He was confirmed as the Czech representative for Eurovision 2021 in May. And now Benny Cristo is kicking off the new year with the news that his song for Rotterdam will be internally selected.
Benny Cristo’s Eurovision 2021 song will be internally selected
The announcement was made on the Czech delegation’s official Facebook page — Eurovision Song Contest Czech Republic. The statement begins by wishing fans a happy and better new year, before re-confirming that Benny will represent the country once more after he was denied the chance in 2020 due to the contest’s cancellation.
For the first time since 2017, the song will not be chosen by the public. “This year he will compete with a new song that will be selected internally. Which one? You’ll see…. 😉”
Apart from unveiling the new Czech team, including Head of Delegation Kryštof Šámal, the post is scant on detail. However, Šámal and his colleagues conducted a Q&A in the comments section, shedding more light on the process.
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Czech Republic’s Eurovision 2021 song selection process
The song will be released in February or March
Šámal reveals that they are considering a few songs. But he says “we have one strong favourite”. He adds, “final debates are happening”. The earliest we can expect to hear the entry is February. However, depending on “how smoothly all aspects of the preparations will go”, we may have to wait until March. It is possible that the track will not be released before the annual HoD meeting, which typically takes place in mid-March.
The new HoD explains: “We have many more obligations towards ESC and therefore need much more time and resources for proper preparation. It wasn’t an easy decision, but one which was needed, though. I hope you all understand and appreciate the selected song when published”.
In response to another fan, he adds: “The main thing is that many tasks will be placed on us above and beyond the ordinary ESC and thus increase rapidly the costs and time needed for preparation. For this reason, it is necessary to be clear about the compositions and to think about various strategies, staging, PR, all in peace. Due to the whole COVID situation, it is simply a must for us”.
Will Eurovision Song CZ return in 2022?
The Czech Republic has used the Eurovision Song CZ national selection to select its entry every year since 2018. The format is unique in that it takes place entirely online. Benny, of course, won the competition with “Kemama” in 2020. However, now that both he and his song will be internally selected, the contest is redundant for this year.
But the powers that be envisage that Eurovision Song CZ will return in the future. “We strongly believe it will! We love it, we are good at it and fans love it as well so there is no reason to abandon the national selection. We would love to keep supporting the Czech music scene and offer various musicians and producers (no matter their notoriety) the chance to use the Eurovision platform”.
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