Czech Republic is one of the Eurovision babies of the class, with their first Eurovision performance in 2007. Since then, they’ve participated inconsistently, and not overly successfully, but regardless, some of the performances we will discuss today are favourites of ours, and maybe yours too! Today we’re going to recap the performances between 2007 and 2015, which isn’t too many, but at the end you can vote for your Best of the Bunch!
Starting off with 2007, where Czech Republic held a national final to decide on their Eurovision participant. 10 songs were due to be presented, although one withdrew before the show. From the 9 songs, the Czech public chose the rock band Kabát with the song Malá dáma, which made sense coming off Lordi’s win for Finland the year previous. Czech Republic in a way tried to emulate the success of Lordi, but unfortunately, it just didn’t pay off with the band coming last with only one point.
The following year, Czech Republic used a national final once again to select their act, and the winner was Tereza Kerndlová with an upbeat pop entry titled Have Some Fun. Unfortunately, once again, even with a pop entry, the nation failed to qualify to the final, this time in 18th place with 9 points.
2009 was an interesting year for Czech Republic, who switched it up and decided to internally select. The result of that internal selection was definitely the most eccentric entry, and that was Gypsy.cz. The band had competed in the national finals previous, and now it was their time to shine. The public were shown two songs by the band and left to decide on which song they should take to Eurovision. The winning song was Aven Romale, which at Eurovision, gave the Czech Republic another record – just not a good one. The nation received the dreaded nul points in the semi-final.
After this, the Czech broadcaster decided to withdraw from the contest due to lack of interest from the Czech Public.
The nation returned in 2015 with an internally selected duo Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta, who were arguably their best chance yet at receiving their first spot in the final. And they were close, but just missed out. The song Hope Never Dies, although failing to reach the final in 2015, almost foreshadowed their success in 2016, however that’s to be discussed another time! Going back to 2015, the song finished in 13th place with 33 points, their best result to that point.
We’re going to end our Best of the Bunch journey here, so now it’s your turn to tell us your favourites! Vote for your Best of the Bunch below: