- 03 Feb 23
Competing to represent the Czech Republic in Eurovision 2023, Markéta Irglová showcased her new single 'HAPPY.'
The Czech-Icelandic singer-songwriter Markéta Irglová performed 'HAPPY' as one of the five contestants in ESCZ 2023, the preliminary competition in the Czech Republic for Eurovision.
The National Czech Republic TV aired the five competing acts for ESCZ 2023.Voting opened during the show through the Eurovision app, and will close on Monday, February 6th before midnight.
It was the Czech Republic's first live national selection broadcast in 15 years. The broadcast was hosted by Czech actor and singer Adam Mišík in ČT's studio in Prague.
In 2022, Irglová also competed to perform for Iceland, which she holds dual-citizenship for and where she lives during most of the year. She still returns to Valašské Meziříčí in the Czech Republic, where she was born and raised, during the summers to visit her parents and sister.
Watching Eurovision with her three kids inspired to her to enter the competition.
'HAPPY' was chosen because of how it not only aptly reflects Irglová's current life, but because it is the sentiment she wants to share with the world during tumultuous times.
Also competing are Maella, with her song 'Flood,' Pam Rabbit with 'Ghosting,' Vesna with 'My Sister's Crown,' and Rodan with 'Introvert Party Club.'
Irglová is an Academy Award winning musician. She has three solo albums in addition to being a member of the band, The Swell Season, with Irish musician Glen Hansard.
She also starred in the film Once, an Irish romantic musical drama film about two struggling musicians in Dublin. Hansard was her co-star. She received the Academy Award for Best Original Song for her and Hansard's song 'Falling Slowly' from the film.
On Instagram, Irglová elaborated further about the chosen subject of her single.
"Happiness does not come from getting everything we want, it comes from appreciating what we already have. Starting with this moment, right here. Everything is precious, because nothing is forever."
This year, the Eurovision final will be hosted in Liverpool, on May 13th. 37 countries are confirmed to be competing and 26 of them will compete in the Grand Final. Voting can be done online and on the app.
Following the Eurovision competition, The Swell Season is set to go on tour in North America. Many shows have already sold out, with over 20,000 tickets were sold in the first week.
Check out The Swell Season's tour dates:
Tue 8/8 – Nashville, TN – The Ryman – SOLD OUT
Wed 8/9 – Atlanta, GA – Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center – LOW TICKET WARNING
Fri 8/11 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre – LOW TICKET WARNING
Sat 8/12 – New York – Radio City Music Hall
Mon 8/14 – Durham, NC – DPAC
Tue 8/15 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
Thu 8/17 Grand Rapids, MI – TBA
Fri 8/18 – Chicago, IL – Salt Shed - SOLD OUT
Sun 8/20 – Denver, CO – Levitt Pavilion
Mon 8/21 – Salt Lake City – TBA
Wed 8/23 – Seattle, WA – TBA
Thu 8/24 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – LOW TICKET WARNING
Sat 8/26 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic – LOW TICKET WARNING
Sun 8/27 – Los Angeles, CA –Orpheum Theatre - SOLD OUT
'HAPPY' is now available on all streaming platforms. Watch the official music video below: