ESCZ 2024, Czechia’s national final for Eurovision, is set to take place December 4. The news was revealed on the official Instagram account of ESCZ along with other information about the show.
Adam Mišík to host ESCZ 2024, now with a crowd
In the announcement video, ESCZ 2023 host Adam Mišík tells us he will be returning as a host. He goes on to make the big announcement that for the first time ever, the Czech national final can be attended by fans! Fans can register for tickets for the show, which will be held at the ROXY Music Hall in Prague. Tickets are free and can be enquired about by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, you should mention the full names and birthdates of the people who want to attend.
Mark your calendar: December 4 at 20:15 CET
ČT announced in a press release that, besides attending live, it also will be possible to watch ESCZ on a number of platforms. ČT Art and iVysílání will broadcast the show in Czechia starting from 20:15 CET, while everyone outside of the country can once again watch on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel. The show will be English and will be a full televote selection.
Cesár Sampson to help select songs
In total, 5 songs will take part in ESCZ 2024. The Czech Eurovision Delegation is currently going through the over 200 submitted songs to select the lucky finalists. The core delegation also has one new member: César Sampson. Cesár represented Austria in 2018, finishing 3rd in the same year that Czechia recorded a record-high finish of 6th place with Mikolas Josef and “Lie To Me”.
What we know about ESCZ 2024
ESCZ 2024 is Czechia’s national final for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest. The window for song submissions closed November 7th. Czech broadcaster ČT confirmed in October that they would continue to take part in Eurovision. For the second year in a row, ESCZ will be a live broadcast. New this year is that the main vocalist does not have to be a Czech national: artists from Slovakia that live in the Czech Republic and are active in its music scene are also welcome.
Czechia’s Eurovision Journey
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 Having withdrawn in 2009 due to poor results, Czechia returned to the Contest in 2015.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 2023, Vesna represented Czechia with their song “My Sister’s Crown”. Performing in the first semi-final in Liverpool, the band qualified for the final – and finished in 10th place in a field of 26 with 129 points. Of these, 94 points came from the juries and 35 points came from the televote.
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News Source: ČT
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