Czech Republic: Ceska Televize shortlists five songs for Kyiv

It’s the country that qualified for the grand final for the very first time in 2016. Now the Czech Republic is one step closer to selecting its act for Eurovision 2017. Ceska Televize has shortlisted five songs it is considering for Kyiv.

Late last year, the broadcaster held an open submission period where they received more than 300 songs. reports that from that 300, a shortlist of five songs has been selected.

As the process is an internal selection, the broadcaster has not revealed any details of the five artists or their songs. Ceska Televize’s selection panel will later decide which of the five will get the ticket to Kyiv. The decision is expected to be made in late January or early February, and announced some time after.

Last year Ceska Televize considered only three bids in the end. Some have speculated this indicates the broadcaster was working to higher standards than in previous years. Will this new system again see the Czech Republic in the grand final of Eurovision?

Czech head of press Martin Broz says they were looking for suitable artists to enter into talks with. This might sound alarming for fans of Mikolas Josef, who was ready to go with a complete package. However, there is nothing to suggest he is not one of the five shortlisted acts.

There are numerous other talented Czech artists ready to jump on the Eurovision train, like Thom Artway, Dasha or Light & Love — three artists that were rumoured last year. If that’s not enough you can always check out our Czech Eurovision wishlist here.

Are you excited about the next Czech representative? Do you have someone in mind? Let us know in the comments below!