Pop the champagne, blow the sparklers, sound the alarm — Czech Republic has confirmed its participation for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017!

Czech Television announced the news on Wednesday, revealing that it will once again choose its participant internally.

Anyone interested — and that includes foreign songwriters and lyricists — can submit songs to the broadcaster between now and November 30.

Jan Potmesil, the creative producer in charge of CT’s Eurovision project, seemed to pre-empt  potential criticism about welcoming foreign authors by explaining that it’s very difficult to “find a song that matches current world trends and qualities” and that can “stand the intense competition at the ESC.”

“Even with Czech artists, it is absolutely normal that they cooperate with foreign authors and producers. I am convinced that the widest open song selection is the way to higher quality.”

A special committee made up of musical experts and officials from CT will sift through the songs and the artists in closed-door proceedings, hopefully landing them in the grand final for a second year running.

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

Gabriela also became the first Czech artist to perform at our very own Wiwi Jam, held inside the Hard Rock Cafe in Stockholm.

She killed her performance of “Highway to Hell” and looked absolutely fabulous in the process.

Prior to last year, the country had finished last in its semi-final on two of its four attempts and it had earned a total of 43 points in the semis.

Miss Guncikova 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, and she received a total of zero televotes, which we still consider one of the biggest crimes of Eurovision 2016.

In any case, are you stoked that Prague has RSVP’d for the contest? Did you ever doubt this would happen? And who do YOU want to see CT field in Ukraine? Let us know in the comments box below.

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(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
6 years ago

@ninasublatti

It was very good and catchy but 2016 remains the best for me.

an esc fan
an esc fan
6 years ago

Czech Republic, or Czechia is the most underrated country. It is not possible to qualify only once, while other countries qualify all the time.

KennyESC
KennyESC
6 years ago

I hope they bring back Gabriela with a Cerny Andel-like song. #prague2018

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
6 years ago

I’m so happy right now! 😀

Let’s hope Slovakia returns! 🙂

jamaladingdong
jamaladingdong
6 years ago

Good job! Czechia is still standing.

Darren
Darren
6 years ago

It’s great news that Czech Republic is staying on for another, although I would have been surprised if they did quit after getting their best ever result. Best of luck to CZ next year, hopefully they send something even better and improve on their result. Btw, Prague would be an amazing host city.

EscAus
EscAus
6 years ago

Yes barbora polakova! Love her funny song nafrnena

DC
DC
6 years ago

Yes!!! I’m so happy… I feel that the results in 2017 will be good… Hopefully:)

thieerry
thieerry
6 years ago

republic tcheque was great in 2016 and for me in france was in the best of winners

MrBrightside
MrBrightside
6 years ago

I know what you feel, kris. Horehronie was magical.

kris
kris
6 years ago

I meant 2010 n 2011….:p

kris
kris
6 years ago

I actually loved Slovakia 2009 and 2010…..IMHO they deserved to be in top 15 both years but dint qualify being closer to last in their semi than to qualifying…….but maybe after their neighbours success they can be inspired to return n show the world they are still alive (:p… .sorry for the PJ)

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
6 years ago

Barbora Poláková needs to represent them

Jr esc nl
Jr esc nl
6 years ago

@avstriya
I’m 100% sure they’ll be there after the good results. They’ve probably still thinking of which format to use for song selection in 2017.

Tony
6 years ago

I’m really glad that the Czechs are going to be returning! I’m hoping that G was able to invigorate the music scene into participating more. Would be nice to see them hit the Grad final on a regular basis now!

Lavian ESC
Lavian ESC
6 years ago

Please Gabriela again <3 I want Prague to host <3

Avstriya
Avstriya
6 years ago

Funny how Austria has neither confirmed nor called for songs so far.

Usually they are really quick to confirm.

Tom
Tom
6 years ago

How wonderful!