The Czech national broadcaster ČT has announced more details regarding their national selection for Eurovision 2022, ESCZ.
First of all…
ESCZ is typically held in January after the format was set up in 2018, following Martina Bárta’s non-qualification in Kyiv. However, this year, ČT has revealed that the national final will be held on December 16th.
Czechia’s new national final date means that ESCZ will become the first national selection of the 2022 season. The artists competing in the selection will be revealed through a press conference on December 6th. Voting will then happen from December 7th to 15th, with the winner being announced the day after.
In tradition with previous editions of ESCZ, the winner will be decided using a 50/50 split between juries and televoters. The televote will itself be split between the Czech public and international fans, who will cast their votes online.
Czechia history in Eurovision
Czechia made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, with Kabát’s “Malá dama”. However, their debut entry finished last in a 28-song semi-final, scoring only 1 point. Afterwards, this kicked off three consecutive non-qualifications, with their best result coming in 2008, finishing in second-last place. Having withdrawn in 2009 due to poor results, Czechia returned to the Contest in 2015. In 2016, Czechia qualified for the first time with Gabriela Gunciková’s “I Stand”.
In 2021, Benny Cristo represented Czechia with his song “Omaga”. Performing in the second semi-final in Rotterdam, Cristo finished in 15th place in a field of 17.
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News Source: ČT
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