Czech Republic to hold a National Final for Eurovision 2020

It will be the first televised Czech final in 12 years

Czech Republic has just recently announced that Lake Malawi will represent them in Tel Aviv with their song ‘Friend of a Friend’, now CT has announced that they will be holding a national final on January 25, 2020, thus confirming Czech Republic’s intent to participate next year.

Return to a Televised Final after 12 years

The way that Czech Republic has selected their Eurovision entries has varied over the years. Czech Republic’s first two entries in the contest were selected using a National Final.

Since their return in 2015, they have both used internal selections and an online selection, which has given the country mixed result. However, it did give them two appearances in the Grand Final.

Submission for Entries now OPEN!

Interested artists, composers who are interested in entering the Czech selection have until the 30th June 2019 to send in their respective entries. They can do so by sending them at [email protected]

All of the entries submitted to CT must meet Eurovision rules. (This therefore means that the track should be less than 3 minutes long, no political messages or explicit language). There is no genre set, so it can be it any genre.

Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest

The Czech Republic debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 with the song “Malá dáma”, performed by Kabát. The song finished in last place in the semi-final, with only 1 point (from Estonia). The Czech Republic also failed to qualify in 2008 and 2009, finishing in 18th place in 2008 and in last place again in 2009 with 0 points – only the second song in the history of the contest to score 0 points in a semi-final.

The Czech Republic took a break from the contest between 2010 and 2014, before returning in 2015 with “Hope Never Dies”. Despite not qualifying, it scored Czech Republic’s highest position to date (at the time), placing 13th in the semi-final. In 2016, they made the final for the first time with “I Stand”, however, they failed to qualify again in 2017.

The Czech Republic scored their best result to date in Lisbon, however with Mikolas Josef and his entry, “Lie to Me”. After a third-place finish in semi-final one, it went on to finish in sixth place in the grand final, scoring 281 points, breaking the previous Czech points record set in 2016 by 240 points.

This year, Czech Republic selected the band Lake Malawi to represent them in Tel Aviv with their song ‘Friend of a Friend’. They will participate on the First Half of the First Semi-Final on the 14th May for a spot in the Grand Final on the 18th May.

Lake Malawi’s music video for their Eurovision entry ‘Friend of a Friend’

Tim Jumawan

I started watching Eurovision ever since I moved to the UK in 2006, obsessed since 2012 and haven't looked back since.

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