The acts taking part in ESCZ, the Czech selection process for Eurovision 2019 are to be revealed on January 7.
Ceska Televize has confirmed that the acts and songs competing in ESCZ will be revealed on January 7. The reveal will take place at a press conference on January 7, where more details of the format of the competition will also be presented.
It is expected that a similar voting method will be used to last years selection. Last year voting occurred through the Eurovision mobile app. With Czech and international fans voting for their favourite acts via the app. One change that is expected is that the public vote will now be the equivalent of just one international juror. At the end of January the winner will be announced.
Mikolas Josef was selected to represent the Czech Republic in Lisbon, Portugal after winning Eurovision Song CZ, the first Czech national selection since the country’s return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. He performed the song “Lie to Me” and finished 6th in the final with 281 points. This was only the Czech Republic’s second final appearance and their best finish ever in the 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 Gunčíková finished 25th in the final with the song “I Stand”.