Czech Republic: First national final in ten years held in January

In January 2018, the Czech Republic will hold a national final for the first time in ten years. Six songs will be performed and a public vote will decide who will go to Lisbon for the at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Head of Delegation Jan Bors has confirmed the plans on Twitter. People can vote for their favourite act through the official Eurovision app. These votes will be combinated with the points given by an international jury.

In the 10-year history of the Czech Republic in the contest, broadcaster CT always had an internal selection. But next year will be the year they turn things around.

A more professional approach

The Eurovision Song Contest is becoming more popular in the Central European country. After reaching the final in Stockholm for the first time, over 300 songs were submitted to broadcaster CT in 2017. For next year, the number even increased to over 400.

In an exclusive interview by ESCDaily (in 2016), Head of Delegation Jan Bors already predicted that the Czechs would make it to the final in 2016. He then also predicted that the success of Gabriela Gunčíková could be a huge thing for them.

The last time the Czech Republic had a national final was in 2008. They also used a preselection in 2007. However, both attempts turned out not to be successful at the Eurovision Song Contest itself.