After qualifying twice in a row, the Czech Republic is looking forward to extending their streak of appearance in the Eurovision grand final. For months they’d been hyping a televised national final. But, following the departure of their Eurovision head of delegation, the central European nation has now pulled the plug on that TV programme. They announced the news in a Facebook post and a lot of fans aren’t happy.
“The national selection won’t be on tv in the end,” it says. “Yes… after a few weeks of long and very heavy decision-making, we have decided, due to many, many circumstances, to move the TV format for a year (next, the next one?)”
“We want to do something really different and this year we felt it would just not work. We will return to online form from the previous two years. But don’t worry, we’re doing our most to take the upcoming “digital” national selection again a little further.”
The selection starts with an artist reveal in early January and we’ll have a result by the end of the month.
NÁRODNÍ KOLO NAKONEC NEBUDE V TV ??Ano, je to tak … Po n?kolik týdn? dlouhém a VELICE T?ŽKÉM rozhodování jsme se…
The post included a poll, asking if the fans are happy with the new format. The idea seems to have backfired. At the time of writing this post, 82% of the votes were against it.
The post also mentioned that all songs will come with an original music video, so there’s a lot to look forward to.
What to expect
The country, which finished in the top half of the final for the last two years, is getting a better grasp of ESC. For these two years, the Czech entry was announced in January, but this year it could take just a bit longer. The schedule will be as follows:
- January 6, 2020 – Press conference and finalists announcement
- January 13, 2020 – Songs + music video reveals and the start of voting
- January 26, 2020 – End of voting
- January/February 2020 – Results reveal
Is this selection method the right choice? Who do you want to see representing Czechia? Sound off in the comments below!