ČT (Česká Televize) has revealed that an internal selection will take place to decide Benny Cristo’s next Eurovision entry.
A new Head of Delegation in place
The Czech broadcaster has confirmed the news earlier this week. Last month, it was reported that Benny had been working on a few songs for Eurovision 2021.
Along with this, it was also announced that Kryštof Šámal is now the new Head of Delegation. He has replaced Cyril Hirsch, who has become the Assistant Head of Delegation.
As shown via the comments of this Facebook post, the entry is set to be revealed in February or March.
When asked why ČT decided to select internally, Šámal responded:
“We have many more obligations towards ESC and therefore need much more time and resources for proper preparation. It wasn’t an easy decision, but one which was needed, though. I hope you all understand and appreciate the selected song when published.
(In response to another commenter) “The main thing is that many tasks will be placed on us above and beyond the ordinary ESC and thus increase rapidly the costs and time needed for preparation. For this reason, it is necessary to be clear about the compositions and to think about various strategies, staging, PR, all in peace. Due to the whole COVID situation, it is simply a must for us.”Kryštof Šámal on going internal for Eurovision 2021
While Eurovision Song CZ will not be taking place this year, there is a strong belief that it will return in 2022. The Czech team aim to keep supporting the local music scene and give people the chance to use the Eurovision platform.
Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest
Debuting in 2007, the Czech Republic hasn’t always been the most successful country at the Eurovision Song Contest. Their debut entry, “Malá dáma”, performed by Kabát scored just 1 point in the semi-final. After two further non-qualifications, the nation withdrew from the contest for five years, before returning in 2015.
Their first appearance in the final came a year later, in 2016, when Gabriela Gunčíková took her song “I Stand” to 25th place in the final. The Czech Republic scored their best result to date in 2018 with Mikolas Josef’s “Lie To Me”. It placed 6th in the final with 281 points.
Benny Cristo was selected to represent the Czech Republic at the 2020 contest in Rotterdam, however, the contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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