In the Czech Republic, five songs are reportedly in the running to represent the country at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
According to reports the Czech Republic is into the final stages of selecting their entry for this years Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. Interest in representing the Czech Republic at the contest has never been higher with over 300 songs being submitted to the Czech national broadcaster, CT. Five songs have now been selected from the over 300 submissions, and now work is underway to match these songs with potential singers for the contest.
After all of the five songs have been given an artist a final decision will be made on who will represent the Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. An announcement is expected to be made in either February or March.
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.
Source: INFE Network
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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. In 2016 the Czech Republic qualified for their first final, Gabriela Guncikova finished 25th in the final with the song “I Stand”.