Prague don’t play. And in 2020 it hopes to slay! The seven songs competing in ESCZ — that’s the Czech Republic’s online national final — have been generating a lot of buzz with Eurofans. Writing on our YouTube channel, one user even joked that the quality on show is stressing him out. Green Oscar wrote: “A big F you to Czech Republic for putting out so many decent songs. No matter who wins I’m going to be broken hearted due to the fact that some of my favourite songs will miss out. Thanks a lot.”

From returnees like Barbora Mochowa and Pam Rabbit to the curiously named group We All Poop, this selection is cutting across genres like never before. Ambient, arty, alt-rock, dance — it’s all here and in your face. Amid all that buzz, I decided to sit down and watch the videos in front of a camera and a terrifying ring light. (That’s why my eyes look like possessed). I’ve put timestamps below in case you want to jump to a specific act.

ESCZ 2020: The 7 songs

1:04 Barbora Mochowa – “White & Black Holes”

6:17 Benny Cristo – “Kemama”

10:10 Elis Mraz & Čis T – “Wanna Be Like”

13:32 Karelll – “At Least We’ve Tried”

17:13 Olga Lounová – “Dark Water”

20:56 Pam Rabbit – “Get Up”

24:10 We All Poop – “All the Blood (Positive Song Actually)”

ESCZ2020: When does online voting stop?

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.

Have you cast your votes? Who did you pick? Sound off in the comments box below

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ESerbiaC_fun
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ESerbiaC_fun

We All Poop=Artic Monkeys/5SOS

Kosey
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Kosey

Please don’t put WAP and Arctic Monkeys in the same sentence. I’m not sure I’ve come across a more offensive post on this site.

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
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Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting

Please make an interview with We All Poop!!!

Rasmus
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Rasmus

And as usual fans are super delusional and call All of Danmarks and Norways songs generic and Czech Republics strong and best ever. They are exactly like Denmarks and Norways : Pop songs we heard before. Ps i hate the Word generic by the way. Many here should not use it. Its very obvious .

Kosey
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Kosey

I agree with you, I actually think Czech is more generic than the Nordics this year. The Norway semis have been very diverse musically and cater to all tastes. I find the Czech songs cater to one genre – modern pop – it is a popular genre, but I do find it quite a narrow set of songs in terms of diversity. I think that’s why you find so many people liking the collection – if you like the genre, you are probably going to like all the songs. But if you prefer something a bit different, like Norway or… Read more »

Kosey
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Kosey

I agree – the Czech songs are less diverse, all one genre – modern pop. It probably reflects the fact most people on this site are in the 16-24 bracket. But I don’t see the Czech songs as having mass appeal.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Nice that someone agreed :). I have favourites in Denmark, Norway, Czech Republic so i like some in all 🙂 But the word generic i will stop using. Its a stupid word and nobody understands it anyway here.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

People can use whatever words they want to, except when they cannot. 🙂
Generic, definition 1c: “lacking imagination or individuality; predictable and unoriginal.”

Rasmus
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Rasmus

in that case: Thats ALL songs in ALL selections. Right? i have heard them all before. So thats why i dont use it.

Wayne
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Wayne

Czech Republic is going up with the bookies currently at 6th

Daniel
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Daniel

This selection is SOOOOO STRONG! I really don’t remeer when we had selection with this much quality. My top 3 (in no particular order, I still cant make up my mind): Dark Water – Is it expected? Yes. Will some people say that they have heard it thousand times? Also Yes. Is it done extremely well with brilliant singer? YES All the blood – Probably the best studio version, but the live unplugged version was… weak, vocals were reaaaly shaky, but I still believe! Wanna be Like – Biggest surprise. On paper it shouldn’t work. I should hate this cheesy… Read more »

NOTHING
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NOTHING

I act like Karelll tho

Kosey
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Kosey

I just can’t connect with this collection. They all sound too “modern”. They are the types of songs I hear constantly on the radio and they don’t have enough stand-out potential for me. No doubt they will do ok, the juries will like them, but I am not getting winner vibes from any of these unfortunately.

Dawid
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Dawid

Anyone else decided to wait for all songs to be revealed?

Nicky91
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Nicky91

Dark Water is a fab ballad, also Olga is a big star in czech republic

Ben Cristovao also has been making a good profile for himself in czech’s current music industry

it is online voting, and fanbases matter, so i also think Olga, Ben, Cis T have the advantage there with them being most popular here

Whisker
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Whisker

I LOOOOOOVE the opening rhyme!

Heix
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Heix

Ofc WAP will win. They are so far the best in Czech final. Vote for them and tell it to all your friends to make the same.

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

I voted for them!

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
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Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting

We must bring them to eurovision!!!!

Nicky91
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Nicky91

no thanks, either Kemama , Dark Water, Wanna Be Like to win pls

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

REally? Wanna be like is so annoying…

Marios
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Marios

oh no

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Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting

I am from the Czech Republic and my favourite is We All Poop…I love them and their song so much…they sing about very important topic…I am so glad that you like it as well William 🙂 😉 …
and if course I will vote for them…I’ve seen their accoustic version and I think it’s amazing!!!

Daniel
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Daniel

I like also song by We All Poop but unfortunately their accoustic live version is very bad 🙁

West
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West

tbh accoustic version of A Friend of a Friend sounded even worse -> and then Albert improved greatly. I think same could happen here.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

we all poop are bland, huge disappointment where i expected something wacky, weird which could live up to that epic artist name

just a green day meets twenty one pilots ripoff music wise boring

Kosey
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Kosey

If you think WAP sound like Green Day, you really need your ears checking.

pepga23
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pepga23

I couldn’t hear single note similar to TOP, I’d rather compare them to arctic monkeys.