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escYOUnited
10th May 2019, 15:03
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Sean
10th May 2019, 15:35
The Czech final will be live for the first time since their return to the contest and will take place on January 25th 2020

https://musicserver.cz/clanek/60373/na-eurovizi-jedou-lake-malawi/

nofuxCZ
13th May 2019, 03:26
And if you are a songwriter, you should be aware of the early deadline to send your songs - end of June, email: escmusic@ceskatelevize.cz :mrgreen:
One of the rules is that the songs can't be released prior to the NF - inspired by Melodifestivalen I guess :D

I am sooo excited for our new NF. I hope the success of Mikolas and Lake Malawi's participation encourages more good musicians once again. The interest among public should go up too, in our first era, the NFs were watched more than Eurovision itself.

Etanna
21st May 2019, 01:30
to be honest, I'm quite sceptical but I still hope to be surprised with a high-quality NF

EscGeek
22nd May 2019, 09:30
I'll just put this funky masterpiece here xheat


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4cGhIWjnGU

nofuxCZ
22nd May 2019, 12:21
I'll just put this funky masterpiece here xheat


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4cGhIWjnGU

She has a new single, btw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia6_E082JRo
Her new EP Should be released in the autumn, so it's possible she will send a song to our NF again.

One of our jurors this year was Annet X - I wouldn't be surprised if she sent a song as well next year. Our head of delegation loves her music as he nominated her for the best new Czech act in one of our music awards.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PDT6ty-nT8

A-lister
22nd May 2019, 13:35
She has a new single, btw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia6_E082JRo
Her new EP Should be released in the autumn, so it's possible she will send a song to our NF again.

One of our jurors this year was Annet X - I wouldn't be surprised if she sent a song as well next year. Our head of delegation loves her music as he nominated her for the best new Czech act in one of our music awards.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PDT6ty-nT8

This is pretty cool, should need a little revamp however, probably "too modern" for the juries though but I'd rather have this than the tween girls' idol music we got the past two editions tbh.

A-lister
22nd May 2019, 13:38
She has a new single, btw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia6_E082JRo
Her new EP Should be released in the autumn, so it's possible she will send a song to our NF again.

One of our jurors this year was Annet X - I wouldn't be surprised if she sent a song as well next year. Our head of delegation loves her music as he nominated her for the best new Czech act in one of our music awards.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PDT6ty-nT8

This is pretty cool, should need a little revamp however, probably "too modern" for the juries though but I'd rather have this than the tween girls' idol music we got the past two editions tbh.

EscGeek
22nd May 2019, 15:17
With rumors like that, I'm already looking forward to the NF. xheat

r3gg13
23rd May 2019, 08:09
I'm really looking forward to this NF. The 2019 NF was full of gems, I feel optimistic.

Etanna
24th May 2019, 13:26
so based on what our Head of Delegation wrote on Facebook we're sending a wannabe American song :( :? apparently songs like San Marino's or Norway's are not good enough, he writes.
I'm getting worried that we'll end up with our own little Melfest-like contest - interesting songs will not be even allowed to compete.

Alaska49
25th May 2019, 05:20
people must have a song ready for 2020 until the end of NEXT MONTH? what kind of hermione granger bullshit is this, czech republic?

Edweis
26th May 2019, 13:02
Hey can you send some rock ? :p
I look forward to this NF, especially if there're songs in czech, I love hearing your language.

Citelis
26th May 2019, 15:00
They have two succesful years with english languaged entries so i see no reason to switzh on their own language.

nofuxCZ
26th May 2019, 21:36
so based on what our Head of Delegation wrote on Facebook we're sending a wannabe American song :( :? apparently songs like San Marino's or Norway's are not good enough, he writes.
I'm getting worried that we'll end up with our own little Melfest-like contest - interesting songs will not be even allowed to compete.

Exactly, I don't get that post on FB. Praising generic, americanized style of songs and saying we have to step up our game because American Song Contest is coming and that contest will set the trends for Eurovision as well (???). I criticized him for that there but seems most people don't mind.

honzak11
9th June 2019, 22:26
A 19-year old singer Katerina Kolcavova (performing under her staging name Katie Kei) mentioned on her Insta story few days back that she's been working on a song that she might send to Eurovision.
* She won two gold medals, one silver, two bronze and the "Overall Winner" award at the global competition event WCOPA (World Championships of Performing Arts) in the US in 2015.
* She also took part in the latest edition of The Voice in 2019, where she shockingly did not get through the auditions with her cover of Believer (by Imagine Dragons): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNicaUhVVrI

Enjoy her song "Burn it down"!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snBvOmKzB_U

John1
10th June 2019, 02:35
A 19-year old singer Katerina Kolcavova (performing under her staging name Katie Kei) mentioned on her Insta story few days back that she's been working on a song that she might send to Eurovision.
* She won two gold medals, one silver, two bronze and the "Overall Winner" award at the global competition event WCOPA (World Championships of Performing Arts) in the US in 2015.
* She also took part in the latest edition of The Voice in 2019, where she shockingly did not get through the auditions with her cover of Believer (by Imagine Dragons): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNicaUhVVrI

Enjoy her song "Burn it down"!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snBvOmKzB_U

Thx for the eargasm.

Etanna
10th June 2019, 20:38
The deadline is really tight and I haven't even seen any promotion anywhere so (unless they prolong it) it makes me believe that they had already made agreements with some artists/producers (or rather a producer - the same one as always, probably) before even announcing it.

I'm really curious what type of songs and artists they'll choose. They seem to alter between famous and not-so-famous artists which was very obvious in the last two years (in 2018 most of them were famous, established artists whereas in 2019 all but Lake Malawi were rather unknown and for the most part inexperienced singers). I'm guessing they'll go for some bigger names this time to get more views so hopefully it will not be the top five most played artists on a radio nobody listens to again like they used to do it back in 2007&2008

honzak11
12th June 2019, 00:17
The deadline is really tight and I haven't even seen any promotion anywhere so (unless they prolong it) it makes me believe that they had already made agreements with some artists/producers


My guess is an agreement with Tereza Maskova. What's your guess? :lol:
Head of the delegation confirmed that she submitted her song New Me for Eurovision 2019... how on Earth what this not shortlisted for the online national selection!? .

nofuxCZ
12th June 2019, 01:02
I'm guessing they'll go for some bigger names this time to get more views so hopefully it will not be the top five most played artists on a radio nobody listens to again like they used to do it back in 2007&2008

So Mirai, Kryštof, Marek Ztracený, Slza, Chinaski :lol: although I like some songs of theirs, it's that typical, generic czech radio pop-rock which would flop hard at ESC.
I'm sure they won't make this same mistake though, Jan Bors regularly criticizes Czech radios and their approach to new Czech music.


My guess is an agreement with Tereza Maskova. What's your guess? :lol:
Head of the delegation confirmed that she submitted her song New Me for Eurovision 2019... how on Earth what this not shortlisted for the online national selection!? .

I think they mentioned during the NF that not everyone from the team agreed on Tereza. I guess Jan Bors liked her as he voted for her in Anděl music awards (https://i.imgur.com/NODsauU.jpg)

Loindici
12th June 2019, 02:14
Exactly, I don't get that post on FB. Praising generic, americanized style of songs and saying we have to step up our game because American Song Contest is coming and that contest will set the trends for Eurovision as well (???). I criticized him for that there but seems most people don't mind.

Their last two entries sounded very American-inspired so I think it's a normal way of thinking for them.

HayashiM
18th June 2019, 00:12
My guess is an agreement with Tereza Maskova. What's your guess? :lol:
Head of the delegation confirmed that she submitted her song New Me for Eurovision 2019... how on Earth what this not shortlisted for the online national selection!? .

Speaking of Tereza Mašková... This popped out just yesterday :-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz3pEAafC4k .

I have no objections, let's send her, I think she could give us another top 10 with the right song.

Etanna
24th June 2019, 22:45
So as per the official fb page the deadline has been postponed until the 31st of July. They also announced that they had already received a lot of great songs some of which are from "old acquaintances" = artists that have already tried for Eurovision. They also write that their goal is to have the best national final in Europe.

The postponing didn't come as a surprise to me but I'm a little bit suspicious of their excitement over how many amazing songs they have already received, it feels like a bluff to me. But I am happy that they keep on showing real zest for the contest.

Preuss
25th June 2019, 00:21
I still listen to «Lie To Me»
That entry should’ve got the jury support that Lake Malawi got this year

I am excited for Czech next year, they’ve upped their game

nofuxCZ
25th June 2019, 11:01
I wouldn't be surprised if they postponed the deadline even further, still think 31st of July is too early and for no reason.

Diego
25th June 2019, 20:26
So as per the official fb page the deadline has been postponed until the 31st of July. They also announced that they had already received a lot of great songs some of which are from "old acquaintances" = artists that have already tried for Eurovision. They also write that their goal is to have the best national final in Europe.

The postponing didn't come as a surprise to me but I'm a little bit suspicious of their excitement over how many amazing songs they have already received, it feels like a bluff to me. But I am happy that they keep on showing real zest for the contest.

I have the same impression. Jan had also said that the songs sent out for this year were great. Well, we saw that it wasn't quite that...

Loindici
4th July 2019, 01:06
I have the same impression. Jan had also said that the songs sent out for this year were great. Well, we saw that it wasn't quite that...

For a country that had never qualified until 2016, it's 'great' to end in left side twice in a row with their selection.

nofuxCZ
9th July 2019, 14:05
So, as I am worried that some quality artists don't notice the info about our National Final submission deadline, I started contacting the artists directly.
I got some replies already, mostly saying they are too busy with other projects.

One exception is Vesna - they said they are interested and it would be a pleasure for them to represent our country. They also said they don't know anyone on the ESC team and whether I could provide them some contacts on ČT to discuss their songs, as they have already written several possible songs. xcheer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbN4RpvCXQU

Etanna
9th July 2019, 16:35
So, as I am worried that some quality artists don't notice the info about our National Final submission deadline, I started contacting the artists directly.
I got some replies already, mostly saying they are too busy with other projects.

One exception is Vesna - they said they are interested and it would be a pleasure for them to represent our country. They also said they don't know anyone on the ESC team and whether I could provide them some contacts on ČT to discuss their songs, as they have already written several possible songs. xcheer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbN4RpvCXQU

that's great! I love both your initiative and the band - I can't see us sanding anything traditional but it would be amazing to try. The song is beautiful.

By the way, have you noticed any promotion of the national final anywhere? I have not which worries me, as well. Unless they are actively talking to artists/producers "behind the scenes", nobody will even notice that there's a national final

nofuxCZ
10th July 2019, 11:59
that's great! I love both your initiative and the band - I can't see us sanding anything traditional but it would be amazing to try. The song is beautiful.

By the way, have you noticed any promotion of the national final anywhere? I have not which worries me, as well. Unless they are actively talking to artists/producers "behind the scenes", nobody will even notice that there's a national final

The only promotion I saw was the one on their FB page. Which is not enough imo, hence why I started contacting the artists directly and as is seen from the Vesna example, they had no idea the submission is going on, despite the fact they are interested in doing Eurovision.

HayashiM
10th July 2019, 14:04
The only promotion I saw was the one on their FB page. Which is not enough imo, hence why I started contacting the artists directly and as is seen from the Vesna example, they had no idea the submission is going on, despite the fact they are interested in doing Eurovision.

They probably haven't done any larger promotion in the last years either and still got those hundreds of entries... So they might not actually be really interested in having substantially more publicity than they already have.

I don't particularly think this is really true or a good idea, but I think it is a possibility.

Diego
25th July 2019, 20:37
I made a video with 25 potential candidates to represent the Czech Republic next year :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2A934500_M

tuorem
25th July 2019, 23:44
Diego Good heavens! You didn''t include Marta & Vaclav in the thumbnail... I'm sulking xsnooty

John1
26th July 2019, 00:03
Diego Good heavens! You didn''t include Marta & Vaclav in the thumbnail... I'm sulking xsnooty

Who? xthink

Preuss
26th July 2019, 00:05
Mikolas Josef with another banger please :D

tuorem
26th July 2019, 01:37
Who? xthink

Rude :lol:

They initiated the Czech Republic's rebirth and paved the way for Gabi, so excuse you Sir :mrgreen: (your current signature is hot btw)

https://i.makeagif.com/media/6-10-2015/Ht5mQH.gif

John1
26th July 2019, 14:18
Rude :lol:

They initiated the Czech Republic's rebirth and paved the way for Gabi, so excuse you Sir :mrgreen: (your current signature is hot btw)

https://i.makeagif.com/media/6-10-2015/Ht5mQH.gif

I wish they qualified back in 2015 though, they were better than Nad*v or M*ns Z*ermel*w. They weren't that far away from making it through. xcry


(your current signature is hot btw)

I'm glad to see that you appreciate it as much as I did when I made it with my whole heart. xrose

Diego
26th July 2019, 19:35
Diego Good heavens! You didn''t include Marta & Vaclav in the thumbnail... I'm sulking xsnooty

I'm sorry haha ​​But it was on purpose. If I included Marta and Vaclav I would also have to include Kabat, Tereza and Gipsy.Cz. I preferred to put only the last four representatives.

HayashiM
29th July 2019, 14:57
I made a video with 25 potential candidates to represent the Czech Republic next year :)


If they enter, I guess the Slza group might pull a Bilal with the young audience, they correspond the most to the bland Czech radio pop the teens seem to enjoy. The only good thing about them would be the fact that they only sing in Czech... But they have nothing to gain from Eurovision, so I don't think we have to fear this threat.

Otherwise out of all those names, there's only Katie K and Tereza Mašková whom I could see entering the Eurovision top 10 the next year. For the rest I think it would be rather hard to even make it to the finals.

My fingers will be crossed for Tereza Mašková. Or let's just bring Barbora Mochowa back! :-)

nofuxCZ
30th July 2019, 21:41
Vesna confirmed to me few days ago they officially sent a song for ESC next year :) so we have our first confirmed artist sending song.
Fingers crossed it's something good (and in Czech language!) and they get selected for the NF xpray

Diego
30th July 2019, 23:12
Vesna confirmed to me few days ago they officially sent a song for ESC next year :) so we have our first confirmed artist sending song.
Fingers crossed it's something good (and in Czech language!) and they get selected for the NF xpray

Great news! I love "Kytička"! Hope the song they sent is in the same style.

John1
3rd August 2019, 23:32
::cz will win within a few years, I'm pretty confident about this.

FRFanESC
5th August 2019, 16:08
::cz will win within a few years, I'm pretty confident about this.

I also think they'll win within the next years, or at least within the next decade. Maybe next year already ?

Mainshow
8th August 2019, 21:13
Czech Republic keeps serving quality. I just think that we haven't seen the perfect package yet but I would love to see the Czech Republic win soon as well ;)

honzak11
11th August 2019, 20:28
Just a quick update sourced from the Czech Eurovision facebook page (written by the Czech Head of Delegation)
* The Czech song submission ended on 31 July 2019 (i.e. 3 months earlier than in 2018).
* Czech broadcaster received 152 songs in total, out of which 72 were submitted by Czech artists. In comparison with the last year, the total number of songs halved but the number of songs submitted by Czech artists increased.
* The early deadline for song submissions is reason by the desire "to have enough time and space to create the best unique music performances possible".
* 5 members of the "core" Czech ESC team will be selecting the finalists for the live national televised show on 25 January 2020. The stage architect for the national show has been selected, promising a "stylish and daring" stage.

Sammy
12th August 2019, 02:52
Hopefully Jakub Ondra tries again. I‘m still addicted to Space Sushi.

tuorem
12th August 2019, 03:07
The stage architect for the national show has been selected, promising a "stylish and daring" stage.

I hope the lineup will be up to that standard as well. ** Czech ESC team I'm lookinatchu you better choose well ** :geek:

nofuxCZ
12th August 2019, 09:35
The HoD also revealed in the comments there will be 8 NF participants.

FRFanESC
12th August 2019, 16:16
The HoD also revealed in the comments there will be 8 NF participants.

Nice ! Quality over quantity (looking at you DE, we ant 10 contestants maximum). It'll be a single evening only, that's right ?

nofuxCZ
12th August 2019, 17:27
Nice ! Quality over quantity (looking at you DE, we ant 10 contestants maximum). It'll be a single evening only, that's right ?

Yes, 25th January 2020 :)

FRFanESC
12th August 2019, 19:15
Nice, hoping DE will take place later (early february would be perfect, I think).

Diego
12th August 2019, 21:14
An Austrian guy was hired and integrated into the production team. This guy could be Nikodem Milewski (Lie To Me's producer)? He is Polish but grew up in Austria. Or could it be Cesar Sampson? Apparently he's very close to the Czech team and has produced some songs with Albert Cerny weeks ago.

Ritararita
23rd August 2019, 05:07
It's time to research, deduce and wildly speculate. So, here are my guesses who could be in a game for ESCZ 2020:

The Silver Spoons



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuvyvh59D1Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGZHQfxKY6s

Firstly, according to rumors they already wanted to try it last year with "He's Got My Money Now", but trouble was the song was used in some movie released before September 2018, so they couldn't. Secondly, they hearted several YouTube comments encouraging them to go to Eurovision. They are in interesting situation - I would dare to say 80-90% of Czech population knows the above mentioned song (it was constantly on radios during the first half of the year), but quite a few people know the band itself. They surely know that Eurovision could change that.

Maella



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnVvxJV_rfM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMROc7YsunQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahLbJV5v7IY

Again - she tried it last year, probably with "Crush Me". She's currently studying songwriting in London and seems to be excited about some mysterious new material she has ready for release. Fun fact: Maella is the female voice saying "I'm only a friend" in studio version of FoF.

Daniell Žižka



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzpyOfqHrqo

Practically uknown 16 year old student of Prague conservatory, who seems to be a Eurovision fan specialized on old-fashioned emotional ballads - there are videos of him singing I Stand (https://www.instagram.com/p/BxxsKPGoIfr/) and Arcade (https://www.instagram.com/p/ByH1HHAI_W8/) on his IG. Some time ago he posted a video of himself singing "Fly", Eva Burešová/Václav Noid Bárta song from ESCZ 2018. They noticed, invited him to perform with them (https://www.instagram.com/p/BxTDtsVAue4/) at some gigs and from some InstaStories it looks like he was even cast in a stage musical with them. Eva Burešová also said somewhere that she wants to sing a duet with him. So, if one of the competing songs will be Daniell-Eva duet, potentially composed by Václav Noid Bárta ("Hope Never Flies"?), I won't be surprised at all.

Jordan Haj and/or Emma Smetana



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-nWOD4pL0k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvy_Vw0ZR7g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXBk7yy2AqE

They are a couple and proud parents of a daughter called Lennon. :) Sometimes they are singing together, sometimes not, but Jordan is co-author of all Emma's songs (usually with their producer Jiří Burian AKA Kapitán Demo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2JKcNpfbAk) and Jordan's cousin and videos co-director Givinar Kříž). I used to think that this whole group is probably too snobbish to care about Eurovision, but since both Emma and Jordan are following Jan Bors and ESCZ instagrams and Jordan and Givinar even directed Friend of a Friend music video, my assumption was probably wrong. With the right song, Jordan wouldn't be a bad choice, imo. Emma on the other hand is very controversial person and possibility of her winning Czech televote is probably not too high.

I Love You Honey Bunny



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNA-7oLVXaQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUrZrU7U1UY

Everything is connected and running in circles in Czech showbusiness. Sebastian Jacques, frontman of this band, is Emma Smetana's cousin, and this year Honey Bunny were competing against The Silver Spoons for the opportunity to perform at Sziget festival. They won. I must admit that adding them on this list is more or less my wishful thinking not based on any relevant indications they would be interested. :-) I just LOVE their song Lazer Queen.

Other rumored artists are former child actress Mariana Prachařová (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0lzaaabOSE) (who is unable to sing live, so... next please), tireless trio Annabelle Fárová (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_FlPSwOsuk), Jakub Ondra (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIhh9Q6f090) and Jan Bendig (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gokiloDsyKE), simply because they all tried in 2018 and 2019, and Marcel Procházka, frontman of currently inactive indie band No Distance Paradise (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q1LHWxVXo4), who also composed some songs for others (particularly for Debbi and himself (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyYJChpvLj4), Adam Mišík (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66oudetVuxI) and Lenny (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSeRviSTuqU)).

Tereza Mašková, Mikolas Josef and Thom Artway already said they are not competing this year.

nofuxCZ
23rd August 2019, 11:21
Markéta Kadetová (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrajAO6toSc) recently became friends of Jan Bors on FB as well, so could be that she also sent a song. I don't like any of her songs though :lol:

Diego
31st August 2019, 21:04
According to Eurocontest.cz, the Czech team has already eliminated part of the songs sent to the national final. The site has promised to map which singers have been eliminated and which are still on the list.

nofuxCZ
2nd September 2019, 19:02
The 8 NF finalists are chosen. The Czech ESC team selected a shortlist of 20 songs out of the 150.
The team is Jan Potměšil, Jan Bors, Kryštof Šámal, Cyril Hirsch and Marvin Dietmann - that's the austrian guy who became part of the core CZ team. He has been also the viewing room director at the actual Eurovision in the last few years.

The team agreed unanimously on 4 songs. For the remaining 4 slots they had 12 candidates, so they asked the singers to come to ČT at the end of August for a little "casting". The singers sang their songs, introduced themselves, the story of the song, what Eurovision means to them, how they envision their ESC performance etc. etc. All in friendly manner.

The HoD promises diverse and modern songs and the singers should be a mix of known, established faces and new comers. Now the prep work starts with hosts, directors, stage architect and the whole team. They want to prepare perfect stagings and devote as much time and service to the show and contestants as they would receive at actual Eurovision.
Looks like they take it seriously, I have a good feeling :D

nofuxCZ
2nd September 2019, 19:16
Jan Bors recently started following/befriended these singers:
Olga Lounová
Markéta Konvičková
Katie Kei
Adriana Bessogonov
Viah
MiKael aka Michael Foret
EVAH

I am not saying it means anything, but last year he also befriended/started following Tomáš Boček, Barbora Mochowa, Hana Barbara and Jara Vymer at the time they selected the finalists :)

tuorem
2nd September 2019, 21:02
Jan Bors recently started following/befriended these singers:
Olga Lounová
Markéta Konvičková
Katie Kei
Adriana Bessogonov
Viah
MiKael aka Michael Foret
EVAH

What are your thoughts about these names?

