Back in January, Czech broadcaster Česká Televize revealed that their national selection would be moving to a bigger platform — so from a small, internet-based contest to a huge televised event. The deadline — which struck at the end of July — was tighter than Måns Zelmerlöw’s 2015 trousers. And now that that’s passed producers have revealed that they received 152 songs submissions — 72 of them from local artists.
It may not seem like a lot and indeed it’s not. The total is less than half of last year’s, which is not that surprising given the early deadline. But local composers are much more active this time around, suggesting that Czech interest in Eurovision, which has been quite low, is finally growing. It’s easy to see why. Over the past two years the broadcaster has secured a spot on the left-hand side of the scoreboard in the Grand Final. And both Mikolas Josef and Lake Malawi have enjoyed a major career boost.
But why was the deadline so early? The Czech Eurovision team is clearly taking their national selection very seriously. They want the competing artists and composers to have enough time to perfect their stage presentation to create an eye-popping TV spectacle. Apparently the stage designer has already been chosen and will be working closely with the team to create something stylish, inventive and brave.
The participants will be selected in the coming days and in the second half of August negotiations will start. However, we do not know when the final list of acts will be revealed publicly. More information about the whole process is expected in the autumn.
Czech Republic at Eurovision 2019
The indie-pop trio Lake Malawi succeeded Mikolas Josef and performed “Friend of a Friend” in Tel Aviv. They placed 11th in the Grand Final with 157 points, finishing 8th with the juries and 24th with the televoters.
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).
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