Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Czech Republic
National selection
Selection processEurovision Song CZ 2022
Selection date(s)16 December 2021
Selected entrantWe Are Domi
Selected song"Lights Off"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Einar Eriksen Kvaløy
  • Abi F Jones
  • Dominika Hasek
  • Casper Hatlestad
  • Benjamin Rekstad
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (4th, 227 points)
Final result22nd, 38 points
Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

The Czech Republic participated 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.

Czech Republic was drawn to compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 12 May 2022. Performing during the show in position 18, "Lights Off" was announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and hence qualified to compete in the final. In the final, Czech Republic placed 22nd with 38 points. It was later revealed that the country placed 4th in the semi-final with 227 points.

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, Czech Republic has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest nine times since its first entry in 2007.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] The broadcaster later confirmed in October 2021 that the Czech entry for the 2022 contest would be selected through a national final.[4]

Before Eurovision

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.[5][6] 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.[3] 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.[7][8]

Final

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.[9][10] The international jury panel consisted of:

Eurovision Song CZ 2022 – 7–15 December 2021
Artist Song Songwriter(s) Jury Public Total Place
Votes Points Czech Intl.
Annabelle "Runnin' Out of F* Time" Annabelle, Marcel Procházka, Ondrej Fiedler, Tom Oehler 84 8 1.5 1.5 11 6
Elis Mraz [cs] "Imma Be" Elis Mraz 92 10 5 2 17 2
Giudi "Jezinky" Amelie Siba, Jitka Martiriggiano, Joshua Banwell 69 6 4 5 15 3
Jordan Haj [cs] and Emma Smetana [cs] "By Now" Jordan Haj 49 3 6 3 12 4
Skywalker "Way Down" Damian Kucera, David Machalický, Jan Kucera, Lucas Woodland, Tomáš Rothschedl 69 6 2 4 12 5
The Valentines "Stay or Go" Jan Doležal 57 4 1 1 6 7
We Are Domi "Lights Off" Einar Eriksen Kvaløy, Abi F Jones, Dominika Hasek, Casper Hatlestad, Benjamin Rekstad 120 12 3 6 21 1
Detailed International Jury Votes
Song
EST

NOR

SVN

POR

RUS

FIN

UKR

ISL

SUI

UK

IRL1

IRL2
Total
"Runnin' Out of F* Time" 6 2 10 8 3 6 10 3 8 12 12 4 84
"Imma Be" 8 10 12 6 12 10 4 4 6 8 6 6 92
"Jezinky" 2 8 2 3 4 12 6 10 10 2 8 2 69
"By Now” 4 6 3 4 6 2 2 2 2 6 4 8 49
"Way Down" 3 3 8 10 8 8 8 8 4 4 2 3 69
"Stay or Go" 10 4 6 2 2 3 3 6 3 3 3 12 57
"Lights Off" 12 12 4 12 10 4 12 12 12 10 10 10 120

At Eurovision

Caserta in Campania was the location of We Are Domi's postcard.
A video postcard introduced the Czech performance in the second semi-final and final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The postcard was filmed in Caserta in Campania
and featured virtual projections of the band across the location.

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.[11]

Once all the competing songs for the 2022 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. The Czech Republic was set to perform in position 18 (last), following the entry from Sweden.[12] Immediately after the close of the second semi-final, a press conference was held in which each of the artists drew the half of the final of which they would perform in. Czech Republic was drawn into the first half of the final and was later selected by the EBU to open the show in position number 1, before the entry from Romania.

In the Czech Republic, all shows were broadcast on ČT2, with commentary by Jan Maxián [cs].[13][14][15][16] The Czech spokesperson, who announced the top 12-point score awarded by the Czech jury during the final, was Taťána Kuchařová, who previously also announced the points for Czech Republic in 2021.

Semi-final

We Are Domi took part in technical rehearsals on 3 and 6 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 11 and 12 May. This included the jury show on 11 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.

The Czech performance featured the band on stage dressed in retro clothing. The performance began with a dark stage and a spotlight on Dominika Hašková, along with retro DJ equipment and instruments situated alongside band members Casper Hatlestad and Benjamin Rekstad. The defining feature of the performance was the use of LED lights on the stage and across the arena which were mirrored with the tempo of the song. All members of the group wore dark clothing, contrasted by the illumination of the dark lights.

At the end of the show, Czech Republic was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final. This marked the first qualification to the final for the Czech Republic since 2019. It was later revealed that the Czech Republic placed fourth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 227 points: 125 points from the televoting and 102 points from the juries.

