Exactly one week after Czech TV revealed the identities of the seven acts competing in the third-annual Eurovision Song CZ 2020, the broadcaster has released the seven competing entries.
You can listen to all the tracks below.
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Eurovision Song CZ 2020: Entries
Barbora Mochowa – “White & Black Holes”
Barbora is one of two returning acts in the 2020 selection. She enjoyed a strong debut in 2019, coming joint first with the juries and third overall. “True Colors” subsequently went on to secure the best ever Czech placing in the annual OGAE Second Chance Contest, placing eight. As such, she enters this year’s contest as a massive fan favourite — already topping early polls.
Benny Cristo – “Kemama”
Also known as Ben Cristovao, this multi-talented artist of Angolan-descent is one of the Czech Republic’s hottest names. Since 2013, he’s racked up 11 top ten hits in the Singles Digital Top 50 chart, nine of which have been in the last five years. His popularity extends onto social media, where he boasts an Instagram following of over 780,000.
Elis Mraz & Čis T – “Wanna Be Like”
Slovakia hasn’t entered Eurovision since 2012, but it could return via its neighbours if Elis Mraz & Čis T win ESCZ 2020. While Elis is a local pop singer, Mr T is a Slovak. Elis previously reached the semi-final on The Voice.
Karelll – “At Least We’ve Tried”
Karelll is relatively unknown on the Czech music scene, but he’s definitely well-qualified. The man studied at the world-renowned British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) in London and became the first Czech to take part in Los Angeles’ MUSEXPO.
Olga Lounová – “Dark Water”
Olga is a showbiz veteran. She’s been acting in TV and movies since 1998, although her music career only took off comparatively recently with her first LP arriving in 2011. In that decade, she’s enjoyed numerous hits. Her most viewed YouTube clip is “Jsem optimista” with over 23.5 million hits.
Pam Rabbit – “Get Up”
Pam is the second of this year’s two returning artists. Like Barbora, she too competed in 2019. Then she came fourth. The Armenian born singer has already gone through the Eurovision experience once before, albeit as a backing vocalist for Mikolas Josef in 2018.
We All Poop – “All the Blood (Positive Song Actually)”
We All Poop is a four-piece formed especially for the 2020 competition. Its members are Vojtěch Božek on bass guitar, Michal Jiráň on drums, Šimon Martínek on guitar and Jakub Božek on vocals. They are presumed to be the act who described their music genre as “planned coincidence punk-pop”.
Eurovision Song CZ: How it works
It was initially intended that these seven acts would compete in a televised national final. However, that idea was subsequently scrapped. Instead, the method from 2018 and 2019 will be retained whereby fans can vote for their favourites via the Eurovision app.
Voting opened at 8:00 CET on 20 January and closes at 20:00 CET on 2 February. The results are set to be announced one day later.
These public votes will count for 50% of the overall score. The remaining half will come from a panel of international jurors. Once again, international viewers can also vote. In previous editions, these votes were weighted to equal one jury vote.
What song is your favourite? Who should win ESCZ 2020? Let us know in the comments.