Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007

The Czech Republic made its inaugural Eurovision Song Contest appearance at Eurovision 2007 as represented by Kabát with the song "Malá dáma": the result was a 28th-place finish in the semi-final.

Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Country Czech Republic
National selection
Selection processEurosong 2007
Selection date(s)10 March 2007
Selected entrantKabát
Selected song"Malá dáma"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Milan Špalek
  • Ota Váňa
  • Josef Vojtek
  • Radek Hurčík
  • Tomáš Krulich
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (28th)
Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest
2007 2008►

Before EurovisionEdit

Eurosong 2007Edit

Eurosong 2007 was the national selection process organised by ČT in order to select the Czech Republic's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. The competition took place on 10 March 2007 at the Veletržní Palác in Prague, hosted by Jirí Korn and Katerina Kristelová and broadcast on ČT1 as well as streamed online via the broadcaster's website ceskatelevize.cz.[1]

Competing entriesEdit

Ten artists were invited by ČT to compete: seven based on recent chart success and three being nominated by a five-member jury.[2] The ten selected finalists were announced on 14 February 2007. Among the selected finalists were Intervision Song Contest 1977 winner Helena Vondráčková, Kabát whose album Corrida was the bestselling album in the Czech Republic for 2006 (despite being unreleased until December 2006) and former Česko hledá SuperStar participants Sámer Issa (third place, 2004) and Vlasta Horváth (winner, 2005). Reportedly a large number of acts approached declined to compete in the national final, which included Anna K, Richard Krajčo, Kryštof, Lucie Vondráčková and 2004 Česko hledá SuperStar winner Aneta Langerová.[3]

On 16 February 2007, ČT announced that Kabát would perform "Malá dáma" instead of "Burlaci", and L.B.P. would perform "Story of Life" instead of "So Real". On 27 February 2007, ČT announced that "Samba" performed by Helena Vondráčková was disqualified as the song was recorded too far in advance of the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest. Vondráčková proposed a new song "Ha Ha Ha" for consideration, but later withdrew from the national final due to dissatisfaction with the voting process.[4]

FinalEdit

The final took place on 10 March 2007. The winner, "Malá dáma" performed by Kabát, was selected exclusively by a public SMS vote which ran from 23 February 2007 to 10 March 2007.

Draw Artist Song Songwriter(s) Televote Place
1 Vlasta Horváth "Adios" Vlastimil Horváth, Viktor Dyk
2 L.B.P. "Story of Life" Petr Chmela, Roman Steffl, Steven Cann 15,907 4
3 Petr Kolář "Přísahám" Karel Svoboda, Lou Fánanek Hagen
4 Lili Marlene "Žena ze stínadel" Martin Němec
5 Gipsy.cz "Muloland" Radoslav Banga 25,257 2
6 Petr Bende "Zaklínám své moře" Petr Bende
7 Helena Zeťová "Love Me Again" Andrew Fromm, Bryan Todd 12,538 5
8 Sámer Issa "When I Am With Her" DJ Neo 16,233 3
9 Kabát "Malá dáma" Milan Špalek, Ota Váňa, Josef Vojtek, Radek Hurčík, Tomáš Krulich 28,343 1

At EurovisionEdit

In a May 5, 2007 announcement of Kabát's leaving Prague for Helsinki to perform in the Eurovision semi-final that May 10, the group's bass player Milan Spalek opined "the fact his band play hard rock could work against them in the Eurovision."[5] In the Eurovision semi-final held May 10, 2007, Kabát performed in the 16th spot, just after the eventual winner Serbia. Kabát received one point, resulting in a last place on their Eurovision debut.[6] Only three other countries have done this.

Kabát frontman Pepa Vojtek subsequently stated that the band members were unfamiliar with the nature of Eurovision prior to their 2007 participation after which Vojtek would contend that "a rock group is not a good idea for the particular event".[7]

VotingEdit

Points awarded to the Czech RepublicEdit

Points awarded to the Czech Republic (Semi-final)[8]
Score Country
12 points
10 points
8 points
7 points
6 points
5 points
4 points
3 points
2 points
1 point   Estonia

Points awarded by the Czech RepublicEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Klier, Marcus (10 March 2007). "Czech Republic: Kabat with Mala dama". Esctoday.
  2. ^ "Radio Prague - News - 11-03-2007 19:43". Archived from the original on 2012-09-25.
  3. ^ http://kultura.idnes.cz/hudba.aspx?c=A070214_104923_hudba_ob
  4. ^ Iker, Zlatko (27 February 2007). "Ha ha ha instead of Samba". Esctoday.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2011-09-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Semi-Final of Helsinki 2007". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 22 April 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2022 news by esctoday - Turin Italy".
  8. ^ a b "Results of the Semi-Final of Helsinki 2007". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 23 April 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Results of the Grand Final of Helsinki 2007". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 23 April 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2021.