Diego
3rd September 2019, 01:04
Great news! It's nice to see that Czech TV is increasingly interested in the Eurovision. Obviously, we should not expect the national final to be a big show like Melfest. By the way, I think it will be more like Eesti Laul or Australia Decides. Well, now is wait for more news :rolleyes:

John1
5th September 2019, 18:28
Only 8 songs selected to compete in this national final? xhmm

As far as I can recall, their HOD stated that there would be no less than about 20 songs competing, then we're done to "only" 8 acts? I expected a national final similar to what Melfest is today, or at the very least something, which could be compared to Eesti Laul, but... well? It seems that I got these information wrong. :lol:

Loindici
5th September 2019, 19:50
Only 8 songs selected to compete in this national final? xhmm

As far as I can recall, their HOD stated that there would be no less than about 20 songs competing, then we're done to "only" 8 acts? I expected a national final similar to what Melfest is today, or at the very least something, which could be compared to Eesti Laul, but... well? It seems that I got these information wrong. :lol:

Preferring quality than quantity, perhaps?

FRFanESC
6th September 2019, 00:57
Actually, I don't see the problem. It's better to have 8 good songs that could end up in the top 15 rather than 20 songs with 8 good songs (for example) and 12 average songs and taking the risk that one of the average song wins the selection.

nofuxCZ
6th September 2019, 01:57
Only 8 songs selected to compete in this national final? xhmm

As far as I can recall, their HOD stated that there would be no less than about 20 songs competing, then we're done to "only" 8 acts? I expected a national final similar to what Melfest is today, or at the very least something, which could be compared to Eesti Laul, but... well? It seems that I got these information wrong. :lol:

I don't remember him ever stating there would be 20 songs. Highly doubt he said that, it's a miracle that we even have a 1-night TV national final. And yeah, quality > quantity.
We will get to a bigger NF eventually, now it's too soon.




What are your thoughts about these names?

Out of the list I wrote I only like Viah. Alternative electro pop, not very common in Czech music scene. The only interesting artist imo. Right up my alley, it could be good :D
Other artists - Markéta and Olga are somewhat known but their songs are quite basic and sometimes quite kitschy, nothing for me.
Both are great singers though, so they could surprise with a good song.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPNi_H-SN5U

John1
7th September 2019, 14:52
I don't remember him ever stating there would be 20 songs. Highly doubt he said that, it's a miracle that we even have a 1-night TV national final. And yeah, quality > quantity.
We will get to a bigger NF eventually, now it's too soon.

Afaik, he reported in early 2019 that this new Czech NF would be built up like this, but... hey, as you said above, quality is better than quantity.

randajad
7th September 2019, 17:03
Afaik, he reported in early 2019 that this new Czech NF would be built up like this, but... hey, as you said above, quality is better than quantity.


The HoD also revealed in the comments there will be 8 NF participants.
xhmm Does this count or did he said it earlier?

ESC94
7th September 2019, 22:26
Let´s hope they send a good entry which also helps to raise the interest for the ESC in the country, since the viewing figures are still pretty small despite their success in the last two years.

HayashiM
8th September 2019, 19:06
Let´s hope they send an good entry which also helps to raise the interest for the ESC in the country, since the viewing figures are still pretty small despite their success in the last two years.

There's quite a lot of bias against Eurovision here in Czechia, especially amongst the not so young people - they find the contest too political, too sunshiny and colourful, too LGBT friendly, too international... Combine that with a very short history of our participation and - until recently - very bad results, and you can perhaps understand the small viewing figures.

A lot more time (and more of Mikolas Josefs and Lake Malawis) will be needed to change this. Luckily the broadcaster doesn't seem like wanting to go away anytime soon. :)

shameless
8th September 2019, 20:54
^thanks for the local insight, its always interesting to read. I really hope that a younger czech audience that doesn't know about the stigma from an older generation can get attached to ESC. I wonder what would happen if a country that doesn't really care about it much (which to my concern are mainly Italy, to some extent France and UK and lately Croatia and Romania) would end up winning.

ESC94
8th September 2019, 21:09
There's quite a lot of bias against Eurovision here in Czechia, especially amongst the not so young people - they find the contest too political, too sunshiny and colourful, too LGBT friendly, too international... Combine that with a very short history of our participation and - until recently - very bad results, and you can perhaps understand the small viewing figures.

A lot more time (and more of Mikolas Josefs and Lake Malawis) will be needed to change this. Luckily the broadcaster doesn't seem like wanting to go away anytime soon. :)

It´s great that the Czech Republic decided to try again after their very unsuccessful first attempts, and I think they are on the right way. The viewing figures in Italy were also very low in the first years after their return, but after many good results the interest seems to be growing there, which I hope will be the case in Czechia as well.

Good luck from Germany!!

Ritararita
10th September 2019, 08:28
Jan Bors recently started following/befriended these singers:
Olga Lounová
Markéta Konvičková
Katie Kei
Adriana Bessogonov
Viah
MiKael aka Michael Foret
EVAH

I am not saying it means anything, but last year he also befriended/started following Tomáš Boček, Barbora Mochowa, Hana Barbara and Jara Vymer at the time they selected the finalists :)

I am not too impressed by the new set of Jan Bors' friends, tbh. :? Let's hope they all were just candidates for the 4 filler spots. Viah is great, but too subtle, too not-for-the-diva-loving-Eurovision-audience to go anywhere farer than Paenda this year. MiKael would be a great composer of elevator music. Evah (sister of Lake Malawi's drummer, btw) released only one mediocre song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTPjA1aJ5v4) so far. Both Olga Lounová and Markéta Konvičková are good vocalists with no identity (sometimes they sing in English, sometimes in Czech, uptempto, slow tempo, comedy songs, wailing ballads, slutpop, covers, musical, whatever...) and with not even one truly iconic hit after being 10 or more years in the business. I don't hate them, they are both nice and all, but let's say that I would prefer someone more consistent as the Czech representative.

Adriana Bessogonov and Katie Kei (Kateřina Kolčavová) could potentially surprise, though. They are fresh meat from the latest edition of The Voice CZ-SK and both seem to be good live vocalists, but Adriana has no own repertoir to judge so far. Katie has (1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snBvOmKzB_U),2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCEGDDp1Ag8),3 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtVU8jd3IoY)), but in my personal opinion, she is lacking that certain something that makes the difference between technically good singer and star. Viewers of The Voice were angry at coaches for not pushing buttons during her blind audition, but I don't blame them. (But I will happily change my opinion on her if she comes up with some uncompromising banger, ofc).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5st2G4kX38

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtGPBpFkN3M

nofuxCZ
28th September 2019, 01:58
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=898K7G3uPiA

From the FB posts it also seems like there might be a former Czech ESC participant and former ESC winner performing at our live NF (as the Czech team asked who we would like to see perform at the NF from these two groups)

Ritararita
28th September 2019, 13:03
For the ESCZ show and its possible parameters, I imagine it could be similar to recent Global Social Awards. It wasn't ČT's show, just a YouTube livestream, but it took place at Fórum Karlín as well and its end credits were surprisingly full of people normally working for ČT, including at least two who are part of Czech Eurovision team - Jan Bors' boss Jan Potměšil and social media guru Jitka Fürst. And - some awkward dialogues of the hosts aside - it wasn't bad show at all, imo.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA1IX-13nLc

Two small updates of my previous speculations:

Emma Smetana won't be competing. Few days ago she was asked in this interview (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0pIClzlto8) what she thinks about Eurovision and if she can imagine herself as Czech representative. She said that Eurovision is her guilty pleasure, she watches it every year and this year she and Jordan Haj even were in Tel Aviv to support Lake Malawi in person. But she "never thought about" competing and thinks she's too introverted for that.

Pam Rabbit's Instagram posts from the past few weeks were frequently liked by Jan Bors and Boris Carloff. I hope it means she's in.

HayashiM
28th September 2019, 21:37
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=898K7G3uPiA

From the FB posts it also seems like there might be a former Czech ESC participant and former ESC winner performing at our live NF (as the Czech team asked who we would like to see perform at the NF from these two groups)

I love what Jan Bors says by the end: "We want authenticity. We are not looking for songs for Eurovision, we want the songs the artists want to really sing by themselves."
Of course, that can lead us to a national final just like the one we had this year, where a big part of the songs are a calamity, but the few ones that are good can be both something really good and quite different.

