Martina Bárta has been confirmed as the Czech Republic’s entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Martina Bárta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has been confirmed this afternoon. Martina’s participation was revealed by the German Jazz Band, 4 To The Bar which she is a member of. She has been a member of the group since 2014 and performs the French Horn as well as being an established singer.

The reveal of Martina as the Czech participant was planned to take place in March following the recording of the countries entry for Kyiv. Yesterday the Head of Delegation for the Czech Republic confirmed that the song that would be representing the country will be performed in English.

On the jury that selected the Czech entry for Kyiv were; conductor and composer Martin Kumžák (50), singer, producer and composer and member of 4TET, Jiří Škorpík (44), founder of the group Lucie and composer Michal Dvořák (51), composer and singer Pražského výběru Michal Pavlíček (60) musician, composer, conductor and member of the group BSP, Ota Balage (55).

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.

Source: 4 To The Bar

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”.