In an announcement on their official Eurovision Facebook page this evening, Czech broadcaster ČT has announced it will no longer host its 2020 national final via a television broadcaster as originally planned. Instead, ČT will revert to the online process used for the past two contests.
“We want to do something really different”
After a few weeks of long and very difficult decision-making, we have decided, due to many and many circumstances that hosting our selection format on TV will be delayed, hopefully to next year. We want to do something really different and this year we felt it would just not work so we didn’t want to do it.
We will return to the online process from the previous two years. But don’t worry, we’re doing everything to make the upcoming online national final improve again a little further, so follow our online media channels for more information.ČT (translated from Czech)
Further details of the online selection revealed
Furthermore, the post reveals that there will once again be video clips for each participating entry. Also, all of the competing artists are brand new to ESCZ and were not present in the line-ups of the previous two editions.
The timeline for the Czech selection process has now differed from the original 25th January date given for the televised national final. The calendar is now as follows:
- January 6th: Press conference to reveal artists
- January 13th: Entries published, voting begins
- January 26th: Voting closes
And the results will be announced in the week following the close of voting!
Here is the original announcement posted on Facebook in Czech:
For further reading, why not check out our editorial for why we think ESCZ’s online selection must be applauded!