Can't wait for the show in January :)

ESC94
28th September 2019, 22:21
I´m also very excited, the Czech Republic is definetly a country to watch for in the next decade.

nofuxCZ
2nd October 2019, 11:50
Karel Gott, perhaps the biggest Czech singer of all times, passed away.
He was the first Czech at Eurovision - represented Austria in 1968
Rest in peace.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWrYJLLfo2o

HayashiM
2nd October 2019, 13:52
I'd just like to add a few songs of Gott's I find particularly worth mentionning (some might think Gott is a stage name, but it was in fact his true family name):

"Kdepak ty ptáčku hnízdo máš?" ("Where do you have your nest, bird?") from 1973, featured in the Czecho-German co-produced winter version of "Three Wishes for Cinderella" fairytale classic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGeyOfawKtA

A "Forever young" cover "Být stále mlád" (2001) that for me fits his musical longevity very well - he succeded to remain popular under both communism and democracy, he still remains popular amongst both young and old:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy19qNYjOis
(He also made a rap cover of this song in German, in a duet with Bushido that I am personally not very fond of.)

"Die Biene Maja" ("Maya the honey Bee", 1977) - another fairytale song, this time for the Japanese anime series of the same name. I believe it is this song that made him especially famous in Germanophone countries:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNWferBsNCw

And finally my favourite song "Stokrát chválím čas" ("Sometimes when we touch") - a 1978 ballad describing the beauties of a beloved one's body:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uS7vb9gyZw

Rest in peace, Karel Gott.

Lindon
2nd October 2019, 14:14
Long before " Die Biene Maja" Karel Gott was extremly sucessful in the German speaking countries with this song in 1970.


https://youtu.be/86yGu4ZDwF8

Here is a gig in 1970 at the Peter Alexander variety show with this song. If you were invited to this show, you were on the top of show business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The model for the Peter Alexander Show was the variety show of Dean Martin at the time.
The show had an incredible average audience share of 71% with 38 million viewers.


https://youtu.be/Qkci0xahvQA

HayashiM
2nd October 2019, 14:16
Long before " Die Biene Maja" Karel Gott was extremly sucessful in the German speaking countries with this song in 1970.


https://youtu.be/86yGu4ZDwF8

Thanks for the correction :)

honzak11
3rd October 2019, 01:28
Karel Gott, perhaps the biggest Czech singer of all times, passed away.
He was the first Czech at Eurovision - represented Austria in 1968
Rest in peace.


Truly shocking xcry1xcry1xcry1 ....

Karel Gott won the Czech Music Awards (Zlaty Slavik) as the best male singer 41 times, most recently in 2017.
Over the course of his career he released over 100 albums and 100 compilation albums, and sold an estimated 50–100 million records worldwide.
What a LEGEND! x12s

Sammy
4th October 2019, 23:00
The best tribute to his best song ever! Karel - we'll never forget you!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktSNcJz2T4M

Ritararita
5th October 2019, 21:11
"Kdepak ty ptáčku hnízdo máš?" ("Where do you have your nest, bird?") from 1973, featured in the Czecho-German co-produced winter version of "Three Wishes for Cinderella" fairytale classic:

Apparently, there is also English version of it called "Where Is the End of Deep Blue Sky":


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYAXfGJDjj8

My personal TOP 3 from Karel Gott's repertoir:

Už z hor zní zvon (Amazing Grace)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9BqbpQgouY

Oči barvy holubí (Sealed with a Kiss)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQu4ZrfJPZQ

...and something I should probably call a guilty pleasure, but I don't feel guilty about it: Zdvořilý Woody


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dHZ2AOKwfk

BorisBubbles
5th October 2019, 22:28
Hi guys, I'd like to take a closer look at the CZECH REPUBLIC for my next editorial. Any details you might pick up over the days would be greatly appreciated ^__^

nofuxCZ
7th October 2019, 15:53
Some possible rumours :mrgreen:

Colorful People band applied with a song called "Time keeps passing by"

https://i.imgur.com/CJ0o9ru.png


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imClhLtlDTU

The lead singer Lenka Novotná became friends with our HoD on FB at the end of August (the time when they finally selected the 8 finalists) xthink
From what I saw their music can be quite diverse, they spent a few years in Brasil and some of their songs are sung in Portuguese, interesting fusion of folk, world music, jazz, brazilian influences etc.
I quite like their song The Life Goes On which you can hear (with other songs as well) here: https://bandzone.cz/colorfulpeople

One of the band members also covered Amar Pelos Dois https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg4r9e7Ni5E

Also, Vesna - the band I messaged directly if they'd apply to ESC which they confirmed later - posted something interesting on their FB few weeks ago... something along the lines that January could be a symbol of new beginnings and space for something new for them - not sure if it refers to our NF or something else? xthink

https://i.imgur.com/iqmJlnR.png

Ritararita
7th October 2019, 17:13
nofuxCZ So, basically Carousel 2.0 and Tulia 2.0 are in the game. God help us. xhelp

BTW, is at least Lenka Novotná Czech? The guy is Slovak and the other (former?) band members listed on their Bandzone info are - by their names - clearly Slovaks as well.

nofuxCZ
7th October 2019, 21:34
nofuxCZ So, basically Carousel 2.0 and Tulia 2.0 are in the game. God help us. xhelp

BTW, is at least Lenka Novotná Czech? The guy is Slovak and the other (former?) band members listed on their Bandzone info are - by their names - clearly Slovaks as well.

Yes, she is :D other members - depends who is currently part of the band - I saw many different names listed including Brazilians and Mexicans and one other Czech too. I guess Lenka and Juraj are the base and the other members come and go.

BorisBubbles
12th October 2019, 15:56
Wrote some words (https://escunited.com/country-spotlight-czech-republic/) on the Czech Republic. Curious to what you guys can bring in the upcoming year. ^__^

HayashiM
12th October 2019, 16:53
Wrote some words (https://escunited.com/country-spotlight-czech-republic/) on the Czech Republic. Curious to what you guys can bring in the upcoming year. ^__^

I love the caption "Jan Bors at the 2018 contest. Part-time delegate, Full-time wizard".
Especially when I take into account just this January, when a big part of our fandom saw the NF lineup, freaked out and wanted his head on a spike should we not qualify. :D

* I freaked out too of course, I just thought Barbora would eventually save the day.

Loindici
12th October 2019, 18:02
I agree though, if they want to make a win, they should be the one to follow. They've managed to slowly take shape in the past 5 years, and I hope they can find THAT song in January.

BorisBubbles
12th October 2019, 18:30
Even if the Czech don't find that special entry, they are putting so much care into their entries they're probably just going to do well once again.

A lot of people are sleeping on their chances, but shouldn't be.

nofuxCZ
18th October 2019, 00:37
Wrote some words (https://escunited.com/country-spotlight-czech-republic/) on the Czech Republic. Curious to what you guys can bring in the upcoming year. ^__^

Congrats, our HoD shared (https://www.facebook.com/jan.bors/posts/10220686260291643) your article on his FB :p :D

Preuss
18th October 2019, 01:09
Wrote some words (https://escunited.com/country-spotlight-czech-republic/) on the Czech Republic. Curious to what you guys can bring in the upcoming year. ^__^

Your articles are great! xlove

However wouldn’t Czech just turn out to be another country that sends similar, generic pop songs if they were to continue the trend next year? Not that I mind but isn’t this a thing Sweden’s criticized for whereas everyone like: «Oh, Czech Republic, cool». Yeah this is just a hypothetical question really

I wouldn’t mind Prague 2021

BorisBubbles
18th October 2019, 15:55
Depends on what kind of generic, tbh. It's not like Satellite, Arcade or Amar Pelos Dois pushed any envelopes themselves, they were standard fare compositions in their respective genres. Song, artist and staging just have to come together to make it credible and that's usually enough to pull in the audience.

