PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – National broadcaster announced Ondřej Soukup as the Eurovision 2015 entry of Czech Republic, marking the return of the country to the Eurovision Song Contest.
Ondřej Soukup (born 2 May 1951) is a Czech music composer. He has written soundtracks for twenty feature films, including Jan Svěrák’s Kolya, an Academy Award winner for best foreign film in 1997, and Dark Blue World, for which Soukup received his second Czech Lion award for best soundtrack in 2001. Ondřej was also a jury member for the talent show Česko Hledá SuperStar.
He will compose three songs for the national broadcasters submitted to the organisers within the next weeks while two more songs will be composed by his colleagues. An expert jury will decide the best of them and the artist who will perform it. The composer will have no say in the selection of the artist.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Czech Republic has competed at the Eurovision Song Contest three times, first taking part in 2007. On all three attempts the country failed to qualify to the final from the semi-finals, placing in the bottom two in all attempts. After receiving nul points at the 2009 Contest and a lack of interest from the Czech public, ČT decided to withdraw from future contests. Five years later ČT announced their return to the contest in 2015, with an internal selection being used to select their fourth Eurovision entry. As of 2014, the Czech Republic is one of only two countries, along with Andorra, to have participated in the contest and never to have featured in the final. (source: wikipedia.org)