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Czech Republic: Lake Malawi – Friend of a Friend

Česká Televize has today published the results of the Czech national final vote, which saw Lake Malawi's Friend of a Friend selected to represent the nation in Tel Aviv. I was quite keen on Lake Malawi's inclusion in the national final, though my interest cooled when I listened to their song. Friend of a Friend has a certain early The 1975 influence, albeit a rather under-developed B-side - it just lacks the power and accessibility of last year's entry from Mikolas Josef. Therefore, it's hard to see where the support will come from for Czech Republic. They are in the right…
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It just lacks the power and accessibility of last year's entry from Mikolas Josef.

User Rating: 2.62 ( 12 votes)

Česká Televize has today published the results of the Czech national final vote, which saw Lake Malawi’s Friend of a Friend selected to represent the nation in Tel Aviv.

I was quite keen on Lake Malawi’s inclusion in the national final, though my interest cooled when I listened to their song. Friend of a Friend has a certain early The 1975 influence, albeit a rather under-developed B-side – it just lacks the power and accessibility of last year’s entry from Mikolas Josef.

Therefore, it’s hard to see where the support will come from for Czech Republic. They are in the right semi-final to cause an upset. However, for that to happen they will need to be bold with the staging. I would be tempted to reinvent Georgia’s 2016 kaleidoscopic colour block concept and aim to turn their Eurovision performance into a vibrant 80s music video rather than a run-of-the-mill arena performance. Being visually memorable might just work in semi-1 subject to the quality of the songs yet to be chosen.

If the Czech Republic do somehow sneak into the final they’ll be in contention for last place.

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3 comments

  1. Friend of a Friend is the Czech Republic’s only real hope of making the Grand Final, and I’m relieved they didn’t go for Barbora Mochowa.

    Yes, it’s a slight little song and it’s not in the same class as Lie to Me, but there is something endearing about it and it does have an earworm chorus. There is at least some potential there to grab enough points from both the juries and the public vote to scrape qualification.

    You make a couple of good points, Gav. The Czech Republic isn’t likely to garner many cheap votes. Also, for this song more than most, staging will be critical. The way to go here is to shrink the stage and frame the performance as a fun, quirky, video. Hopefully, they will look at Mikolas’s success with staging last year and take the hint.

  2. I think this is a really catchy song that sounds contemporary and modern. And the singer is very cute and personable. I think this is a definite qualififier as long as the visuals are ok.

  3. Not my cup of tea but I think there’s enough here for this to qualify, or at least be in the mix. The final is more of a worry, Whilst jurors should still appreciate it enough it is that type of entry that just gets forgotten about in a larger stronger field. A similar outcome to Nathan Trent maybe?

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