Jan Bors has revealed on Instagram, that the cancellation of the televised selection for Eurovision 2020, was a factor in him leaving as Head of Delegation.
In a Q&A on Instagram, Jan Bors has revealed his reasons for stepping down from his role as Head of Delegation for the Czech Republic at Eurovision. Mr Bors said that the cancellation of the televised broadcast of the Czech selection for Eurovision was the final straw, that lead to his departure from the role.
Jan Bors stepped down as the Czech Head of Delegation just over a week ago. Earlier this week, Ceska Televized posted through its Eurovision Facebook page:
Yes, it is true … After several weeks long and VERY DIFFICULT decision making, we have decided to move the TV format for another year (maybe next year?) due to many and many and many and many circumstances. We want to do something really different and this year we felt it wouldn’t work so we dreamed.
We are returning to the online format from the previous two years. BUT …
BUT don’t worry, we’re doing our best to take the upcoming “digital” national round a bit further, so watch our online channels for more information.
The eight acts taking part in the national final will be revealed on January 6, with their songs being revealed on January 13. The voting period will also open on January 13 and will last until January 26.
The Czech Republic have achieved their two highest places in the last 2 years, with Mikolas Josef coming 6th in Lisbon 2018 with the song “Lie to Me”. One year later in Tel Aviv, Lake Malawi achieved their second best placing with their entry “Friend of a Friend” coming 11th. Before this, their best placing was Gabriela Gunčíková who came 25th in 2016, this was their first appearance in the grand final despite competing 4 times previously.
Source: ESC Portugal
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”.