On September 26 they opened submissions for Eurovision 2018, ultimately receiving more than 400 entries.

And today Czech broadcaster CT revealed that it would whittle all those songs and performers down to just six lucky finalists for its Eurovision 2018 national final.

As iDNES.cz reports, officials expect the quality and eventual Eurovision result to be much stronger than ten years ago, when the Czech Republic staged its last selection show.

Jan Frost Bors, the country’s new Head of Delegation, explained that this year’s selection will allow viewers to vote via the official Eurovision app and that an international jury will also vote to help the act appeal to foreign ears.

The selection has generated a great deal of foreign interest among songwriters.

Of the more than 400 submissions, just 36 came from Czech writers.

Back in September, creative producer Jan Potmesil suggested that producers had already been in contact with some top local talent and said that CT would go big on promotion.

“Participation has been promised by, among others, performers including Dasha, Thom Artway, Mikolas Josef, Marketa Konvickova, Pavel Callta, Elis Mraz, Yanna, Mariana Pracharova, Annabelle, and the bands Doctor Victor and Eddie Stoilow,” he said.

“The winning artist will get the absolute attention, including performances in at least six European countries on local stages.”

“This season we are going to put special focus on stage performance and look – we would like to prepare everything in Czech Republic and bring it to Portugal. We really appreciate growing interest amongst the Czech musicians and producers. It shows a positive attitude towards the biggest and most spectacular musical show in the world.”

Mikolas Josef — a perennial favourite among Czech Eurovision fans — has confirmed that he submitted his new single “Lie to Me” to the selection.

A current song with an infectious rhythm and a fresh beat, it would break CT’s streak of ballads: this number mixes trap music, R&B and pop to great effect and comes with some seriously saucy lyrics. As he says, “Oh, she a good girl at home, but her skirt goes up like Marilyn Monroe.”

Which artists do you hope to see in the national final? Let us know in the comments box below.

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Giovanni
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Giovanni

Božeeeee? I am Italian and I am a huuugee fan of Pavel Callta. I hope to see him competing with a good song like pouto pratelstvi or jeden team.

Šárka
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Šárka

Do you speak Czech? Cause your “Božeee” put a smile on my face 🙂

Nico
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Nico

It will be in January 2018

Eurovision Now!
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Eurovision Now!

AHHHHH IM SCREAMING. IM QUAKING. IM SHOOK. YESSSSSS

Jo
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Jo

Prague 2019, make it happen!!!!
…and I think it’s very likely that Slovakia will be back soon.

LieToMe
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LieToMe

Yeees! That would be SO amazing!!

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

Maybe the success of Czech Republic would be enough for Slovakia to return as it happened in Austria after Germany won.

Tina
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Tina

Just send Mikolas Josef with Lie to me! It’s pure gold <3

Janro
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Janro

Would be nice if you covered the news about Austria’s contestant 😛

Robyn Gallagher
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We covered the news of his selection here. Is there something new we need to know about?

http://wiwibloggs.com/2017/12/05/cesar-sampson-austria-eurovision-2018/203378/

tvfan
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tvfan

The title of his song 😉

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

When was Nathan Trent’s song announced? You’ll probably have to wait until the same week next year for Cesar’s song to be revealed.

ESCHK
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ESCHK

Cesar said that the title of his song is called “Nobody But You”
https://eurovoix.com/2017/12/07/austria-cesar-sampson-sing-nobody-lisbon/

Janro
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Janro

Oh, Sorry Robyn, It’s not appearing on the home feed. Thanks for the link! 🙂

filipko54
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filipko54

I am Czech and I think that Frost is just nickname of Jan Bors, not part of his name 😀

Eurofan
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Eurofan

Pavel would be a fantastic choice for practically any song!

Mark
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Mark

The more people who enjoy Eurovision, the better.

ninasublatti
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ninasublatti

Are they stupid ? Why not just select Mikolas?? He would be a guaranteed finalist!!! I bet this will end up with another boring af meh entry that will get lost in the semi

Music Is the Key
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Music Is the Key

In 2007, they had a great NF. AND a great song in ESC. Hopefully it will be the same in 2018. Good with a NF. I hope for a good selection of styles, and some rock.

Michaela
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Michaela

I’m from Czech Republic – nice!! Can’t wait!