The Czech Republic has selected their entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, with the artist to be announced in Mid-February.
The search for the Czech Republic’s entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine is over. Česká televize has now selected their participant for this years contest, with the artist being revealed to the public in Mid-February. No further details have yet been revealed about the song or its style.
A total of 300 songs were submitted in the Czech Republic to represent them at the contest, with five potential artists shortlisted at the start of January. This is the third year running that the Czech Republic has opted to internally select both their singer and song for the Eurovision Song Contest. Prior to their return to the competition in 2015, the Czech Republic held national finals to select their participants in the contest.
Mr Bors also revealed that the Czech entrant will be taking part in a number of promotional events ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest in May. In 2016 Gabriela Gunčíková only appeared at one promotional event in the Malta, compared to appearances in London and Amsterdam when the country returned to Eurovision in 2015.
The Czech entry for this years contest will be presented during a special television broadcast to be aired by Česká televize. In previous years the reveal of the artists and the singer has been a quiet event, with no television broadcast occurring.
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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 Gunčíková finished 25th in the final with the song “I Stand”.