The seven acts competing in the Czech Republic’s ESCZ 2022 selection for Eurovision are here. The identities of all the acts along with their songs were revealed at a press conference on Monday afternoon. The line-up includes a returning Elis Mraz as wells as some names that have appeared on fan wishlists through the years.
As with previous editions of the national final format, the contest will take place completely online with the result being decided by a mixture of public and jury voting.
ESCZ 2022: Entries
Eurovision.tv explains that the “Jezinky” are mythical creatures from Czech folklore that lure people into the darkest parts of the Bohemian forests. Giudi says that “the creatures represent those deep-rooted fears that must be faced so we can heal our hearts”.
Elis Mraz “Imma Be”
Fans will remember Elis from the 2020 Czech selection, when she joined forces with Čis T on “Wanna Be Like”. They finished second to Benny Cristo.
Domi “Lights Off”
Domi — sometimes billed as We Are Domi — were formed in the UK back in 2018. However, their members hail from the Czech Republic and Norway. Currently based in Prague, they blend Scandi pop with electro beats.
Skywalker “Way Down”
Skywalker is a four-piece band that’s been going for over ten years. They’ve toured Europe with well known acts like Beartooth, Crystal Lake, Normandie and Counterparts.
ANNABELLE “Runnin’ Out Of Freakin’ Time”
ANNABELLE is a singer and rapper from Prague. She’s already quite established in the Czech Republic with hits like “Dadae”, “Black Hole” and “Anxiety”.
Jordan Haj x Emma Smetana “By Now”
This husband and wife duo have been on our rader for a long time. We nominated Emma for our 2018 Wednesday Wishlist and Jordan in 2020. Of Emma, we wrote: “She is one of the most unique artists on the Czech music scene. Emma Smetana began her career as a TV news presenter, before forming her own band. Not only does she sing, she also plays the piano and guitar”. And for Jordan we said: “He’s a singer-songwriter who’s been part of the Czech Republic’s music scene for several years. But it was only in 2020 that Jordan Haj released his first solo single — “The End Of The World”. The track became an instant hit, getting heavy traction on radio and topping airplay charts. But success is nothing new to Jordan, he’s collaborated on big songs with other artists, including Emma Smetana — his partner and mother of his daughter.”
The Valentines “Stay or Go”
The Valentines consist of Honza on bass and vocals, Ondřej on guitar and synths and Matěj on drums. In 2019, they won Radio Wave’s Starter song contest.
Czech Republic at Eurovision 2022: ESCZ
Czech Republic’s act for Eurovision 2022 will be determined through a mix of public votes and jury votes. All voting is free and votes can be cast using the Eurovision app or via the ESCZ website.
An international jury of music industry professionals will contribute 50% of the overall result. Meanwhile, votes from international fans contribute 25%, with the final 25% coming from Czech fans.
Voting opens on 7 December and closes on 15 December. The winner of ESCZ will be announced on 16 December.
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