It's not like "generic" equals bad in ESC. Every contest only has maybe two or three songs that could carry themselves outside of ESC. 2018 is one of the least original contests on a musical level (it's really just Toy and to a lesser extent, O Jardim and Hvala Ne!) and it's one of the most beloved in this decade.

BorisBubbles
18th October 2019, 16:00
Congrats, our HoD shared (https://www.facebook.com/jan.bors/posts/10220686260291643) your article on his FB :p :D

LMFAO. I am flattered, I think.

Diego
27th October 2019, 20:10
Jan Bors (Czech HoD) in a post on his personal Facebook profile:

"Eurovision is changing very rapidly and we can boldly say that with the Czech Republic we are starting to set a trend. This year will be no different. We have incredibly good songs that many countries will envy. I am absolutely convinced of that."

Remember last year he said we would have one of the best national finals of the season this year. In other words: We can wait for new "Space Sushi".

randajad
27th October 2019, 20:20
Last Czech NF was actually good. xshrug

tuorem
27th October 2019, 22:00
Jan Bors (Czech HoD) in a post on his personal Facebook profile:

"Eurovision is changing very rapidly and we can boldly say that with the Czech Republic we are starting to set a trend. This year will be no different. We have incredibly good songs that many countries will envy. I am absolutely convinced of that."

Remember last year he said we would have one of the best national finals of the season this year. In other words: We can wait for new "Space Sushi".

https://i.imgur.com/ogExX6U.gif

That has to be a humorous post. Or maybe he wants to pique the Czechs' interest since the NF is going to be broadcast on TV.

I'm not sure what kind of trend he alludes to tbh xthink

As for the quality of the songs, of course he won't say they have incredibly bad songs that many countries couldn't care less about. Given the precedent of this year's NF lineup though, I'd be more cautious with superlatives. :lol:

Mainshow
27th October 2019, 22:58
Head of delegations and broadcasters always say such things... I can still remember the international hits penned by the most talented and successful songwriters which were "Perfect Life" and "Wildfire" ::de 2017 :lol:

randajad
28th October 2019, 14:57
Now I am scared :lol:

Etanna
28th October 2019, 21:56
Jan Bors (Czech HoD) in a post on his personal Facebook profile:

"Eurovision is changing very rapidly and we can boldly say that with the Czech Republic we are starting to set a trend. This year will be no different. We have incredibly good songs that many countries will envy. I am absolutely convinced of that."

Remember last year he said we would have one of the best national finals of the season this year. In other words: We can wait for new "Space Sushi".

I believe he said this in an interview for a magazine so he's probably doing it to make more Czechs interested in the national final&Eurovision...

In the interview, he also mentioned that there will be 8 songs and that there are male artists, female artists and a band. All of them are also rather young. Majority of the songs are mainstream even though with different tempo and sound. One song is "something completely different" (I believe that that could be the Vesna song if nofuxCZ is right and they applied).

Right now they are working on turning the demo versions into proper songs and on preparing the NF and the performances. It seems it will be a typical NF with 6 people maximum on stage, international juries, special interval acts etc. They already put a lot of attention to choreography and so on so I wouldn't be surprised if the performance we'll see in the NF would be very similar to the actual Eurovision performance.

Jan Bors also talked about the voting rules which they are discussing at the moment. He mentioned that he is intrigued by the concept of voters having to vote for exactly three entries so that they would have to listen to all the songs but he isn't sure if it's even possible in terms of technology. Personally, I'm glad they are discussing the voting in this way because it shows that they are aware of the problematic aspects from last year's voting.

ESC94
28th October 2019, 22:13
Let´s hope for something interesting, I really cross my fingers for ::cz to win in the next decade and to bring the contest to Prague!! xcrossed

nofuxCZ
28th October 2019, 22:17
I don't think our NF was that bad this year, but Jan definitely exaggerated a bit for sure, so it's possible he's exaggerating now as well. :D

Anyway, he said that while he linked an interview he gave to one Czech magazine. I'm too lazy to translate all of it so here's a little summary:

He mentions that after our first success in 2016, they became a bit arrogant and thought they "know" how to do Eurovision.
In 2017 that backfired - not because of Martina Bárta but mainly because they tried to push her into something she didn't want. They realized that authenticity is one of the most important things so they are looking for good songs and artists which would have connection to what they sing, nothing artificial.

Jan says that winning Eurovision is not their goal, it's their dream. They would be stoked if it happened but it's not their primary goal - the goal is to put Czechia on musical map of the world.

He mentions that few years ago they had big troubles to get Czech artists or Czech songwriters into Eurovision.
For 2020 they received about 70 Czech songs while 4 years ago it was just 8.
One of the ESC team successes is that they managed to turn the opinion of many singers and producers about Eurovision - few years ago the singers thought that ESC is a bizarre project everyone is laughing at and thus if they participated, people would be laughing at them as well. Now they view it as a big opportunity for them and their careers.


Some NF tidbits he mentions:
- Finalists will be revealed in January, most of them are young
- Combination of well known faces and total newcomers
- Male and female singers and one band as well
- All 8 songs are of different type, slow, mid-tempo and uptempo as well, but most of them are mainstream sounding. One of the songs is totally different
- They are working on the final versions of the songs and the stagings
- As per voting, there will be international juries. For televote, they would like every voter to vote for 3 songs, but are not sure if it is possible technically yet

AlekS
28th October 2019, 22:58
they would like every voter to vote for 3 songs, but are not sure if it is possible technically yet
It's possible in our app. We have 5 votes and we can distribute them how we want.
ps. Hope to see another Czech representative at Vidbir.

Preuss
29th October 2019, 00:46
I've got a feeling that the Czech will put forward a great final! Mikolas Josef was great, and so were Lake Malawi although I'm not that big fan of a song. Albert was so charming and I thought the staging was great and really worked and they deserved more from the public. I will never understand the recap they chose though, it was a total miss!

Ritararita
30th October 2019, 20:17
I don't know what the heck happened, but all of sudden, our beloved "hipster-in-Chief" Jan Bors announced that he leaves ČT (https://www.facebook.com/jan.bors/posts/10220849992704851). xcry1

tuorem
30th October 2019, 20:28
I don't know what the heck happened, but all of sudden, our beloved "hipster-in-Chief" Jan Bors announced that he leaves ČT (https://www.facebook.com/jan.bors/posts/10220849992704851). xcry1

Maybe he's going to work for the EBU instead? xthink

HayashiM
30th October 2019, 20:32
I don't know what the heck happened, but all of sudden, our beloved "hipster-in-Chief" Jan Bors announced that he leaves ČT (https://www.facebook.com/jan.bors/posts/10220849992704851). xcry1

:o He also confirms in the comments that that means he should be no longer involved in Eurovision as a HoD.

This is quite weird. He writes that it is his own decision and that he has been feeling like moving on for quite some time. His other interviews etc. certainly didn't give me such impression.

I think either he got some really exciting offer somewhere else (much more likely), or he got sacked (I see absolutely no reason why he should be though) and now acts this way to save face.

Either way, I hope he is right and our Eurovision team remains strong anyway, otherwise we could quickly get screwed and become a NQ country again...

HayashiM
30th October 2019, 20:36
Maybe he's going to work for the EBU instead? xthink

Is replacing Jon Ola Sand too much to ask? At least ::cz would finally get some reasonable running order :D

Just kidding of course :)

Ritararita
30th October 2019, 20:52
We need him in ČT, not in bloody EBU. :( But yes, replacing Jon Ola Sand crossed my mind for a second too. He doesn't seem to be angry and his whole post is basically one big liebesbrief to ČT, so it doesn't look like he was fired. Well, I wish him all the best, but I am really, really worried now who is going to replace him... and start from the zero, in a way.

