Eurovision Czech 2022 ESCZ

It’s the first national final of the Eurovision 2022 season. And before the Czech Republic announces the winner of it’s ESCZ 2022 selection on Thursday 16 December, we’ve decided to do a ranking of our own.

The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has assembled after its summer hiatus and listened to all seven contenders. We’ve ranked our top songs in Eurovision fashion and combined our scores to determine our absolute favourites. What entry emerged on top? Read on to find out!

ESCZ 2022: The Wiwi Jury’s Top Seven Ranking

7. The Valentines “Stay Or Go” (47 points)

🥉 — Lucy and Tom

Renske: Music inspired by the 1980s has been in vogue for a few years now. At the brink of 2022, it feels a little bit overdone to potentianlly see another track of this calliber at the contest. “Stay Or Go” is a nice pop effort, but it uses a lot of elements we have seen in more throwbacks. Eighties pop did not fare well for Denmark last year either, so that might indicate that the trend is becoming a bit old at this stage. 

Lucy: The Valentines bring an almost The 1975-esque charm to ESCZ, providing retro sounds combined with indie, to create something very NOW. I was initially concerned about the staging this could have, but in their performance video, they have so much charisma that they clearly don’t need much. A gem in this fabulous national final.

6. Jordan Haj & Emma Smetana “By Now” (54 points)

🥇 — Padraig
🥈 — Robyn 

William: Jordan and Emma have fantastic voices that work really well together. His smoky grit mixed with her ethereal beauty is at time an intoxicating combination. Unfortunately, the vocal prowess is wasted on a song that seems to value atmosphere over impact. At times it feels a little too “artsy”, as with the repetition of random words in both English and French. Ultimately these three minutes feel like six or seven…and I need more than ambience to hold me for that long. 

Padraig: This is easily my favourite track in the entire competition. Jordan and Emma’s vocals make for a classy mix, his rough and rugged, hers sultry and sensual. It’s like Lana Del Rey, without being a clone. Hooverphonic and the Common Linnets spring to mind. I’m in love with the lyrics and the clever word play — “at 20 I’m mean and old, I’m living in a house that ain’t no home”. This pair certainly kept well clear of the “fire/higher/desire” school of songwriting! There’s some work to be done with the live performance, but this song is too good to be slept on. It’s the only ESCZ 2022 entry that’ve I’ve had on repeat.

5. Skywalker “Way Down” (56 points)

🥇 — Tom and William
🥉 — Robyn

Padraig: On more than one occasion, I’ve left my playlist playing and let the politely dated opening fade into the background. And then the screamo vocals kick in and I’m pressing the skip button faster than Usain Bolt on an Olympic running track. The sensation is akin to falling asleep in 2003 and being rudely awakened at 5.30 am on a Monday morning by a pneumatic drill.

William: Sounding like an angry Blink-182, Skywalker are serving angst and nostalgia and I am most definitely here to eat. Yes, we’ve heard this before. And, yes, we can almost predict where this is going. But the song has a hook that you instantly remember and it’s delivered with pizzazz and passion and just the right amount of aggression. The band managed to captivate while singing in a gray box with some purple lights. Surely they could take things even higher on that massive stage in Torino.

4. Giudi “Jezinky” (57 points)

🥇 — Renske
🥈 — Tom
🥉 — Natalie

Robyn: Look, this isn’t a bad song at all, but I don’t think it wouldn’t be right for Eurovision. “Jezinky” uses a lot of ASMR effects, with chattering noises along with Giudi’s angelic vocals. But ASMR is best enjoyed solo, wearing headphones. Imagine how this would work being played on TV speakers in the midst of a drunken Eurovision viewing party. The risk is that it would turn into background music. The song itself isn’t hooky enough to rise above that. Yeah, it could be given a more intense remix, but that would shatter its artistic appeal. It’s just not quite right for Eurovision.

