Aiko | Czech Republic 2024 Photo: Teki Shine

Biography of Aiko

Alena Shirmanova-Kostebelova, known professionally as Aiko, is a Czech singer and songwriter set to represent the Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 with her song "Pedestal." Born in Moscow, Russia, she relocated to Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, where she was raised is now based in Brighton, UK.

Shirmanova-Kostebelova gained recognition after participating in season 4 of the reality talent show Česko Slovenská SuperStar in 2015. She later moved to the United Kingdom to pursue her musical career, releasing her debut self-titled album in 2018 and Expiration Date in 2020, featuring her debut single "Hunt” .

As Aiko, she became the first Czech artist to feature on Times Square screens and the first Czech female to participate in the Spotify Equal Campaign. She has performed at various festivals and supported artists like Alice Merton, Black Honey, and Lauren Ruth Ward on tour.

Aiko's third album, Fortune's Child, was released in October 2023. She emerged victorious in the Czech national final for Eurovision 2024 with her captivating song "Pedestal," solidifying her position as a rising star in the music industry.

The Song

Song Pedestal
Writer(s):  Alena Shirmanova-Kostebelova
Composer(s):  Alena Shirmanova-Kostebelova & Steven Ansell
Broadcaster: Česká televize

"Pedestal" is a song that tackles the theme of moving on from the end of a relationship, serving as an anthem to remind oneself that life continues forward. The arrangement mirrors this sentiment with its rough and energetic tone, capturing the emotional intensity of the message. The success of this entry ultimately hinges on the stage performance in Malmö, as it has the potential to resonate deeply with viewers and listeners alike. This modern tune signals the arrival of new music at the Eurovision Song Contest, reflecting evolving tastes and styles within the competition.

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