Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015

Czech Republic participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Hope Never Dies" written by Václav Noid Bárta and Tereza Šoralová. The song was performed by Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta, who were internally selected by the Czech broadcaster Česká televize (ČT) to represent the nation at the 2015 contest in Vienna, Austria. The Czech broadcaster Česká televize (ČT) announced in November 2014 that it would be returning the Eurovision Song Contest after a five-year absence. Jandová and Bárta and the song "Hope Never Dies" were announced as the Czech entry on 31 January 2015. The song was presented to the public on 10 March 2015.

Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Country Czech Republic
National selection
Selection processInternal Selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 31 January 2015
Song: 10 March 2015
Selected entrantMarta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta
Selected song"Hope Never Dies"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Václav Noid Bárta
  • Tereza Šoralová
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify
(13th, 33 points)
Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Czech Republic was drawn to compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 21 May 2015. Performing during the show in position 8, "Hope Never Dies" was not announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and therefore did not qualify to compete in the final. It was later revealed that Czech Republic placed thirteenth out of the 16 participating countries in the semi-final with 33 points.

BackgroundEdit

Prior to the 2015 Contest, Czech Republic had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest three 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: in 2007 Kabát performing "Malá dáma" placed 28th (last) in the semi-final achieving only one point, in 2008 Tereza Kerndlová performing "Have Some Fun" placed 18th (second to last) in her semi-final scoring nine points and in 2009 Gipsy.cz performing the song "Aven Romale" placed 18th (last) in their semi-final failing to score any points. 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]

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. Initially, Česká televize (ČT) confirmed that they had no intentions of participating at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest,[3] however, on 19 November 2014, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that Czech Republic would be returning to the contest in 2015 with the broadcaster confirming that the Czech entry for the 2015 contest would be selected internally.[4]

Before EurovisionEdit

Internal selectionEdit

ČT announced in November 2014 that the Czech entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 would be selected internally.[4] Ondřej Soukup was assigned to compose and create potential songs while also taking into consideration songs written by Soukup's collaborators and other well-known songwriters.[5] ČT together with a five-member jury consisting of music journalist Honza Dědek, talent scout Martin Červinka, editor at Czech Radio Jitka Benešová, musician Michal Hrůza and singer and musician Michael Kocáb selected the Czech entry while not being made aware of the composer of the entries in contention.[6]

On 31 January 2015, "Hope Never Dies" performed by Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta was announced by ČT as the Czech entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. "Hope Never Dies", which was written by Václav Noid Bárta and Tereza Šoralová with Ondřej Soukup as the producer, was one of five songs commissioned by the broadcaster.[7] The song was presented to the public via the release of the official music video, directed by Biser Arichtev, on 10 March 2015.[8][9]

The songs we were choosing from were quite on par with each other in my opinion. However, the winning song "Hope Never Dies" was a candidate of mine too. It sports a peculiar and nice chorus, along with some nice and surprising modulation. And when I heard it, I figured that this song can really impress if done well

— Michael Kocáb[10]

At EurovisionEdit

 
Václav Noid Bárta and Marta Jandová during a press meet and greet

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (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. In the 2015 contest, Australia also competed directly in the final as an invited guest nation.[11] The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into five different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[12] On 26 January 2015, a special 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 was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 21 May 2015, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[13]

Once all the competing songs for the 2015 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 8, following the entry from Portugal and before the entry from Israel.[14]

In the Czech Republic, the semi-finals were broadcast on ČT art and the final was broadcast on ČT1 with commentary by Aleš Háma.[6] The Czech spokesperson, who announced the Czech votes during the final, was Daniela Písařovicová.[15]

Semi-finalEdit

 
Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta during a dress rehearsal for the second semi-final

Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta took part in technical rehearsals on 13 and 16 May,[16][17] followed by dress rehearsals on 20 and 21 May. This included the jury final where professional juries of each country, responsible for 50 percent of each country's vote, watched and voted on the competing entries.[18]

The stage show featured Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta dressed in black outfits performing the song. The background LED screens displayed rotating mirrors that, as the song progressed, transitioned from images of dark starry skies to a sunrise with volcanic eruptions. A feature of the performance included Marta Jandová taking her high heel shoes off and throwing them behind her. In regards to this move, Marta Jandová stated: "The idea comes from my past, when I was touring with my band Die Happy. I promised our fans that I would wear a dress and high heels. And after a few songs on the first concert my feet were hurting so much that I just took my shoes and threw them behind the stage. Then I kept on doing this and it became somehow my sign—that when I sing on high heels, I throw them away. I don't do it very often but we decided to do it at Eurovision because in the middle of our song there is a breakthrough, and there is no more place for high heels."[16][17]

