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Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef – Lie To Me

The Czech Republic has confirmed Mikolas Josef as their Eurovision 2018 representative, which was probably the most obvious bit of selection news to come this year. 22-year old Mikolas will perform Lie To Me in the first half semi-final 1. This is a brave new direction for the Czech Republic and it sees them adopt Belgium's method of choosing a fresh, young singer with a half decent song. Mikolas reportedly turned down last year's entry, My Turn, which was subsequently given to Martina Bàrta. Career armageddon averted! Lie To Me is a bold and edgy choice for Eurovision. I wasn't…
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The risk for Mickolas would be the emergence of better, more commercially relevent pop songs from nations with stronger voting power.

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The Czech Republic has confirmed Mikolas Josef as their Eurovision 2018 representative, which was probably the most obvious bit of selection news to come this year.

22-year old Mikolas will perform Lie To Me in the first half semi-final 1.

This is a brave new direction for the Czech Republic and it sees them adopt Belgium’s method of choosing a fresh, young singer with a half decent song. Mikolas reportedly turned down last year’s entry, My Turn, which was subsequently given to Martina Bàrta. Career armageddon averted!

Lie To Me is a bold and edgy choice for Eurovision. I wasn’t exactly enamoured with Mikolas’ song after the first listen, though it has grown on me since. It is a little underdeveloped and cheap in places – maybe it’s those bright trumpet flourishes that sound like incidental music for a low-grade sitcom. Or the fact it dips its toe into 1990s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Is that sound in vogue at the moment?

The juries are likely to reward Mikolas’ credibility, even though it is a tad dated (this is Eurovision). It’s just about on the right side of Justin Timberlake, though even JT has moved to an electro-funk sound of late.

Last year JOWST ticked the modern and chartable box with Grab The Moment, and were top-3 with the juries in semi-final 2 and sixth in the final, whereas the voting public only placed them eighth in the semi and 15th in the final. Lie To Me is far more distinctive, but I still see it falling short of the virtuoso impact of Loïc Nottet’s Rhythm Inside, and the infectiousness of The Sunstroke Project’s Hey, Mamma!.

The risk for Mickolas would be the emergence of better, more commercially relevent pop songs from nations with stronger voting power. Another risk would be to take this sort of brattish staging to Lisbon.

  • Distinctive and memorable
  • Reliable vocal
  • Confident performer who looks the part
  • Country not known for good staging
  • Poor/untested voting power
  • Esoteric – won’t be universally liked

Can the Czechs qualify for the second time?

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13 comments

  1. Good to see I’m not the only one pleasantly surprised by how good this is. As long as it doesn’t alienate Juries with staging even with today’s rather disappointing draw for CR I think this has to have a really good shot at qualifying. If juries do what they are supposed to do and judge song’s that are current than this should be getting a score from the jury and I can’t see the televise turning there nose away from this. For me easily the best song pick so far hands down!

    • For me this is one of the best case’s of staging making or breaking a song’s chance’s. If staged well this could be a very good year for the Czech’s but staged poorly and I think it could easily flop in the semi, I can see the song rubbing juror’s the wrong way and for me it’s up to the staging to win these juror’s over.

  2. It’s catchy, memorable and he isn’t too bad looking either ! It’s a huge step up from previous Czech entries according to me!

    This sound isn’t that fresh though, it’s Jason Derulo 2013-esque, not sure if juries will love that, ( especially if the staging is messy or way too flamboyant ) but it’s a good effort anyway !

  3. It’s catchy and definitely has an appeal but it feels like a long three minutes. Qualification is within reach although anything more than a mid table spot in the final is fanciful. Don’t think the draw is awful for the Czechs at all, when you don’t have any natural voting partners, just avoiding the diaspora heavyweights is a bonus and with Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Romania in the other semi they can be fairly satisfied despite the first half draw, especially with some of the other weakest qualifiers in with them here.

  4. This will stand out from any other entry at ESC. It feels modern. Mikolas has stage presence. I saw a Youtube video (since taken down?) of him performing this live on Czech TV, and it gave grounds for optimism that this can be staged well.

    My reservations are that as its the Czech Republic there will be almost no friendly televotes, and that it might be too left field for some jurors and this might pull its jury score down.

    I would be interested to know if others see this as primarily a jury or a televote song or maybe a bit of both (like JOWST last year).

    In any case, a big step forward for the Czech Republic. I think qualification for the Grand Final is well within their grasp.

    • Gav, you appear to have found the missing Youtube video I was referring to. The staging was not nearly as good as I had remembered! although for me the main problem was the awful camera angles, not the staging concept itself.

  5. I don’t see why this wouldn’t qualify at present, but I don’t see it in the top 10.

  6. The song is trash. This is lost among the other Euro-trash.

  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM_FK0l8lVg#t=1m10s

    starts at 1:10, definitely looks like he will be able to pull this off live, the big question is how can the Czech’s make this look like a good TV performance.

  8. I wasn’t expecting something like that from Czech Republic. Its pretty fun and a breath of fresh air.
    For some reason it sounds like those songs that are going to be a disaster live, but lets wait and see

  9. Can we all appreciate the fact that Mikolas Josef is the only songwriter and producer of the song? When I heard the song for the first I immediately thought it was written by a bunch international songwriters but no. If Wikipedia doesn’t lie then Mikolas did everything my himself. In my opinion that is amazing.

  10. Live performance of Lie To Me

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