After the great success last year, the Czech broadcaster ČT, decided to once again go with an online international final to decide their entry for Tel-Aviv.
More than a decade after the Czech Republic made their Eurovision debut, they finally managed to get themselves placed on the Eurovision map. Mikolas Josef’s succesful participation last year, meant that they achieved their first ever top 10 result, finishing overall 6th place in the grand final with “Lie To Me“.
The Czech broadcaster therefore decided to once again select this year’s entry the same way as last year. However, for this year’s edition, a total of 8 songs competed, compared to the 6 songs from last year.
These were the 8 competing songs in the national final:
- Andrea Holá – “Give Me A Hint”
- Barbora Mochowa – “True Colors”
- Hana Barbara – “Poslední Slova Tobě”
- Jakub Ondra – “Space Sushi”
- Jara Vymer – “On My Knees”
- Lake Malawi – “Friend of a Friend”
- Pamela Rabbit – “Easy To Believe”
- Tomáš Boček – “Don’t Know Why”
The winner would be selected by a combined jury vote and televote, each counting for 50% of the total score.
The televote would only count for people who voted from within the Czech Republic, while the jury vote counted as votes given from past Eurovision participants, as well as an international fan jury.
The following former Eurovision entrants were part of the jury:
- Cesár Sampson (Austria 2018)
- Rasmussen (Denmark 2018)
- Zibbz (Switzerland 2018)
- Ira Losco (Malta 2002 & 2016)
- Elina Nechayeva (Estonia 2018)
- AWS (Hungary 2017)
- Alma (France 2017)
- Ari Ólafsson (Iceland 2018)
- JOWST (Norway 2017)
- Ryan O’Shaughnessy (Ireland 2018)
Each jury member, would one by one hand a set of points out to all the participants, consisting of 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2 & 1 (Standard Eurovision points, but without 5 & 7 points). The international jury vote counted as part of the jury results, and the results ended as follows.
- Lake Malawi – (108 Points) -> 12 Points
- Barbora Mochowa – (108 Points) -> 12 Points
- Pamela Rabbit – (54 Points) -> 10 Points
- Andrea Holá – (53 Points) -> 8 Points
- Tomáš Boček – (49 Points) -> 6 Points
- Jakub Ondra – (49 Points) -> 6 Points
- Hana Barbara – (45 Points) -> 4 Points
- Jara Vymer – (40 Points) -> 3 Points
Their total score were then converted into Eurovision style points, so even if the top 2 had a huge lead with the juries, it still left the others with a chance of still winning. In the two cases where two songs had the same number of jury points, they got the same Eurovision style points.
Finally, it was all up to the televote, who then handed out their set of points. They awarded their points in the following way:
- Jakub Ondra – 12 Points(+6 Points = 18)
- Lake Malawi – 10 Points(+12 Points = 22)
- Pamela Rabbit – 8 Points(+10 Points = 18)
- Barbora Mochowa – 6 Points(+12 Points = 18)
- Andrea Holá – 4 Points(+8 Points = 12)
- Tomáš Boček – 3 Points(+6 Points = 9)
- Jara Vymer – 2 Points(+3 Points = 5)
- Hana Barbara – 1 Point(+4 Points = 5)
Despite Jakub Ondra getting the top votes from the televote, it wasn’t enough to get past Lake Malawi who gathered 22 points in total and will now represent Czech Republic in Tel-Aviv.
You can watch the entire voting and results here:
Lake Malawi consists of band members Albert Černý, the vocalist, Jeroným Šubrt on bass and keyboards & Antonín Hrabal on the drums. The band originates from Třinec, Czech Republic, and started out back in 2013, when the vocalist Albert left his former band.
They will sing their song “Friend of a Friend” in Tel-Aviv, which you can listen to here as well:
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