We are like Sisyphus of Eurovision.
https://i.makeagif.com/media/2-14-2016/YNKhsf.gif

Diego
30th October 2019, 21:02
His departure is so strange. Weeks ago he was giving an interview to the ESC channel on YouTube, recently he was interviewed by a Czech magazine about how the preparation for the national final is going. I think he must have received some pretty compelling job offer.

Now I am very apprehensive about how the Czech Republic will proceed. I hope the new HoD will continue with the recent excellent results.

BorisBubbles
30th October 2019, 22:48
I foresee no problems if the songs are as good as Bors claims them to be. We'll see whether his successor has the same brilliant panache.

nofuxCZ
30th October 2019, 23:48
I was shocked when I read that earlier today. Especially after reading his recent interview, it didn't seem like he would be quitting at all.
I am not worried about our 2020 participation, after all he was leading the preparations until now.

I hope the team can continue in the good work he started. We owe him so much, he lifted us from the darkness - 75% qualification rate - one Top 10 and one 11th place - that's impressive.

HayashiM
31st October 2019, 18:27
Well there's no chance he would've been offered Jon Ola Sand's job directly, as that is advertised on EBU's career webpage (https://www.ebu.ch/careers#jobs) with a closing date of 14. 11. 2019. (I had no idea jobs like these could be posted on a career webpage :D).

But that was just my wishful thinking anyway.

(man that full stack developer post at EBU looks great, I wish I could just move to Madrid on a whim... :D )

GRE
31st October 2019, 19:36
Possible withdrawn ?

HayashiM
31st October 2019, 19:42
Possible withdrawn ?

No, the national final goes on as planned. It is only the HoD who has decided to quit his job.

Ritararita
1st November 2019, 18:56
No official info from ČT yet, but according to this FB post of Eurocontest.cz (https://www.facebook.com/Czech.Eurovision/posts/2648853575175011), new HoD will be Cyril Hirsch. He was Head of Production aka money-keeper of this year, he is also Head of Production of StarDance (cz version of Strictly Come Dancing) and he used to be a drummer in several indie bands (https://bandzone.cz/fan/cyrilhirsch?at=info).

https://66.media.tumblr.com/34fa65f6d0b2690375c2901ac0e11efb/06ac8621a3c3b403-fd/s540x810/11175558faf699eb8f6a9b324b1b806f4c99e206.png

HayashiM
6th November 2019, 21:08
As there is apparently never enough of bad news, no TV national final for Czechia in 2020 (https://www.facebook.com/ESCCzechRepublic/posts/704983829995517). We keep the online format we have been using for the last two years.
The reason given is "there is no way we get to achieve the quality level we have imagined, so it is better not to get into it yet". Based on the comments section, Jan Bors only left after the decision had been made.

Let's focus on the positive: at least we are still taking part in the contest itself! :D

HayashiM
6th November 2019, 21:17
Some more info:
- an original music video will be produced for each participant
- in addition, we will get "postcard" videos introducing each participant
- important dates: 6. 1. candidates revelation, 13. 1. - songs revelation and start of the voting, 26. 1. - end of the voting, sometime during the week after that - winner announcement.
- there are rumours in the comments (with no proof) that one of the 8 finalists has dropped out

HayashiM
6th November 2019, 21:18
I find it quite possible an already promised budget had been cut and Jan Bors left as a result, but I guess we will never know...

Etanna
6th November 2019, 21:42
so they've been working on a national final for 10 months or more, they have artists send in songs with the promise of performing on the national tv, they promote it in interviews and stuff and then 2 months before the show the HoD suddenly leaves and there's no TV national final? Seems fishy :/ I hope there aren't some big problems behind it like a conflict between the delegation and the TV itself or something.

Anyway, I find this to be rather unfair to the selected artists. Hopefully, the national final will be done with dignity and a higher budget than last year. It would be kind of sad if they had been promised a performance on TV and all they would get would be a busking performance in a metro vestibule.

tuorem
6th November 2019, 21:45
OMG, it's low-key a mess, right? :( I was so looking forward to the show, something unexpected must have happened to change their plans so suddenly like that.

I hope the online NF will be promoted for a broader audience to get involved in it, because I'm not sure I want to re-live a battle between fanbases and eurofans like this year, especially if some participants are significantly more famous than others.

HayashiM
6th November 2019, 21:50
I absolutely loved the busking idea this year, I even saw and very much enjoyed Barbora's performance in person (I almost went to ask her for a selfie afterwards, but I chickened out :D ). But yeah, it would kinda suck to repeat this once they had been promised a TV slot...

Fishy as hell. Like, how much more time do they need? It really seems like a purely financial matter to me.

Etanna
6th November 2019, 22:27
I absolutely loved the busking idea this year, I even saw and very much enjoyed Barbora's performance in person (I almost went to ask her for a selfie afterwards, but I chickened out :D ). But yeah, it would kinda suck to repeat this once they had been promised a TV slot...

Fishy as hell. Like, how much more time do they need? It really seems like a purely financial matter to me.

The busking sessions weren't too bad, I just didn't like the fact that the artists hadn't been informed about them earlier. It's something they should know about beforehand, not learn about it during a meet&greet. Also the audience of some of the artists was quite small which made it rather awkward.

I too think that finances might be the reason. It's really weird that only about a week ago Jan Bors shared the interview where he promotes the national final and talks in detail about the preparations they are undergoing now - hosts, performances including choreographies etc., special numbers... I'm really curious about those - are they going to just call off those "special numbers"? That'd be also quite rude, especially if they were international eurovision artists and it won't give us a good reputation.

HayashiM
6th November 2019, 22:33
The busking sessions weren't too bad, I just didn't like the fact that the artists hadn't been informed about them earlier. It's something they should know about beforehand, not learn about it during a meet&greet. Also the audience of some of the artists was quite small which made it rather awkward.

I too think that finances might be the reason. It's really weird that only about a week ago Jan Bors shared the interview where he promotes the national final and talks in detail about the preparations they are undergoing now - hosts, performances including choreographies etc., special numbers... I'm really curious about those - are they going to just call off those "special numbers"? That'd be also quite rude, especially if they were international eurovision artists and it won't give us a good reputation.

TBH I got so disappointed I completely forgot about the special guests... Maybe they will at least get to reveal the winner...?

I was hoping I could buy tickets for our NF... Well I guess I will just have to buy tickets for Rotterdam instead if possible :D

Diego
6th November 2019, 22:59
WHAT A MESS! I hope all this doesn't represent the beginning of the end of the Czech Republic in Eurovision, especially if they don't qualify for the final next year.

nofuxCZ
6th November 2019, 23:59
What the hell? Such a disappointment. Don't know what to say.

Loindici
7th November 2019, 00:08
As there is apparently never enough of bad news, no TV national final for Czechia in 2020 (https://www.facebook.com/ESCCzechRepublic/posts/704983829995517). We keep the online format we have been using for the last two years.
The reason given is "there is no way we get to achieve the quality level we have imagined, so it is better not to get into it yet". Based on the comments section, Jan Bors only left after the decision had been made.

Let's focus on the positive: at least we are still taking part in the contest itself! :D

Bors' probably very disappointed.