Renske: “Jezinky” is something else. At times, it is more a performance or an experience rather than a song. However, these types of entries have recently fared well at the contest, showing out-of-the-box thinking and progressivism. Although perhaps less accessible to the commercial market, it is possibly the most futuristic entry in the Czech national final combining the current popular spoken word art with Czech folklore. If a song as complicated as “SHUM” can deliver at Eurovision, then “Jezinky” definitely stands a good chance too.

3. Elis Mraz “Imma Be” (61 points)

🥇 — Robyn
🥈 — Renske
🥉 — Pablo

Natalie: Action does not meet intention. I can see what Elis is trying to do here, mimicking the confidence and attitude of artists like Meghan Trainor. The problem is, she doesn’t know how to do it. Her delivery comes across as fake and forced. The brass-laden production feels disconnected and confused. By the time I’ve reached the hand-clapping part, I’m completely lost. It’s sad because I want to like Elis, but I wish she would stop trying to mimic what American artists are doing and come up with something original. I can see the talent, I just want to see her be more inspired.

Robyn: This is fun and it’s entertaining. Elis is a great performer – she can sing, rap and perhaps even more importantly she can deliver a compelling, engaging performance that draws the listener into her sassy world. I’m especially impressed that the rapping is seamlessly incorporated into the rest of the song. There’s no “rap break”, more that the mood of the song requires her to channel her inner Nicki and drop some bars in certain places. Best of all, the song feels like it could be a current pop hit. This would be really fun to experience live in Turin.

2. We Are Domi “Lights Off” (65 points)

🥇 — Natalie
🥈 — Lucy and Pablo
🥉 — Padraig and William

Tom: Wow, what a line up ESCZ has this year. Not a bad entry among them which will make the final an unbelievable competition. DOMI’s “Lights Off” is not near the top of my rankings but still offers an extremely radio friendly dance/pop song that would not be out of place in bars and clubs around the world. It has a classic dance track feel that you cannot help but move to – the more I listen to it, the more I enjoy it. That being said, “Lights Off” is somewhat generic. I worry that it may get forgotten about compared to some of the other songs in the line-up.

Natalie: The only word I can use for this is magical. Sure the lyrics could probably be crisper. Sure the vocals seem a bit messy sometimes. But, the production is flawless. Maybe I’m just a sucker for this kind of music, but I never get tired of replaying this song. It feels dramatic and ethereal from start to finish, and it matches its message completely. I wish they pushed it further, added in some more effects to keep it moving, but this is golden Europop stuff, and I would love to see this representing the Czech Republic. Damn, this country can produce.

1. Annabelle “Runnin’ Out of Freakin’ Time” (76 points)

🥇 — Lucy and Pablo
🥈 — Natalie, Padraig and William
🥉 — Renske

Pablo: In Eurovision, you’re either following the trends or being part of the trends. “Running out of F* Time” squarely fits the latter. This has potential to appeal to the often overseen Gen Z crowd, while deriving a very clear influence from early ’00s Avril Lavigne and Pink. Annabelle is a star and her wide appeal to both the young and the young at heart could bring a great result in the end.

Lucy: Bringing pop-punk to the contest is Annabelle, really honing in on that Olivia Rodrigo popularity. One could be concerned it comes across as too obvious a choice, but Annabelle has her own individuality putting across a message of anxiety about success at her age, to an anthemic melody. To me, this is pop perfection. Fabulous work, Annabelle.

ESCZ 2022: Wiwi Jury Scoreboard

Wiwi Jury Ranking ESCZ2022

Do you agree with our rankings? Who’s your favourite? And who do you think will win? Let us know below.

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3art
3art
5 months ago
  1. By Now
  2. Lights Off
  3. Jezinky

Very high level over all

mrjeffster
mrjeffster
5 months ago

Has anyone figured out when and on what platform ESCZ is revealing the winner tomorrow?

