This year, the Czech Republic has chosen We Are Domi as its representatives on Eurovision 2022 which will take place in Turin next May with the song “Lights Off”.
We Are Domi – also occasionally known simply as DOMI – is an electropop band formed in 2018 in Leeds, UK, but based in Prague.
It consists of three members: Czech vocalist Dominika Hašková and Norwegians Casper Hatlestad (guitarist) and Benjamin Rekstad (keyboardist). The trio met while studying jazz at Leeds Conservatoire. Since their debut, they have already released six singles.
Dominika is the daughter of the well-known former ice hockey player Dominik Hašek and became known in the Czech Republic after her participation in the inaugural season of Got Talent Czechoslovakia, where she made it all the way to the final but did not make it into the top 3.
The group started as a spontaneous partnership as part of their studies in 2006 until it picked up for a more serious debut twelve years later.
The group moved together from Leeds to Prague in 2020, when British restrictions stemming from COVID-19 were jeopardizing the band’s work, and have resided there ever since.
“Lights Off” is the song with which the band will represent the Czech Republic at Eurovision 2022. The song is written by the band members together with Norwegian producer Einar Eriksen Kvaløy and British Abigail Frances Jones.
The song is about the experience of moving on after a break-up. It begins with phrases of despair and loss of identity that are coupled with the longing for the couple present in the chorus.
Later on, it takes on a more hopeful tone, describing the steps to take to move forward. The song topped at number 17 in the top 100 of the Czech Radio chart.
CZECH REPUBLIC IN EUROVISION
The Czech Republic’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest is organized through the public broadcaster Czech Television. In 2007, a national final was held to determine the Czech entry for Eurovision, after which many internal selections have taken place.
Czech Television launched a national selection for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and hosted Eurovision Young Dancers in Prague in 2017.
The Czech Republic have yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest.