Czech Republic: Benny Cristo’s Eurovision 2021 song to be determined internally
The Czech national broadcaster, CT, has made public that the entry for the country’s Eurovision 2021 representative, Benny Cristo, will be determined internally.
In the previous recent years , CT, selected the nation’s ESC entries through an online selection combined with a jury voting. Last year’s national selection saw Benny Cristo winning the right to fly the Czech flag at Eurovision 2020, which unfortunately never took place as it was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Following the unprecedented cancellation, CT, decided to continue in the 2021 contest with Benny providing him the chance to complere his Eurovision journey in Rotterdam. For the song selection, however, CT, opted for an internal process instead of a online public procedure.
In addition, the national broadcaster appointed as the new Head of Delegation, Mr Krystof Samal, who has worked in the Czech delegation many years as the Head of Press in previous edition of the contest, will lead the Czech delegation next May in Rotterdam.
The Eurovision story so far
Czech Republic debuted in the Contest in 2007 with Kabat. Successive low placings led the country to withdraw in 2010 and not return until 2016. In 2016 its comeback was followed by a grand final qualification for the first time . The best score for the country took place in 2018 with Mikolas Josef who achieved a 6th placing in Lisbon with his song Lie to me.
In 2019, Lake Malawi represented the country and finished 11th in the final . This was the country’s third qualification to the final . The outstanding element was the gap between the jury voting that placed the group 8th with 150 points while the public vote placed the Czech at the 24th place.
Last year Benny Cristo was to represent the country with his song Kemama but due to the coronavirus pandemic his Eurovision journey never reached its final Destination.