Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events|
|Appearances||5 (1 final)|
|Best result||25th: 2016|
|Worst result||Last: 2007 SF, 2009 SF
Nul points: 2009 SF
|Czech Republic's page at Eurovision.tv|
The Czech Republic has competed at the Eurovision Song Contest five times, first taking part in 2007. On first four attempts the country failed to qualify to the final from the semi-finals, placing in the bottom two in the first three attempts. In 2016, Czech Republic got their first qualification to the final in their Eurovision history, leaving Andorra as the only country to have never performed in the final.
After receiving nul points at the 2009 Contest and a lack of interest from the Czech public, ČT decided to withdraw from future contests. Five years later ČT announced their return to the contest in 2015, with an internal selection being used to select their fourth Eurovision entry.
During the time of Czechoslovakia, Československá televize (ČST) is known to have broadcast a number of editions of the Contest in Czechoslovakia during the 1960s and 1970s. After the dissolution of the state in 1993 the Czech Republic's partner Slovakia immediately attempted to enter the Contest, entering the contest three times between 1994 and 1998, before withdrawing.
Czech broadcaster Česká televize had originally planned to send an entry to the 2005 Contest, held in Kiev, Ukraine. However, this did not materialise for various reasons. ČT again looked at sending an entry to the 2006 Contest in Athens, Greece, but failed to do so after having doubts that the country would qualify for the final.
ČT held a national final to select the first Czech entry. Eurosong 2007 featured 10 songs, with the public voting for the winner through SMS voting. However one song was withdrawn before the show began, leaving only 9 songs to compete. The winner was rock band Kabát with the song "Malá dáma". At the contest's semi-final on 10 May 2007 the Czech Republic performed 16th in the semi-final, however only received one point (which came from Estonia) from the televoters around Europe.
For the 2008 Contest in Belgrade, Serbia, ČT again held a national final to select the entry for the country. 10 acts again competed for the chance to represent the Czech Republic in Serbia, with the winner of Eurosong 2008 being Tereza Kerndlová with "Have Some Fun". At the second semi-final of Eurovision 2008 Kerndlová performed 8th in the running order, receiving 9 points for her performance (1 points from Turkey and Malta, 2 points from Croatia and 5 points from Macedonia), placing 18th of 19 entries, and failing once again to qualify the Czech Republic to the final.
Despite placing in the bottom two twice, ČT confirmed that they would participate at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia. ČT decided to hold an internal selection for the artist who would represent the country at the contest in Russia, with a public vote on the song they would sing. The broadcaster chose Romani band Gipsy.cz in January 2009 to compete in Moscow – the band had previously competed in the two previous national finals, coming both times in the top three. Two songs were presented to the Czech public to vote on: "Aven Romale" and "Do You Wanna". After voting had concluded after 14 days, the final winner was "Aven Romale", which featured lead singer Radoslav Banga dressing-up as a super-hero character, Super Gypsy.
The group performed 2nd on the night of the first semi-final of the contest, held on 12 May 2009. However the group managed to receive nul points from the 20 countries voting in the semi-final, becoming the 16th entry to achieve this result since the current voting method was introduced in 1975.
Despite a July 2014 statement by ČT that the Czech Republic would not participate in Eurovision 2015, ČT announced on 19 November 2014 that the Czech Republic would in fact participate at Eurovision 2015 with a song to be chosen by an expert panel from a field of five specially commissioned nominees. The song however failed to qualify from the semi-final. However it did give the Czech Republic their best score and placed 13th with 33 points. On 31 August 2015, ČT announced that it would participate in the 2016 edition, in-which they qualified to final for the first time in Czech Republic's Eurovision history. The placement in the final was 25 out of 26 countries. The televoting gave Czech Republic zero points and the juries 41 points.
- Table key
|2007||Kabát||Czech||"Malá dáma"||Failed to qualify||28||1|
|2008||Tereza Kerndlová||English||"Have Some Fun"||18||9|
|2009||Gipsy.cz||English, Romani||"Aven Romale"||18||0|
|Did not participate from 2010 to 2014|
|2015||Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta||English||"Hope Never Dies"||Failed to qualify||13||33|
|2016||Gabriela Gunčíková||English||"I Stand"||25||41||9||161|
|Most points received in the semis and finals|
|2||Bosnia and Herzegovina||22|
Commentators and spokespersons
|2007||Kateřina Kristelová||Andrea Savane|
|2010||No broadcast||Czech Republic did not participate|
|2015||Aleš Háma||Daniela Písařovicová|
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- Points to and from Czech Republic eurovisioncovers.co.uk