Ieva
Ieva
5 months ago

I absolutely love Lights Off, I hope it wins!

Juarez Neto
Juarez Neto
5 months ago

Domi, Giudi and Jordan/Emma would be awesome choices for me but I won’t complain whether Elis or The Valentines get the ticket. Skywalker is okay-ish at best and I really don’t get the hype for Annabelle. It would definitely be my least favorite Czech entry since their return in Vienna.

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
5 months ago

Czechia has long been my least favourite country in eurovision, and most of these could be my alltime favourite czech entry, literally any of Jezinky, Imma be, Lights off or Running out of F***ing time would be songs to remember, but Jezinky and Imma be are my clear favourites. Jezinky is endlessly captivating, I almost cry every time I watch the music video. Imma be is just very fun and catchy, Nice and entertaining lyrics.

LMN
LMN
5 months ago

Lights Off, nothing else.

Stian F
Stian F
5 months ago

Seriously? Annabelles song is a dated 00’s Avril Lavigne type of song…. Boring…

Cristian Silviu Bucur
Cristian Silviu Bucur
5 months ago

Sorry but Wiwibloggs has no taste putting that vulgar song of Anabelle first and Lights Off only second.

Mr X
Mr X
5 months ago

As follows my personal ranking list of CZ´s preselection songs:

  1. We are Domi 7/10
  2. Elis Mraz 6,5/10
  3. Skywalker 6/10
  4. Giudi 5,5/10
  5. The Valentines 5/10
  6. Jordan Haj & Emma Smetana 3/10
  7. Annabelle 2/10
Last edited 5 months ago by Mr X
Slabsson54
Slabsson54
5 months ago

Surprised by the last and first position, tbh. Sure, someone has gotta be last. But I would expect The Valentines to be higher in the Wiwi-jury ranking. What has to be said IMHO, that Denmark 2021 got 80 pts from the televote but only 9 points from the juries (while Omaga got 23)…so while the result was NQ, I am not sure, that an overall trend for retrostyle tiredness can be concluded. And Annabelle, well, i would not mind her being the winner, but as her live performance was rather mediocre, it does surprise me she got the pole position… Read more »

Yudhistira Mahasena
5 months ago

Honestly, Czechia’s Eurovision songs are quality beyond Eurovision, that everytime ESCZ is on air, it’s hard to even pick a winner that can represent Czechia. Also some of the songs here are anything but mainstream pop: there’s orchestral pop, post-hardcore, jazz fusion, hip hop, pop punk, and even EDM. “By now” is more acoustic-inspired.

Wheatley
Wheatley
5 months ago

I have “By Now” on repeat. Seriously in love with the singing style and melodies. Plus they have good chemistry live. “Running out of freakin’ time” and “Imma Be” close out my top 3. Any of these 3 I could see as guaranteed Qualifiers.

Last edited 5 months ago by Wheatley
trollo
trollo
5 months ago
Reply to  Wheatley

“By Now” is underrated AF =(

ArvinRoido Atienza
ArvinRoido Atienza
5 months ago

This shows how popular this NF is. Even the Wiwi team are divided.

Daniel Garza
Daniel Garza
5 months ago

Jezinky and Lights off are my favorite, i think runnin out of time is okay but live it sounds shaky. I think lights off will win, but i want jezinky too

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
5 months ago
Reply to  Daniel Garza

I hope it’s one of those two, although I admit I am more partial to lights off as I actually voted for that song on the site. Anyone else would be a disappointment.

ArvinRoido Atienza
ArvinRoido Atienza
5 months ago
Reply to  Daniel Garza

Yeah. It was my fave too before live. Imma be has the best live and I also enjoyed by now.

Timi
Timi
5 months ago

To me is between Giudi and Domi. The rest will struggle to qualify (even if almost all songs are really nice!). Giudi is something else, completely out of the box, and that has been appreciated in the last years (Hatari, Dady, Go_A). I think it can be powerful enough live to make it a really outstanding experience on stage. Domi has a really really really cool song as well, maybe too mainstream, but charming.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago

I don’t know for you guys, but I feel Domi will win the international votes at least despite all the hype Jezinky is getting.

