50/50 split of the results (which are below, naturally).

The fan favourites did rather badly in either one element or the other, with only the winner, Benny, doing well in both halves.

Czech Republic National Final

SongArtistJuryPtsTelevoteTotalPsn
All the Blood (Positive Song Actually)We All Poop6648124
At Least We've TriedKarelll6764105
Dark WaterOlga Lounová553696
Get UpPam Rabbit676397
KemamaBenny Cristo781012221
Wanna Be LikeElis Mraz feat. Čis T75810182
White & Black HolesBarbora Mochowa87122143

Benny has a Czech mother and an Angolan father (which might explain his African-inspired song) and finished 7th in the first series of Superstar shown in Czech Republic and Slovakia, he’s done a bit of snowboarding, a bit of acting, a lot of singing and some dancing – sounds as though he is perfect for this contest: the classical all-round performer.