The Czech Republic saw its second highest audience to date tune in on Tuesday for Semi-Final One of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Over the course of the broadcast an average of 169,000 viewers watched on CT2, as the Czech Republic competed in Semi-Final One. The competition drew in an additional 53,300 viewers over the same show last year, and recorded the highest audience for a semi-final in the Czech Republic since Semi-Final One in 2016. The audience for Semi-Final One peaked at 201,000 viewers at 21:30 CET.
Lake Malawi qualified for the Grand Final on Tuesday night, making it the first year the Czech Republic has managed back to back qualifications in the contest.
Who are Lake Malawi?
Lake Malawi are a Czech indie-pop band founded by lead singer Albert Černý in 2013. The group consists of Albert as well as Jeroným Šubrt on bass and keys and Antonín Hrabal and Pavel Palát both on drums.
The band was selected to represent the Czech Republic in Tel Aviv after winning Eurovision CZ 2019. They had been chosen after receiving the most amount of votes from a combination of international jury vote, and public vote.
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”.