Ritararita
7th November 2019, 19:51
I had no time to follow Eurovision news lately and once I do, the first information I see is "No Czech NF". Jesus Christ, one can't really leave the Czech Delegation alone for few days...

https://66.media.tumblr.com/a7fbe0849ef362ed345d0e556ad0ae73/4b56f35699b9d580-24/s500x750/4b10b08c5120b4a15f766ec237530aa08ae0ae47.gifv

BorisBubbles
7th November 2019, 20:37
*sigh* I apologize for cursing the Czech with my shit luck. Oh well.

opinionsigotem
7th November 2019, 20:59
The lack of NF didn't damage the song quality last time but it's still disappointing.

nofuxCZ
7th November 2019, 22:19
Also, looks like the rumour that one of the selected finalists dropped out is true - escarena.cz says that Kryštof Šámal from Czech delegation confirmed that there will be only 7 finalists after all, without stating the reason.

nofuxCZ
8th November 2019, 12:57
Jan Bors is hosting a Q&A session on his instagram.
I asked him whether the televised NF was cancelled because of a sudden cut on an already promised budget - he replied that the reason is different.

https://i.imgur.com/Qy8btvX.png

Someone also asked him whether the cancellation of the TV NF was one of the last drops that made him leave ČT and he said yes.

https://i.imgur.com/rrIcmYq.png

Someone else also asked about his plans for next year - he replied that he would like to try some opportunities abroad. When asked if those opportunities abroad mean if he's looking for something related to ESC - he replied that he wouldn't be against it :)

Loindici
10th November 2019, 17:15
Seeing my theory has been proven, it makes me sad. They wasted the potential of such a hip HoD.

nofuxCZ
13th November 2019, 23:39
While we wait for more (hopefully more positive) news, here's first post-ESC single by Lake Malawi


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0QLmP6_CVE

HayashiM
1st December 2019, 14:59
Some news about our NF (https://www.facebook.com/ESCCzechRepublic/photos/a.153822871778285/725307554629811/).

Twice a week till Christmas, there will be clues given so people can guess our 7 finalists. The names will be eventually revealed on 13th of January, a week later than was originally planned.
The first clue: there will be 7 acts composed of 11 artists in total.

Etanna
1st December 2019, 15:10
Vesna has 4 members so if they really are one of the finalists, there would additionally be one duo and 5 solo artists.

Diego
1st December 2019, 15:53
Vesna has 4 members so if they really are one of the finalists, there would additionally be one duo and 5 solo artists.

I hope so xheart

FRFanESC
1st December 2019, 18:59
Omg, I just learned that the national final was cancelled, I'm a bit disappointed. I thought about it yesterday, I was like "happy for France, there'll be the Czech national final in january anyway so the month won't be that empty" and now I learn this ?!

nofuxCZ
1st December 2019, 23:13
Omg, I just learned that the national final was cancelled, I'm a bit disappointed. I thought about it yesterday, I was like "happy for France, there'll be the Czech national final in january anyway so the month won't be that empty" and now I learn this ?!

Only the televised form of the NF was cancelled, the NF will still happen - in an online version like in the past 2 years :)

EscTurkey
2nd December 2019, 13:11
I don't understand what makes it so difficult to hold a televised NF. It's such a shame.
Even Moldova has the financial means to do that, why not Czech Republic ?

FRFanESC
3rd December 2019, 19:43
Only the televised form of the NF was cancelled, the NF will still happen - in an online version like in the past 2 years :)

Yes, I understood this but it's not the same.

Matt
3rd December 2019, 21:22
Yes, I understood this but it's not the same.

To be fair, the online NF has been an effective approach by the broadcaster. Their two best results to date so you can't really argue with that. Granted, I would have loved an actual National Final but I understand that this is probably cheaper and as I often say, why fix it if it ain't broken?

FRFanESC
4th December 2019, 13:09
To be fair, the online NF has been an effective approach by the broadcaster. Their two best results to date so you can't really argue with that. Granted, I would have loved an actual National Final but I understand that this is probably cheaper and as I often say, why fix it if it ain't broken?

But a televised national final is something else in term of emotions, suspense, etc. Anyway, you're right, let's hope for another top 13 for them.

nofuxCZ
4th December 2019, 21:28
Clue #2 from the Czech team - number of concerts/music shows played by each finalist. If more musicians are competing together, only number of shows they played together counts:

- about 300
- over 1500
- 4
- 0
- 76
- 0
- over 350

HayashiM
4th December 2019, 21:34
Who submits a song for Eurovision having 1500 concerts under their belt??? :o
(Do concerts for friends, family, cats, dogs and parrots count?)

HayashiM
4th December 2019, 21:41
Anyway, this most probably means we're getting a Rather Big Name. At least our rules assure no can just pull a Bilal.

nofuxCZ
4th December 2019, 21:47
Who submits a song for Eurovision having 1500 concerts under their belt??? :o
(Do concerts for friends, family, cats, dogs and parrots count?)

Olga Lounová? :lol:
Someone mentioned her in FB comments and it's true she's one of those who befriended Jan Bors on FB and he followed her on IG during the time they selected the finalists.
Checked her website and counted her shows since September 2016 - little bit over 350. And she's been around for more than 10 years now.
So if she's one of the finalists she's the one with over 1500 or over 350 shows.

I hope she's not. I really don't like her music.

tuorem
4th December 2019, 21:52
So there'll be seasoned acts competing against newbies? Interesting.

Will the voting rules be the same as last time? It may be too early to know for sure.

nofuxCZ
11th December 2019, 19:37
Clue #4

- "organic pop"
- "dream pop"
- "indie pop"
- "emo pop"
- "afro pop"
- "reggaeton"
- "planned coincidence punk pop"

AshleyWright
11th December 2019, 19:39
wtf is Organic pop? :lol:

Reggaeton. xheat

the rest idc.

tuorem
11th December 2019, 20:11
wtf is Organic pop? :lol

It's vegetarian music. No meat. No pesticides. No autotune. No processed fast food arrangements. 8-)

Nice to see some sort of musical variety, although it mainly revolves around pop. "Dream pop" would be my first pick, but I look forward to the emo and afro efforts too.

Edweis
11th December 2019, 21:58
I hope the selection won't disappoint, because as of now I love what these clues predict

FRFanESC
11th December 2019, 23:24
These clues get my attention and I love when they give clues like these, so that we can imagine something in our head.

Ritararita
12th December 2019, 11:21
Clue #4

- "organic pop"
- "dream pop"
- "indie pop"
- "emo pop"
- "afro pop"
- "reggaeton"
- "planned coincidence punk pop"

My guesses:

"Organic pop" - Just like AshleyWright, I have abslutely no clue what that means and uncle Google didn' t help. If it really has something to do with vegetarians, hippies, stoners etc., my guess would be Jake Onder (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smt-TTjb6ak).
"Dream pop" - Either Evah (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EHEtBvkSQU) or Viah (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yoph0jVltJQ). Or potentially Evah feat. Viah, who knows...
"Indie pop" - Pretty much any Czech music sung in English (and most of it sung in Czech) is indie pop IMHO, so this clue is too vague to guess.
"Emo pop" - I think it's just a new term for an old fashioned three-act emotional wailing ballad. So perhaps Daniell (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzpyOfqHrqo)? Or Václav Noid Bárta feat. Eva Burešová (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCrQUR7H6Uc)?
"Afro pop" - Most probably Vanua2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YJVe6peejo). They sound more or less like any other Czech pop-rock band, but their frontman Yannick Tevi is the only Czech singer I know who has anything to do with Africa (born there).
"Reggaeton" - Since we already know the most obvious suspect (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mES-LQyNCfA) is not in the game, I would say it's either David Deyl (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyAQNLC1r-Y) or Jan Bendig (with or without Monika Bagárová) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiOa_R1u9tk).
"Planned coincidence punk pop" - That playful description made me immediately think of Albert Romanutti aka Bert & Friends (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG1UnQA0rdk).

nofuxCZ
12th December 2019, 11:51
"Planned coincidence punk pop" - That playful description made me immediately think of Albert Romanutti aka Bert & Friends (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG1UnQA0rdk).

Oh my god. Bert & Friends. That would be glorious :lol: