He’s the man who’s overseen one of the most spectacular renaissances in Eurovision history. But on Wednesday 30 October Jan Frost Bors revealed via his personal Facebook page that he’s leaving the Czech broadcaster ČT.
However, the post was followed by assurances that the Czechs’ Eurovision trajectory will continue upwards without him.
Czech Republic’s HoD Jans Frost Bors quits ahead of Eurovision 2020
Bors has acted as the Czech Republic’s Head of Delegation since Eurovision 2016. His departure from the network means that he’ll be leaving this role too.
During his time, he’s helmed three Czech qualifications including a top ten finish with Mikolas Josef and “Lie To Me” in 2018. Prior to his arrival, the country had never made it out of the semi-finals.
Czech Republic’s national final for Eurovision 2020
In reply to a comment on his ČT resignation post, Bors reassured concerned fans telling them not to worry. He claims that the team is strong enough and doesn’t need him anymore.
The surprise announcement comes just days after Bors shared an interview he gave with local media, also on Facebook.
At the time, he wrote that the Czech Republic’s upcoming televised national final will have eight incredible quality songs that will be the envy of most countries.
These eight tracks come from a pool of 152 submissions which were received during the summer. Bors says that the delegation received 70 songs from Czech authors, compared to just eight when he first took up the role in late 2015.
It’s not hard to see why there’s been a spike in local interest. 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.
For the first time since 2008, the network is organising 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. Even better, the show will be screened on the broadcaster’s flagship channel CT1.