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Czech Republic: What to expect at the ‘ESCZ 2023’ final

27 January 2023 at 18:36 CET
We Are Domi represented the Czech Republic at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin
On Monday 30 January, 5 acts compete as the Czech Republic hosts its first live national final in 15 years, to choose its song for Liverpool.

HOW TO WATCH: ‘ESCZ 2023’ happens live at 21:00 CET on Monday 30 January. International viewers can tune in via a live stream on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel, while Czech audiences can watch via broadcaster ČT’s streaming platform iVysílání.

Coming live from the Kavčí Hory television centre in Prague, the popular singer and actor Adam Mišík will be on hosting duties for the night, guiding audiences between the live performances, and as voting opens.

The Voting

Voting will open during the show via the Eurovision app, and will close on Monday 6 February, with the winner announced shortly afterwards. The winner will be decided purely by public vote (70% weighting given to international audiences and 30% to Czech audiences).

The Songs

The 5 songs are as yet still sailing around in our peripheral; they are being kept under wraps until Monday 30 January, the day of the live show.

The Artists

The 5 acts come from a diverse range of genres, with each artist offering something different to the next, musically. 

The running order draw, which took place on Monday 23 January, decided that the artists will perform in this order: 

Maella defines her overall sound as dark alt-pop, has had 3 of her singles played on BBC Introducing, and has been a brand ambassador for Spotify Equals CZ&SK.

A Czech singer with Armenian roots, Pam Rabbit has competed in the ESCZ national final before, in both 2019 and 2020. As well as composing music, the artist has also directed some of her own music videos. She has performed on the Eurovision Song Contest stage already, as a backing vocalist to Mikolas Josef in 2018.

Markéta Irglová is an Academy Award winning musician who has released 3 solo albums. Born in the Czech Republic, she has also lived in Ireland, the US and Iceland. In Iceland, she competed in the 2022 edition of the Nordic nation's national final Söngvakeppnin.

Vesna is a band with members hailing from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Russia. They’ve released 2 albums, supported Norwegian singer Aurora, and are renowned for merging elements of folklore set to modern pop.

Bursting onto the scene in 2021 to critical acclaim, and releasing his debut album Glasses Off in 2022, RODAN is regarded as one of the Czech Republic’s most promising newcomers in music. His sound could best be described as a concoction of contemporary pop and indie folk.

In 2022, the Czech Republic qualified to the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, with Lights Off, performed by We Are Domi. The song finished in 22nd place, with 38 points.

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