The Czech Republic will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal next May.
Česká televize have confirmed that the Czech Republic will take part in the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster is currently accepting applications and will do so until 17th November. They state that they are not looking for a specific genre of music, and are open to ideas.
In the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, the Czech Republic was represented by Martina Barta. With her song “My Turn”, she failed to reach the Finals, and placed 13th with 83 points. Since their debut in 2007, the country has only reached the final once, in 2016 with Gabriella Gunčíková. They have also placed last in the semi-final twice – the first time on their 2007 debut, and again in 2009. They took a break from the contest between 2010 and 2014.
The confirmation of the Czech Republic’s participation brings up the total participating countries to 36, although there’s expected to be more confirmations this week. Returning to the contest is Russia, who withdrew from the 2017 edition of the contest after their entrant Yulia Samoylova was banned from entering host city Ukraine. Australia are also participating for the fourth year since their debut in 2015. Recently, Slovakia had confirmed they will not be returning next year, along with Turkey who has been absent since the 2013 contest.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be held in Lisbon, Portugal on the 8th, 10th and 12th May next year. The venue has been revealed as the MEO Arena.
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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”.