The last time we checked in with the Czech Republic, broadcaster CT revealed it had received almost 300 entries. Now the broadcaster has confirmed that the online national final Eurovision Song CZ will begin in less than a month, on January 7 2019.
CT confirmed the news on its Facebook page. While discussing the nomination of the 2018 Czech national final in a fan poll, the broadcaster wrote:
“Being in this competition alongside such events as the Swedish Melodifestivalen or the French Destination Eurovision is a great honour, thanks. We believe that this year’s national final, which kicks off January 7, 2019, will be even better!”
While the broadcaster hasn’t revealed any specific details about how Eurovision Song CZ 2019 will operate, it is expected the contest will run largely the same as the 2018 edition.
On January 7 the six — or possibly eight — competing entries will be revealed. Music videos for the songs will be made available on 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.
Early in November, the broadcaster revealed that it had received “almost 300 songs”. While this was down on the 400 received the year before, it did include around 60 entries from Czech artists — almost double that of 2018.
The broadcaster also hinted that it may expanded the national final from six acts to eight.
CT has not given any hints as to the acts competing in ESCZ 2019, however earlier this month they did confirm that Czech rapper PTK was had not been internally selected, following such a claim in a satirical article.
Whichever acts end up competing in the Czech national final, CT will hope that they can continue the momentum of Mikolas Josef. After years of struggle at Eurovision, the Czech Republic finally earned a sixth-place finish in Lisbon, with Mikolas Josef’s energetic pop tune “Lie to Me”.
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