This afternoon, Česká televize announced that applications for the 2023 edition of Czech national final ESCZ will be open from today until 8th December 2022. Composers can apply using the questionnaire on the official website.
The format of ESCZ will largely stay the same this year. The singer must hold Czech citizenship, and in the case of a group, at least one main vocalist must meet these conditions. In addition, songwriters can sumbit the demo version, and can submit multiple songs per artist.
From all applications, three songs will be selected for the broadcast round, where each artist will be invited to perform the compsition live, and a combination of an expert jury and international online vote will decide the winner. The exact dates for this have not yet been released.
Since the “Eurovision Song CZ” format began in 2018, the Czech Republic has received some of its best ever results at the Eurovision Song Contest, and have qualified for the final 3 out of 4 times. Mikolas Josef, who won in early 2018 with Lie To Me, went on to finish 6th at Eurovision in Lisbon, before becoming a hugely successful singer-songwriter in his home country.
Last year’s winners, We Are Domi, competed at Eurovision 2022 with their song Lights Off, finishing 22nd in the Grand Final.
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