They’re the country that qualified for the grand final for the first time in Stockholm. Now the Czech Republic is back for more. The head of delegation has revealed that over 300 entries have been received by the broadcaster.

This year Czech Television is again internally selecting their song, but have invited the public to submit songs. The  submission period ran from mid-September to the end of November.

The Czech Republic’s HOD Jan Bors tweeted the news, revealing that over 300 songs had been submitted.

This year, the broadcaster has accepted entries from songwriters from outside of the Czech Republic. They’re doing this in an effort to find a song suitable for Eurovision.

The project’s creative director Jan Potmesil earlier revealed why the broadcaster was looking abroad. He explained, “It is very difficult to find a song that matches current world trends and also stands up to the intense competition at Eurovision. Even with Czech artists is absolutely normal that they cooperate with foreign authors and producers. I am convinced that a broad song selection process is the way to higher quality.”

The broadcaster is also looking for a major Czech talent to represent the country in Kyiv. Earlier in November, young singer Mikolas Josef revealed that he had his sights set on Eurovision. He’s super ambitious and said, “For the moment my only plan is for the Czech Republic to win Eurovision for the first time in history.”

Czech Republic at Eurovision

Since their Eurovision debut in 2007, the Czech Republic have only competed five times — and not always with the best results.

In the first three years, the Czech Republic placed second to last in their semi-final once, last twice and even scored the dreaded nil points for 2009 entry Gipsy.cz.

The Czech Republic took a four-year break from the competition and returned in 2015 in much stronger form. In Vienna, Marta Jandova & Vaclav Noid Barta’s entry “Hope Never Dies” still didn’t qualify for the final, but it managed 13th place and was a fan favourite.

Then in Stockholm, Gabriela Guncikova made history when she became the very first Czech act to reach the final with her power ballad “I Stand”.

Gabriela finished ninth in her semi-final and earned 161 points — four times as many as all other Czech acts put together! The grand final didn’t go quite as smoothly. There Gabriela received a total of zero televotes, and finished in 25th place overall.

What do you think? Can the Czech Republic make it to the grand final again? Share your thoughts below!

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Purple Mask
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Very good news about the song entries. 🙂

(J)ESC Fanatic
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I really hope they do well for once!

filipko54
Guest

Please don’t say Czechia, we hate it 😀

bartosz
Guest

That’s great news. I hope they’ll do well in Kiev. This year I voted for them so it was very sad to see them getting 0 in televote

James
Guest

I hope Czechia does well next year.

mad-professor
Guest

It’s Gabriela with her follow-up single, “You Should’ve Given Me More Points in the Televote”.

cheesecake
Guest

Good news.

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

That’s a country I want to see doing very well. I don’t think they’d have any problems with hosting in case they won!

Paul
Guest

Hasn’t Czech Republic rebranded itself as Czechia??

Paul D.
Guest

Impressive number, given the country in question. Hopefully they will chose wisely

EscPotato
Guest

Let’s hope they choose the best one and qualify again!

AndyLamp
Guest

So exciting! Hopes are going up up up! There is so much potential for an awesome Eurovision song out of the Czech Republic.

Matteo
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I hope they’ll do well next year! And I also hope the song will get bigger support from televoters…still shocked about this year 0 Points :/