Addie
Addie
5 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

I hope that’s what will happen!

Sav001
Sav001
5 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Hopefully it gets sent. It’s the only one I would regularly listen to. I feel a lot of people are only hyping Jezinky because its weird and out there.

Héctor
Héctor
5 months ago

Surprised to see Giudi 4th but agree on Annabelle. For me it is between those two. The bronze medal has to be to Skywalker for that boom of nostalgia they are bring and I’m loving.

The Valentines are droping in my top but I enjoy every single hopeful entry in this ESCZ edition (maybe “Imma be” is the one I don’t really like at all but it sounds ok).

Periodt Pooh
Periodt Pooh
5 months ago

Jezinky is the only right option

Roro31
5 months ago

For me, Giudi or DOMI… It’s very difficult… My Winner is DOMI !!! We cross fingers !

#synthsareawesome
#synthsareawesome
5 months ago

1. Guidi – Jezinsky. As an electronic music fan, I don’t have a problem with this going nowhere and being a rather vibe than a story. But will others enjoy it the way I do? I guess, no. It’s enchantingly haunted, dark and I like the vocals that somewhat remind me of Belinda Butcher with this ethereal vibe. But it’s not catchy by any means. Still my favourite. 2. Elis Mraz – Imma be. She has the sass. The song is Ok, but her confident delivery makes it a serious contender. I guess, in terms of qualification, it’s the best… Read more »

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
5 months ago

I have almost the exact same ranking except Lights off is 4th, cool

esc_fl
esc_fl
5 months ago

My lineup has changed a bit, but this is my top 7:
1) Lights Off
2) Jezinky
3) Running out of F Time
4) Stay Or Go
5) Imma Be
6) Way Down
7) By Now
I’d be happy with any of the top 3 representing the Czech Republic!

rockhound
rockhound
5 months ago

i think jezinky has the best potential for esc, but it would really depend on the live performance at the contest
if they can create the vibe, then amazing
if they aren’t able to create that dark quiet atmosphere then it has like no impact
but still jezinky all the way for me

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
5 months ago

I have to say, I LOVED the song selection! So young, delicate, modern and fresh! Starting from my least favourite: 7) Jordan & Emma (didn’t take me where I was hoping it would, and I got bored). 6) Annabelle (a modern take on Avril Lavigne, but just not modern enough). 5) Giudi (I really like this, but it needs the whole contrast of ‘light and dark’ moments where the gentle parts slowly build in to something more dramatic. The staging on this could be incredible though). 4) Skywalker (I used to be a huge fan of Linkin Park, so this… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by AMAAN STORM
Addie
Addie
5 months ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

Oh we have the same top two!

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

This is a very good selection, so my ranking does contain some nitpicks that otherwise wouldn’t matter as much. Jezinky – It’s a standout, even in this group! While the wrong staging and a wooden delivery could push it into background, judging by the live performance tape, that’s not the case here. This could have all the eerieness of Shum with all the vibe of 1944. It is a polarizing song, but I still think that it could do very well. In any case, I voted for it, so, good luck, Giudi! 🙂 Stay or Go – Sure, this likely… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Colin
Azaad
Azaad
5 months ago

I think Jezinky would benefit from having the symphonic version used to be frank.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
5 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

I don’t know why the symphonic version isn’t used in the Live on tape performance.

Leo
Leo
5 months ago

By Now is nothing like Lana Del Rey.

