After slowly but surely improving their Eurovision track record and scoring a top-ten placing in Lisbon, the Czech Republic is back for more. Broadcaster Czech Television (CT) have confirmed their participation in Eurovision 2019 and have published details of how interested artists can submit a song.
The news was confirmed on the official Czech Republic Eurovision page. They enthusiastically wrote, “YES!!! It’s true!!! Czech Republic will be part of ESC 2019 in Israel.”
ANO !!! Je to tak !!! ?????????eská republika ?? bude mít svého zástupce na sout?ži Eurovision song contest i v Izraeli ?? v roce 2019. ZASÍLEJTE SVÉ SKLADBY ??NA EMAILOVOU ADRESU firstname.lastname@example.org NEJPOZD?JI DO 31.10.2018A jakou píse? hledáme? To je zcela na vás, žánrové ani jazykové omezení neklademe – práv? naopak, ?ím rozmanit?jší, tím lepší ?Základní pravidla jsou stejná jako minulý rok:1) PÍSE? NESM?LA BÝT ZVE?EJN?NA V JAKÉKOLIV FORM? P?ED 1. ZÁ?ÍM 20182) maximální délka skladby je 3 minuty3) hlavní zp?vák musí být ?eské národnostiV nejbližší dob? najdete další inforamce na našem webu, zde na FB a instagramu.YES !!! It's true !!! Czech Republic will be part of ESC 2019 in Israel.SEND US YOUR SONGS BEFORE 31.10.2018, EMAIL ADDRESS IS email@example.comAnd what kind of song are we looking for? We don't have any genres or language restrictions, quite the opposite – more variety is welcomed ? The basic rules are the same as in the last year:1)THE SONG MUST NOT BE ANY SHAPE OR FORM PUBLISHED BEFORE 1.SEPTEMBER2) the maximum length of the song is 3:00 minutes3) the lead singer has to be of Czech nationality Follow our website, FB, and Instagram for future information
Posted by Eurovision Song Contest Czech Republic on Friday, August 31, 2018
The announcement emphasises that anything goes, with the broadcaster saying “We don’t have any genres or language restrictions, quite the opposite – more variety is welcomed.”
To emphasise this, the post was accompanied by a video featuring a montage of finalists from Lisbon, all performing in different genres. This includes soul-pop (“Dance You Off”), post-hardcore (“Viszlát nyár”), country (“Outlaw in ‘Em”), dance-pop (“Fuego”), ballad (“Together”), Italian popera (“La forza”), and of course the hip hop/pop of”Lie to Me”.
The usual Eurovision rules apply to the entry, but CT has stipulated that the lead singer of the entry must be Czech. Song entries can be emailed to [email protected] and interested parties have until 31 October to get their entries in.
However, the broadcaster isn’t yet saying how their entry for Eurovision 2019 will be selected.
Last year CT held an online national final, involving six acts. Music videos of their songs were made available online and the entries were voted on by an international jury and a public vote.
The 2018 system worked well for Czechia, with Mikolas Josef placing sixth in the grand final in Lisbon. The broadcaster may stick with this format, however, they may also opt to have a live national final on television or simply internally select one artist for Israel 2019.
The Czech Republic at Eurovision
Czechia debuted at Eurovision 2007, but had disappointing results their first three years, including nil points in their semi-final in 2009.
The broadcaster took a break from 2010 to 2014 and returned in 2015 with a fresh outlook. The Czech Republic first qualified for the grand final in 2016, when Gabriela Gunčíková placed 25th in the grand final with “I Stand”.
Things improved even more in 2018 when Mikolas Josef performed “Lie to Me”. The song was third in its semi-final and placed sixth in the grand final — giving the Czech Republic its best ever result.
What do you think? How should CT choose their act? Who would you like to see represent the Czech Republic at Eurovision 2019? Leave your comments below!