They only selected their act for Eurovision 2019 yesterday. But the Czechs are already looking forward to 2020.
During the same press conference which unveiled Lake Malawi as the winners of Eurovision Song CZ 2019, the Czech head of delegation Jan Bors announced that next year’s selection process will be televised. Riding high on the success of a 50% qualification rate since returning in 2015 along with its highest ever result in Lisbon, broadcaster Česká televize intends to take things to the next level.
For the first time since 2008, the network will organise a live multi-act TV extravaganza to select the central European nation’s representative. The wheels are already in motion, and a date has been set — Saturday 25 January 2020. Only 361 days to go! Even better, the show will be screened on the broadcaster’s flagship channel CT1.
As spotted by ESC Czech, the HoD has also revealed via his personal Facebook that the show will take place in Prague’s Forum Karlín — a venue with capacity for up to 3,000 people.
“After many years, the audience will again be able to watch the finalists of the national round in the live broadcast and to make a direct decision by voting on another representative of the Czech Republic,” says creative producer Jan Potměšil.
After receiving more than 300 submissions for this year’s online process, the country’s song contest bosses have high hopes for next year. They are already looking for “performers, composers, bands and other musicians”. Interested parties have until 30 June 2019 to enter.
Songs can be sent to [email protected].
Czech Republic at Eurovision 2019
But first, 2019. The indie-pop trio Lake Malawi will succeed Mikolas Josef and perform “Friend of a Friend” in Tel Aviv. Yesterday’s allocation draw saw them placed in the first half of semi-final one.
With a name inspired by a Bon Iver song, the group was founded by lead singer Albert Černý in 2013. As well as vocals, Albert also plays guitar. The remaining three members are Jeroným Šubrt (bass and keys) and Antonín Hrabal (drums). Earlier this month Albert caught up with our William for a more in-depth talk on the band’s origins and plans for Eurovision.