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Czech Republic Eurovision 2022 act's Leeds roots as trio reveal how they formed band in city

By Jasmine Norden

The Czech Republic's Eurovision 2022 act has a surprising connection to Leeds.

The three-person band, called We Are Domi, made it through the competition's second semi-final last night, Thursday, May 12, and will be performing in the final on Saturday, May 14. We Are Domi is made up of singer Dominika (Domi) Hašková, from the Czech Republic, and Norwegians Benjamin Rekstad and Casper Hatlestad.

But the three first met while they were all studying at Leeds Conservatoire back in 2016, where they came together for one of Dominika's recitals. Now, they say voting for them is 'voting for Leeds'.

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Speaking to the BBC, Casper said: "Guys, by voting for Czech Republic, you're voting for Leeds."

"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," he added.

He urged "the lads and lasses of Leeds" to watch and vote for We Are Domi in the finals on Saturday.

After deciding they wanted to make music full time together, the band performed at various places in Leeds, including Belgrave. Dominika told BBC Radio Leeds the trio lived by Meanwood Park throughout lockdown and used to spend their time walking around the park.

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They are also all big fans of Leeds United.

The Leeds Conservatoire, previously called the Leeds College of Music, congratulated its graduates on making it all the way to the Eurovision final.

The college tweeted: "Huge congratulations to graduates @WeAreDomi for reaching the grand finals of #Eurovision2022 with their incredible performance of Lights Off."

We Are Domi moved to the Czech Republic in 2020, where their music started to take off - leading to them competing for the country at this year's Eurovision. Their song is called Lights Off, and they will perform it in the final in Turin, Italy, tomorrow.

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