After weeks of teasing and speculation, the full line-up of Czech Republic’s national final has been made public as well as the eight songs competing in the contest.

Last night, information regarding the eight competing acts in Česká Televize’s (CT) national final were released and we got a first glimpse at the participants. There were a few familiar faces like Jakub Ondra and Pam Rabbit (Pamela Koky). But we had to wait a bit longer for the full songs to be released.

Today, CT held a press conference in Prague, where they formally presented the eight artists and their songs as well as gave information as to how one can get involved. Voting will be conducted using the official Eurovision app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Everyone will be able to voice their opinion, but only those who reside within the Czech Republic will have their votes counted as a “televote”. Votes cast outside of the Czech Republic will be collated and counted as one “jury” vote. Voting will last until the 21st of January and will consist of a televote and a jury vote.

Information regarding the artists and the competition can be found on the official Eurovision website or by following this link.

Who is in the running?

The eight competing acts as well as their respective entries are as follows:

Andrea Holá Give Me A Hint
Hana Barbara Poslední Slova Tobě
Barbora Mochowa True Colours
Jara Vymer On My Knees
Pam Rabbit Easy To Believe
Tomáš Boček Don’t Know Why
Jakub Ondra Space Sushi
Lake Malawi Friend Of A Friend

Which of the eight entries is your favourite?

What do you think of the potential entries? Are you excited to see who will follow in the footsteps of Mikolas in Tel Aviv? Be sure to cast a vote in our poll and leave a comment down below! You can vote for as many songs as you’d like, but you can only vote one time. Be sure to hit the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.

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Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

True colors, done
I’m super underwhelmed by ESCZ this year…
In 2018, I loved 3/6, in 2019, I love 1/8

Jor4
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Jor4

Space Sushi will win. It’s the only interesting song among these.

Editor Liar
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Editor Liar

True colors or friend to friend. If They choose true colors. It Will be Maybe revamped

AngieP
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AngieP

Ok, I’m a little dissapointed by Czech Selection this year. However, the one which stands out for me is “True colours”. Beautiful voice, nice songs, it will look even better live. I’d also like to see “Friend of a friend” as an up-beat song well performed on stage. The rest of the songs….no.

Catriona Colville
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Catriona Colville

I’m astonished how many are voting for True Colours. It’s a 3 minute dirge with no chance of qualifying. They HAVE to send Lake Malawi. It’s 80’s throwback done right. Just get rid of the talking bits and it’s done.

Max
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Max

I completely agree with you ! 🙂

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Barbora really sounds like Lana Del Ray… I voted for Pam Rabbit, it’s modern and fresh 😀

Max
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Max

For me “Fiend of a friend” is the only one that could potentially do something in Tel Aviv ! It’s quite different that what can be heard on the Eurovision stage and I think it could stand out with the help of the juries. The chorus is memorable and enjoyable too. If CZ goes with this song I think they could qualify because there would be no other song like this one. It’s a bit like “If I were sorry” from Frans in 2016 in the sense that it is a different genre. I don’t get the hype around “True… Read more »

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

I don’t get the hype around “True Colours”. Sounds so ordinary. But I think there are some fresh and interesting songs here. “Easy To Believe” and “Friend of a Friend” for instance.

Rafal
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Rafal

These are borderline qualifiers at their best.with good staging Lake Malawi can do ok as its catchy and kind of similar to Years AND Years to some extent but thats a good thing. Barbora is really Lana Del Rey copycat and we should avoid it since we have Original.. Not sure why people even consider this one as favourite. Space Sushi is ok though it is still complete nonsense.

Mark C
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Mark C

I think overall the songs are respectable, Czech Republic will not be embarrassed to be represented by any of them. I think it will be an uphill battle to qualify but I think it’s far to early to rule anything out just yet. For me, Jara Vymer with “On My Knees” is my preferred choice as I connected more to that song and felt a certain sincerity in the entry. “True Colours” has a lot of potential for elevation in a live performance.
Best of luck from the UK.

