The Head of Delegation for the Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest has revealed more than 300 songs have been submitted for next years contest.
The Czech selection process has received over 300 song submissions, with yesterday being the last day for interested singers to submit their entries. A jury of CT representatives and noted Czech music experts will then examine all of the entries and internally select the best. There are no nationality restrictions on who can submit songs. Producers hope that by working with international songwriters, the Czech Republic can send the highest quality entry possible.
The Czech Republic has internally selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest every year since their return to the contest in 2015. The 2016 contest in Stockholm saw the Czech Republic qualify for their first ever Eurovision Song Contest final. Gabriela Gunčíková became the first artist representing the Czech Republic to qualify from a semi final and went on to finish 25th in the final. The Czech Republic finished last on the televote with 0 points, but 21st with the juries scoring a total of 41 points.
The Czech Republic debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 with the band Kabát and the song “Malá dáma”, they finished last in the semi final scoring just 1 point from Estonia. The country went on to participate for a further two years before withdrawing from the contest after the 2009 edition in Moscow where Gipsy.cz scored nul points. Since the countries return to the contest in 2015 interest from the Czech public has grown with viewing figures increasing year on year.
A total of 43 countries are to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Returning to the Eurovision stage are Portugal and Romania who both took a year out from the contest. Bosnia & Herzegovina has however withdrawn from the contest due to financial difficulties at the national broadcaster, BHRT. The 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is being held on the following dates:
- Semi Final 1 – 9 May
- Semi Final 2 – 11 May
- Final – 13 May
Source: Jan Forst Bors