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago

Loved the tiny battle between Padraig and William in the middle of the article (Jordan & Emma/Skywalker’s reviews). Sorry William, but I’m Team Padraig on this one. I ended up voting for Giudi. I think it’s the song that can cause the biggest impact in Turin, though it can easily crash and burn too. It’s a “go big or go home” entry. “By Now” is a great track, already added to my playlists, but their live hasn’t convinced me. ANNABELLE and We Are Domi are arguably the ones that could bring a decent result without further risks. Any of these… Read more »

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
5 months ago

By Now is by far my favorite song and I’ve been in love with this song and playing it endlessly on repeat since I first heard it. It creates such a dreamy and romantic atmosphere and the two performers have great chemistry. It’s a real shame not a whole lot of Eurofans seem to agree. Also Padraig is my favorite Wiwiblogger and I’m so happy that By Now is his favorite too! I definitely agree with his Common Linnets comparison and I can imagine By Now doing really well at Eurovision with similar staging. Also another similarity with the Common… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by ESCFanGA
Tania
Tania
5 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

Can’t agree more on everything! It’s just like me writing

Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago

my ranking would be pretty much the same, except i have jezinky dead last. can’t stand those three minutes of whispering that go nowhere. i agree with pablo and lucy’s points, annabelle is very gen z’d/olivia rodrigo’d and it’s also similar to this new abcdefu song from tiktok that’s #1 on spotify globally. the obvious choice imo. domi’s song is also nice, but too middle of the road to gather many points at esc.

Thanos
Thanos
5 months ago

I actually agree with Wiwi jury’s ranking of “By now”. This song never grasped me and I can’t see the appeal personally. I voted for Skywalker, that serve some nice pop-rock 2000s vibe but I also wouldn’t mind if Jezinky wins (although I am not so sure it would do good at ESC). Finally Stay Or Go is pleasant and kinda reminiscent to past Czech successes and I think that it can surely qualify for the final if selected.

Pasadena
Pasadena
5 months ago

It’s my favourite. It has me spellbound for 3 minutes every time.

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
5 months ago

Now that I’ve given this selection a little time I think I got my own top in order: 7. Jordan & Emma – By now 6. The valentines – Stay or go 5. Elis Mraz – Imma be (totally agree with Natalie. She tries way too hard here) 4. Skywalker – Way down (Even though I don’t agree with it, Padraigs comment made me laugh out loud. I think the song is ok) 3. Giudi – Jezinky (I appreciate the artsyness and the aesthetic of this and the performance was great but this isn’t something I would listen without watching… Read more »

Alo
Alo
5 months ago

Jezinky only 4?
I can’t see other option for winning here actually.

Bart
Bart
5 months ago
Reply to  Alo

I don’t think the song goes anywhere it’s a vibe but a sad vibe bit, only the appearance is very good but if you only listen I don’t get the hype

Alo
Alo
5 months ago
Reply to  Bart

And that’s a good thing as in esc you watch a performance and don’t just listen to a song

Sav001
Sav001
5 months ago
Reply to  Alo

Do you really see the International jury, which makes up 50% of the vote, putting Jezinky as their favourite?

Jeff USA
Jeff USA
5 months ago

“By Now” is criminally low

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff USA

Ya, it needs a defense lawyer.

Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff USA

plsss where are these by now stans suddenly popping out of ? that’s a duet with zero chemistry if i ever saw one

JeyDelRey
JeyDelRey
5 months ago

It’s definitely my favorite of this selection, and probably my favorite of the season so far. I know it’s very unlikely that they’ll win and represent Czech Republic but at least I’m happy the selection allowed me to discover them 🙂

Leo
Leo
5 months ago

I believe that they’ll win the Czech vote
Probably not the international vote
No idea about the juries

sam
sam
5 months ago

padraig, i am thouroughly offended that you not only spelled lana del rey wrong but you compared her music to the worst song in the bunch…..

anyways, i will be heartbroken if jezinky doesn’t win

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
5 months ago

Nice list ! I can’t decide between ”Jezinky” and ”Running Out Of Freakin’ Time”
I always loved Czech selections , i find it very cool and diverse.