Albania is no longer the only country choosing its Eurovision 2022 song in December. Czech Television has revealed on the official ESCZ 2022 web site that they’ll choose their artist in December too.
So who will be competing in their online selection show? Well that’s to be decided. But the broadcaster did confirm that it received more than 150 songs “from several dozen different artists from around the world” when the submissions window closed on September 30. The internal selection process to pick out the diamonds that shine brightest is now underway.
ESCZ 2022: Czech Republic confirms national final for December
The Czech team also teased that it’s called in some big guns to help it make that cull, adding two luminaries to their internal judging panel. They write:
“This year, the in-house team responsible for selecting these performers was strengthened by one American composer and European producer / performer. Their identity will be revealed after the selection of the finalists of the national round, so that these jurors cannot be influenced in any way during the selection.”
“Applicants for songs selected for the national round will be contacted by e-mail by October 20 to confirm their participation and agree on the terms of the national round.”
“Individual participants and their compositions will be published in early December.”
“The national round will take place in December 2021, so that the winning performer can work on his Eurovision performance from January 2022.”
“To participate in the national round, it is necessary to record a live version of the song in the Czech Television studio, which will serve as a basis for voting.”
“Voting will take place electronically and the result will be decided by a 50% international jury, 25% international spectators and 25% Czech spectators.”
Just like many of his Eurovision 2021 contemporaries, Benny Cristo was originally due to sing at Eurovision 2020. But he never got the chance to perform as the contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily for Benny, he got a second chance when Czech TV decided to keep him on for Eurovision 2021.
While completely different, “omaga” is heavily influenced by Benny’s planned entry for 2020 — “Kemama”. He explains that “the main message is me being honest about trying to have fun in these times and not overcomplicating things and overthinking things like I did with “Kemama”. With “Kemema” there were a lot of hidden messages and things I wanted to reveal about myself, but here it’s less about me and I’m just trying to tune into the viewer and trying to give you positive energy by any means necessary. I just want you to realize and not think about anything. I really just want you to smile. Nothing deeper than that.”
Who do you think the iconic members of the Czech judging panel are? And which artists do you hope submitted to the broadcaster? Let us know in the comments box below!