The Head of Delegation for the Czech Republic has confirmed that the country’s song for Kyiv will be performed in English.
The latest video from the Czech Head of Delegation has been released, with Jan Bors confirming that this years song for Kyiv will be performed in English. Mr Bors confirmed that for a second year running that the song that has been selected was written and composed by individuals from outside of the Czech Republic.
Alongside the release of the question and answer session with Jan Bors, it has been annnounced that the reveal of the Czech entry and singer will now take place in March. The Czech broadcaster released an image today showing the recording of the country’s song for Kyiv. They had previously announced that the reveal would take place in mid-February.
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.
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”.