Carol
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Carol

This may be unpopular, but I am happy nothing sounds like Lie to me. Yes it was a quality production, but that song was soooo not my cup of tea! Im more comfortable to be represented by some of those indie songs than by LTM. That being said, Poslední slova tob? is hideous, thats not how you articulate in czceh. There are a few songs I am indifferent about, but after a few listens, I cannot surely choose between True Colors, I dont know why, Easy to belive and On my knees, because everyone of them has a “thats good”… Read more »

Joshua
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Joshua

I only like True Colours and Give a hint. Other songs are either really bad or just aren’t fit for Eurovision. Also, why are people voting Space sushi? :O

eurovision6
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eurovision6

I like sushi (:

Joshua
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Joshua

I personally prefer sashimi, but sushi is very tasty too.

Stian F
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Stian F

“True Colors”, “Don’t know why” and “Friend of a friend” are the best. “Space sushi” is ok too. The other 4 are some of the worst songs of any national final so far. This is a huge letdown by Czechia. I had much higher expectations. Doubt they will qualify again.

Pancake
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Pancake

My top three are currently (in no particular order), Barbora, Jakub, and Lake Malawi. Barbora for the Lana del Ray-esq vibe, Jakub for the moombhaton-dancehall pop feel, and Lake Malawi for the 80s meets 2010s atmosphere.
Good luck to all the contestants

Matthew
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Matthew

I absolutely love Barbora’s song I’ve been playing it on repeat! It should definitely win, but I’m worried it will be forgotten at Eurovision, staging would be a make or break for this one!

OohHoney
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OohHoney

I think I’d be ok with any of them except space sushi, that’s just laughable.

HBau
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HBau

True Colo(u)rs for me too. All of them are better than all of the Spanish finalists, at least based on the snippets.

stan
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stan

im not a big fan of spain but you gotta be kidding me…

SebastienXavier
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SebastienXavier

The best one is Easy to Believe, true colors is nice but dont think will do well in Eurovision. Space sushi and friend of a friend is so….. cringy….
Tomas is hot.

josh
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josh

Space sushi is horrible, I can’t believe people are voting for it. True colors is the only one with qualifier potential imo

brennan
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brennan

lake malawi’s song is not familiar territory for eurovision and i think it would be a bold choice for CZ

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

None of these are “made for Eurovision” and that is a GOOD thing. But personally my tastes vastly differ to the current poll result. I actually voted for Jara Vymer, maybe because of the Beatles vibe. Actually it was good to hear the British influences in some of these songs, thanks for those. 🙂 Tomas Bocek was okay, but that song runs out of steam. Barbora has a world class voice, but that song is sooo slow. Apart from the melody of the Chorus, I found it forgettable. Sorry. 🙁 “Space sushi”… okay, it’s cute, I just cringe when I… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Hi!Nice to hear your opinion. It seems like we have different favorites on this one. You know I can often be a fan of slow songs and ballads, but On My Knees truly put me to sleep. I guess it’s fine, but there is nothing going on. Same goes for Give Me A Hint. True Colors would also need more power in the second half to truly make an impact, but I really enjoyed the melody and her voice. I guess Space Sushi is the only one which could qualify on a WTF factor, but I totally get that this… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thanks Colin. As you know, I have been prevented from publically posting technical reviews. But I am still a fan of Eurovision and Wiwibloggs. General opinions are still allowed, for now. 🙂

Jesus
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Jesus

I thought I was the only one rooting for Jara. That’s a piece of art, so touching and emotional, but unfortunately not easy to understand for everyone at the first listening…

jazi
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jazi

true colors xd

lolita_2
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lolita_2

None. None of them is radiofriendly or catchy enough. It’s boring, what the hell happened? Czechia was so great last year. I dont see them reaching the final.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Jakub Ondra ist cute, too bad his song is so nonsensical and insufferable. That really only leaves Lana as the sole contender here – and she is probably going to struggle in her semi final.

zup
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zup

I think the Lana Del Rey comparisons are a bit of an exaggeration. Barbora happens to have a similar voice, but the song itself, if anything, sounds like very early-era Lana (Summertime Sadness). Therefore, it’s not really a copy in my opinion, since that ballad style was still pretty generic and didn’t have the distinctive Lana Del Rey flavor to it.

Aaandi
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Aaandi

True Colours sounds a lot like Del Rey’s ‘Bel Air”. Just because she doesn’t make similar music anymore, doesn’t make it less of a copy.

