Eurovision Song Contest 2016: Czech Republic – “I Stand” By Gabriela Gunčíková

maxresdefault (1)Eurovision 2016 is almost upon us and as the countries begin to reveal their entries let’s start giving them the once-over. 

As I will be attending the grand final this year it’s even more super exciting for me!

The Czech Republic song is called “I Stand” and is performed by Gabriela Gunčíková.


Gabriela Gunčíková was born on 27 June 1993 in Kroměříž, Czech Republic. She was a finalist in the second season of SuperStar and won the “New Artist” award at the 2011 Český Slavík awards.

She made two albums and played over a hundred concerts around the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 2013 she has decided to improve her singing so she contacted one of the most famous coaches in the world, Ken Tamplin, and went to study singing in California. Gabriela has become the face of Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy, as one of the best students with a voice at the global level.

The result of their cooperation has been found by Paul O’Neill from the American band Trans-Siberian Orchestra – and that is how Gabriela has become one of the singers of this band. She performed with them on two tours and about 120 shows around the USA.


Written by Christian Schneider, Sara Biglert and Aidan O’Connor and is described by Gabriela as a “big movie” soundtrack.



As far as ballads go this year this is probably one of the best I’ve heard so far – Gabriela really belts it out. I like it but I’m never keen on ballads winning as Eurovision, for me, is about more upbeat songs…but I still like it.


It will qualify as it’s one of the best ballads and there always needs to be a balance. I think it will struggle at the bottom of the right hand side of the leader board.


“I’ve worn the path
I’ve hit the wall
I’m the one who rose and fall
I’ve played my heart
When I played the part
But it got me through the rain
I have felt the strain
I’ve made mistakes
With the monsters in my head
But in the end
You’re standing there
You’re the one who always cares

Cause I stand
I stand
I am standing here
Just because of you
Every part of me is a part of you
I stand

I’m standing tall
I can hold it all
Now I see where I belong
The choice I made
Helped me understand
Now this life is mine to play
I am thanking you, you made me
You are my air
I’ll always care!

I stand…

You never lose hold of me
You always trust and you see
I stand
I stand.

Good luck Gabriela!

Let me know your thoughts and keep me from going Eurovision mad!