Lisbon 2018

Czech Republic: National interest in Eurovision “increasing”, over 130 submissions so far

Jan Bors, the Czech Republic’s Eurovision head of delegation, has revealed that “over 130” songs have been submitted to ČT so far. Furthermore, approximately two weeks remain until the deadline for submissions passes. Therefore, this number is likely to increase further.

Czech artists more interested than ever

Speaking to, Bors explained that interest in the Eurovision Song Contest amongst Czech musicians is continuing to increase. The following translation is sourced from

“What is important is the composition of musical genres is also varied and, more importantly, that many more Czech authors, singers and bands have sent our song to us, and we are waiting for the next few days. Some Czech singers have also joined foreign music writers and are trying to make ready things with them.”

2016: A breakthrough year

2018 marks the fourth year of the Czech Eurovision comeback. The central European nation returned to the contest in 2015 with Hope Never Dies, performed by Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta. However, the nation’s major breakthrough came the following year. Indeed, Gabriela Gunčíková became the first Czech artist to qualify for the Eurovision final with her pop ballad I Stand.

It was Martina’s turn in Kyiv

Last year, Martina Bárta represented the Czech Republic with the jazz-influenced ballad My Turn. Unfortunately, Martina missed out on qualification to the grand final and finished 13th in the first semi-final. Nevertheless, the Czech Republic’s current run of form is a massive improvement on the nation’s first series of attempts at Eurovision back in the years between 2007 and 2009.

Are you pleased that interest is on the up in the Czech Republic? Furthermore, do you think that they are on track to return to the Eurovision final in Lisbon? Let us know in the comments below!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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