Lolek
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Lolek

True Colors is the only song I can see working well on stage and making it to the finals (and yes I also get the Lana del Ray vibes).

I really like Space sushi as well but I don’t know how it would work on the eurovision stage.

Candy
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Candy

Lake Malawi’s song is, uhm, heavily “inspired” by the HURTS song Ready To Go .

brennan
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brennan

omg you’re not wrong wow

Kris P. Kreme
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Kris P. Kreme

I hear it. I don’t want to believe it, because I like the song.

Lila
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Lila

Lana is my favourite musician ever so….obviously I love “True Colors”. Definitely my no.1, “Friend of a Friend” is also really good. The rest….

I’ll be so disappointed in the Czech Republic if they send “Space Sushi”, it’s atrocious.

omg.esc
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omg.esc

i agree completely

Héctor
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Héctor

It seems the Czech Republic has been looking for some radiofriendly songs. My thoughts about these entries: Lake Malawi – Friend of a Friend. It sounds promising at the start. I appreciate the indie vibe, but in time the beep gets a bit annoying. Jakub Ondra – Space Sushi. Not bad, but I don’t like it, his voice is a bit annoying too. For a song that tries to be uplifting and fun, the instrumental lacks of power and I can’t feel anything… it doesn’t make me move. Overall, it goes nowhere. Is this really the fav? Tomáš Bocek –… Read more »

Dalth
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Dalth

Don’t know why by Tomas is my personal favourite but not sure that’s got enough impact to stand out in eurovision. Think there best bet is space sushi, it is annoyingly quite catchy. Everything else is a bit meh.

LazarevFan95
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LazarevFan95

Well the only decent song is True Colours but i don’t like it as it is a carbon-copy of Lana Del Rey. No final for them this year. I expected better songs after Mikolas.

That Person
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That Person

Ahem. What if the Czech Republic are in a weak semi and they make the right choice (I don’t know I haven’t listened to any of the songs) and bring the staging to Tel Aviv. These comments don’t mean anything to me yet but I pray to anyone it’s better than Selectia Nationala or Supernova.

That Person
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That Person

Yeah this selection sucks. And why was it always the same apartment? Jakub is the closest thing to Mikolas Josef yet he’s nothing like Mikolas Josef. Barbara has a good voice but the song goes nowhere. Tomas and Jara are flat out boring. Pam is sassy but the song is incredibly dated. I have to respect that Hana is singing in Czech but that’s all I can say about the song. Andrea is promising at the beginning but the chorus falls on it’s face. And Lake Malawi which is actually steady and well paced ? it’s my favourite here but… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Well, True Colors is an endearing song with a beautiful vocal! Space Sushi is odd, but somewhat fascinating and I like the vibe it has. Those two are certainly in a plus for me. Friend of a Friend is perhaps passable due to catchieness. Other 5 songs – no comment!

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

I expected a bit more after the claims, that it’s the strongest national selection of them all, mister Bors!

Nora
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Nora

Bring that ‘Space Sushi’ craziness to Tel Aviv and you have my vote Czech Republic.

Oh I've been waiting for this Russian Fla-la-lag
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Oh I've been waiting for this Russian Fla-la-lag

Is the Space Sushi thing serious? If that song wins, it better garner many votes in Tel Aviv.

Polegend Godgarina
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Friend of a Friend. I love the 80s dance vibes!

Kris P. Kreme
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Kris P. Kreme

I agree.

Alex
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Alex

Something weird happened when I opened the Eurovision app. I wanted to vote for Barbora but it said I already voted for Lake Malawi which I don’t even remember doing this because I was at school when they opened the voting. Did this happened to you?

milkyy
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milkyy

Maybe you accidentally clicked on the heart button while listening Lake Malawi’s song or passing to another one

Alex
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Alex

No I never opened the app today.

Paul
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Paul

yes same thing happened to me but with Andrea Holá .

piotr
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piotr

same here but for Andrea

Pasadena
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Pasadena

When I first listened to True Colours it felt mediocre. When I had listened through all the songs, True Colours suddenly sounded like a masterpiece..

