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🇨🇿 Czech Republic to open song selection process in September

However, CT have reserved the right to cancel the selection in case they opt to not participate.

Last week, Czech broadcaster Ceska Televize announced its song submission process for Eurovision 2022. However, they have noted that the broadcaster may opt to not participate in the 2022 contest as part of the announcement.

Via Facebook, CT has announced that they will be opening their song submissions process for Eurovision 2022 next month. The submission form will be published by September 17th at the latest, with the deadline for submissions being September 30.

The guidelines for submissions are as follows:

  • An artist can submit more than one song into the selection
  • Songs must not have been released commercially or performed publicly before September 1, 2021
  • Lead vocalist must hold Czech citizenship

Notably, the announcement states that CT reserves the right to cancel the selection process in the event that the Czech Republic does not participate in Eurovision 2022. Whether this means they have not determined whether they will participate, or is simply a precaution due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, was not made clear.

Czech Republic at Eurovision 2021

Back in 2020, Benny Cristo won Czech Republic’s national selection and was set to represent his country in Rotterdam with the song “Kemama”. After the 2020 contest was cancelled, Benny was selected internally by the broadcaster ČT for 2021.

The song was written by Benny and Filip Vlček, who will also join Benny Cristo on the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Benny was one of the few artists to confirm that he would not be using pre-recorded backing vocals prior to the contest.

Benny performed third in the second semi-final, placing 15th with 23 points. This marked the Czech Republic’s first non-qualification since 2017.

You can watch our interview with Benny below:

Would you like to see the Czech Republic back next year? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! Also, be sure to follow us on Spotify and YouTube to see our reactions to the news in the run up to the 2022 national final season!

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