CZECH REPUBLIC – In a recent interview with fan site www.eurowizja.org, Jan Frost Bros revealed some interesting information regarding his country’s potential participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
We use the word “potential” as there is no official confirmation on their participation yet. But it’s clear that the re-election of Petr Dvořák as head of ČT surely shows that there will be efforts to keep the country in the contest for one more year.
Now back to the information: according to Jan Frost Bros the national broadcaster considers as an option to call five famous composers to submit five fabulous songs for Eurovision. This means that the broadcaster’s priority is the song! The composers are said to be asked to collaborate with artists who think they are compatible for their songs and the proposals will be submitted to ČT’s expert panel.
This means also that there will be no international authors in the game this year but inspired from the Portuguese success, ČT is seeking five great Czech composers for the job.
It is also revealed in the interview that Czech national broadcaster would be interested into a national selection a la Melodifestivalen but he doesn’t expect such an idea implemented in the next three to five years. it all depends on how the country will do in Eurovision. The last time the country did a national final was in 2009 and the results were dreadful in Moscow’s Eurovision edition for Czechs!
So the overall news out of this interview is that Czech Republic will opt an internal selection if / when they approve their 2018 Eurovision Song Contest participation.
The Czech Republic has participated at the Eurovision Song Contest six times since making its debut in 2007. After receiving nul points at the 2009 Contest and a lack of interest from the Czech public, the Czech broadcaster ČT decided to withdraw from future contests. ČT announced their return to the contest in 2015, with an internal selection being used to select their fourth Eurovision entry. In 2016, Gabriela Gunčíková became the first (and to date only) Czech Republic entrant to reach the final, finishing 25th with the song “I Stand”.