Dalth
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Dalth

It’s a shame true colours starts strongly and shows potential but never really gets going for me and becomes a bit of a dirge towards the end, feel the Czechs missed a big opportunity with that song.

Joe
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Joe

They’re leaning very indie this year. That’s happening with a couple of the national finals this year (Estonia, Lithuania, France) and it makes me very intrigued for how much lo-fi indie we might be getting this year.

Polegend Godgarina
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There’s nothing indie about France’s selection… most songs sound like normal French radio music.

T.J.
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T.J.

indie is the little sister of boring xD

James
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James

Mainstream can be boring as well.

Indie is much less commercial in their sound, hence being “independent”.

Lila
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Lila

The ignorance…..

Gorilla716
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Gorilla716

Very disappointing selection for the Czech Republic. I had high hopes for them given how well Mikolas did last year and none of the songs this year are as good as or would do as well as Lie to Me did. In fact, all of the songs would be borderline qualifiers at Eurovision.

Popyy
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Popyy

Jesus, I think Space Sushi is quite bad but after hearing these generic songs. At least it’s weirdly different with those lyrics. Besides, wtf was happening to the song “Try” from Pam Rabbit? Why didn’t she compete with that song? That song is a million times better than these tracks.

Franky
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Franky

Try is a better song than her current effort which is really quite generic. It sucks because it was only released three weeks ago so it could have been a contender!

Dave
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Dave

A Lana Del Rey copycat winning the poll?? Are you people serious? LOL!!

I don’t really trust that online voting, but I would definitely choose Jakub Ondra. That one is really interesting and could do really well in May with proper staging. But I really wonder what’s the message behind that song, I am sure those “Space Sushi”s represent something. Anyway it’s very entertaining. But I don’t know if they’ll end up sending him or the Lana Del Rey fan. Though they have to be very clever about it.

Colin
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Colin

Ondra explained that space sushi is a metaphor for something that sounds good, but is unreachable and unreal. The whole song is about stopping being lazy and postponing everything in life.

Colin
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Colin

Don’t get me wrong, True Colors is obviously a very nice song, but isn’t this the exact type of song same people here would put in their bottom 5 in Romania or Estonia, because they’d find it to be a ”boring ballad”. I usually enjoy these types of songs when done right, but I am really perplexed on the reaction of others. Is it just because you dislike other songs so much or you *actually* find True Colors great?

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

That’s pretty much the reason for me actually xD it would probably go down my top pretty quickly.

Lila
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Lila

Uhh, no. Some people just like certain songs lol. As people have said, there are Lana Del Rey comparisons, and as she’s a very popular artist, many people like these elements of the song.

filipko54
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filipko54

tragedy, I hope we won’t get into the final this year.. people who chose these songs must be deaf, nobody even listens to music like this in Czech Republic..

DanMarino
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DanMarino

True colours or nothing sorry.

I know space sushi will win

Franky
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Franky

There’s a lot of backlash against that song from the Czech community itself and considering their votes count and plus the jury members probably won’t like it, I have to say I’m pretty sure it won’t win.

Andrii
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Andrii

Definitely will vote for Lana Del Rey?

Denis
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Denis

I think Lake will win, it is the best of the bunch. Though I secretly want Space Sushi to win, its so WTF and crazy that it stands out.
None of the songs will do as well as Mikolas,though! They arent that good

AzeriChico
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AzeriChico

I don’t really get the Space Sushi reference, but that’s the only song that I could listen ’till the end. It’s interesting and… kinda crazy I think. I noticed that it’s a love or hate entry and that’s always a good thing in Eurovision. It could be really entertaining as a live performance. The other songs are rather boring/forgettable.

Good luck!

Elvira
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Elvira

True colours doesn’t stand out to me, even though I like it as a song. I’m afraid it would do a Norma John. Maybe it would go to the final if they do a memorable staging like ‘I stand’ but I think they would be better of with something weird like space sushi, simply because current viewers seem to like meme-worthy things. I know my university friends would absolutely love it.

Lake Malawi might also do well, mostly with young voters.

eurovision6
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eurovision6

The Lana del Rey copy paste or “Dont know why” for me.. The latter is the best song but the first is the best voice so hard to decide
Oh whatever, we all know space sushi is going to win..