Czech Republic: Selects For Eurovision 2023 on January 30

The Czech Republic will select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 on January 30.

ČT, the Czech national broadcaster, has confirmed that ESCZ 2023 will be held on January 30. For the first time since 2008, the national final will be broadcast live from ČT Studios in Prague. A total of three songs will compete in the live final, in which the winner will be decided by a combination of an expert jury, international fan voting and Czech public voting.

Ahmad Halloun, Assistant Head of Press for the Czech Republic, commented:

“It will be a modest and high-quality show. Once again we are focusing on showcasing Czech talent internationally, and a Live show is a fantastic way to do so. The show will be focused of course on a Czech and international audience, something everyone will enjoy”.

Kryštof Šámal, Head of Delegation for the Czech Republic, added:

“I am proud of how the brand has grown in the Czech music scene, the platform is becoming extremely interesting and attractive. I am pleased to announce that we have received an overwhelming response from the Czech music industry. More than 170 songs were submitted – mostly from Czech composers – and all with Czech vocalists. Picking just a handful of songs is getting more and more difficult and we hope to finalize the names of the finalists in the coming days. More details about the show will be revealed in the coming weeks.”

ESCZ was first held as an online selection in 2017 and has been used since then to select every Czech entry. On its first two appearances in 2007 and 2008, a televised selection called Eurosong was held to select the Czech entry for Eurovision.

The Czech Republic was represented by We Are Domi with “Lights Off”. The group finished 4th in Semi-Final Two but placed 22nd in the Grand Final with 38 points. They received 5 points from the public all from North Macedonia and 33 points from the juries.

The Czech Republic first competed in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. They achieved their best result at the contest with Mikolas Josef coming 6th in Lisbon 2018 with the song “Lie to Me”. Gabriela Gunčíková took the Czech Republic to their first final in 2016. This was their first appearance in the grand final despite competing 4 times previously.

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