While Russia's Eurovision entry is in hot water for some racist comments she made on a reality TV show, the Czech Republic is sending a Romany band, gipsy.cz.
Transitions Online spoke to the rapper and songwriter Radoslav "Gipsy" Banga about the contest and Europe's rising extremism:
It's making me really scared, because now I'm on Eurovision, I'm holding a Czech flag, you know? I'm holding a Czech flag, and I'm questioning myself, like, who do I represent? I've got so many Czech friends, Czech Television is so brilliant to us, so kind to Gipsy.cz. And on the other side you got these racists. So it's of course a weird situation. But my ID is Czech. I speak the Czech language. I was born in Czech. Yes, I'm gypsy. But Prague is my home.
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