At the end of the show, the Czech Republic failed to qualify to the final and was not announced among the top ten nations.[19] It was later revealed that Czech Republic placed thirteenth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 33 points.[20]

VotingEdit

Voting during the three shows consisted of 50 percent public televoting and 50 percent from a jury deliberation. The jury consisted of five music industry professionals who were citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury was asked to judge each contestant based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury could be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member were released shortly after the grand final.[21]

Following the release of the full split voting by the EBU after the conclusion of the competition, it was revealed that the Czech Republic had placed tenth with the public televote and twelfth with the jury vote in the second semi-final. In the public vote, the Czech Republic scored 51 points, while with the jury vote, the Czech Republic scored 34 points.[22]

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to the Czech Republic and awarded by the Czech Republic in the second semi-final and grand final of the contest, and the breakdown of the jury voting and televoting conducted during the two shows:

Points awarded to the Czech RepublicEdit

Points awarded to the Czech Republic (Semi-final 2)[23]
Score Country
12 points
10 points
8 points
7 points
6 points
5 points
4 points
3 points   Slovenia
2 points
1 point

Points awarded by the Czech RepublicEdit

Detailed voting resultsEdit

The following members comprised the Czech jury:[21]

  • Jitka Benešová (jury chairperson) – radio DJ
  • Honza Dědek – DJ, songwriter
  • Jaroslav Špulák – author of lyrics, writer
  • Vladimír Bár – artist, music editor
  • Jan Maxián – composer
Detailed voting results from the Czech Republic (Semi-final 2)[25]
Draw Country J. Benešová H. Dědek J. Špulák V. Bár J. Maxián Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Points
01   Lithuania 12 8 11 13 7 10 8 10 1
02   Ireland 4 1 5 4 6 3 12 6 5
03   San Marino 13 10 14 14 11 14 14 16
04   Montenegro 11 15 9 3 9 8 7 5 6
05   Malta 5 4 6 5 5 5 11 7 4
06   Norway 3 9 2 6 3 4 10 4 7
07   Portugal 15 11 7 10 8 11 16 15
08   Czech Republic
09   Israel 16 16 16 16 16 16 2 9 2
10   Latvia 8 3 4 8 4 6 5 3 8
11   Azerbaijan 2 6 3 2 2 2 3 2 10
12   Iceland 14 7 10 11 13 12 15 14
13   Sweden 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 12
14    Switzerland 6 5 8 12 12 7 13 12
15   Cyprus 7 13 12 7 10 9 9 11
16   Slovenia 10 12 13 9 15 13 4 8 3
17   Poland 9 14 15 15 14 15 6 13
Detailed voting results from the Czech Republic (Final)[26]
Draw Country J. Benešová H. Dědek J. Špulák V. Bár J. Maxián Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Points
01   Slovenia 14 18 24 18 26 22 21 25
02   France 12 5 3 10 3 5 27 14
03   Israel 27 15 26 27 22 27 8 19
04   Estonia 23 24 11 11 21 18 14 13
05   United Kingdom 18 22 19 12 27 21 26 27
06   Armenia 15 20 14 19 23 19 1 9 2
07   Lithuania 19 6 8 23 18 16 18 18
08   Serbia 16 11 7 22 13 13 6 8 3
09   Norway 3 14 5 3 7 4 22 11
10   Sweden 1 2 1 1 4 1 5 2 10
11   Cyprus 17 10 15 9 19 14 23 21
12   Australia 26 13 12 8 14 15 24 24
13   Belgium 4 1 2 21 10 6 9 5 6
14   Austria 5 26 18 7 11 12 25 22
15   Greece 8 12 23 14 25 17 17 17
16   Montenegro 22 25 27 24 16 26 19 26
17   Germany 6 19 9 4 8 8 20 12
18   Poland 9 23 22 25 24 24 15 23
19   Latvia 2 3 6 13 6 3 12 6 5
20   Romania 21 27 25 26 12 25 11 20
21   Spain 20 21 21 17 17 20 13 16
22   Hungary 13 16 10 6 9 9 16 10 1
23   Georgia 24 4 16 16 5 10 7 7 4
24   Azerbaijan 7 7 4 2 1 2 4 1 12
25   Russia 10 8 13 5 2 7 2 3 8
26   Albania 25 17 20 20 20 23 10 15
27   Italy 11 9 17 15 15 11 3 4 7

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