Final

Shortly after the second semi-final, a winners' press conference was held for the ten qualifying countries. As part of this press conference, the qualifying artists took part in a draw to determine which half of the grand final they would subsequently participate in. This draw was done in the order the countries appeared in the semi-final running order. Czech Republic was drawn to compete in the first half. Following this draw, the shows' producers decided upon the running order of the final, as they had done for the semi-finals. Czech Republic was subsequently placed to perform in position 1, before the entry from Romania.

We Are Domi once again took part in dress rehearsals on 13 and 14 May before the final, including the jury final where the professional juries cast their final votes before the live show. The band performed a repeat of their semi-final performance during the final on 14 May. Czech Republic placed twenty-second in the final, scoring 38 points: 5 points from the televoting and 33 points from the juries.

Voting

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to the Czech Republic in the second semi-final and in the final. Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.[17] The exact composition of the professional jury, and the results of each country's jury and televoting were released after the final; the individual results from each jury member were also released in an anonymised form.[18][19] The Czech jury consisted of Annabelle, Jan Vávra, Marcell, Marta Říhová, and Ondra Fiedler.[18][19] In the second semi-final, the Czech Republic placed 4th with 227 points. This marked the first Czech qualification to the final since 2019. In the final, the Czech Republic placed 22nd with 38 points. Over the course of the contest, the Czech Republic awarded its 12 points to Sweden (jury) and Serbia (televote) in the second semi-final, and to the United Kingdom (jury) and Ukraine (televote) in the final.[20][21]

Points awarded to the Czech Republic

Points awarded by the Czech Republic

Detailed voting results

The following members comprised the Czech jury:[19][18]

  • Annabelle – singer, participated in the Czech selection for Eurovision 2022
  • Jan Vávra – producer, broadcaster
  • Marcell – singer-songwriter, performer
  • Marta Říhová – musician, singer
  • Ondra Fiedler – songwriter, producer
Detailed voting results from the Czech Republic (Semi-final 2)[20]
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Finland 16 10 12 10 3 9 2 2 10
02  Israel 15 9 9 12 12 12 8 3
03  Serbia 14 16 14 14 11 14 1 12
04  Azerbaijan 4 8 7 8 10 7 4 15
05  Georgia 5 7 6 6 9 6 5 11
06  Malta 10 11 11 11 5 10 1 14
07  San Marino 17 17 15 17 13 17 16
08  Australia 6 3 5 3 2 3 8 6 5
09  Cyprus 11 15 10 16 15 13 12
10  Ireland 7 13 13 9 14 11 10 1
11  North Macedonia 2 2 2 2 4 2 10 9 2
12  Estonia 3 4 3 4 6 4 7 3 8
13  Romania 13 14 16 15 17 16 7 4
14  Poland 9 5 8 7 8 8 3 4 7
15  Montenegro 12 12 17 13 16 15 17
16  Belgium 8 6 4 5 7 5 6 13
17  Sweden 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 5 6
18  Czech Republic
Detailed voting results from the Czech Republic (Final)[21]
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Czech Republic
02  Romania 21 20 23 21 21 22 21
03  Portugal 6 4 3 6 16 6 5 20
04  Finland 23 21 19 17 10 18 10 1
05   Switzerland 4 3 8 4 12 5 6 24
06  France 22 23 22 19 23 23 14
07  Norway 20 16 11 3 9 9 2 8 3
08  Armenia 15 15 9 12 15 15 11
09  Italy 11 12 15 10 18 14 15
10  Spain 5 7 5 7 3 4 7 5 6
11  Netherlands 8 10 13 11 14 11 12
12  Ukraine 7 9 4 8 8 7 4 1 12
13  Germany 12 18 12 20 13 16 17
14  Lithuania 19 19 21 24 19 21 13
15  Azerbaijan 14 14 18 16 5 12 18
16  Belgium 10 8 10 15 20 13 22
17  Greece 9 11 7 5 7 8 3 19
18  Iceland 18 18 17 22 22 20 23
19  Moldova 24 24 24 23 24 24 3 8
20  Sweden 2 1 2 2 1 2 10 6 5
21  Australia 13 6 14 14 6 10 1 16
22  United Kingdom 1 2 1 1 2 1 12 9 2
23  Poland 17 13 16 13 17 17 4 7
24  Serbia 16 22 20 18 11 19 2 10
25  Estonia 3 5 6 9 4 3 8 7 4

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