The Czech Republic will take part in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.
Jon Ola Sand has this afternoon confirmed Czech participation after a gap of five years. A spokesperson from Czech Television said:
Czech Television is happy to be back again in that wonderful competition. After three entries in the previous years we hope to offer Europe a top quality Czech song.
Czech Television will make an internal selection for what will be their fourth participation in Eurovision. Established composers will be commissioned to submit entries to a jury of five experts who will make the internal selection.
The Czech Republic does not have a glittering record at the contest. They competed from 2007-9 with the entries you can see below. All three failed to qualify to the final, in fact, the Czechs have only once managed to finish above any other country. They finished dead last with their début in 2007, next to last in 2008 (above Hungary’s Csézy) and again propped up the table in 2009. Czech songs have accumulated a grand total of ten points across three semifinal entries.
The sadly unappreciated Kabát who performed ‘Mála damá’ for the Czech debut in 2007 but received just one point in the semifinal from the discerning Estonians.
Tereza Kendlová’s legs earned nine points in the 2008 second semifinal, where she performed ‘Have some fun’ to finish one place off the bottom.
2009 saw a Czech demise at Eurovision, as Gypsy.cz baffled a continent and left the Czechs with nul points. ‘Aven romale!’ (‘Come on, gypsies!’) was the last Czech entry seen at Eurovision. Until 2015!