Today begins the submission window for ESCZ, and the kick off of the search for the next Czech representative to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
Česká Televize (ČT) announced in a press release that artists can submit their entries to the broadcaster via their official website from November 2nd, until December 8th. Artists may submit more than one entry, and songs may be submitted in demo version, however other restrictions include:
- The lead singer (i.e: main vocalist, or in the case of a duet, at least one of the main vocalists) must hold Czech citizenship.
- Submissions may not be published or presented publicly in any form prior to September 1st, 2022
- The submission page on the Česká Televize website also includes the statement that the broadcaster reserves the right to cancel the national selection at any time in the event that the country withdraws from the Eurovision Song Contest for any reason.
Three performers will be chosen to perform live at ESCZ. Winners will be chosen by a combination of live voting in the Eurovision Song Contest mobile app for viewers both at home in Czechia and abroad, and a jury vote.
Additional information regarding the national selection will be released “over the next few days” according to the press release.
Last year’s ESCZ winners, We Are Domi, represented the Czech Repblic in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin. The song “Lights Off’ placed 4th in Semi Final 2, and placed 22nd overall at the Eurovision Grand Final. The Czech Republic has participated 10 times since their debut in 2007.
Previous Czech national selections have included formats such as internal selection, online selection, televised finals, jury votes, and public votes using the Eurovision Song Contest mobile application.
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