More details have been revealed about the Czech Republic’s selection for Eurovision 2018.
The official reveal of the six competing songs and artists will be on Monday 8 January. There has already been much speculation about who will be on the list and Czech Television have posted teaser clues on their Facebook page.
According to CT, more than 400 songs were received from producers, performers and bands from all over the world, this included 36 Czech authors. Two artists, Mikolas Josef (Lie to Me) and Jakub Ondra (Reasons to Love You) are already confirmed has having made the final six.
Based on clues provided by CT, the remaining four artists are suspected to be Doctor Victor, Annabelle, Dasha and Honza Žampa.
After the reveal on Monday, the voting period will vote on 22 January. Voting will be open to all fans but only votes made from the Czech Republic will count towards determining the winner. Voting will be through the official Eurovision Song Contest app. On Monday 29 January the winner of the Czech ticket to Lisbon will be revealed.
The Czech Republic will return to a national final for the first time since 2008. Tereza Kerndlova won the 2008 Czech national final for Eurovision with Have Some Fun but finished in last place in her semi final at the contest in Belgrade. In 2017, Martina Barta was selected internally with her song My Turn but also failed to make it to the Grand Final in Kyiv.
Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest
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”.