|Eurovision Song Contest 2022|
|Selection process||Eurovision Song CZ 2022|
|Selection date(s)||16 December 2021|
|Selected entrant||We Are Domi|
|Selected song||"Lights Off"|
|Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest|
The Czech Republic is scheduled to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy with the song "Lights Off" written by Einar Eriksen Kvaløy, Abi F Jones, Dominika Hasek, Casper Hatlestad and Benjamin Rekstad, and performed by Norwegian-Czech electronic music trio We Are Domi. The Czech broadcaster Česká televize (ČT) organised the national final Eurovision Song CZ 2022 in order to select the Czech entry for the 2022 contest. Seven entries competed in the national final, and the winner was announced on 16 December 2021 following the combination of votes from a twelve-member international jury panel, an international public vote and a Czech public vote.
Prior to the 2022 contest, Czech Republic has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest nine times since its first entry in 2007. The nation competed in the contest on three consecutive occasions between 2007 and 2009 without qualifying to the final. After Gipsy.cz performing the song "Aven Romale" placed 18th (last) in their semi-final failing to score any points in 2009, the Czech broadcaster withdrew from the contest between 2010 and 2014 citing reasons such as low viewing figures and poor results for their absence. Since returning to the contest in 2015 and qualifying to the final for the first time in 2016, Czech Republic has featured in three finals. In 2021, the country failed to qualify to the final with the song "Omaga" performed by Benny Cristo.
The Czech national broadcaster, Česká televize (ČT), broadcasts the event within Czech Republic and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. The broadcaster has used both national finals and internal selections to select the Czech Eurovision entry in the past. ČT confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in September 2021. The broadcaster later confirmed in October 2021 that the Czech entry for the 2022 contest would be selected through a national final.
Eurovision Song CZ 2022
Eurovision Song CZ 2022 was the national final organised by ČT in order to select the Czech entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Seven entries participated in the competition which took place online between 7 and 15 December 2021. The winner was announced on 16 December 2021.
Artists and composers were able to submit their proposals to the broadcaster between 16 September 2021 and 30 September 2021. Songwriters of any nationality were able to submit songs, however artists were required to have Czech citizenship and at least one of the lead vocalists of a duo or group were required to have Czech citizenship for groups of a maximum of six. The broadcaster received over 150 submissions at the closing of the deadline. ČT selected seven entries from the submissions received and the selected finalists were presented to the public during a press conference held on 6 December 2021 at the ČT Headquarters in Prague.
|Annabelle||"Runnin' Out of F* Time"||Annabelle, Marcel Procházka, Ondrej Fiedler, Tom Oehler|
|Elis Mraz||"Imma Be"||Elis Mraz|
|Giudi||"Jezinky"||Amelie Siba, Jitka Martiriggiano, Joshua Banwell|
|Jordan Haj and Emma Smetana||"By Now"||Jordan Haj|
|Skywalker||"Way Down"||Damian Kucera, David Machalický, Jan Kucera, Lucas Woodland, Tomáš Rothschedl|
|The Valentines||"Stay or Go"||Jan Doležal|
|We Are Domi||"Lights Off"||Einar Eriksen Kvaløy, Abi F Jones, Dominika Hasek, Casper Hatlestad, Benjamin Rekstad|
Seven entries competed and the winner, "Lights Off" performed by We Are Domi, was determined by the combination of votes from a twelve-member international jury panel (50%), an international public vote (25%) and a Czech public vote (25%). Both international and Czech users were able to vote via the official Eurovision Song Contest app between 7 and 15 December 2021, and the winner was announced on 16 December 2021.
The international jury panel consisted of:
- Victor Crone – represented Estonia in 2019
- Tix – represented Norway in 2021
- Maraaya – represented Slovenia in 2015
- The Black Mamba – represented Portugal in 2021
- Manizha – represented Russia in 2021
- Blind Channel – represented Finland in 2021
- Go_A – represented Ukraine in 2021
- Daði Freyr – represented Iceland in 2021
- Gjon's Tears – represented Switzerland in 2021
- Jay Aston – represented the United Kingdom in 1981 as a part of Bucks Fizz
- Paul Harrington - represented Ireland in 1994 with Charlie McGettigan
- Charlie McGettigan - represented Ireland in 1994 with Paul Harrington
|1||We Are Domi||"Lights Off"||120||12||3||6||21||1|
|3||Annabelle||"Runnin' Out of F* Time"||84||8||1.5||1.5||11||6|
|4||Elis Mraz||"Imma Be"||92||10||5||2||17||2|
|5||The Valentines||"Stay or Go"||57||4||1||1||6||7|
|6||Jordan Haj and Emma Smetana||"By Now"||49||3||6||3||12||4|
|3||"Runnin' Out of Freakin' Time"||6||2||10||8||3||6||10||3||8||12||12||4||84|
|5||"Stay or Go"||10||4||6||2||2||3||3||6||3||3||3||12||57|
According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. The Czech Republic has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.
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