Last week, it was reported that the Czech broadcaster, Česká televize, planned to focus on Czech composers for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This report has now been refuted by the Czech Head of Delegation, Jan Bors.
The earlier report was derived from an interview between Bors and the Polish site eurowizja.org. According to that report, ČT intended to work with five successful Czech composers and present their compositions to a professional jury.
It has now been clarified that the proposal to invite only Czech composers was only one possibility discussed by ČT and not the final agreed approach.
Mr Bors had confirmed that the Czech preparations for Eurovision 2018 have been underway since May. However, details of the national selection process will only be published when it is officially approved by ČT.
The participation of the Czech Republic in Eurovision 2018 remains tentative but according to Mr Bors is “likely.” Preliminary submissions from each broadcaster require to be submitted to the EBU by 15 September. These can be cancelled later in the year if necessary.
In 2017, the Czech Republic failed to reach the Eurovision final. Martina Bárta finished 13th in the first semi-final scoring a total of 83 points. The country’s first qualification for the Eurovision Grand Final was in 2016.
Despite low viewing figures for the contest, the Czech national broadcaster has previously expressed plans to regularly participate in Eurovision. ČT views the Eurovision Song Contest as an opportunity to build on the country’s musical tradition.
The Czech Republic has not held a televised national selection process to select its entry for Eurovision since 2009. Mr Bors has previously suggested that a national selection, inspired by Melodifestivalen, could be used to select Czech entries in the near future.
According to the latest information from Mr Bors, fans should look forward to some surprising news if the national broadcaster approves the plans of the Czech delegation.
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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”.