Pavel Callta’s entry in the Czech selection process for Eurovision 2018, has received an exemption from the EBU enabling it to take part in the selection.
“Never Forget”, Pavel Callta’s entry in this years Czech selection process, has received an exemption by the European Broadcasting Union enabling to be eligible for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. It emerged over the course of yesterday that Pavel had performed the song as a demo, as well as with Czech lyrics before September 1st. September 1st is the official deadline before which a song cannot have been released.
Jans Bors confirmed to ESCPortal, that Ceska Televize approached the EBU to ensure that the song was eligible to take part, and received an exemption from the EBU from the September 1st rule. In recent years a number of songs have reportedly breached the September 1st rule, however the EBU has tended to exempt songs as long as they have not been commercially available before September 1st and deemed to have received an advantage by being released before this date.
The six competing songs are:
- Mikolas Josef – Lie to Me
- Pavel Callta – Never Forget
- Eva Burešová – Fly
- Eddie Stoilow – We Rule This World
- Doctor Victor – StandUP
- Debbi – High on Love
Among the six competing entries in the national selection, three of them have been written by their respective artists. One of these entries will have to be rewritten should it win the selection and compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. This is due to the fact that the lyrics contain expletive language. This does not comply with the rules set by EBU for all songs chosen to be in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Czech Republic are hoping that 2018 will see their fortunes reversed. After finally qualifying for the final for the first time ever in 2016, last year Martina Bárta could only manage 13th Place in the semi final with her entry ‘My Turn’. This meant that once more, Czech Republic were not present in the 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”.