Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
The risk for Mickolas would be the emergence of better, more commercially relevent pop songs from nations with stronger voting power.
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?