The Czech national broadcaster, ČT, has announced that they will select their Eurovision Young Dancers representative on September 29.
Applications are now open for anyone wishing to represent the Czech Republic on home soil in the National Congress Centre in Prague on December 16. The closing date for applications is September 10. Regulations for applicants include the following:
- Applicants must be aged 16-21 at the on the day of the live final (born between 17 December 1995 and 16 December 2001)
- Applicants must be citizens of the Czech Republic or have lived in the Czech Republic for at least two years
- Only solo dancers may apply. Group applications are not allowed.
- Applicants must not have any permanent professional dancing engagement
- Applicants must know the basics of contemporary dance and classical ballet
- Applicants must not be a previous winner of Eurovision Young Dancers
The national selection will take place on September 29 in the National Theatre in Prague, during the Golden Prague International Television Festival. Contestants can perform a classical ballet, modern dance or street dance piece which must not exceed 5 minutes. Competitors must also provide the musical accompaniment for their piece to the organisers on CDs, DVDs or in MP3, WAV, FLAC or other data formats. The winner will be appointed by a professional jury featuring leading Czech dancers and representatives of Česká televize. The winner will also be provided with accommodation for them and one other person for the duration of their stay in Prague.
The Czech Republic first participated in Eurovision Young Dancers in 1999 and have participated in every contest since, except in 2011. They were one of three winning countries at the 2003 contest, with Monika Hejduková and Viktor Konvalinka winning the “Youth Jury Award”, which was awarded by a group of young people in the audience at the contest. The Czech Republic hosted the 2015 contest in the city of Pilsen, where they were represented by Helena Nováčková performing “Soldier On My Own”.