The Czech Republic is sticking with what works. Broadcaster Česká Televize (CT) has confirmed that it will again use its selection method ESCZ to find its act for Eurovision 2022. The broadcaster revealed initial details of the application process.
CT announced the details on social media, with a post that summarised the basics of the application process.
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The ESCZ guidelines confirm the iconic Eurovision rule that songs can’t have been released prior to 1 September. The broadcaster is clear that this is not the place for Czech songwriters to recycle their greatest hits.
The lead vocalist of the song must hold Czech citizenship — though in the case of a duet, it’s ok for just one of the two singers to be Czech.
Song submissions don’t have to be a polished final edit. The broadcaster is clear that it’s ok to enter a demo version. And songwriters and performers can enter more than one song in the contest.
The guidelines also include a cavaet that warns: “ESCZ2022 might be cancelled if by any reason CT does not compete in Eurovision 2022.”
While this might sound worrying, it is likely more just a reflection of the uncertainly that many broadcasters face in the era of the pandemic.
Applications are not yet open, however the broadcaster says that details of how to apply will be made available no later than 17 September. Applications will then close on 30 September.
Details of exactly how ESCZ2022 will select the Czech song for Eurovision 2022 have not been confirmed. In the past, CT has released the studio version and live acoustic performances of the songs and picked the favourite using a jury vote and an online public vote.
The Czech Republic at Eurovision
The Czech Republic is one of the more recent additions to the Eurovision Song Contest, having made its debut in 2007. However, its early years were not so successful.
In its first three years, Czechia failed to qualify for the grand final three times, and even finished last in its semi-final twice, once with nil points.
The country took a break from Eurovision and returned in 2015 with a much better overall run of results. In 2016, Gabriela Gunčíková took Czechia into the grand final for the first time with her ballad “I Stand”.
In 2018, Mikolas Josef brought his cheeky R&B tune “Lie to Me” to Lisbon. He won over audiences and finished sixth in the grand final — the best ever result for the Czech Republic. Pop band Lake Malawi also did well the following year, finishing 11th with their song “Friend of a Friend”.
Benny Cristo represented the Czech Republic at Eurovision 2021. And while he had been selected from winning ESCZ2020, his song for Rotterdam had been internally selected following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020. “Omaga” finished 15th in its semi-final, missing out on the grand final.
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