Last week Czech Republic broadcaster CT revealed details of ESCZ 2019, the online national final format for Eurovision 2019. Now the broadcaster has confirmed that almost 300 songs have been received for the national final.
The broadcaster shared the news with fans on its official Facebook page. It wrote that, “Yesterday morning was the deadline for song registration. The numbers were breathtaking. There are almost 300 songs, of which about 60 come from Czech musicians, which is twice as much as last year!!! We really appreciate it and we are thrilled to have so many talented musicians, producers and bands. Picking the finalists for ESCZ won’t be easy.”
V?erejší p?noc byla DEADLINEM pro registraci písní ?????ísla nám vyrazila dech ?P?išlo tak?ka 300 písní a z toho P?ES…
The tally of almost 300 songs is down from the more than 400 submissions last year. But this follows an overall trend this season of slightly lower national final song submission numbers, including Melodifestivalen, Supernova and Eesti Laul.
However, there is good news in the numbers. ESCZ 2019 received around 60 entries from Czech musicians, around double that of the 36 local entries received last year. One of those entries was Mikolas Josef’s self-written song “Lie to Me”. The success of Mikolas at Eurovision 2018 may have inspired his musical compatriots to follow in his footsteps.
CT’s Facebook poll also asked fans how many acts they thought would be in the national final: six (just like 2018) or eight? The poll results say that 24% of fans thought six acts, while 76% went for eight.
Whether it’s six or eight, the selected 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.
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