Eurovision 2022: Czech Republic act urge Leeds 'lads and lasses' to vote

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(L to R) Casper Hatlestad, Dominika Hašková and Benjamin Rekstad say they had a "great passion" for Leeds United

The "lads and lasses" of Leeds will once again be asked to support Czech act We Are Domi in Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest final.

The trio formed at Leeds Conservatoire in 2016 and still see the city as a second home.

They will open the show with their song, Lights Out, when proceedings get under way in Turin.

Speaking before the semi-final Casper Hatlestad said: "By voting for Czech Republic, you're voting for Leeds."

Made up of Czech vocalist Dominika Hašková and Casper Hatlestad and Benjamin Rekstad, from Norway, they came together as a "one time thing" for a project while studying in Leeds.

But, two years later, in 2018, they decided to take it to the next level and begin releasing their own music.

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The band are hoping to make it through to the Eurovision finals

The group are no strangers to the music scene in Leeds and have performed at various venues, including the Belgrave Music Hall.

Mr Hatlestad said: "Leeds is our second home.

"We lived there for five years and we've been on the underground music scene for so many years and we were really, really inspired by it."

Although having grown up in the Czech Republic and Norway, the band said Leeds had "many special places" for them and they shared a "great passion" for Leeds United.

Miss Hašková told BBC Radio Leeds: "We spent our lockdown living by Meanwood Park and it was such a strange time for everyone, but having that one-hour walk in the park was lovely."

In 2020, the trio moved to Prague, where they found success with their music and won the chance to represent the Czech Republic at Eurovision 2022.

In a nod to Yorkshire slang, guitarist Mr Hatlestad said: "Please lads and lasses, vote for us."

The guitarist also made a shout-out to the band's former "lovely neighbours, Julie and Ian," adding: "We miss you so much and we hope you're proud of us."

Watch the Eurovision Song Contest Final on BBC iPlayer and BBC One, at 20:00 BST on Saturday 14 May.

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