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Slovakia: Fabulous voices for a classy ballad

05 May 2009 at 16:18 CEST

For the first time since 1998, Slovakia is being represented in the Eurovision Song Contest again this year. Today, Kamil Mikulčík & Nela Pocisková rehearsed their dramatic ballad Leť Tmou. The composer of the song, Rastislav Dubovský, accompanied the duo on stage, playing the piano, and a cellist was playing, too. The LED screens in the background showed candles as well as violins, musical notes and a piano within classic frames. In the beginning, Nela Pocisková was singing alone on stage, and she was only joined by Kamil Mikulčík when his singing parts started. The duet partners move around on the stage, never quite reaching each other. While Nela wore a long white dress, Kamil performed in a black suit. Vocally, the performance was flawless, classy and without any audible problems.


Nela Pocisková, an actress and singer known from musicals and popular TV shows, was born in 1990, in the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. Currently, she is in her third year of study at the Bratislava State Conservatory. Her role in the popular TV series, Ordinácia V Ružovej Záhrade (Doctor´s Office in the Rose Garden), has brought immense popularity to the young actress. Kamil Mikulčík is also a loved actor in the Slovak Republic with many title roles to his credit.  He is also a permanent member of the Jakub Nvota’s Traveling Theatre as an actor and musical composer and has created music for, among others, the Sunday entertainment show Cirkus ľudský since 2002.

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In the press conference, Denisa Dzunkova, a representative of the Slovak public broadcaster STV, was asked why, for the first time after 11 years, Slovakia was being represented in the Eurovision Song Contest again. She replied that it was the pressure from the side of the TV public that led to the decision. Kamil Mikulčík and Nela Pocisková were also asked how they became professional musicians. Nela answered that, when she was a small child, her grandfather had already made fun of her and predicted her to become an actress, and when she was selected for the main role of the musical West Side Story, she could not believe that it really came true. Kamil had already been forced to play accordeon by his grandfather as a young boy, and it was only later that he found out that music really belonged to his heart.

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