In their first rehearsal today, the Czech representatives Gipsy.cz showed a cheerful and elaborate performance centering on the main person of the song lyrics, Super Gipsy. Even before the rehearsal started, the performers were already singing parts of some gipsy songs backstage to wake up the journalists in the hall. The lead singer wore a red costume with yellow stripes, reminding of the famous tv figure Superman, and he was supported on stage by a five member band, including two violins, one played by a young female musician, two guitars and a drum kit. In the background, the LED screens showed pictures out of a comic strip depicting Super Gipsy. Altogether, the band delivered a cheerful and elaborate performance.
In just three years, Gipsy.cz has become one of the most famous Czech music representatives in the world. The group has played at prestigious festivals and clubs in 15 countries around the world. The leader of the band is the Romani rapper, musician and singer Radoslav “Gipsy“ Banga who has been performing since the age of 13 while the other member Vojta Lavička plays the violin and sings as well. The band’s video clips were shown on MTV Europe and on LinkTV in the USA. The songs of Gipsy.cz have been played by approximately 200 radio stations around the world, and their videos on YouTube have been viewed by approximately two million people already. The Czech Republic has been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2007 and hopes to reach the final this year for the first time. You can find
In the press conference, the band leader Radoslav Banga was asked if he was proud to represent the whole European Roma population in the Eurovision Song Contest. He answered that he was proud of that indeed, but even more proud to represent the Czech Republic, being the home country of the band. He also added that their song was partly in English, Romani and Czech, with the latter being their mother tongue. When Radoslav was asked about the difference between Superman and Super Gipsy, he explained that, in contrast to Superman, Super Gipsy is real - he even sleeps and goes to the toilet in his costume. Predicting the outcome of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, Gipsy.cz saw themselves as the winners of the show and they said that, afterwards, everybody in Europe would want to be a Gipsy.