Dominican Hashkova representing the Czech Republic in the Eurovision Semifinals

We Are Domi, a Czech and Norwegian alternative electro pop band, was founded in the UK in 2016 and all three members studied at Leeds Conservatory of Music.

In addition to singer Dominica Domi Haskovo, Norwegian guitarist Casper Hatrestad and keyboardist Benjamin Lekstad are also included.

The first trio we played with in one of the Dominican vocal recitals is not only a musical collaborator, but also a good friend who has lived in the Czech Republic for the past two years.

We Are Domi’s entry into Eurovision is a song called Light Off, an energetic and uplifting song influenced by electronic dance music. According to Dominika Hašková, it’s about picking up a fragment of her own life and starting over from her beginning.

“We put out music so that everyone can get all the meaning they need from the song to make them feel good and happy. I mean, outside in the rain. It’s an expression of what it’s like to go out and dance while crying. “

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We Are Domi | Photo: archive of Dominika Hašková
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She has Czech parents, but Dominican was born in the United States and was played by famous hockey goalkeeper Dominik Hasek at the NHL’s Buffalo Sabers.

Dominica has been interested in music since she was a child and has already participated in the Czechoslovak Catgut Talent Competition at the age of 15.

Coincidentally, her father Dominik Hasek faced the Czech national hockey team at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics and won a bronze medal at the Para Olympics, exactly the same venue as his daughter went on stage at Eurovision on Thursday night. Won.

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Mikolas Josef | Photo: Lauren Outerson, EuroVisionary, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0
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The Eurovision Song Contest is always held in the country of the winner of the previous year. The Czech Republic is now in its 66th year, but I participated for the first time in 2007, with a total of only 10 participations.

The most successful Czech contestant to date was singer Mikolas Joseph, who finished sixth in 2018. A year later, indie pop band Lake Malawi finished just one below the top ten.

Among the favorites of the 66th edition are the British singer Sam Ryder and the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra. The Grand Final of the Eurovision Contest 2022 will be held at the Para Olympics on Saturday night. Dominican Hashkova representing the Czech Republic in the Eurovision Semifinals

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