Eurovision news from the Czech Republic has been coming in thick and fast these past couple of months. And now Česká Televize have revealed the eight competing acts vying for the honour of representing them in Tel Aviv.
Back in December we were informed that the broadcaster’s national final would commence on the 7th of January with people all over Europe being able to get involved. Not so long after, the republic’s previous entrant, Mikolas Josef, revealed on Instagram that the contest would be slightly larger than last year’s edition, allowing two more acts to take part and thus taking the total number of artists up to eight.
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Czech celebrity web site “Celebrity Time” has published what it says is the the invitation to the January 7 #ESCZ press conference. _____ The invitation translates like this: “We invite you to a press conference on Eurovision song CZ, on which Czech TV will present all eight finalists who will compete for winning the national Eurovision round. This will take place on Monday, January 7, at 13:00 in Vnitroblock (Tusarova 31, Prague 7).” ____ “The finalists in alphabetical order are Hana Barbara, Tomáš Bo?ek, Andrea Holá, Pamela Koka, Lake Malawi fronted by Albert ?erný, Barbor Mochow, Jakub Ondra and Jara Vymer. Also attended by the Czech delegation, Jan Bors, and the creative producer Jan Potm?šil. Libor Bou?ek will introduce the whole meeting. Eurovision Song CZ will decide on the winner to represent the Czech Republic in Tel Aviv. The press conference will present the application and voting system, songs and video clips of the artists.” _____ #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovision #eurovision2019
Who is taking part?
Around December, the Czech national broadcaster confirmed that they had received 300 entries for their national final. Today, Czech website Celebrity Time released a list of the eight competing acts in the national final. They did so by re-publishing the invitation to a press conference sent to them by the broadcaster. In alphabetical order, they are:
- Hana Barbara
- Tomáš Boček
- Andrea Holá
- Pamela Koky
- Lake Malawi feat. Albert Černý
- Barbora Mochowa
- Jakub Omdra
- Jara Vymer
While the artists’ songs have yet to be officially announced, we reported here on Wiwibloggs about Jakub Ondra’s intention to represent the Czech Republic at Eurovision previously. Speaking to Seznamz Pravy, Jakub stated that he had submitted the song “Space Sushi” to ESCZ. Given that his name appears on the final list of participants, one can speculate that his application has been successful.
Other noteworthy names are Pamela Koky and Andrea Holá. Pamela was a member of the Czech delegation in Lisbon performing her role as a backing vocalist for Mikolas Josef. Andrea, on the other hand, earned notoriety by competing in the Czech-Slovak version of The Voice in 2014, earning a very respectable 4th place.
In addition to the eight artists being announced, the article mentions an invitation to a press conference, which will be held tomorrow (7th January) at 13:00 CET in Vnitroblock – Turasova 31, Prague 7. The event will play host to numerous key players in the Czech Eurovision scene, namely: the Czech head of delegation, Jan Bors, and creative producer Jan Potměšil. Furthermore, the conference will formally present the eight acts and songs as well as give details on how the voting procedure will take place.
What do we know about the voting thus far?
Earlier, we reported that nearly 300 entries had been submitted for the competition. Not bad for a country that got its first ever Top 10 finish this year, eh? The voting will begin in January when 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.
What do you think of the eight competing artists? Are you excited for the songs and press conference tomorrow? Let us know in the comments below!