Huge news out of the Czech Eurovision today, as it’s been announced than Cyril Hirsch will be the new Head of Delegation. Given the country’s recent success story in the contest, he’ll be riding a wave of momentum — but one that comes with the pressure of keeping it all going. His appointment comes just days after previous HoD Jan Bors stepped down after four successful years.
Cyril was previously Jan’s deputy in the role, so he has can claim a big part of the huge gains the team have made since 2016. His other experiences includes the show StarDance and working as a Production Manager for Ceska Televise.
A new national final to ring in Cyril’s reign
Jan gave the people of Czechia the best era of their Eurovision participation. Their first grand final slot. Their first top ten soon after. The list of achievements is astounding, so Cyril has huge shoes to fill. And it will kick off with the country’s first televised national final since 2008, after a series of online selections over the past few years.
We’ve already been guaranteed that the new selection — name to be confirmed, known recently simply as Eurovision Song CZ — or ESCZ — will be bigger and better than ever. It will include a live show broadcast from the Forum Karlin in Prague. When announcing his departure, Jan Bors stated that the Czech Republic’s upcoming televised national final will have eight incredible quality songs that will be the envy of most countries.
This comes after 152 songs were submitted to the team — which is less than half the number from last year. That’s not surprising given the early deadline given by the broadcaster back in July. The team have given themselves plenty of time to pick the best of the bunch and bring their participation to new heights.
What do you think of Cyril’s appointment? After several years of success, can he keep Jan’s success going with their first top 5 in 2020? What are your predictions for the new national final? Sound off in the comments below. We can’t wait to hear what you think!