Back in September, Czech Television (CT) confirmed that the Czech Republic would be part of Eurovision 2019 and opened submissions for their song selection. Now the broadcaster has announced that Czechia will again use a national final to select its act for Eurovision.
The Czech Republic will again use the national final Eurovision Song CZ — this year called ESCZ 2019. Like last year, the national selection will take place online.
Song submissions are currently open and will close this Wednesday, October 31. From there, the broadcaster will select around six acts to compete in the national final.
The competing acts will be revealed in early January 2019 and the videos will be made available in the official Eurovision app. Viewers — both in the Czech Republic and internationally — will be able to listen to and vote on the competing songs. At the same time, an international jury will also assess and vote on the songs.
Only votes cast from the Czech Republic will be counted as part of the televote, however fan votes made from outside Czechia will count as one jury member and will contribute to the overall jury tally.
The votes will be tallied up and the winning act will be announced at the end of January.
Czech Republic and Eurovision Song CZ
Since their 2015 comeback, the Czech Republic had internally selected their act for Eurovision. This was not an especially successful method, as Czechia qualified for the grand final only once, in 2016. Even then, Gabriela Gunčíková placed second to last and received nil points from the televote.
But everything changed when the CT switched to the Eurovision Song CZ format to choose their act for Lisbon. Six acts competed in Eurovision Song CZ, including model-turned-singer Mikolas Josef who entered his single “Lie to Me”. His song topped the televote and jury vote and ensured him a ticket to Lisbon.
At Eurovision 2018, “Lie to Me” was a hot favourite. Despite an injury in rehearsals threatening to put a dampener on things, Mikolas went on to deliver a scorching performance. The song placed sixth, giving the Czech Republic by far its best Eurovision result to date.
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